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Welcome to Oahu

This island gem—the third largest of Hawaii’s eight—offers city entertainment to the south and outdoor adventure to the north, just an hour’s drive apart. History buffs can visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona or get a taste of the island at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Experience the outdoors, from snorkeling to sailing to jetskiing to just plain lounging on Waikiki Beach, or with a hike up Diamond Head. And be sure to plan a night at a traditional lu’au; visit to Haleiwa on the North Shore for garlic shrimp and shaved ice; and trip to the Halona Blowhole to snap photos.

Top 10 attractions in Oahu

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Honolulu

Honolulu

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Honolulu is so much more than just the sunny resort area of Waikiki, where white sands stretch all the way to iconic Diamond Head. The capital city is Hawaii’s commercial and urban heart, with first-class museums, shopping, dining, clubs, and bars. And every year millions of visitors from around the globe find aloha in Honolulu, where surfboards, sunsets, swimming, and taking it slow are simply a way of life.More
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Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

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Made up of several historic sites and memorials, Pearl Harbor honors and educates the public about the Japanese attack on the United States on December 7, 1941 that propelled the country into World War II. It’s one of Hawaii’s most-visited attractions, and one of the country’s most significant WWII memorial sites.More
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Mokolii Island

Mokolii Island

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Located a short distance offshore of Kualoa Point, Mokolii Island is one of Oahu’s most famous landmarks. This small, cone-shaped island attracts adventurous visitors with its secluded coves, rugged hikes, and views of Oahu’s windward coast and the Koolau mountains; the same mountains featured in scenes of the movie Jurassic Park.More
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Oahu North Shore

Oahu North Shore

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Surfing is king on Oahu’s North Shore, where summer’s placid snorkeling spots are transformed into pounding 40-foot (12-meter) waves come winter. On land you’ll find a peaceful respite from hectic Honolulu, with scenic waterfall hikes, sleepy farms selling tropical fruit, and food trucks doling out garlic shrimp.More
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Halona Blowhole

Halona Blowhole

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Once visitors are aware that hālona means “lookout” in Hawaiian, it becomes quite clear what the Halona Blowhole is about: views, Pacific Ocean and blowhole! The Halona Blowhole is one of the most spectacular natural wonders on O’ahu Island; the more than 1,000-year-old geyser-like rock formation is characterized by a hole which propels incoming surf in a narrow, molten lava tube, shooting sea spray high into the air as a result - sometimes up to 30 feet. This is mostly a summery phenomenon but wintertime also has a big ticket item drawing visitors: humpback whales. The lookout point offers unobstructed views of the O’ahu shoreline as well as glimpses of Lanai and Moloka'I Islands on clear days.The coast is home to a special type of coral that requires very little light to live, the Sinularia Leather Coral, where it is possible to find various species like echinoderms, slugs, corals, and eels. And although the marine life is quite plentiful and fascinating, divers should proceed with caution because of the strong and sometimes erratic currents, including the colloquially named Moloka'i Express, which can drag divers out to sea without warning. Visitors should know that below the hālona is one of the most dangerous ocean currents in the world, and should always proceed with care.More
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Dole Plantation

Dole Plantation

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What started out as a Wahiawa fruit stand in the middle of the pineapple fields in 1950 is now an extremely popular Hawaiian attraction. The sprawling Dole Plantation in central Oahu is a rural throwback to a time when the pineapple helped rule Oahu’s economy. Visitors can sample the sweet yellow fruit, ride on the famous Pineapple Express train and motor out through the fields, take a walk through a huge garden maze, learn how to find fresh pineapple when grocery shopping, and hear how pineapples are grown on plants—and not underground or on trees.More
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USS Arizona Memorial

USS Arizona Memorial

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The USSArizona Memorial floats above the watery site where the eponymous battleship was bombed and sunk, taking 1,177 lives with it, in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. The solemn, all-white memorial features a marble wall of names of those who served onboard and spans theArizona’s width, with openings to look down on the sunken hull.More
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Diamond Head

Diamond Head

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Arguably Hawaii's most well-known sight, Diamond Head Crater is more than just a famous Waikiki backdrop but also an entire attraction unto itself, featuring one of Oahu's best hikes for a panoramic view. From atop the 760-foot (231-meter) summit, visitors can gaze out from Koko Head Crater to the Honolulu skyline and down on Waikiki Beach, where surfers, paddlers, sailboats, and canoes all splash through the tropical waters.More
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Makapuu Lighthouse

Makapuu Lighthouse

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Within Kaiwi State Scenic Shoreline on Oahu’s Windward Coast, the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail is a popular hike ending at the historical red-roofed Makapu’u Lighthouse, built in 1909. Though the lighthouse is not open to the public, the moderately challenging hike attracts travelers and locals alike for its stunning coastal views.More
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Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

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For decades, Waikiki Beach has been Oahu’s tourist mecca thanks to its palm-fringed white-sand beaches and high-rise luxury hotels that stretch from downtown Honolulu east toward the towering Diamond Head. Here all the spoils of Hawaiian beach life—from sunbathing and swimming to snorkeling and fruity-cocktail sipping—are within steps of world-class shopping and dining.More

Trip ideas

Know Before You Go: Visiting Pearl Harbor

Know Before You Go: Visiting Pearl Harbor

Top Hiking Trails on Oahu

Top Hiking Trails on Oahu

Top activities in Oahu

Paradise Cove Luau
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Paradise Cove Luau

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Encounter with Dolphins and Turtles in the Wild and Hawaiian Cultural Experience
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Chief's Luau Admission

Chief's Luau Admission

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Salute to Pearl Harbor

Salute to Pearl Harbor

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Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure
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Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure

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Oahu Circle Island and Snorkeling Tour
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Star Casual Sunset & Show Cruise

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Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

Oahu Whale-Watching Excursion

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Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

Waikiki Sunset Cocktail Cruise

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Recent reviews from experiences in Oahu

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Unforgettable experience!
Marissa_M, Jul 2021
Turtle Canyons Snorkel Excursion
We were able to see 10+ turtles during our experience in the water.
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Totally worth the day pass!
Beth_K, Jul 2021
Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu
We wanted to see the beauty of Oahu and this (green/blue) gave us just the right amount, and it didn’t disappoint.
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Great trip
Alexandra_P, Jul 2021
Tour of North Shore (70%) and Sightseeing (30%)
We enjoyed getting to see the whole island and visiting all the amazing places in Oahu.
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Amazing underwater experience!
Melissa_O, Jul 2021
Oahu Submarine Scooter Adventure
From beginning to end, this was hands down one of the best things to do in Oahu.
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Do not hesitate...
David_O, Jul 2021
Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall
It was a great way to see so many highlights of the island I definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to experience all of Oahu.
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So fun!
Amber_V, Jul 2021
North Shore Circle Island Adventure with Snorkeling with the Turtles
Such a fun an convenient way to see what Oahu has to offer!
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Great time!
Toradeo_C, Jul 2021
North Shore Circle Island Adventure with Snorkeling with the Turtles
I loved being able to see most of the countryside of Oahu and being able to actually see lots of turtles in an area that was not packed.
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Great way to see Oahu !
Kaitlin_W, Jul 2021
Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall
I really enjoyed hiking to Waimea Falls.
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Amazing customized tour of Oahu
MaryFrances_D, Jul 2021
Diamond head crater trail , Sightseeing & South Side beach day
She introduced us to Hawaiian treats and showed us incredible beaches, wave pools, as well as a hike through a botanical garden capped off with a swim under a waterfall.
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Definitely worth it!
Ronald_R, Jul 2021
Shark Cage Diving In Oahu
Got to see a lot of sharks and a wondering barracuda.
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Fantastic
maria_a, Jun 2021
Sights & Bites Island Tour
Had fun and was able to see different sites and try hawaiian treats!
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Oahu in 1 day!
Jim_U, May 2021
Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour
Overall it was good to see a few hot spots for future trips!
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Great trip!
Auce9798, May 2021
Custom Island Adventure Tours
You can’t go wrong touring with Elf to see things you might not have seen on your own.
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Awesome!
Sonya_B, May 2021
USS Arizona Memorial
Moa was great very informative and took us around to see the city.
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Perfect way to see the island!
KarenD, May 2021
Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor & Oahu Circle Island Tour from Waikiki
5 days on Oahu and wanted to see as much of the island as possible.
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Oahu ride
Linda_R, May 2021
Isle Sights Unseen - 45 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On
Well worth it; another great way to see the island.
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Awesome City Tour
Irene_R, May 2021
Pearl Harbor and Honolulu City Tour
Tickets are very hard to find but we were lucky enough to find that if you go on a tour you’ll be able to see and experience the Arizona Memorial which includes a city tour of Oahu.
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Enjoyable trip
Ramesh_Sivaraman, May 2021
Isle Sights Unseen - 45 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On
Also some cool mountain spots and water falls.
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Wonderful!!!!!!
Alan_S, May 2021
Salute to Pearl Harbor
He spoke very clear English.
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Great way to see major parts of the island!
Charlotte_G, Jul 2021
North Shore Circle Island Adventure with Snorkeling with the Turtles
Josh kept the trip fun and also made sure we got the most use of our time to see the local land marks and get all the pictures in.
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