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10 THINGS YOU MUST DO IN OAHU, HAWAII

After visiting the beautiful island of Oahu for 2 weeks we have been asked what activities we recommend for people who are heading to the island. We thought it was easiest to put a little post together show casing our favourite things to do Oahu, Hawaii for anyone who is dreaming about heading here for their next holiday.

1. Learn to Surf

We can’t think of a better place to learn to surf than Hawaii. Find an instructor, grab a board and ride those waves! You can do it!!

Hawaii Surf

Hawaii Surf

2. Go Parasailing to Witness the Amazing Views

If you like an adrenaline rush and views, you must go parasailing along the beaches in Honolulu. Being lifted so high in the air we were able to see the entire city of Honolulu, with a spectacular backdrop of lush mountains behind it. This is definitely the best way to capture the beauty of the island of Oahu.

Parasail Hawaii

Parasail Hawaii

3. Experience a Big Kahuna Luau

How can you go to Hawaii and not attend a traditional Big Kahuna Luau? Enjoy a night of Hawaiian food, entertainment, drinks, music, and of course hula dancing. It was one of the funnest nights we had during our time in Oahu!

Big Kahuna Luau

Big Kahuna Luau

4. Remember Pearl Harbour

We highly recommend you visit the USS Arizona Memorial and USS Missouri Battleship during your visit to Oahu. It was such an emotional and eye opening experience! Visit the moment where America entered WWII and stand at the very spot WWII ended.

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor

5. Cycle Through the Back Streets

One of our favourite things we love doing during our travels is exploring off the beaten path, away from the tourist traps. A great way to do this is by jumping on a bike and pedalling through areas that you can’t access via car. Being able to get up close and personal with landmarks so iconic to Honolulu’s history is the most unique way of seeing what the island has to offer.

Pedal Bike Tours

Pedal Bike Tours

6. Visit a Pineapple Plantation

One of the things Hawaii is famous for is its pineapple production. When in Oahu you must visit a plantation and try fresh pineapple straight from the earth.

The Dole Pineapple Plantation

The Dole Pineapple Plantation

7. Hire a Car and Drive Up to North Shore

Grab a car and drive around the island towards North Shore. This surf community is full of delicious fruit stands, shrimp trucks and famous shave ice. Once you hit the beaches at North Shore, pull in and watch the pros catch giant waves!

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Nshore

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8. Explore Waikiki in a Submarine

What a unique way of exploring the depths of Waikiki. If water isn’t your thing, but you have always wanted to see a ship wreck, sharks and turtles up close and personal why not go down in a submarine!

Atlantis Submarine

Atlantis Submarine

9. Go ATV Riding Through Kuala Ranch

The ranch’s Ka’a’awa Valley, nestled between the Ko’olau mountain range and the Kaneohe coast, is in our opinion the most beautiful place in all of Oahu. Here they have filmed Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbour and TV shows like Lost and Hawaii Five-O. We found that the best way to explore this stunning area was by ATV!

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch

10. Go Diving with Gaint Sea Turtles

Are you a fan of snorkelling? Why not go a tad deeper and go scuba diving! During our dive we saw hundreds of fish, coral, eels, star fish and GIANT sea turtles.

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Want to see more? We daily vlogged our experience during our 2 weeks in Oahu. Check out the playlist below if you want to see what we got up to.

Are there any activities we missed you would like to share with other readers? We would love for you to leave a comment below.

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