The island of Oahu is a spectacular place and an ideal vacation spot for anyone. Sight-seeing on any island in Hawaii is a must do on almost every tourist’s list with much to offer, from flora and fauna to a vast and fascinating history unlike any other in the United States.
Visitors who are only spending a few days on Oahu, but still want a satisfying experience should stop by some of these locations:
First opened to the public in 1989, the Dole Plantation is one of Oahu’s most popular attractions, and a “must do” for anyone visiting. Here one can learn the history behind pineapples and Hawaii becoming associated with one another. Take a tour through the Pineapple Gardens, go for a ride on the Pineapple Express, or even make your way through the Pineapple Garden Maze and cool off with a Dole Whip after. Many souvenirs are also available, including fresh pineapple that can be bought to take home or shipped to the mainland.
Learn about the history of Hawaii through Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States that was once used by monarchs. Learn about the royal family, the overthrow of 1893, and more with a guided tour or self-led audio tour, which take visitors through the first floor, second floor, and basement of this grand building that evokes the amazing history of Hawaii’s past.
Pearl Harbor should be a stop on anyone’s list when visiting Oahu. A memorable sight marking American entry into the Second World War, this is a place where visitors can remember, reflect, and learn. The USS Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine, USS Missouri Battleship and Pacific Aviation Museum give us insight on an event that changed the country forever. You could even take Pearl Harbor Tours making sure not to miss a thing!
The North Shore is another one of Hawaii’s well known locations, with many things there that are probably on anyone’s to do list. Visit Haleiwa Town, stop at the famous beaches, visit Ted’s Bakery for a slice of chocolate haupia pie, and spend a whole day there.
Taking a hike while you’re in Hawaii is another activity enjoyed by many. One of the most well known hikes is that of Diamond Head State Park, where you can get some exercise and a great view. You can also see more of Hawaii’s nature by taking a hike in the rainforest, where on some hikes, such as the one to Manoa Falls, you can see and even swim in some waterfalls.
The Bishop Museum is another location that has preserved many parts of the history and culture of Hawaii. The Bishop Museum has a planetarium and a science center with interactive exhibits, and has recently opened the Pacific Hall, devoted to showing visitors the culture and history of the Pacific.
The South Shore, though not as famous as the North, still has a few things to see. The Halona Blow-hole and Sandy Beach, for example, are both very popular.
The Honolulu Museum of Art is another place that should not be missed. Founded in 1922, today the museum still has many visitors from around the world. With many amazing works of art, stopping by the museum would be perfect for anyone that loves art.
There are many places and things to see and do on Oahu, tons of options available on Discover Hawaii Tours, and whatever you decide to do will surely become a memorable part of your vacation.