The island of Oahu covers about 600 square miles, and each one is full of something interesting to do on vacation. From Hawaiian culture and excellent beaches, to amazing internal landscapes of volcanoes and waterfalls, Oahu is a tropical paradise made real.
After your vacation, you probably won’t want to leave this magical Pacific island, and it will be obvious why Hawaii is such a popular retirement destination!
To help you make the most of your time and not miss the top sites, here are a few things to do on Oahu.
Appreciate Polynesian Culture
You don’t have to look hard in order to discover the amazing Pacific island culture of Oahu. For a closer look at cultural norms and traditions you can visit the Polynesian Cultural Center where you learn about dance rituals, building methods, and island cuisine.
With so many attractions and programs, it would be easy to spend a few days of your vacation exploring and learning at the cultural center. It’s a great opportunity for photographers in Oahu to get some photos that capture the culture of the islands.
Remember Pearl Harbor
A somber historic site, Pearl Harbor is an important spot to visit when coming to Oahu. Do some research to help you pick the best places to check out in order to get the historic significance of the place.
The USS Arizona Memorial is probably the most popular site to visit in Pearl Harbor, and there are other battleships anchored as well that visitors can go around in to learn more about naval vessels.
Enjoy Marine Life at Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay is one of the most popular snorkeling sites on Oahu. The number of visitors there is limited, in order to protect the fragile coral and wildlife that lives (a great example of responsible tourism!).
With all the brightly colored fish and amazing coral structures, snorkeling in Hanauma Bay is like being able to dive straight in to a tropical aquarium. If you’re lucky, you might even be able to view some of the rarer species of fish that make their home here.
Have Fun in Waikiki
The center of beach life on Oahu, Waikiki is a bit more crowded. However, it also has the best accommodation and activity options.
You can rent water sport equipment to try out surfing, go on dive tours, or simply kick back and enjoy the sun and sand. Close by, there are plenty of restaurants, cafés, and shopping areas to pick up a tasty bite to eat or find a memorable souvenir from Oahu.
If you want professional photos of the area, photographers like the ones from Localgrapher can help you do a photo shoot while on vacation.
Maybe you’re coming to Oahu to escape the cold winters of a northern climate, or perhaps it’s a long-awaited family summer vacation. Whether you’re traveling alone, as a couple, or with your entire family, the memories you make on Oahu are ones that will last a lifetime.
Have you been to Oahu? What else can you recommend there?
Cover photo by MH Anderson Photography via Shutterstock.