What Are 5 Activities on Oahu You Don’t Want to Miss?
Oahu is Hawaii’s most highly populated island, and, known as “The Gathering Place,” Oahu is regarded as a warm, welcoming, and friendly place to vacation. There are plenty of activities on Oahu that, along with the island’s natural beauty and historical tours, attract hundreds of thousands of visitors per year. These are a few essential activities for those craving a quintessential experience of Oahu.
First, for the patriotic who are interested in the American history, tours of Pearl Harbor and the Arizona Memorial are highly recommended. Though a tour of Pearl Harbor is somewhat somber, it is also exciting to experience this historical location. With a welcome center, museums, and knowledgeable tour guides, this educational location is ideal for the whole family.
Perfect for the curious nature lover, the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium are other great activities on Oahu to explore. The huge Honolulu Zoo stretches over 2,300 miles, and the animals on display enjoy very natural settings, highly similar to their natural habitat. The Waikiki Aquarium exhibits more than 3,000 living organisms and over 500 aquatic animals and plants. Located near a living reef on the Waikiki shoreline, one can easily explore the Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium before hitting the beach.
For those interested in Hawaiian culture, a tour of the Polynesian Cultural Center is a fantastic idea. The Polynesian Cultural Center is located in Laie, near Oahu’s North Shore. With shows and performances, such as the Rainbows of Paradise Canoe Pageant and an evening luau, the Polynesian Cultural Center is a wonderful place to spend the day learning about the culture of Hawaii. Visitors can also take a simple hula lesson from the locals!
If you find yourself desiring more traditional Hawaiian culture, be sure to check out some live Hawaiian music. Often, tourists can find live music in their resorts. There are also plenty of local venues to discover, such as the Ala Moana Center and Duke’s at the Outrigger on Waikiki on the Beach.
For even more Hawaiian culture, and a top notch Hawaiian experience, attend a luau! Oahu is home to a wide variety of amazing luauas, including the Ali’I Luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center and the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort and Spa’s Waikiki Starlight Luau, which takes place on the resort’s rooftop garden. For a more traditional and authentic luau experience, check out he Paradise Cove Luau which is held on the beach at the Ko Olina Resort. This luau offers traditional Polynesian food, entertainment, Hawaiian games, and lei making lessons.
If you would like to book a tour to experience these unforgettable activities on Oahu, call Discover Hawaii Tours at 808-670-3743.
Written By: Leo Malagon