Why is Oahu the most popular island to visit? Because it has it all! This is the home of world-famous Waikiki Beach, famed big-surf North Shore beaches, family-friendly hikes, museums, thrilling outdoor adventures, exceptional shopping and dining, and more. The only thing you have to do is decide what to do first!
We offer a starting point for you with Oahu’s top-of-the-top highlights—the places you’ve simply got to get out and experience during your stay on the island, no matter what. Then check out our PERFECT ITINERARIES, packed with every type of activity to help you craft the perfect Oahu vacation plan.
- Chinatown. Experience a mix of Asian cultures and their spicy cuisines, open-air markets full of pungent smells in a jumble of streets bustling with residents and visitors, art galleries and vendors in colorful small shops.
- Historic Honololu. Walk through Hawaii’s turbulent history, starting at French-Gothic St. Andrew’s Church, and pass Washington Place, the impressive Hawaii State Capitol, Iolani Palace, the Hawaii State Art Museum, Hawaii’s oldest church, and the fascinating Mission Houses Museum.
- Foster Botanical Garden. Combine a tour of this 14-acre public garden with a visit to Chinatown (across the street) to see plants collected from the tropical regions around the world, 26 “Exceptional Trees” (protected by Hawaiian state law), and a beautiful orchid collection.
- Pearl Harbor. Spend a day exploring Pearl Harbor’s four historical sites and attractions: the USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and Pacific Aviation Museum.
- The North Shore. Experience the North Shore’s laidback surf culture and check out the most famous surfing beaches in the world, including Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay.
- Waikiki Aquarium. The award-winning Waikiki Aquarium will bring you face-to-face with colorful tropical fish, reef sharks, living corals, endangered Hawaiian monk seals, squid and more than 3,500 marine animals from aquatic Hawaii and the tropical Pacific.