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Top 10s on Oahu

Updated on June 1, 2015
Sandy's Beach, Oahu
Sandy's Beach, Oahu

Top Ten Beaches on Oahu

Waimanalo Beach: untouched miles of white sand and turquoise ocean.

Kailua Beach: best windsurfing beach on Oahu, beautiful, tropical setting.

Sunset Beach: surfer’s paradise on the North Shore, miles long and wide sandy beach.

Waimea Bay: picturesque bay, excellent for swimming during the summer.

Hanauma Bay: snorkerler’s paradise, wonderful, isolated bay.

Maleakahana Beach: uncrowded, long, white sandy beach.

Sandy’s Beach: body surfer’s heaven, extreme shore break and always action.

Ala Moana Beach: Honolulu’s nicest recreational beach park.

Waikiki Beach: the cote azure of the Pacific!

Lanikai Beach: extension of Kailua beach, perfect family beach.

Top Ten Free Things To Do On Oahu

Arizona Memorial: memorial in honor of the Pearl Harbor attack in 1941.

The Judiciary Museum in downtown Honolulu.

Kodak Hula Show: Wednesdays and Saturdays in Kapiolani Park at 10.00am.

Live Band at Duke’s on Sundays: local live band, plays reggae and rock, wonderful atmosphere, especially at sunset.

Tennis Facilities: in Hawaii all public tennis facilities are free, some have lights.

Dole Pineapple Plantation: commercial but interesting visitor center, where you can learn about different pineapple sorts and the history of pineapple growing.

The Royal Hawaiian Band at Kapiolani Park on Sunday afternoons.

Hike Diamond Head Crater: Honolulu’s landmark, from the top you have an awesome view over the city.

All Beaches except Hanauma Bay: It is the Hawaiian law, the public can access that all beaches for free. Hanauma Bay is an exception, because it is a National Preserve.

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Top Ten Hikes on Oahu

Wilhelmina Rise: 3 hours over a ridge right behind Honolulu, great views of Diamond Head, South Shore and, if you go all the way, the East Shore as well from the top of the Ko'olau mountains.

Manoa Valley: 20 minutes easy hike to a high waterfall, take a dip in the natural pool.

Chinatown Walk: you can either participate in one of the walks offered by the Chinatown Historical Society for a small fee, or explore Chinatown by yourself for free.

Stroll along Kailua Beach: you can observe windsurfers, or just enjoy the wonderful scenery.

Makapu’u: 30 minutes hike on a paved walkway leads you to the most eastern point of Oahu, beautiful views over the Windward side, and you might spot whales during the winter months.

Diamond Head Crater: 30 minutes hike to the top of the Diamond Head Crater, beautiful views over the city and the ocean.

Wilhemina Rise :Enjoy spectacular views from the ridges.

Waimea Falls: interesting nature park including traditional Hawaiian shows, a waterfall and other natural beauties.Walk through it or take the electric tram.

Haleiwa: stroll through the surfer city, and look inside the various surfer shops and small artifacts stores.

Tantalus: there are many different hikes with different difficulties in the area.

Top Ten Romantic Things to Do on Oahu

Watching the sunset at Magic Island: Magic Island is Honolulu’s picturesque peninsula, where you have an unobstructed sunset view.

Watching the sunrise at Waimanalo Beach: this wonderfully romantic beach is the ideal setting to watch the sunrise.

Jameson’s by the Sea restaurant at sunset: the restaurant’s location is perfect, situated at the Haleiwa Harbor it offers spectacular views and nice food.

Kahala Mandarin Oriental: after you have seen the dolphins play, make sure you enjoy a magnificent sunset facing the little islands in front of the hotel.

Tantalus at night: enjoy a wonderful view over the city at night. The ultimate place to take her after the movie.

A stay at the Royal Hawaiian - the most unique and classic hotel in town, right on Waikiki beach. If romance does not set in in these walls, its hopeless. Enjoy the best luau in town.

Sunset cruise: Hop aboard and enjoy the cruise, the sunset and the magnificent views of Waikiki's skyline at night.

Sunset dinner at Hau Tree Lanai: located at the wonderful Kaimana Beach Hotel facing the sunset and Waikiki bay. The hotel is special and so is this restaurant.

Picnic on top of St. Louis Heights: in the romantic pine forest, overlooking the city and Manoa and Palolo Valley. Take the hike and enjoy the awesome views.

Presenting your loved one with a lei: in paradise you can always give flowers at any time anywhere. Getting " lei'd " was never easier.


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