Explore Hawaii: The Island of Oahu

Each year millions of tourists come to Hawaii to visit all that the islands have to offer. There are plenty of islands and activities to choose from, with Oahu being the most commercial and having plenty of attractions. If you make it out to the island of Oahu, be sure to explore these tourist attractions:

Waikiki Beach- Arguably one of the most famous beaches in the world, Waikiki Beach is as beautiful as it is iconic. You’ll see surfers out in the surf zone at all hours of the day, but Waikiki Beach is a perfect place to learn the art with its manageable waves and multitude of surfing instructors. Hotels line the beach front and surrounding area, with the pink Royal Hawaiian being the most iconic among them. A plethora of high-end shopping malls and restaurants also surround the beach, making Waikiki the perfect tourist spot to stay and play. And be sure to visit the Duke Paoa Kahanamoku statue and catch a hula show at the Kuhio Beach Hula Mound to get a flavor of the local culture.

Diamond Head State Monument- A volcanic tuff cone that is part of the Honolulu Volcanic Series as called by geologists, Diamond Head is an eye-catching volcanic rim that can be seen from all across Honolulu. Trails go all the way to the edge of the 300,000-year-old crater, and provides scenic views of both the Pacific Ocean and the Honolulu skyline. Make sure to pack some water and cash for the hike, as the hike takes 1.5-2 hours round trip and costs $1 per person, payable only in cash.

Pearl Harbor- Pearl Harbor serves as a monument to those we lost on that day that will live in infamy, December 7, 1941, and is a site worth seeing when visiting Oahu. Among the notable areas to visit at Pearl Harbor are the famous USS Arizona Memorial, the Bowfin Submarine and Park, the Battleship Missouri, the USS Oklahoma Memorial, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

The North Shore- Known for having some of the best waves in the world, Hawaii’s North Shore hosts a multitude of international surfing competitions. The North Shore stretches more than 7 miles, and has plenty of beautiful beaches that are perfect for catching a wave or some sun. The nearby Turtle Bay Resort provides luxurious accommodations and plenty of activities including championship golf, and local favorite Ted’s Bakery has a Chocolate Haupia Cream Pie that is to die for!