Hidden Gems in Oahu, Hawaii for Your Dream Hawaii Holiday
We’ve assembled a list that includes the best places to visit on Oahu. Oahu is Hawaii’s capital and home to the Pearl Harbor National Memorial. It is a paradise Island with waterfalls and wonderful hiking. The beautiful coastline welcomes tranquil waters with beautiful sunsets.
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It’s hard to get to all the attractions on this island in one day. We have compiled a list of the best things to do on Oahu to maximize your Hawaiian vacation. This includes activities that let you experience Oahu’s cultural and natural beauty.
Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center
You must visit the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu. Take a bus trip from Waikiki, or drive to the northeast side of Oahu to see and learn about different Polynesian island.
This informational and immersive theme park is located between six island villages, Tahiti, Tonga and Hawaii. It also includes Fiji, Hawaii, Fiji (New Zealand), Samoa and Aotearoa. Each village will offer interactive demonstrations and games, as well as food and crafts. Watch a Samoan walk barefoot up a 40ft coconut plant, learn about Maori tattoos, and paddle a Tongan Outrigger Canoe.
To enjoy the Polynesian culture, you can book a luau. End the night with the Ha Breath of Life Show. Watch as dancers with fire knives and in outrageous costumes tell the Polynesian symbolism love story of Mana, Lani.
Stay in a Treehouse
One of the most unique things to do on Oahu, is to stay at one of these magnificent Hawaiian treehouses.
While you’re enjoying the gorgeous beaches and surfing spots, there are many other things to do. You can also enjoy the sunset from your deck and watch the treetops.
Treehouses are typically long-term rentals in Oahu (30 days minimum). However, they can include extras like surfboards, snorkels and boogieboards, paddleboards, yoga decks and bike rental. It’s a great way to connect with nature, get a taste of Oahu and enjoy a slice of paradise.
Kayak to Mokuluas
Laiki Beach in Hawaii, known as one of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches, is also home to the Mokuluas Islands. These popular islands can easily be seen from any of the lookouts located around Kailua/Lanikii. Know that you cannot travel to Moku Nui. Moko Iki is considered a protected sanctuary.
The only way to reach these islands is by kayak or paddleboard. This makes it one of the most memorable things you can do in Oahu. The ride is approximately.75 miles. However, depending on the current, it can be a strenuous adventure.
If you are up for it, take your own group on a quiet day. There are tour guides who will accompany you and show you the sights if you feel a little anxious. The island is remote and worth the trip. Grab your snorkel gear, and you can explore the beautiful wildlife or swim in the tidepool.
Mokuluas, whether you are looking for adventure or a day to unwind from the hustle and bustle of the beaches, is a must-do on Oahu.
Hike the Ehukai Pillbox Hike
The Ehukai Pillbox Hike lies along Haleiwa’s North Shore and offers a lot of everything. There is Oahu’s history used as a strategic military resource by the United States, lush forests, and spectacular views over Pacific Ocean.
This moderate hike of 2.1 miles will take you up a steep hillside, climbing along tree roots. This is where you will find the “pillboxes”, two concrete bunkers that served as military lookouts during World War II. They were abandoned by military personnel many years ago. However, they are now covered in colorful graffiti and artwork.
Enjoy the stunning views from the tops of the bunkers, including Ehukai’s famous Bonzai Pipeline. At certain times of year, you can ride up to 20-foot waves.
Visit the Dole pineapple plantation
Enjoy Oahu’s diverse agriculture and add some variety to your vacation. Visitors to the Dole Pinapple Plantation enjoy a 20-minute train tour that takes them through eight of the gardens. After the tour, they are able to return for fresh fruits. In addition to learning about the production, distribution, and harvest of pineapples, you will also see and hear about many other plants that thrive on Hawaii’s volcanic soil. The adult train tour costs $13
Plantation grounds are also well-known for their giant pineapple garden maze. If you can set a record in the fastest time through, your name will appear on the leaderboard.
Do not leave without checking out the shop for unique pineapple gifts. Find everything you need, including fresh pineapples, delicious pineapple salsa, and pineapple pancake mix.
The Dole Pineapple Plantation’s hours are 9:30 AM to 5:15 PM, every day except Christmas. You can also visit the beaches. It has the most open hours on the island.
The Dole Gardenation is the ideal place for you to discover Hawaii’s rich history and experience this important industry.
Nanakuli Beach Park has the Mermaid Caves.
Oahu’s best-kept secret gems are the Mermaid Caves. They are hard to miss if you don’t know what you should look for. They are located on the west shore of the island in Nanakuli Beach Park.
Low tide is the best time to visit the mermaid-caves. If the tide is high, the mermaids caves will vanish. Once you locate the caves, it is possible to climb or swim within them. Once you are inside, you’ll see why it’s called “mermaid cave”. It has the appearance and feel of a mermaid cave.
Mermaid Caves is a hidden gem in Oahu. Parking is free and rarely full. Visitors looking for the Mermaids Caves can park in Nanakuli Beach Park car parking, or in Zablan Beach car parking, which is closer to the Mermaids Caves.
Go to the Diamond Head Crater by hiking
Oahu, Hawaii is a popular tourist destination. There are many activities on this beautiful island. One of them is hiking up to Diamond Head Crater.
Diamond Head Crater can be found in Honolulu and offers spectacular views. The climb up to the summit is 1.5 miles long. It takes around an hour, but the reward is well worth it. From the top you can see Waikiki Beach, Wailu’s Pacific Ocean and the Honolulu skyline.
Diamond Head can be difficult to park so arrive early. Although the trail is less crowded in the morning, it is usually quieter than other hikers. Follow the signs until you arrive at the summit trailhead. Be sure to pack plenty of water, sunscreen, and a hat. Before you set off on the hike, there will be fountains where you can refill your water bottle.
After the hike, stop by the truck at the parking lot for a Dole Whip!
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