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Oahu Activities

Ala Moana Farmers’ Market

Ala Moana Farmers’ Market (AMFM) overlooks the beautiful Pacific Ocean and brings the abundance of the country into the heart of the city. Plenty of fresh locally-grown fruits and vegetables, as well as delicious treats and eats line the market aisles. Stroll through the market plaza and see the abundance that Oahu has to offer! AMFM is conveniently located at the Ala Moana Center (upper parking deck by Sears).

Hours of Operation:
Saturdays, 8 am – 12 pm


Before you go: Dress lightly and arm yourself with sunscreen…it gets warm on the rooftop.

Atlantis Submarine

Add deeper meaning to your island visit by diving to depths well over 100 feet in the safety and comfort of an air-conditioned, Coast Guard approved, real submarine. Located within view of famous Diamond Head, the Atlantis dive site is frequented by green turtles, sharks, stingrays, yellow tangs, eels and many other species of underwater marine life. Known for its quality and safety, Atlantis is an eye-opening experience that takes you beyond the classroom as you learn about coral, reef life and submersibles while visiting sunken ships, airplanes and other artificial reefs. If you haven’t been to the bottom of the ocean before, this tour is a “must-do.”


Before you go: Make sure your camera battery is fully charged! You’ll definitely want to capture the scenic views of Waikiki and Diamond Head during the short boat ride to and from the submarine.


Beautiful Waikiki Beach, Oahu’s most popular destination for all things water and sand related, stretches along a two-mile radius of sunny bliss. This ocean playground consists of eight beaches, each known for specific attributes that appeal to singles, couples and families from all over the world:

  • Duke Kahanamoku Beach
  • Fort DuRussy Beach Park
  • Gray’s Beach
  • Royal Hawaiian Beach
  • Prince Kuhio Beach
  • Queen Kapiolani Beach
  • San Souci Beach

There is no shortage of water and sand activities to appeal to every visitor’s sole desire—including surfing, kayaking, canoe riding, Catamaran sails, whale watching adventures, stand up paddling, jet skiing, fireworks and live entertainment.


Bishop Museum

Bishop Museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his late wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family. The Museum was established to house the extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has expanded to include millions of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawaii and other Pacific island cultures.

Hours of Operation:
9 am - 5 pm
Closed Tuesdays and December 25

Before you go: Arrive early to get the best parking!

Blue Hawaiian Helicopters

On Oahu, Waikiki Beach is just the beginning. In one amazing tour, you'll experience the phenomenal scenery of this Island's hidden rainforests, lush valleys, and stunning historic sights. You'll glide over the vivid turquoise coral reefs of Waikiki, look down into the extinct volcano of Diamond Head, view crescent-shaped Hanauma Bay, white-sand Waimanalo beach, Chinaman's Hat and the beautiful coral formations in Kaneohe Bay. You'll soar over the cliffs of the Nuuanu Valley rainforest, then fly along the breathtaking coastline to legendary Sacred Falls and the panoramic Dole Pineapple Plantation. Your Blue Skies of Oahu adventure will also include sweeping views of Pearl Harbor, the Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri.


Before you go: Pack lightly as no hats, bags, purses or camera bags are allowed on the flight (only sunglasses and cameras are permitted).

Diamond Head

Diamond Head, a 475 acre volcanic tuff cone, received its English name from British sailors in the 19th century who mistook calcite crystals embedded in the rock for diamonds. The trail to the summit of Le’ahi (Hawaiian name for Diamond Head Crater) was built in 1908 as part of Oahu’s coastal defense system. The walk is a glimpse into the geological and military history of this volcanic crater. Much of the trail is a natural tuff surface with many switchbacks traversing the steep interior slope of the crater wall. The ascent continues up steep stairs and through a lighted 225-foot tunnel. At the summit, you’ll see bunkers on the crater rim and a navigational lighthouse built in 1917 along the coast outside the crater. The postcard view of the shoreline of southeastern Oahu from Koko Head to Waianae is stunning, and during winter, may include passing humpback whales.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday, 6 am - 6 pm

Before you go: Plan to make the trip before 8 am (to avoid the sun and the crowds).

Dole Plantation

Originally operated as a fruit stand beginning in 1950, Dole Plantation opened to the public as Hawaii’s "Pineapple Experience" in 1989. Dole Plantation provides enjoyable activities for the entire family, including the Pineapple Express, the Plantation Garden Tour and the Pineapple Garden Maze. Also popular are informational displays and presentations, and the plantation country store where gifts, local favorites, foods and refreshments such as the world-famous DoleWhip® can be purchased.

Hours of Operation:
9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Before you go: Wear comfortable walking shoes if you plan to try out the pineapple maze, deemed the world’s largest maze in 2008 by the Guinness Book of World Records!

Farmers Market Royal Hawaiian Center

Perfect for the “locavore” foodie in the heart of Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian Center's "Tuesdays on the Rooftop" farmer's market showcases 20-25 vendors weekly. You'll find locally grown produce, ‘ono (delicious) dishes, freshly cut flowers, specialty food gift items and taro pounding demonstrations. Enjoy an assortment of locally made delicacies and beverages such as Pipikaula ‘O Kahalu‘u beef jerky, Malie Kai chocolate made from Hawaiian cacao grown on Oahu’s North Shore, Nalo Mele “just from the hive” honey, Pacifikool fresh and all-natural island ginger ale, Happy Cakes’ pineapple macadamia nut fruit cake, Big Wave Tomatoes’ grilled pesto pizza and more!

Hours of Operation:
Tuesdays, 3:30 pm - 7 pm

Hawaii’s Plantation Village

Hawaii's Plantation Village is an outdoor history museum that tells the story of life on Hawaii's Sugar Plantations (c. 1850-1950). Located in historic Waipahu town, local guides take you on a journey back to the early 1900s, where you can experience more than 25 authentic plantation homes and structures featuring personal artifacts, clothing, furniture and art placed in their original settings.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday
Guided Tours Offered Hourly from 10 am - 2 pm

Before you go: Wear comfortable walking shoes and pack a lunch to enjoy after the tour.

Honolulu Zoo

The Honolulu Zoo is the largest zoo within a radius of 2,300 miles and is unique in that it is the only zoo in the United States originating from a King's grant of royal lands to the people. The zoo now features over 1,230 animals in specially designed habitats, and receives approximately 600,000 visitors annually.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday, 9 am - 4:30 pm

Before you go: If driving, arrive early to find available metered parking (and plan a picnic for family and friends—outside food is permitted).

Iolani Palace

‘Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue. Meticulously restored to its former grandeur, this National Historic Landmark in downtown Honolulu tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalākaua, who built it in 1882, and his sister and successor, Queen Lili‘uokalani, walked its celebrated halls.

Hours of Operation:
Monday – Saturday, 9 am – 5 pm
Japanese language tours Monday – Saturday at 11:30 am

Before you go: Call ahead to reserve a slot for guided tours held Tuesday & Thursday (9 am – 10 am) and Wednesday, Friday & Saturday (9 am – 11:15 am).

KCC's Farmer's Market

KCC's Farmer's Market is Honolulu's only farmers' market featuring all Hawaiian grown and produced foods. The farmers and food producers attend to tell you about their products, how they grow them and how you should prepare them. You'll find a variety of products and have the option to shop for dinner or eat breakfast onsite (a different restaurant prepares hot breakfast plates each week). You won't want to leave before trying fresh baked scones, oatcakes and other baked items to have with a cup of Hawaiian-grown coffee.

Hours of Operation:
Saturdays, 7:30 am - 11 am
NEW pilot program: Tuesdays, 4 pm – 7 pm

Before you go: Check out the tip sheet (updated weekly) to find out which vendors are scheduled to be onsite. And, go early (or on Tuesdays) to avoid the crowd!

Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail

The Makapu‘u Point trail offers outstanding views of Oahu’s southeastern coastline, including Koko Head and Koko Crater. From the trail’s destination at Makapu‘u Head, one is rewarded with magnificent views of the windward coast and offshore islets, as well as the historic red-roofed Makapu‘u Lighthouse built in 1909, which makes a stunning picture against the deep blue sea below (the lighthouse itself is off-limits). On a clear day, you may even see Moloka‘i and Lana‘i. The offshore islets are wildlife sanctuaries for Hawaiian seabirds, such as the ‘iwa, frigate bird, and tropicbird. This trail is an excellent place to view migrating humpback whales in season (November - May).


Before you go: Binoculars are suggested for viewing the whales and seabirds (and don’t forget your water, sunscreen, snacks, sunglasses and hats)!

Pearl Harbor Historic Sites

Welcoming approximately 1.7 million visitors each year, Pearl Harbor attractions include several independent historic sites — some under the purview of the U.S. National Park Service and others operated by private, nonprofit organizations. Together, and in partnership with Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, they carry forth the legacies of some of our nation’s most treasured icons. Although Pearl Harbor is one historic destination, there are four distinct sites to visit: USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park and Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor. Each attraction is as compelling as the next and none that the visitor would want to miss.


Before you go: To avoid long ticket lines, reservations can now be made here online for a $1.50 convenience fee per ticket.

Polynesian Culture Center

Explore the island nations of Polynesia and visit authentic villages of Samoa, Fiji, Aaotearoa, Hawaii, Tahitia and Tonga. You'll mingle with natives from six specific cultures as they demonstrate their arts. Also included are activities such as tree climbing, spear throwing, canoe racing and tours, Samoan cooking and fire making (and additional add-on experiences such as a Hawaiian luau and the Hā: BREATH OF LIFE evening show).

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Saturday, 12 pm - 9 pm

Before you go: Although your ticket gets you complimentary readmission to the center for 2 weeks, plan to spend at least half a day there to experience as much as possible!

SeaBreeze Water Sports

SeaBreeze offers more activities under one roof than any other water sports provider in Hawaii, including parasailing, jet skiing, scuba diving (no experience necessary), snorkeling, banana boat or bumper tube rides, speed sailing and surfing lessons. SeaBreeze also offers a few activities from select companies that provide waterskiing and wakeboarding.


Before you go: Ask about daily specials when making a reservation.

Sea Life Park

Sea Life Park Hawaii provides a unique opportunity to interact with exotic sea life and animals. Guests can swim with dolphins and sea lions, sit in on a penguin trainer talk, feed sea turtles, dive with rays and more! Located north of Hanauma Bay, Sea Life Park Hawaii features a beautifully designed park with reefs, lagoons, pools and theaters. Park offerings include a restaurant, snacks bars, a dressing room and lockers.

Hours of Operation:
10:30 am - 5 pm

Before you go: Save money for souvenirs by packing a lunch (and check local magazines for discounts on park admission).

Serenity Spa Hawaii

Serenity Spa Hawaii offers The Art of Loving Touch with Chakra Balancing massage, the Tourmaline Skin Renewal facial and The Island Body Therapy wrap. These are but a few of the soothing array of rejuvenating mind and body treatments available at this full-service day spa overlooking Waikiki Beach. Botanically-based Aveda products are used for their pure and natural beautifying properties.

Hours of Operation:
Monday - Sunday, 9 am - 7 pm

Before you go: Check their Website for monthly specials!

Shangri-La: Doris Duke estate

Shangri La is the Honolulu home of American philanthropist Doris Duke. Built in 1937, Shangri La houses an impressive collection of Islamic art and is considered one of Hawaii’s most architecturally significant homes. Shangri La is open to the public for tours and special programs, and can also be visited by virtual tour.

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday – Saturday (for tours)
* Access to Shangri La is by guided tour or business appointment only.
Check-in is at the Honolulu Museum of Art at 9:30 am, 10:30 am and 1:30 pm.

Before you go: Call ahead to make reservations for a delightful lunch (after your tour) at the Honolulu Museum of Art Café.

Spirit of Aloha

Explore the Waikiki coastline aboard The Spirit of Aloha, a modern 54-foot catamaran. Its captain and lifeguard-certified crew members are available to answer questions about the ocean, navigation, sea life and marine conservation. Whales and green sea turtles are some of the creatures that can be seen on any given tour. Passengers also enjoy unobstructed views of Waikiki Beach with a backdrop of the Ko`olau mountains, and in the evenings the twinkling Honolulu skyline. The custom-designed sunset-orange and maile lei sail is a stunning contrast to the azure Pacific as it sails along the Waikiki coastline.

Hours of Operation:
Daily sails from the Hilton Hawaiian Village pier from 9 am – 5:30 pm

Before you go: If you enjoy fireworks, book your cruise for Friday evening and take in the sights from Hilton Hawaiian Village’s fireworks show.

The North Shore

The North Shore is home to some of the world's finest beaches and bays. During the winter months, the swells at world-famous surf spots Waimea Bay, Pipeline and Sunset Beach reach 30 feet or more. That's when professional surfers and fans descend on Hale'iwa and the North Shore. The water is calm during the remainder of the year and perfect for swimming, snorkeling and diving. The North Shore's white-sand beaches, crystal-clear water and romantic sunsets can be enjoyed year round. Visitors will find plentiful restaurant and shopping options, in addition to activities such as shark tours, fishing, hang gliding, sky diving, horseback riding, nature walks, hiking, snorkeling, scuba diving and more!


Before you go: Rent a car and plan to spend a day exploring this scenic side of the island (and make sure to visit Matsumoto Shave Ice, one of Oahu’s most popular destinations for this delicious specialty item).

Tropical Farms of Oahu (The Macadamia Nut Farm Outlet)

Hours of Operation:
Daily, 9:30 am – 5 pm

Before you go: If you eat before going, save a little room for the complimentary Kona coffee, macadamia nuts and fruit samples that’ll leave you craving for more! Also take cash if you plan to participate in the tour (highly recommended).

Waikiki Aquarium

The Waikiki Aquarium is located on the shoreline of Waikiki Beach next to a living reef and across from Kapiolani Park. The Aquarium – third oldest in the U.S. – showcases more than 500 marine species and maintains more than 3,500 marine specimens.

Hours of Operation:
9 am - 4:30 pm

Before you go: Head toward the Diamond Head side of Kalakaua Avenue to find free parking (or catch the Waikiki Trolley (green line) to enjoy a scenic view before and after your Aquarium visit).

Waikiki Ocean Club

The Waikiki Ocean Club is a 10,000 square foot water activity platform and ocean playground, built as the largest multi-hulled canoe in the world. Waikiki Ocean Club operates 300 yards off Waikiki Beach, offering fun on, in and under the water. Features include Waikiki's only ocean trampoline, 3 levels of diving platforms, an exclusive water slide, snorkeling, paddle boarding, kayak rental, jet skiing, parasailing and helmet dives just to name a few. “Thrill ride" RIB's to shuttle passengers to and from the activities all day long are also offered. When the sun goes down, DJ's, dancing, drinks and pupu's set the stage for the best view of Waikiki’s sunset.

Hours of Operation:
9 am – 5 pm (daily)

Before you go: Keep airline carry-on restrictions in mind: If you can’t take it aboard a plane, you can’t bring it aboard the Waikiki Ocean Club.

Ward Center's Farmer's Market

Ward Center's Farmer's Market features vendors offering fresh, locally-grown produce, foods and flowers. The market is operated by Mahiku Farms, which organizes local vendors who offer vegetables, fruits, cut flowers and plants, homemade foods, and baked goods. Several Ward Centers merchants also host booths at the weekly farmer’s market.

Hours of Operation:
Tuesdays, 8 am - 1 pm


Set on 29 acres in Kapolei, Oahu’s “second city”, Wet’n’Wild water park delivers over 25 rides and attractions for families and thrill-seekers alike. While adrenaline addicts can enjoy slides such as Tornado, which catapults riders through a 130-foot tunnel into the swirling, raging waters and down into a splash down pool, the park also features tamer attractions such as the relaxing Kapolei Kooler, a winding lazy river; Water World, an interactive children’s area filled with fountains, water cannons, mini-slides and a dumping bucket; and Hawaiian Waters, a 400,000-gallon wave pool.

Hours of Operation:
June - August
Monday - Sunday 10:30 am with various closing times.

September - May
Monday - Thursday with various closing times.

*Park is CLOSED Tuesday and Wednesday.

Check out the daily calendar

Before you go: Be aware that no outside food and drinks are allowed (with the exception of unopened bottled water).