Oahu, while only the third-largest island of the Hawaiian islands, holds most of the state’s population, as well as the capital city of Honolulu. Of course you will want to enjoy an afternoon on the world-famous Waikiki Beach with its shopping and dining, but this is only one of the amazing attractions that Oahu holds!

Within minutes of Waikiki, you can hike  to the summit of Diamond Head Crater, catch a glimpse of the elusive humuhumunukunukuapua’a at the Waikiki Aquarium, and experience the brilliant blue ocean from above or below with a relaxing dinner cruise, a ride on a catamaran, or even a voyage by submarine!  In the winter and spring months, you might even catch a sighting of humpback whales.  If you long to dive in and meet Oahu’s ocean creatures face to face, your group can snorkel at Hanauma Bay or go north to Sea Life Park and swim with dolphins, sea lions, and Hawaiian rays!

If you prefer your adventures on dry land, the city of Honolulu has many cultural and historic sites of interest.  Drive by the state capitol and historic Washington Place, see the famous Kamehameha statue, and browse the eclectic shops and markets of Honolulu’s Chinatown. For more glimpses of Hawaii’s past, wander the luxurious interior of  Iolani Palace, see Kawaihao Church, built entirely of coral, drive through Punchbowl National Cemetery, and stand above the sunken USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor.

For a taste of an even older Oahu, visit the Polynesian Cultural Center on the windward side of the island.  This side, while less populated, has its own charm.  You can take in the magnificent views at Nuuanu Pali lookout, drive by Chinaman’s Hat, hike the Makapu’u lighthouse trail, or visit Oahu’s tallest accessible waterfall, Manoa Falls.  For even more fun on the windward side, take Chief Sielu’s hilarious Ali’i Tour at Tropical Farms or enjoy one of the many adventure tours offered at nearby Kualoa Ranch. Travel inland and you can visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation for tours, fun in the 3-acre garden maze, and pineapple treats. Finish off your visit by feasting at one of Oahu’s authentic Hawaiian luaus.

Oahu truly has something for everyone!