Honolulu is the gateway to the Hawaiian Islands, and there’s plenty to do, from the world-famous Waikiki Beach to multi-ethnic food, and pumping music, art and surfing scenes. But there’s plenty more to discover on Oahu. Here are just a few attractions outside the Hawaiian capital.
Kailua is a small but buzzing beach town with chic boutiques and popular restaurants on Oahu’s Windward Coast. Curl your toes in the white sands of Kailua Beach, dip a toe in its turquoise waters, hire a kayak or take a kite board lesson. Pick up some treasures in the... more »
The deep blue, circular Hanauma Bay on the south-east tip of East Honolulu was once a volcanic cone. It has become one of the most popular places to snorkel on the Oahu, with about 3,000 visitors a day coming to view its glorious reef and assortment of fish and other... more »
Drive eight kilometres up the Pali Highway from downtown Honolulu, through dense forests of tall trees, to reach the Nuuanu Pali Lookout. At 300 metres, the lookout – which is known for its howling winds – affords views of the Koolau cliffs and verdant Windward Coast. Pali means ‘cliff’ in... more »
Oahu’s North Shore has shot to fame as a big-wave surfing mecca, as well as a Hollywood backdrop in movies from Forgetting Sarah Marshall to Hunger Games: Catching Fire . Its 11 kilometres of sand are the home of Hawaii’s big winter waves (November to February), including the deadly Banzai... more »
Famous for its authentic Hawaiian luau, the Polynesian Cultural Center sprawls across 17 hectares at Laie. Explore six authentic Polynesian island villages – Tahiti, Tonga, Fiji, Samoa, Aotearoa (New Zealand) and Hawaii – at this hands-on cultural extravaganza. Have a go at spear throwing, compete in a canoe race, light... more »