The Ultimate Oahu Travel Guide

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Lizz Callaway

  • Domestic Travel

  • Hawai'i

  • Oahu

  • Beaches

  • Active Travel

  • Babymoons

  • Couples Travel

  • Family Travel

  • Group Travel

  • Outdoors

  • Island-Life

  • Local Culture

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Curator’s statement

As an avid traveler, Oahu holds a special place in my heart. This stunning Hawaiian island offers a unique blend of natural beauty, rich culture and unforgettable experiences. From its iconic surf breaks to its lush rainforests, Oahu has something for everyone. Whether you're a first-time visitor or a seasoned traveler, this guide will help you uncover the very best that Oahu has to offer.

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Where to stay in Oahu, Hawaii

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Things to do in Oahu, Hawaii

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Hike to the top of Diamond Head - Insider Tip: Go early in the morning to avoid the crowds and heat.

Explore the North Shore - Insider Tip: Stop at Giovanni's Shrimp Truck for some of the best shrimp scampi you'll ever have.

Visit Pearl Harbor - Insider Tip: Book your tickets in advance to avoid long wait times.

Take a sunset sail - Insider Tip: Look for companies that offer small group tours for a more intimate experience.

Surf at Waikiki Beach - Insider Tip: Take a lesson with a local surf school for an authentic Hawaiian experience.

Snorkel at Hanauma Bay - Insider Tip: Arrive early to avoid the crowds and get a good spot on the beach.

Experience a traditional Hawaiian Luau - Insider Tip: Book in advance and look for luau experiences that incorporate cultural education.

Visit the Byodo-In Temple - Insider Tip: Bring bug spray and watch out for the peacocks!

Places to eat & drink in Oahu, Hawaii

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Duke's Waikiki - A classic beachfront restaurant with live music and a great happy hour.

Moke's Bread & Breakfast - A local favorite for delicious breakfast and brunch options.

Kono's - A casual spot for delicious breakfast burritos and plate lunches.

Island Vintage Coffee - A must-visit for coffee lovers with multiple locations around the island.

The Pig & The Lady - A trendy restaurant serving Vietnamese-inspired cuisine.

Haleiwa Joe's Seafood Grill - A local seafood spot with stunning views of the ocean.

Mai Tai Bar - A fun spot for tropical cocktails and live music in Waikiki.

Need to Know

Oahu is a true gem of the Pacific, offering endless opportunities for adventure and relaxation. Whether you're seeking outdoor adventures, cultural experiences, or simply a chance to unwind on the beach, Oahu has something for everyone. With this guide, you'll be able to experience the very best that this incredible island has to offer. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable trip to Oahu!

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