Have you booked your next Oahu vacation? If you have, it is time to start thinking about Oahu attractions. Of course, you can do so once you arrive on the island, but it may make sense to familiarizing yourself with your vacation activities before you leave.
There are a number of benefits to planning the activities you want to do and the attractions you want to see before you leave for your trip. One of those benefits is creating a budget in advance, since some Oahu attractions require an admission fee. Determining this and other information, such as hours, ahead of time, can help to make your trip more enjoyable and relaxing.
1 – Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor is a National Historic Landmark. In fact, is it currently the only naval base that has been designed as one in the United States. The attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941, forever changed America. Whether you are looking to see the site for yourself, pay tribute to those who lost their lives, or do both, this is a must see attraction for you.
While visiting Pearl Harbor, you can take a guided tour through the Battleship Mississippi Memorial, Visit the USS Okalahoma Memorial, as well as the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park.
2 – The North Shore of Oahu
Are you an avid surfer or just a fan of the sport? If you are then the North Shore of Oahu is a must visit for you – it is home to some of the best surfing conditions in the world. Experienced surfers flock to the shores of local beaches and you may even be able to watch professional surfers!
In addition to surfing, there is so much more that the North Shore of Oahu has to offer. Swimming, sunbathing, picnicking, and other beach related activities are enjoyed by individuals of all ages.
3 – Diamond Head State Monument
The Diamond Head State Monument, which can be found in Waikiki, is one of Hawaii’s most well-known landmarks. According to Hawaii’s Official Tourism Site, the name came from the British who believed they found valuable diamonds in the crater. As it turns out, they were mistaken.
As popular as the Diamond Head State Monument is, this Oahu attraction isn’t right for everyone. A significant hike is required to get to the crater. This hike is perfect for those looking for adventure. The walk includes almost two hundred steps and mysterious underground tunnels.
4 – Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
The Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, located in southern Oahu, is a must visit for all swimmers. It is known as the perfect destination for snorkeling. The bay is home to colorful tropical fish, coral reefs, and clear water.
While some children and teenagers are able to snorkel, as it is a relatively easy activity for strong swimmers, caution is advised. Due to the area earning status of a nature preserve, all visitors are urged to be cautious in and around the water to help keep the area as natural and as beautiful as ever.
5 – The Iolani Palace
Iolani Palace is classified as an official residence of royalty. In fact, it is the only one of its kind in the United States. This, alone, makes the Iolani Palace a national treasure and a must visit. At one point in time, it was considered the political forefront and home of Hawaii.
The Iolani Palace is located in Honolulu. When visiting the Iolani Palace, there is so much for you to do and see. Depending on the day of your visit, you can shop the Palace shop, listen to band concerts, or take a guided tour.