What is the first thing that comes to your mind when someone says ‘Hawaii’? Is it lush tropical jungles, mystical landscapes straight from a scene of Jurassic Park or wall-high waves which make those Pacific islands the ultimate surfers’ paradise?
The 137 of Hawaii Islands are all synonymous to a tropical paradise, but which island to pick as your travel destination? Oahu is surely one incredible location to take a closer look at. This volcanic island attracts travellers with endless opportunities for a great adventure, moody jungle vibes and beaches that look like the ones you see in travel agent’s brochures.
If Oahu is already on your bucket list, explore the top things to do on the islands. These will inspire your adventurous soul!
1. TAKE A SCENIC HELICOPTER RIDE
If your budget allows a $200 spend, you’re going to sign up for an adventure of a lifetime. Book a helicopter ride and soar above endless waterfalls, craters, beaches and famous Waikiki. After all, is there a better way to see all those jaw-dropping locations than from the bird’s perspective?
2. ZIPLINE AT KUALOA RANCH
Enjoy the zipline adventure while floating above the Kaawa Valley where Jurassic Park was filmed. This activity is perfect for a family getaway or friends’ day out and the zippline will serve both- adrenaline junkies and leisure lovers.
3. TAKE THE DIAMOND HEAD CRATER HIKE
When in Oahu, you cannot miss the hike to one of the most spectacular locations- the Diamond Head. This moderate, 2-hour trek will provide you with the most jaw-dropping views of Waikiki and the neighbourhood. Although the hike to Oahu’s signature tuff cone is a popular activity for tourists, you cannot miss it even though you always choose to go off-the-beaten-track.
4. VISIT LANIKAI BEACH AND TAKE A PILLBOX HIKE
To say that Lanikai Beach is one of the most beautiful in Hawaii is an understatement. It is surely one of the world’s leading nature wonders. The beach is flooded by tranquil turquoise waters and surrounded by a long stretch of glistening white sand. As the words lani kai translate to heavenly ocean, you may already have a picture of what this dream location is in real life. In fact, its translation is very literal.
To experience this beautiful place at sunrise, wake up early and take a 30 minute Lanikai Pillbox Hike for the best panoramic views.
5. SKYDIVE OVER THE NORTH SHORE
Have you ever dreamt of skydiving? What a better place to do your first tandem jump if not the picturesque and dramatic coast of Oahu? If skydive is on your bucket list, check out the leading organisers and make your dreams a reality!
6. WATCH SURFING COMPETITION AT BANZAI PIPELINE
Located in Oahu’s North Shore, the famous Banzai Pipeline proudly holds the title of the surfing universe. Even if you’ve never touched a surfboard before- watching the pro wave-riders taking over the legendary barrels is a whole experience itself.
7. SNORKEL AT HANAUMA BAY
As the Pacific Ocean is home to the most spectacular coral reefs, the abundance of marine life can be best spotted here at the Hanauma Bay. Sign up for a snorkeling tour and the expert diver will take you to the most exquisite spots where you’ll be able to spot the turtles and the whole variety of underwater creatures
OTHER EPIC THINGS TO DO IN OAHU THAT YOU CANNOT MISS:
-Take a scenic hike to Chinaman’s Hat
-Take a canoe ride to the Mokes
-Sign up for a tour to see the Atlantis submarine
-Explore the Manoa Falls
-Relax in the Makapu’u Tide Pools
- Visit one and only Waikiki Beach