Top 10 Reasons to Visit Oahu

By Brandi-Ann Uyemura

Canoe surfers at Waikiki beach with Diamond Head in the background.  Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

Canoe surfers at Waikiki beach with Diamond Head in the background. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

As the main hub of the Hawaiian Islands, its no wonder Oahu is the most visited island. Serving up big city fun in a small island setting, this vibrant island offers the best of both worlds-tropical verdure and a lively night scene. Here are 10 more reasons why you should make a trip to Oahu.

1) Diversity

Oahu is known as the “gathering place,” which can be experienced through Hawaii’s people and cuisine.

2) Nightlife

While some would rather pass the tourist scene of Waikiki, it’s a worthy stop because of its central location to high class shopping, dining and entertainment.

Fireworks light up the night sky and bring revelers out to the beach to celebrate.  Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

Fireworks light up the night sky and bring revelers out to the beach to celebrate. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

3) Kailua Town

This trendy beach town has a lot to offer with its world famous Kailua and Lanikai beaches, quaint boutiques and breathtaking views.

Fisherman at sunset on Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Oahu.  Photo courtesy of Napua Heen.

Fisherman at sunset on Lanikai Beach, Kailua, Oahu. Photo courtesy of Napua Heen.

4) Hanauma Bay

Get up and close with Hawaiian sea life by snorkeling in this gorgeous natural preserve.

5) Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace was once the home of Hawaii’s monarchy. Stepping through the palace’s doors, you’ll get a peek into Hawaii’s royal past you won’t get in history books.

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Iolani Palace all lit up at night. Photo courtesy of the Star-Advertiser.

6) Hiking

Scale the steep slopes of Diamond Head Crater or take your pick of challenging hiking trails across Oahu.

7) Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial

Travel on a boat to pay your respects to soldiers that valiantly fought in World War II on the USS Arizona Memorial, and tour other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites and museums.

8) Gardens

Sprinkled throughout the island are botanical gardens showcasing tropical plants you won’t see elsewhere.

Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

Delicate and feathery Ohai Alii flowers. Photo courtesy of Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson.

9) North Shore

Known for its picture perfect waves, North Shore also offers country living at its finest with tons of shops in historical Haleiwa town, outdoor activities, and beaches.

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Surfing on Oahu’s North Shore. Photo courtesy of the Star-Advertiser.

10) Culture

Immerse yourself in Hawaii’s culture through various museums such as the Bishop museum and the Hawaiian Mission Houses museum, take a multicultural history lesson in Hawaii’s plantation past at Hawaii’s Plantation Village or experience the sights, sounds and taste of exotic Chinatown.

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