On this page you’ll find lots of budget-friendly things to do in Oahu. With the exception of a couple of the activities, the vast majority of things to do listed on this page are free.
That’s because almost all of Oahu’s hikes and beaches are FREE!
This list focuses on outdoor travel and culture travel. So if you’re an outdoor enthusiast with an interest in learning about Hawaiian culture, there’s a good chance you’ll find things on this list that you’ll want to do!
Of course, this is not an extensive list in any way! But with so many things to do in Oahu, it can give you a starting point in your research. Use it as a guide for planning the best Hawaii vacation ever!
A note about the locations on this Oahu list
The locations are listed as a general reference only. They are meant to serve as a guide to give you a general idea of where a point of interest is located. For example, on this list, Diamond Head is listed as Waikiki, but it isn’t actually located in Waikiki. But as a first-time visitor to Oahu who knows nothing about where anything is located ;), it’s meant to give reference to a more recognized general area to help choose a place to visit based on location.
OAHU MAP INDEX
The Oahu map below is an index of planning tips you can find on this website.
You’ll find the following categories on the map:
- Oahu hikes
- Oahu beaches
- Hawaiian culture on Oahu
- Directions for Oahu by bus
So click on an icon to find out what’s there, and you’ll also find a link to take you to more planning details! Give it a try!
If the map isn’t showing up below, or you want to explore it in Google maps, see OAHU MAP. If you’re on mobile, be sure to explore it from a desktop or laptop too!
If you prefer a Oahu list index instead of a map index, see this list for Oahu.
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Tips for hiking in Hawaii
Read this before heading out for any hiking trails in Oahu!
Hawaii State Parks
See the official Hawaii State Parks website for more ideas on where to go hiking in Oahu and also for picnic sites. This is a list of state parks and state historic sites.
Hawaii Trail and Access System
If you’re an experienced hiker looking for longer trails, have a look here for more trails with a map and list maintained by the State of Hawaii’s Division of Forestry and Wildlife.
Nearby: Hanauma Bay
Nearby: Byodo-In Temple
Nearby: Koko Head Hike
Nearby: Duke Kahanamoku Statue
Polynesian Cultural Center, North Shore
Waikiki Hula Show, Waikiki
Keaiwa Heiau, Central Oahu
Puu O Mahuka Heiau, North Shore
Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Waikiki
Kauhale Ancient Living Site, North Shore
Kukaniloko Birthstones, Central Oahu
Byodo-In Temple, East Oahu
A heiau is an ancient Hawaiian temple
Nearby: Dole Plantation
Nearby: Puu Maelieli Trail
OAHU CIRCLE ISLAND DRIVING TOUR
HAWAII PACKING LIST
Hawaii Packing List: What to pack for Hawaii
Not your ordinary packing list!
HAPPY OAHU VACATION PLANNING!
What is GOA? Goa is a beach state in India, much like Hawaii is to the United States. And just as Hawaii is seen as a vacation destination, Goa is a popular vacation destination too! There is talk between the Hawaii state government and the Goa state government to become sister states. This means that the two states will work together to promote common goals for purposes of economic and cultural exchanges. You can read more about these efforts from Hawaii’s U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard’s office HERE and HERE. You can read more about what it means to be sister states HERE. ALOHA!what to wear on cruise formal night | what not to bring on a cruise | what to pack for hawaii | what to bring on a hike | how to not die when running in hot weather (really!) | how to keep your dog safe outdoors