November 18, 2017

OAHU: map + list :: Things to do in Oahu :: outdoor travel + culture travel :: oahu hawaii

Oahu: Honolulu flight into Oahu Airport, Hawaii. ALOHA! E komo mai!

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!

ALOHA!


Oahu Hawaii travel guide: Things to do in Oahu

I want to bike on Oahu!

I want to hike on Oahu!

I want to snorkel on Oahu!

I want to explore Hawaiian culture on Oahu!

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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:

It’s an interactive map of Oahu. 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 you’re on mobile, be sure to explore it from a desktop or laptop too! If you’re coming to this page from Pinterest, it doesn’t work well in the Pinterest app, so be sure to open it up in your web browser or Google Maps app.

If you prefer a list index instead of a map index, see this list for Oahu.

Oahu: Map of Oahu of things to do, Hawaii

EXPLORE OAHU BY REGION

  • Waikiki
  • East Oahu
  • North Shore
  • Central Oahu

Waikiki

Oahu, Hawaii: Things to do in Waikiki

Things to do in Waikiki


East Oahu

Oahu, Hawaii: Things to do in East Oahu

Things to do in East Oahu


North Shore

Oahu, Hawaii: Things to do on the North Shore

Things to do on the North Shore


Central Oahu

Oahu, Hawaii: Things to do in Central Oahu

Things to do in Central Oahu


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OAHU HIKES

Oahu: Hikes in Oahu with map and list, Hawaii

OAHU HIKES: MAP + LIST

What to wear hiking in Hawaii

Diamond Head Crater Trail, near Waikiki
Koko Head Hike, East Oahu
Lanikai Pillbox Hike, East Oahu
Puu Maelieli Trail, East Oahu
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, East Oahu
Manoa Falls Trail, near Honolulu

Oahu: Map of Oahu hikes, Hawaii


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.


Oahu: Diamond Head Trail is an Oahu hike near Waikiki, Hawaii

Diamond Head Crater Trail, near Waikiki | oahu hikes

Diamond Head by bus

Nearby: Waikiki snorkeling


Oahu: Koko Head Hike an Oahu hike in windward east Oahu, Hawaii

Koko Head Hike, East Oahu | oahu hikes

Koko Head by bus

Nearby: Hanauma Bay


Oahu: Lanikai Pillbox Hike is an Oahu hike in Kailua, Hawaii

Lanikai Pillbox Hike, East Oahu | oahu hikes

Nearby: Lanikai Beach | Mokulua Islands


Oahu: Puu Maelieli Trail is an Oahu hike in Kaneohe, Hawaii

Puu Maelieli Trail, East Oahu | oahu hikes

Nearby: Byodo-In Temple


Oahu: Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is an Oahu hike on windward east Oahu, Hawaii

Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, East Oahu | oahu hikes


Oahu: Manoa Falls Trail is an Oahu hike near Honolulu, Hawaii

Manoa Falls Trail, near Honolulu | oahu hikes

Manoa Falls Trail by bus


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OAHU BEACHES

Oahu: Beaches in Oahu with map and list, Hawaii

OAHU BEACHES: MAP + LIST

What to wear snorkeling in Hawaii

Do you need to know how to swim to snorkel?

Queens Beach, Waikiki
Lanikai Beach, East Oahu
Sharks Cove, North Shore
Laniakea Beach | Turtle Beach, North Shore
Hanauma Bay, East Oahu
Kuhio Beach, Waikiki

Oahu: Map of Oahu beaches, Hawaii


Oahu beaches: Queen's Beach for Waikiki snorkeling, Hawaii

Queens Beach, Waikiki | oahu beaches


Oahu: Lanikai Beach is an Oahu beach in Kailua, Hawaii

Lanikai Beach, East Oahu | oahu beaches

Lanikai Beach by bus

Nearby: Lanikai Pillbox Hike | Mokulua Islands


Oahu: Sharks Cove is an Oahu beach for snorkeling on the North Shore, Hawaii

Sharks Cove, North Shore | oahu beaches

Nearby: Turtle Beach | Waimea Bay


Oahu: Laniakea Beach aka Turtle Beach is an Oahu beach on the North Shore, Hawaii

Laniakea Beach – Turtle Beach, North Shore | oahu beaches

Nearby: Sharks Cove | Waimea Bay


Oahu: Hanauma Bay is an Oahu beach with snorkeling in windward east Oahu, Hawaii

Hanauma Bay, East Oahu | oahu beaches

Hanauma Bay by bus

Nearby: Koko Head Hike


Oahu: Kuhio Beach is an Oahu beach that's a part of Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

Kuhio Beach, Waikiki | oahu beaches

Nearby: Duke Kahanamoku Statue


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HAWAIIAN CULTURE IN OAHU

Oahu: Hawaiian culture activities in Oahu with map and list, Hawaii

OAHU CULTURE: MAP

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

Oahu: Map of Hawaiian Culture in Oahu, Hawaii


Oahu: With tickets to the Polynesian Cultural Center, you will travel from Waikiki to learn about Hawaiian culture in Laie on the North Shore, Hawaii

Polynesian Cultural Center, North Shore | hawaiian culture


Oahu: The free Waikiki Beach hula show celebrates Hawaiian culture with music, dance, torch lighting ceremony, and blowing of the conch shell in Waikiki, Hawaii

Waikiki Hula Show, Waikiki | hawaiian culture


Oahu: Keaiwa Heiau is located at a Hawaii State Park with remnants of an ancient Hawaiian Temple representing Hawaiian culture in Aiea, Hawaii

Keaiwa Heiau, Central Oahu | hawaiian culture

Nearby: Aiea Loop Trail | Pearl Harbor


Oahu: Puu O Mahuka Heiau is a Hawaii State Historic Site with remnants of an ancient Hawaiian Temple representing Hawaiian culture near Waimea on the North Shore, Hawaii

Puu O Mahuka Heiau, North Shore | hawaiian culture

Nearby: Turtle Beach | Sharks Cove


Oahu: Duke Kahanamoku Statue represents the Father of International Surfing and Ambassador of Aloha and Hawaiian culture in Waikiki Beach, Hawaii

Duke Kahanamoku Statue, Waikiki | hawaiian culture


Oahu: At Waimea Valley is the Kauhale ancient Hawaiian living site where you can learn about Hawaiian culture in Waimea on the North Shore, Hawaii

Kauhale Ancient Living Site, North Shore | hawaiian culture

Nearby: Turtle Beach | Sharks Cove


Oahu: Kukaniloko Birthstones in central Oahu is a Hawaii state historic site and marks the birthplace of an important chief in Hawaiian history. The site has also been thought of as the Stonehenge of Hawaii.

Kukaniloko Birthstones, Central Oahu | hawaiian culture

Nearby: Dole Plantation


Oahu: Byodo-In Temple is symbolic of Japanese culture in Hawaii and is in Kaneohe

Byodo-In Temple, East Oahu | hawaiian culture

Nearby: Puu Maelieli Trail


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GETTING AROUND OAHU

Oahu: How to take the bus around Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu by bus: How to take the bus to get around Oahu


Oahu: Circle island tour for driving tour with map and list, Hawaii

Oahu circle island driving tour: map + list


oahu map | oahu hikes | oahu beaches | oahu culture | oahu island tour | hawaii packing


HAWAII PACKING LIST

Oahu: Hawaii packing list and what to pack for Hawaii

Hawaii Packing List: What to pack for Hawaii
Not your ordinary packing list!

What to wear hiking in Hawaii

What to wear snorkeling in Hawaii

What to pack when snorkeling with kids


oahu map | oahu hikes | oahu beaches | oahu culture | getting around oahu | hawaii packing


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!

 

More things to maybe pack for active travel!

- This popular water bottle that'll keep your drinks cold, and it'll keep you hydrated and SAFE!
- OR (since that's heavy and $$$) this travel-friendly water bottle that you can fold up in your bag when it's in transit
- One of these types of chargers so you don't have to worry about your phone dying in the airport or out on the hiking trails
- These types of small backpacks so you can have plenty of snacks with you for energy!
- This phone case so you can waterproof your phone for cheap.
- And these popular packing cubes can help you quickly find everything that you packed away in your suitcase luggage set! ;)

Your footwear is important too!

- Walking: These types of hiking sandals. For walking in hot weather, they are more breathable than shoes, while still giving you necessary traction on the trails. Also see these travel sandals.
- Beach: These types of beach shoes. For beach walking and wading in the water, they can prevent cuts from hidden rocks under the sand or when bumping into coral reef.

see more: what to wear hiking - best shoes for hiking - what to wear snorkeling

And for your beachwear + more...!