You can rightly call Oahu as the heart of Hawaii and Honolulu as its racing pulse. Honolulu stretches right from the southeastern shores of the island from Pearl Harbor to Makapuu Point. It is a surfer’s paradise, but even if you have no interest in surfing you will find enough activities to keep yourself busy. There is snorkeling, kayaking, canoeing, or you can swim or simply relax sunbathing on its amazing beaches. After a busy day at such exciting activities, you can relax peacefully in a beach house or resort.
Oahu, which is the most populated Hawaiian Island, greets you with its oceanfront luaus, tropical breezes, and the iconic Diamond Head.
To get the experience of a premier vacation, visit these major attractions when you are here.
Located on the southern shore of Honolulu, Waikiki is world famous for its beaches. The calm sea waters here are perfect to learn surfing lessons. The father of modern surfing, Duke Kahanamoku learned his surfing lessons here only. While the beaches are lively throughout the day with people going for various water activities as the sun sets, it’s the lively music and the amazing nightlife that takes over. So, whether you are a day person or a night bird, you are never short of fun here.
The other best point of this location is that you are just half an hour away from Oahu attractions. These include Pearl Harbor, Hanauma Bay, Iolani Palace, and Nuuanu Pali. There’s also a big shopping place called Ala Moana Center.
Just five minutes east of Waikiki lies the famous Hawaiian landmark Leahi or the Diamond Head. It is a 760-foot tuff crater formed more than 100,000 years ago. You can take a moderately challenging trail here, which includes a total of 175 steps in two sets of stairs, few of dark, underground tunnels, and old military bunkers. But, this trail is worth taking because once you reach Diamond Head, there are stunning views waiting to greet you. In case you are taking this trail on a Saturday morning, you should definitely stop by the Kapiolani Community College Farmer’s Market. It is Oahu’s premier farmers’ market where the locally grown produce is showcased.
The place is not just awesome for beaches and water activities. It is also a shopper’s paradise. Just west of Waikiki, they have the largest open-air shopping mall in the world, Ala Moana Center. There are trolleys that take visitors from Waikiki to Ala Moana and back. In all, Ala Moana has more than 290 shops. If you get hungry during your shopping spree, there are 80 dining options too.
So, what are you waiting for? Honolulu-Oahu is calling you.