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Oahu – Things to do

Oahu Attractions

Learn to surf on Waikiki Beach or hit bigger waves on the North Shore, visit the historic site of Pearl Harbor and pretend you are in you're in a movie at Kualoa Ranch. With so many things to see and do in Oahu, you will want to come back before you've even left.

USS Bowfin and Memorial, Pearl Harbor

Historic sites

Visit the only official state residence of royalty in the United States at Iolani Palace and the National Historic Landmark, Pearl Harbor where you will learn about the events of World War II in 1941. Hike to the top of Diamond Head crater for panoramic views of Waikiki and the Diamond Head (Leahi) State Monument or the Pali Lookout (Nuuanu Pali State Wayside) where King Kamehameha I won a decisive battle that helped him conquer the island.

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Hanauma Bay Hawaii

Hanauma Bay

Once a volcanic crater, the moon-shaped Hanauma Bay is now a startlingly beautiful cove with lively reefs and colourful fish. Walk down the steep crescent or pay to have a trolley drive you down to the shore, where you can rent snorkelling gear, or use your own, to get fantastic views of the humuhumunkunukuapuaa (the state fish of Hawaii), yellow tangs, trumpet fish and angel fish that live in the clear blue waters.

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North Shore

North Shore

For something a bit quieter and more laidback, head to Oahu's North Shore. See the famous Banzai Pipeline, where the waves curl into magnificent tubes in the winter at Ehukai Beach Park. Swim or snorkel the summer's calm waters or surf the mammoth winter waves of Waimea Bay, made popular by the Beach Boys song Surfin' USA. Plus, check out the remains of the archaeological site of Hale O Lono Helau in Waimea Valley and see the Waihi Falls, at the back of the valley where the falls plunge into a fantastic swimming pond.

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Kualoa Ranch

Visit 4,000 acres of incredible natural beauty at this private nature reserve. Go on a movie sites tour and see where Jurassic World, Godzilla, Skull Island and Jurassic Park were filmed as well as more than 50 Hollywood blockbusters. Zip line through the treetop canopy, experience guided Raptor ATV tours, explore the mountain trails by horseback and venture across the ancient fishpond by catamaran to escape to their 'secret' beach.

Learning to surf

Learn to Surf

When you think of Hawaii, surfing is one of the first things that comes to mind and whether you have never tried it before or an avid surfer, Waikiki is one of the most iconic places to be. The waves are gentle rollers offering a smooth and long wave ride back to shore, so it really is a great place for all the family to enjoy.