Things to do on oahu
Things To Do On Oahu

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Things To Do On Oahu

Top 10 Oahu Activities

1. North Shore Shark Adventure

2. X-Treme Parasail

3. Paradise Cove Luau

4. Dolphin Adventure

5. Star of Honolulu Sunset Dinner Cruise

6. Kualoa Ranch ATV Ride

7. Oahu Bike & Hike Adventure

8. Oahu Bumper Tube & Banana Boat

9. Hanauma Bay Snorkel Tour

10. Surf n Sea Standup Paddle Lesson

Things To Do On Oahu

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A beach trip while in Oahu, Hawaii is a must. There are so many beautiful beaches on Oahu. The catch is trying to find a beach that is nice and secluded away from the millions of other tourists. Grab a towel, sunscreen (even if it's overcast) and your camera.

Listed in alphabetical order

Ala Moana Beach Park (1201 Ala Moana Blvd, Honolulu) Very popular with locals and tourists alike. Located close to Waikiki (just a few miles) and directly across the street from the Ala Moana Shopping Center, this is a GREAT family beach with calm water and sandy bottom. It's of the most highly trafficked beaches on the island, so its shores are clean and well maintained by the city. It can be difficult to find parking on the weekends or later in the afternoons on the weekdays, so it's best to get there as early as possible. The beach is also a perfect place to take walks, go for a long swim, have a picnic, and watch some awesome sunsets.
Kailua Beach Park (450 Kawailoa Rd, Kailua) Kailua Beach Park is one of the best places to learn body-boarding and take long beach walks. The sand is VERY FINE on this shoreline which makes it a "little" easier to take walks on and the shoreline is over 2 beautiful miles wide. Locals and tourists alike who like some waves to play in can enjoy this beach all year round. I recommend walking the shoreline a little before entering the water or asking the lifeguard if the winds are bringing Portuguese man of war to shore. These little guys can give a pretty nasty sting and can (on rare occasions) infest the beach. Many locals believe if you urinate on an area that has been stung, it helps to relieve the pain. (So please don't stare if you see a someone urinating on himself or his friend.)
Makapu'u Beach Park (41-095 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo) This beautiful beach is a very popular body-boarding/body-surfing spot with the locals. Entering the water is NOT recommended for the "experienced" body-surfer or body-boarder when the waves are large. Riptides here are very strong, and the weak or over confident are often embarrassed when lifeguards have to save them. Parking is limited so go early. It's a fun beach to sit and watch the more experienced wave riders.
Poka'i Bay (85-037 Waianae Valley Road, Waianae) This beach is on the "warmer" side of the island (if there is such a thing). The sun seems hotter and the air seems warmer than other spots of the island. Even the mountain terrain in this area looks more desert like, so its a great place to head to if the weather in Waikiki the other south shores seem cloudy. Due to its calm waters, its a great local family spot for those who live out here and don't want to head into "town". It gets crowded, so head out early. It's a nice place to take the kids who love the water and have parents that worry a lot.
Sandy Beach Park (8800 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu) This beach (more popularly known by the locals as "Sandys), has a very nice sandy shore with lots and lots of sand. The waves here are much like Makapu'u beach 2 miles down the road, and can be treacherous for the inexperienced body-boarder/body-surfer. Locals all know the dangers of this powerful shore-break beach, and many tourists learn quickly. Losing your shorts/bathing suit is not an uncommon event as swimmers get thrown around by the power of the waves and large swell days. You can see some of the most beautiful sunrises from this beach. If you want to enjoy as many waking moments as possible on the island, get up early, pick up a "local style" McDonald's breakfast and a large coffee and head out to this beach to catch the sun rising off the horizon. You'll most likely have the whole beach to yourself this early in the morning to enjoy a phenomenal event. OH! Don't forget a camera!
Sunset Point Beach Park (59-104 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa) Awesome winter swells make this beach famous among surfers from around the world. Parking is usually terrible (especially when the waves are large), but worth waiting for to get a spot to watch some of the best surfers tear it up! Summer typically has calmer waters and the sandy areas of the beach get a lot larger, so its a great place to relax during this season. This beach also has some really nice sunsets, especially on clearer days.
Waikiki Beach (Along Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu) This is the beach that has made Hawaii famous. Since most of the hotels on the island are located near this beautiful sandy beach (all Waikiki hotels are within walking distance), most visitors get very familiar with it. It typically has great swimming conditions all year round with mild waves that make the ocean experience a fun one. Going further from shore, the waves in Waikiki make ideal conditions for learning to surf or body board. The beach can get "littered" with bodies trying to get a tan, so most locals will not venture to Waikiki Beach shorelines as much as the tourists do. Most locals prefer Ala Moana beach over Waikiki to avoid the crowds and the constant smell of coconut suntan lotion. Also, finding free parking anywhere in Waikiki is almost non-existent.
Waimanalo Beach Park (41-741 Kalanianaole Hwy, Waimanalo) This is another great beach for beginning body-boarders. The waves run long for great rides that even the kids will love. The water stays shallow for quite a while, so you have the ability to walk to the areas where the waves begin to break. This beach is not heavily used by locals during the weekday when school is in session, but it can get crowded on the weekends and summer weekdays when the kids are out. The sand is very fine here, and portugese man of war can be a problem on occassion. Some reviews from tourists have claims that this is one of O'ahu's best kept secrets.
Waimea Bay Beach Park (61-031 Kamehameha Hwy, Haleiwa) This is the Dr. Jekyl and Mr. Hyde of beaches. During the summer months, this beach is a calm and gorgeous sandy place to enjoy swimming and relaxing with the whole family. During the winter season, another side of this beach comes out. It is home to some of the most spectacular BIG SURF in the world with waves known to be 30 feet high. The parking lot is VERY small and fills quickly, so it's a really good idea to head out early or you'll be spending most of your time waiting for stall. Also, don't think about parking illegally or you end up paying huge impound costs to get your car back.

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