Enjoy your next vacation in the tropical island paradise. This year means plenty of beach time, but there are a myriad of other things that you can do and explore. Take a much-needed break to a place full of sand, sun, fun, and plenty of rest and relaxation. Immerse yourself in a Hawaiian and Polynesian culture and history, see the sights, and more. No matter how long you’re here, or how diverse the interests of your group may be, there’s something for everyone to enjoy on an Oahu escape.
No trip to the Hawaiian islands is truly complete without attending a luau. It’s the perfect celebration of Polynesian culture and often includes a lei greeting, as well as hula dancers, fire twirlers, and many others. You’ll dine on delicious Hawaiian and Polynesian cuisine, typically served buffet style. Whether you’re staying in Waikiki, North Shore, or the Windward Coast, you’ll have no trouble finding a luau near you, as many hotels, resorts, and cultural centers offer them on a nightly or weekly basis. Some popular options include the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore, the Paradise Cove Luau in Ko Olina, or the Diamond Head Luau in Waikiki.
You can read all the guidebooks and information you like before you arrive. Those sources lead you to the popular “must see” attractions and destinations, meaning you’ll be dealing with the crowds of other people with guidebooks in hand that recommended the site. Instead, take your sightseeing advice from the locals, or join tours run by local companies that know the best spots on the island. These may be “off the beaten path” treats that offer a different experience of island life. Consider exploring the lush Manoa Falls Trail, where you can hike through the verdant rainforest to reach a stunning waterfall. Or venture to the serene Byodo-In Temple nestled in the Valley of the Temples on the Windward Coast, offering a tranquil retreat away from the bustling tourist areas. For history buffs, a visit to the historic Iolani Palace in downtown Honolulu provides insight into Hawaii’s royal past. Whichever sights you choose to explore, you may also get in stops to sample local cuisine, and no doubt get many photo opportunities.
On Oahu, karaoke is a staple of nightlife. There are a variety of bars and other locales where you can showcase your talent. If you’re still a bit shy, just cheer on those brave enough to take the stage. Some places offer special private rooms so you can display your talents for only your loved ones, free of embarrassment. Some great places that the locals always go to are Wave808, Sky Park, Blue Ribbon, and Soju Bang. Some of these places do offer food for purchase but be sure to call and check before making any reservations.
While exploring Oahu typically necessitates a rental vehicle, there are hidden gems inaccessible by car. Embrace the island’s spirit of adventure by opting for two wheels instead. Numerous scooter rental companies offer a variety of options to suit every traveler’s needs. Cruise along the coastal roads on a sleek scooter, perfect for solo adventurers, or opt for a comfortable ride on a scooter built for two. Families can enjoy the freedom of exploration with scooters equipped with child seats, ensuring everyone can join in on the fun. With each rental, safety is paramount, as helmets are provided, and additional gear such as locks, baskets, lights, and water bottles are available upon request. Soak in the island breeze as you embark on an unforgettable scooter journey through Oahu’s stunning landscapes and hidden treasures. One of many great scooter rental locations like Scooter Rental Hawaii, local in Waikiki provides exemptional customer service with easy pick-up access and delivery within the Waikiki area.
While swimming and beach lounging are fantastic activities to include in your daily itinerary, exploring beneath the waves offers a deeper appreciation for the island’s rich ecosystem. Embark on a scuba diving adventure or snorkeling excursion to discover Oahu’s vibrant marine life up close. Local diving enthusiasts recommend diving spots like Shark’s Cove on the North Shore, where you can encounter colorful reef fish and fascinating underwater rock formations. For a chance to swim alongside majestic sea turtles, head to Turtle Canyon near Waikiki. Experienced divers may also enjoy exploring the underwater lava tubes and caves at Electric Beach on the west coast. Whether you opt for a single-location dive or a multi-stop expedition, Oahu’s diverse underwater landscapes promise unforgettable encounters with dolphins, rays, whales, and an array of sea creatures.
USS Arizona Memorial
President Roosevelt called the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor “a date which will live in infamy.” The attack marks the United States’ official entry into World War II. Take some time to take in a little history at the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, as well as a tour of the USS Arizona memorial museum. The memorial museum was built directly over the wreckage of the warship by the same name. The ship was so irreparably damaged it never saw a day of action throughout the war. Take the 45-minute guided tour off the memorial hosted by a National Park Service member. Those tours run every 15 minutes daily 8 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Make sure to gather everyone together for one tour, as group sizes are capped at 145 people in accordance with US Navy and US Coast Guard regulations.
An island getaway, particularly in Hawaii and Oahu, guarantees ample beach time. While a visit to the renowned Waikiki Beach is a must, don’t overlook the charm of Oahu’s lesser-known gems. Venture beyond the tourist hotspots to discover local favorites such as Lanikai Beach, renowned for its powdery white sands and turquoise waters, or Makapu’u Beach, where you can admire panoramic views of the rugged coastline and catch glimpses of migrating whales during the winter months. For a secluded retreat, consider exploring the pristine shores of Waimanalo Beach, beloved by locals for its tranquil ambiance and picturesque surroundings. No matter which beach you choose, Oahu’s diverse coastal landscapes promise endless opportunities for relaxation and rejuvenation.
An Oahu Home Base for Fun
Indulge in relaxation after a day full of fun Oahu activities in a vacation rental by Midway Vacations. From intimate studios ideal for a solo or romantic getaway to spacious two-bedroom havens for you and your cherished ones, we offer a range of accommodations tailored to suit your tropical island retreat. Whip up delectable Hawaiian and Polynesian dishes or savor a favorite home-cooked meal in our fully-equipped kitchens. Afterward, unwind in the inviting ambiance of our open living spaces or retreat to the tranquility of a private bedroom.
As you step into your serene oasis, let the stresses of everyday life dissipate, replaced by the warm embrace of the Aloha spirit. For an unforgettable Oahu escape, contact us today to reserve your next memorable getaway in paradise.