Oahu is an island paradise in the middle of the Pacific. It’s one of my favorite places to visit and a place I used to call home. After countless adventures, beach excursions, and dining experiences, I’ve done the research to help you plan your trip. Check out my list for ideas on some amazing things to do on Oahu.

Things to Do On Oahu.

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Hiking on Oahu

1. Climb mountains.

With so many great hikes on Oahu, it’s always fun finding a new mountain to conquer. I’ve written about some of my favorite hikes on Oahu here. I also love the Crouching Lion hike, pictured above.

On a recent trip, I checked out Puu Pia in Manoa. The short hike was very muddy, but the view of the valley is remarkable. Lanikai Pillbox is also an easy trail with great views of the ocean and the East side of the island.

North Shore Hawaii
North Shore

2. Visit the North Shore.

I love spending time on the North Shore of Oahu. I used to live here, and it’s still my favorite place to visit on the island and with so many beautiful beaches to go to, you can’t just pick one. My friends and I love eating at Pupukea Grill and spending the afternoon at Sunset Beach. If you want go snorkeling, Three Tables is an excellent choice when the waves aren’t too big. Waimea Bay is also a favorite on my list!

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Sunflower fields on Oahu

3. Run Through Oahu’s sunflower fields.

Depending on the time of year, there are beautiful sunflower fields on Oahu.  I’ve written a separate post on where to find sunflower fields on Oahu. You can check it out here: Where to Find Sunflower Fields on Oahu

Staycation in Hawaii
Modern Honolulu

4. Staycations!

If you are staying in Waikiki, take a dip in your favorite hotel pool after swimming in the ocean. I love spending time at the Sunset Pool at the Modern Honolulu. Read about my experiences in the penthouse here.

The drinks are always good, it’s never too crowded, and it’s a great place to watch the sunset or the fireworks on a Friday night.

The island has some spectacular beaches, and when I’m in town, I like to visit Kaimana Beach Park and Ala Moana Beach Park. Don’t just stay in one place though.  The entire island has something unique to offer. Check out some of my favorite beaches here.

Oahu: Island Paradise
Ala Moana Stand up Paddle

5. SUP at Ala Moana.

You can’t come to Oahu and not visit Ala Moana Beach Park. Located in town, it’s a great place to swim or standup paddleboard. My friend Allison and I spent an hour on the water and spotted a few turtles during our SUP session.

Read: Learn how you can SUP for free at Ala Moana Beach Park here.

6. Sunset Cruise.

One of the best ways to experience Waikiki is on a boat. With iconic views of Diamond Head and the city skyline, spending a few hours on the water is always a good time. Daily catamaran and boat cruises are available in the morning and around sunset in Waikiki.

7. Treat yourself to some good food.

Oahu: Island Paradise
Pupukea Grill North Shore eats

I love catching up with friends over a good meal, and Oahu has plenty of options that won’t break your budget.

Here are some of the places I like to visit:

Onos – For me, no visit to Oahu is complete without a stop at Onos on Kapahuluu.
Foodland – Grab a poke bowl to go and take it to the beach. Spicy Tuna is my favorite!
Pupukea Grill – A North Shore classic, this blue food truck is always busy, but after one bite of their hummus wrap or spicy tuna bowl, you’ll understand why it’s worth a stop here.
Honolulu Museum of Art Café – This was a first-time visit for me, but the shrimp penne pasta with shiitake mushrooms is worth a second visit.
Moku – Located at SALT in Kakaako, the fish here is brought to the restaurant the day its caught. I liked the fish tacos.
Kaimuki Superette – A Cute coffee shop that serves breakfast and lunch.
Odori-ko Japanese – Basically ordered everything off the menu here, and had a wonderful time catching up with my friend Mona.
StripSteak Hawaii – Located at the International Marketplace, this restaurant has a great happy hour daily from 4 pm – 6 pm.

Whether you are visiting for the first time or coming back to the island, there are so many things you can do on Oahu, that it’s hard to squeeze everything into one trip. I feel so grateful that I had a chance to spend time here again, and I hope to be back very soon.

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Things to do on Oahu

What’s your favorite thing to do on Oahu?

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Alejandra Cerball is a journalist, writer, and travel+ lifestyle blogger. Alex enjoys writing about travel, empowering women in business, wellness, and sustainable fashion. Follow on Instagram @alexcerball.

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