Hawaii has been one of my favorite all time places to visit for many reasons the first is the wonderful weather year around, the beaches, the people, and the food.
Waikiki Beach– Probably the most popular tourist beach in Oahu Waikiki is packed almost all times of the year. The warm water and calm waves make it the perfect place for your family trip to the beach. You can enjoy reading a book, play volleyball, or watch your kids snorkel and swim all day. When you need a break from the beach head to any of the many wonderful restaurants in Waikiki. Once the sun sets you can enjoy endless shopping at high end stores or enjoy unique items at the International Market Place.
Pearl Harbor- Visiting Pearl Harbor is a must for any visitor to Oahu. There are two options, you can either visit World War II Valor and the Pacific National Monument for free or you can visit the USS Arizona for $7.50. There are few number of day-of-tickets you can get at the memorial but I would suggest you can get your tickets online from the US National Park Service up to 6 months in advance.
Polynesian Cultural Center-Located in Laie, Hawaii the Polynesian Cultural Center is a Polynesian theme park located on the campus of BYU Hawaii. There are 8 tropical villages where performers demonstrate various arts and crafts throughout Polynesia. There is also an amazing show called Hā–Breath of Life that is performed each night for an additional charge. The entrance fee is $49.95 for adults and $35.95 for children. The show costs another $20 for adults.
Diamond Head– Sitting just a few miles from Waikiki, Diamond Head Crater is a great adventure for your whole family. Diamond Head is open 6 am to 6 pm every day of the year (however the last entrance to the hike is at 4:30 pm and the gates are locked at 6 pm) and costs 5 dollars per car or 1 dollar per pedestrian. The hike is 1.6 miles and increases over 560 feet. Be prepared the last part of the hike has tons of stairs on section has over 75 and another 99 stairs but most children and seniors can make it up. The 360 degree views of the island make it worth it.
Hanauma Bay– Hanauma Bay is one of my favorite places to snorkel I have even been. The amazing coral reef shelters hundreds of tropical fish. You can rent snorkel gear at the bay or bring your own. Entrance to the bay is $7.50 per person. While you aren’t snorkeling you can enjoy the beautiful beach.
North Shore-Looking for amazing waves? North Shore won’t disappoint. People come from all over the island and world to surf here. If you don’t know don’t worry there are lots of places that will rent you a board and even give you a lesson. Even if you don’t surf the beach is amazing and can provide a great activity for your family.
Manoa Falls-With a 150 foot drop Manoa Falls is a simple hike around 1.5 miles. Many scenes from the TV show LOST were filmed here. Make sure you have good shoes because the trail can be quite muddy. Parking cots 5 dollars or you can walk or take the bus.
There really is so much to do on Oahu and this list doesn’t even scratch the surface. Oahu is definitely a place you will need to visit more than once in your life. Many people come the first time for a romantic vacation and then come back year after year.