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Paradise Cove Luau

“From the moment you set foot upon our 12 oceanfront acres, you’re our special guest and treated to the finest Hawaii has to offer.”

Immerse Yourself in Hawaiian Culture

Attending a luau is often one of the most memorable experiences visitors enjoy during their vacation to Hawaii. While you’ll find many luau experiences across the island, not all are created equal. The Paradise Cove Luau offers an excellent cultural experience that incorporates authentic Hawaiian history, culture, cuisine, and dance, all within a beautiful setting.

Live Hawaiian music sets the festive mood of the evening. Casually stroll through the Hawaiian village and learn the arts and crafts of the islands or test your skills at our Hawaiian games.

After the delightful Shower of Flowers, participate in the Hukilau on the beach and learn the traditional net fishing techniques of old Hawaii. Witness the pageantry of the royal court procession and the time-honored techniques of underground oven cooking at the Imu Ceremony.

The evening continues with a feast in the company of friends, old and new. Bring your appetite to fully enjoy Paradise Cove’s extensive menu which tastefully blends the best of traditional Hawaiian dishes, local favorites, and continental cuisine.

With a spectacular Hawaiian sunset as a backdrop, their award-winning performers will entertain and amaze you with an unforgettable display of songs and dances of Hawaii and Polynesia at the incomparable Paradise Cove Extravaganza.

Enjoy an unforgettable evening of fun activities, delicious island cuisine and spectacular entertainment at Hawaii’s Best Luau!

A woman with a fishing net doing the  Hukilau  Aloha on the beach spelt on the beach with shells

Paradise Cove’s Deluxe Luau Package

Paradise Cove’s Deluxe Luau Package offers extraordinary service and unrivaled entertainment.

  • Optional Transportation available for an additional fee
  • Fresh Flower Lei Greeting or Kukui Nut Lei Greeting upon Arrival
  • Mai Tai Greeting Cove Card ($24 Adults / $18 Child)
  • Deluxe Seating
  • Hawaiian Luau Menu
  • Table Service (Versus Buffet)
  • Arts & Crafts Demonstrations
  • Hawaiian Storytelling
  • Games of Skill and Daring in the Hawaiian Village
  • Shower of Flowers
  • Hukilau on the Beach
  • Royal Court Procession
  • Imu Ceremony
  • Paradise Cove Extravaganza
  • Souvenir Arrival Photograph (One Per Person)
  • Souvenir Gift from Paradise Cove
Call us to discuss various packages options.
Ph: (808) 726-2875

Additional Activities Near Paradise Cove Luau

When you select vacation accommodations on the grounds of Ko Olina, you can spend the day leading up to your Paradise Cove Luau excursion relaxing along the shores of one of the Ko Olina beach lagoons. With outer rock croppings to protect from large ocean waves, the waters in the lagoons offer a calm ocean oasis perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and stand up paddle boarding. Each of the four beaches on the resort grounds offers a perfect crescent of white sand curved up against aqua blue water. Strung together by a 1.5-mile paved path, you can beach hop among them or simply choose your favorite spot to settle in for the day. Also along this path are shops and restaurants, making a break from the beach to refuel or cool off an easy transition.

Elsewhere on the Ko Olina grounds are a world class golf course, numerous swimming pools, and accommodations that range from chic condos to sprawling private homes with all the charms of Hawaii’s plantation era architecture. With a full marina, beaches, golf course, and activities such as Paradise Cove Luau all at Ko Olina, it’s no wonder the accommodations at Ko Olina are highly desirable!

Leaving the Ko Olina grounds, you have the option of traveling north along the island’s western coastline toward the long stretches of sand found at beaches such as Makaha to the oceanside cliffs and trails of the remote Ka’ena Point State Park. Traveling east will take you to the nearby town of Kapolei, where you’ll find additional shopping and dining options convenient to Ko Olina. Approximately 30 minutes east are the bustling areas of downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, where the casual beach atmosphere blends with the cosmopolitan streets of city life, creating a dynamic place to spend an afternoon. Museums, shops, dining, and the famed Waikiki Beach can all be found here!

To secure accommodations away from the hustle and bustle of the city but still within easy reach, browse our Ko Olina rentals, which put you in great proximity for enjoying a luau at Paradise Cove!

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Paradise Cove FAQ

Is Paradise Cove Luau family friendly?

Yes, Paradise Cove Luau is family friendly. The luau offers a cultural experience suitable for all ages, featuring traditional Hawaiian activities, music, and dance. Families can enjoy a festive atmosphere, delicious cuisine, and engaging performances, making it an enjoyable and inclusive experience for everyone.

What kind of food is served?

At Paradise Cove Luau, dining is an immersive Hawaiian experience. Begin with a fresh salad bar and indulge in the creamy macaroni salad, exotic poi, and flavorful lomi lomi salmon. Savor island favorites like the succulent kalua pig and tender island style baked chicken. The feast continues with beer battered island fish, accompanied by taro rolls and cold steamed sweet potato. Complete your culinary journey with a taste of paradise through fresh pineapple and various desserts, bringing a perfect blend of flavors to your luau evening.

Can we plan a luau for our special event?

Absolutely! Paradise Cove Luau provides an enchanting venue for special events amidst tropical landscapes, ocean vistas, stunning gardens, and lava rock ponds. Tailored for memorable occasions, they offer diverse wedding and special event packages, ensuring a unique and picturesque setting for your celebration in the heart of Hawaiian beauty.

Where can I find nearby accommodations?

Paradise Cove Luau is conveniently located on the grounds of Ko Olina, a renowned resort in West Oahu. Within the lush Ko Olina grounds, you will discover luxurious amenities along with a variety of condos, villas, and private homes, providing the ideal lodging options for your Hawaii getaway.

Dolphin Snorkel Tour

Many dream of the ultimate experience of swimming in the natural environment with wild dolphins. On Ko Olina Ocean Adventures’ Oahu Dolphin Snorkel Tour that dream can come true. Our leeward shore is home to Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins year round. By the lucky chance that guests are willing to relax and passively view the dolphins, we are able to slip on our snorkels, glide into the water and see pods of 20, 40, and sometimes as many as 100 dolphins swimming beneath us.

The adventure does not stop there. Their aquatic safari takes you to a snorkel at two of their top fish and sea turtle sites. “Turtle Town” is a cleaning station for sea turtles where guests can see as many as a half a dozen sea turtles getting their shells cleaned. While “Sand Pukas” and “Electric Beach” are home to Oahu’s second largest living reef and “millions” of colorful tropical fish. Last but not least, whale sightings are an added bonus in the winter months (December to March), – which guests can hear with board hydrophones.

Ko Olina Ocean Adventures’ Dolphin Snorkel Tours in Oahu is for aquatic enthusiasts who are willing to be more wet than dry, see more sites than any other snorkel tour, and are open to be amazed by Hawaii’s special marine life.



A wild, in-water dolphin experience!
2-3 additional snorkel sites!
Whale sightings (seasonal)
Snorkel guides and instruction
A comfortable, family friendly and safe way to experience Oahu’s best snorkeling



• On board bathrooms
• Fresh water shower
• Bottled water
• Soda, coffee, tea, hot cocoa
• Check in snacks of muffins, cereal bars
• Lunch
• Snorkel gear
• Snorkel instruction
• Life jackets
• Fins

Two women snorkeling in Hawaii An assortment of snorkeling gear

Additional Information:

Please remember to bring your bathing suit, towel, sunscreen, hat, light cover up, and change of clothes. Camera, wetsuit, and fishfood rentals are all available for additional purchases so you may want to bring a credit card or additional money for upgrades.

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Other Exciting Tours Offered by Ko Olina Ocean Adventures

Ko Olina Ocean Adventures offers more tours in addition to their Dolphin Snorkel Tour. For those looking for a romantic evening out on the water, the Catamaran Sunset Sail or the Sunset Sip & Sail are special options. The sunset sail sets you up to view a stunning Hawaiian sunset from the best possible vantage point. A leisurely sail aboard the luxurious catamaran provides a low-key excursion, during which you can nibble appetizers, sip complimentary champagne (or other drinks from the bar at additional cost) and take in the stunning views. The Catamaran Sunset Sail is an idyllic tour for setting the stage for a romantic evening and is available for bookings on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday evenings. Similarly, the Sunset Sip & Sail is a great option for couples or friends wanting to spend a special evening out on the water. This tour is perfect for those who enjoy a glass of wine or who are interested in learning more about the fine art of wine tasting. An appetizer menu that pairs well with wine is offered, and wine tastings are complementary, while additional drinks are available from the bar at extra cost. This tour is offered only on the first Saturday of April, July, and October. Make your Oahu vacation memorable when you add one of these tours to your itinerary!

Call us to discuss various times and/or packages available.
Ph: (808) 726-2875

Ko Olina Ocean Adventures is located within the Ko Olina Harbor in Kapolei at 92-100 Waipahe Pl.

Activities & Services Near Ko Olina Ocean Adventures

With their location within the Ko Olina Harbor, a boat excursion with Ko Olina Ocean Adventures is easily accessible for any guests staying within the Ko Olina resort complex. Within these luxurious grounds are various accommodations options, as well as swimming pools, spas, shops, restaurants, and beaches. When you base your Oahu vacation in Ko Olina, activities and amenities are right at your fingertips. Accommodations vary from breezy ocean view condos to spacious private homes within gated communities. Activities on the grounds include golfing at the world class golf course, swimming in the calm beach lagoons, lounging by the swimming pool, or shopping and dining in the onsite specialty shops and restaurants. Additional shopping, activities, and dining options are available beyond the resort grounds in the adjacent community of Kapolei.

Still in search of Oahu vacation accommodations? Browse our Ko Olina vacation homes here.

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Dolphin Snorkel Tour FAQ

Are your Dolphin Snorkel Tours family-friendly?

Yes, Dolphin Snorkel Tours are family-friendly, catering to all ages. Their expert guides ensure a safe and enjoyable experience, making it a perfect outing for families to create lasting memories together. With beautiful scenery and exciting activities for everyone from toddler to grandparent, Dolphin Snorkel Tours are often a highlight of families’ Oahu experience.

Is the boat ride comfortable?

Absolutely, the boat ride is exceptionally comfortable. The Gold Coast Catamaran, a spacious 53′ by 29′ luxury sailing vessel, provides a smooth and enjoyable journey, enhancing the overall experience of your dolphin snorkel adventure. Experience the utmost comfort and safety under the guidance of experienced captains. These seasoned professionals bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise, guaranteeing a smooth and secure boat ride.

What kind of wildlife will we see?

You will experience diverse wildlife encounters on your Dolphin Snorkel Tour. Experience the magic of seasonal Alaskan Humpback Whales from mid-November to late March. Meanwhile, the enchanting Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins grace our shores year-round, providing a captivating and unforgettable sight during your snorkeling expedition. In addition, green sea turtles and a variety of tropical fish can also be seen year-round, making this an exceptional activity for wildlife enthusiasts.

Where can we find the best nearby accommodations?

Dolphin Snorkel Tours are launched from the Ko Olina Marina, which is part of the luxurious Ko Olina Resort. Within the Ko Olina grounds, there are a variety of vacation condos, villas, and homes which all offer top-notch Oahu accommodations.

Pearl Harbour Tour

The island of Oahu is a special Hawaii vacation destination in that it offers a broad range of activity options, from long, white sand beaches to historic sites such as Pearl Harbor. Add an educational element to your Hawaii vacation when you visit important sites such as Pearl Harbor on a Pearl Harbor Tour.

Be ready for spur-of-the-moment stops, unexpected views and special sightseeing along the way! Immerse yourself in Oahu’s wartime history, visiting important sites and listening to personal stories.​ See battleships that represent the start and end of US involvement in World War II, along with other poignant sites.


  • Take the H-1 Freeway to the National Cemetery of the Pacific. Located at Punchbowl Crater, the cemetery honors men and women who have served in the US armed forces, drawing millions of visitors each year.
  • Continue toward downtown Honolulu, where a fascinating tour will take you to historic points of interest in the city.

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On this adventure you will 

  • B​oard a US Navy shuttle boat that will take you out to the USS Arizona Memorial, a reverent, open-air structure built across the width of the sunken USS Arizona. There, you will also see the marble wall carved with the names of the 1,178 young men who lost their lives on the ship.
  • View the nearby USS Missouri, the site where Japan signed the Instrument of Surrender to end World War II. Together, the Missouri and the Arizona have often been referred to as symbolic “bookends” of the war.
View important additional information to help you prepare for this exciting adventure.
  • The order of sites visited may vary, subject to traffic and safety conditions.
  • We encourage Guests to dress comfortably, keeping in mind that shirts and shoes are required on the USS Arizona Memorial; swimsuits are not permitted.
  • Security restrictions at Joint Base Pearl Harbor – Hickam will be enforced. Please do not bring large bags or any containers that could conceal contraband. Storage will be available in the Pacific Visitors Center at Pearl Harbor at a cost of $3.00.
  • Snacks will be available at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitors Center and the USS Missouri gift shop.
Call us for more information 
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The main building of the Pearl Harbor Memorial The main battleship at the Pearl Harbor Memorial

Additional Sites at Pearl Harbor

The Pearl Harbor Historical Sites are comprised of the USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. Beyond your tour of the Arizona and Battleship Missouri Memorials, you may consider planning to spend additional time at the complex exploring the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, as well as the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum.

The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park provides an intriguing look into the role that submariners played in World War II. As one of only 15 World War II submarines that are left, boarding the USS Bowfin is a special experience to climb aboard a real submarine that has been painstakingly restored to reflect its original design. Stand in the torpedo rooms, exam the narrow quarters of the bunks, and explore the control room, officer quarters, galley, mess decks and engine rooms. With an audio that features commentary from the actual USS Bowfin crew, it’s not hard to imagine that you’ve stepped back in time!

From the sea to the air, the sites at Pearl Harbor allow visitors to examine the many fronts which were fought in World War II. Be sure to save time to explore the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum! A riveting, chronological retelling of World War II events begins in Hangar 37 and continues throughout the museum with a factual retelling and personal stories. Paired with displays that depict life in Hawaii in the 1940s, visitors also gain a deeper understanding and appreciation of the Hawaii culture and how the Islands were affected during the World War II era. Over fifty aircraft, along with personal effects, are on display in the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, ranging from rare World War II aircraft such as the Flying Tigers P-40 to modern aircraft that are still in service today. Exploring the museum is interesting for all ages, and kids will love the hands-on STEM exhibits available for exploration in The Raytheon Pavilion.

Set aside a day or two during your Oahu vacation to explore the historic sites of Pearl Harbor!

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Helicopter Island Tours

This activity is one of our most popular tours. This grand adventure includes is perfect as either your first or last activity. Either preview all the adventures you’re about to take, or summarize your vacation by seeing all that you accomplished from a bird’s eye view. You will also see Turtle Bay, the aquaculture farms and Kahuku Point.  And on a lucky day you may even see humpback whales offshore here during the winter months.
This Helicopter tour in Oahu continues along the storied North Shore, with a dramatic view of world-renowned surfing spots including Sunset Beach, Pipeline and Waimea Bay.  On your way over Oahu’s Central Plain, you’ll see the Dole Pineapple maze and the “birthing stones” of Hawaiian royalty.  Your tour concludes with a panoramic vista of Pearl Harbor.

Tour Includes:

  • 60 minute flight over the island of Oahu
  • Sweeping views of Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial and USS Battleship Missouri
  • Keehi Lagoon  Honolulu Harbor to Aloha Tower
  • Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, Makapu’u Point
  • Sacred Falls, a shear and splendid 1,000-foot cascade
  • Storied North Shore, Pipeline and Waimea Bay
  • Dole Pineapple Plantation
  • Sweeping views of Pearl Harbor, USS Arizona Memorial and USS Battleship Missouri
Check-In at Ko Olina’s Marina Store at 8:00 am for a 8:30 am departure.
Call us for more information 
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An aerial view of the Nepali Coast form Hawaii helicopter tours Two helicopters, one in the air, ready for helicopter tours

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Exploring Oahu from the Ground

While the magnificent Sacred Falls is one of those unique, isolated places that can only be viewed from the air, many other sites from the helicopter tour can be revisited by foot if desired. Get an up close and personal look at some of these popular Oahu sites when you further explore them from the ground!

The Dole Pineapple Plantation offers fun for the whole family, with a vast garden, a maze, and a train tour. Take a walking tour of the gardens, where you’ll examine not only pineapple plants, but also coffee, cacao pods (chocolate), and more! Visitors can literally get lost in the world of pineapples when they enter the pineapple maze, which stretches over 3 acres. Find eight different stations as you work your way out of the maze along 2.5 miles of paths. This botanical maze creates a fun family and team building experience! History buffs and children will appreciate the express train tour, where you can enjoy a 20-minute ride on nostalgic open-air train cars, hearing the history of the plantation and taking in the North Shore scenery.

While on the North Shore, make a stop at the famed Pipeline and Waimea Bay beaches. Banzai Pipeline is known for its perfect barreling waves which should only be attempted by highly experienced surfers. The surf is usually up during winter months, but even non-surfers can enjoy the sights and excitement at Pipeline. Settle in a spot set back from the waterline and gain a new appreciation for the sport! Similarly, nearby Waimea Bay also offers up legendary waves in winter. During summer months, both beaches are more accessible for swimming and boogie boarding.

Whether you want to make a trip to the North Shore to explore some of these sights up close, or you simply want to enjoy the beauty of Oahu’s sunny western coast, there are plenty of options for activities on Oahu. With a helicopter tour that conveniently departs from Ko Olina, as well as boat tours and other excursions that leave from this area, Oahu’s west coast resort area of Ko Olina makes a great home base for your Oahu stay. Explore the manicured grounds where you’ll find calm beach lagoons, swimming pools, world class golf, and upscale shops and restaurants. Whether from the air or on the ground, it’s easy to get out and explore Oahu from Ko Olina!


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Helicopter Tours on Oahu

How safe are your tours?

Our helicopter tours on Oahu prioritize safety. Our state-of-the-art helicopters undergo regular maintenance, and our experienced pilots adhere to rigorous safety protocols. We are committed to providing a secure and enjoyable experience, ensuring passengers can relax and appreciate the stunning scenery of Oahu with confidence in our top-notch safety standards.

Who would enjoy this tour?

Our helicopter tours on Oahu cater to diverse preferences. Nature enthusiasts, adventure seekers, and those seeking a unique perspective on Oahu’s beauty will find our tours captivating. Whether you’re a solo traveler, couple, or family, our tours offer an unforgettable experience, combining breathtaking views with the thrill of helicopter exploration.

What should I bring on the tour?

For your helicopter tour on Oahu, bring essentials like your ID, camera or smartphone for capturing scenic views, and sunglasses. Dress comfortably, considering possible temperature changes during the flight. It’s advisable to leave bulky items behind. We recommend checking our specific guidelines, as some tours may have unique requirements. Remember, our goal is to ensure your comfort and enjoyment as you take in the spectacular sights of Oahu from a birds’ eye view!

What accommodations are nearby?

When embarking on our helicopter tours on Oahu, consider the nearby Ko Olina Resort for accommodations. Situated along the island’s western coast, Ko Olina offers luxurious vacation rental options, including oceanfront villas, vacation condos, and spacious island-style homes. Guests can enjoy world-class amenities, pristine beaches, and proximity to our tour departure points. Immerse yourself in the tranquility of Ko Olina before and after your helicopter adventure for a truly enchanting Oahu experience.

Atlantis Submarine

Climb aboard one of our Atlantis 64-passenger premium submarines. Being in a submarine and descending to 100 feet underwater is an adventure in itself. You will also get to see real marine life up close. The Atlantis Waikiki dive site is home to many Hawaiian fishes, coral, and turtles. Known for its quality and safety, Atlantis is an eye-opening experience that takes you beyond the classroom as you learn about coral, reef life and submersibles while visiting our sunken shipwrecks, airplane and other artificial reefs. Atlantis Premium submarines offers larger View Ports, Individual Seating, and a spacious fully air-conditioned interior. Atlantis Odyssey Submarine tours depart at 9:00am, 10:00am, 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm, 2:00pm or 3:00pm, weather permitting. Total tour time from the Hilton pier is approximately 90 minutes. Actual underwater tour time is 45 minutes. Shuttle boat ride, from the pier to the submarine plus transfer, is 20 minutes each way. Children must be a minimum of 36″ in height to ride the submarine. Each guest is required to independently navigate a nearly vertical 7-step ladder into and out of the submarine.

No pickup available, check in 30 minutes prior at the Atlantis Submarine Hilton Hawaiian Village. Children under 16 yrs old must be accompanied by an adult on tour. Drive time to the Hilton Hawaiian Village can vary based on the time of the day but can take over an hour, especially during rush hour.

A sea turtle visible from Submarine A fish near a coral reef

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Exciting Oahu Attractions

While in downtown Honolulu visiting the Atlantis Submarine, there are many other attractions within a short distance that are worth exploring. Making the most of your day downtown by seeing some of Oahu’s other exciting sites!

The famed Waikiki Beach is practically right next door, stretching for two miles of golden sand across Oahu’s southern coast. Waikiki Beach is a happening place, and a stroll down its sandy shoreline or on the paved path that backs it is a great way to take it all in. The shoreline is packed with sunbathers, swimmers, boogie boarders, and surfers. In fact, the waves are often gentle here, so those interested in trying out surfing may consider taking a lesson in these famed waters.

At the opposite end of Waikiki Beach sits Waikiki Aquarium, and here you’ll find an up-close look at many of the ocean plants and animals that live in the surrounding Hawaiian waters. Particularly exciting is the Hawaiian Monk Seal exhibit, a creature that is found only in the Hawaiian Islands and is one of the most critically endangered species in the world. The aquarium’s Edge of the Reef exhibit introduces you to some of the fish that may be seen on a snorkeling excursion in Hawaii’s waters, perfect for those who are interested in viewing these creatures while remaining dry! Kids will also enjoy the hands-on element here.

Moving further southeast along Oahu’s coastline, you’ll reach Diamond Head State Monument, a dormant volcano that seems to loom over downtown Honolulu. The peak of Diamond Head offers stunning views of Honolulu and the Pacific for those who are able and willing to make the trek to the top! Formerly used by the military, you’ll find remnants of that use today with several old bunkers dotting the landscape. The Diamond Head hike is about 1.6 miles roundtrip. Although the length is rather short, almost the entire route is filled with stairs. Stairs, rocks, a narrow tunnel, and more stairs make up the terrain to the top. But when you’ve reached the summit, you’ll be rewarded with magnificent views! Be sure to bring along plenty of water for this hike.

After spending some time in Honolulu and Waikiki, it’s a nice breath of fresh air to retreat to the slower-paced western coast, where you can enjoy an idyllic view of Hawaii. Consider making Ko Olina your home base for your upcoming Oahu vacation!


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Atlantis Submarine FAQ

What can I expect to see on the tour?

On the Atlantis Submarine tour on Oahu, expect an awe-inspiring underwater adventure witnessing diverse marine life such as green sea turtles, sharks, yellow tangs, and eels. Explore sunken ships, remnants of airliners, pyramid structures, and other objects that create a unique reef ripe for exploration. The Atlantis Submarine tour showcases a captivating blend of nature and human artifacts, offering a memorable glimpse into the fascinating underwater world off the coast of Oahu.

Is the tour family friendly?

Yes! The Atlantis Submarine tour on Oahu is family-friendly, providing an exciting and safe underwater experience. However, there is a 36-inch height minimum for children to ensure their comfort and safety during the tour. Families can enjoy the adventure together, exploring the vibrant marine life and fascinating underwater landscapes, creating cherished memories together as a family.

I’ve never been on a submarine before. What will it be like?

On the Atlantis Submarine, you can anticipate a comfortable and mesmerizing experience. The submarine features a spacious, air-conditioned interior with large view ports and comfortable seating, ensuring a pleasant journey. Immerse yourself in the wonders of the underwater world, enjoying panoramic views and the thrill of exploring beneath the ocean’s surface in ultimate comfort.

What vacation rentals are nearby?

From luxurious resorts to private villas and beachfront condos, Ko Olina offers diverse accommodation options to suit various preferences and budgets. Enjoy the convenience of staying close to both the stunning shoreline and the embarkation point for your submarine adventure, creating a memorable and seamless vacation experience.

Surfing Lessons

Only a 20-minute drive from the Ko Olina Resorts is our beautiful secluded surf spot! Great conditions for beginners and intermediate surfers! Learn the basics or master more surf skills. Surf breaks closer to the shore allows our media team out west to capture your surf adventure! Bring the whole family for a beach day!

Kalaeloa Beach Park is a secret gem on the west side of Oahu, where the waves are warm and inviting and there’s never a crowd! Lessons include round-trip transportation from Ko Olina hotels.

While each surf lesson may differ based on individual needs, you will find that all of the instructors are patient and knowledgeable, walking you through each step to ensure you feel safe and confident. Your lesson will actually begin on the land, where you will learn proper positioning on the board, how to paddle and maneuver over waves, how to turn and get to your feet, proper surf stance, balancing tips, and safety. After your instructor has walked through some of these basics, you’ll hit the water together. Your instructor will be in the water with you, helping you catch waves, ensuring your safety, and cheering you on throughout the lesson! All gear is provided, including a rash guard. Choose among private or group lessons, depending on your experience and comfortability. To find out more about how to book a surf lesson through us, please contact us for more information.

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A Day at the Beach

If you’re not sold on surfing but a day at the beach sounds just your speed, Oahu boasts over 125 beaches along its coastlines that are ripe for exploring! From the famed winter waves at Pipeline and Waimea Bay on Oahu’s North Shore to the bustling beaches of Waikiki along it’s South Shore, you’ll find distinct personalities and activities happening along this island’s beaches.

If a relaxing day at the beach sounds just your speed, you’ll find plenty of white sand stretches on which to unwind. The Ko Olina beach lagoons are four crescent shaped beaches located along the fringes of the Ko Olina property. With rocky outcroppings that protect the shoreline from the ocean at large, you’ll find tranquil waters and calm swimming conditions at the Ko Olina lagoons. This is a great place to sunbathe, swim, snorkel, or watch your children play in these glassy waters.

Further up the western coast lies Makaha Beach, a wide stretch of golden sand that is particularly good to visit during summer months. During summer, waters here are generally calmer and offer good swimming and boogie boarding conditions. During winter months, you’ll generally find more experienced surfers here, as the waves and current tend to be stronger.

To make the most of your Oahu beach vacation, consider staying in accommodations that are situated with easy access to the beach, such as our Makaha vacation rentals or our Ko Olina rentals that boast ocean views!

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Honolua Surf Co

Hawaii’s premiere board-sport lifestyle shop, Honolua Surf Co. brings high quality apparel and accessories for men and women to the homeland of surfing. In addition to its own exclusive brand, Honolua Surf Co. features board shorts, swimwear, shirts tees, tanks, watches, surf accessories, sunglasses and more for the entire family!

Something that’s quickly evident in the Hawaii lifestyle is not only peoples laid back island demeanor, but also a relaxed style of dress. It’s not uncommon for residents to use surf wear as their daily clothing of choice, ready to hit the beach at a moment’s notice. Discover the relaxed way of island life by adapting your wardrobe to reflect your love of time spent on the beach! Surf shop such as Honolua Surf Co are a great place to start.

Browsing the Merchandise at Honolua Surf Co

For males, boardshorts are a Hawaii wardrobe staple. Honolua Surf Co offers several options that are great for wearing during a day at the beach or for everyday wear. For anyone planning to spend a significant amount of time along the oceanfront, a rash guard is a piece of apparel that often goes overlooked. Rash guards protect skin from that pesky irritation that inevitably comes from spending time riding the waves on a boogie board or surfboard and can also be a great deterrent against the harshness of the sun. Honolua Surf Co offers rash guards for the whole family in one stop! In addition to beachwear, this surf store also sells casual everyday wear such as long and short sleeved t-shirts and hoodies. As a Hawaii specific chain, many of the apparel offered has a design which includes images of the Hawaiian Island chain, making it both a practical purchase as well as memory of your island vacation once you’ve traveled back home.

Planning Your Outing to Honolua Surf Co

Honolua Surf Co is located in Kapolei within the Ko Olina Station and Center at 92-1048 Olani St. Suite 4-104. For updated hours and any questions you may have, they can be contacted at 808-671-2066.

Further Exploring the Area

Turn your trip to Honolua Surf Co into a shopping excursion when you browse some of the additional nearby shops. Try on the latest trends at Pineapples Boutique, Mahina, and Tommy Bahama, where clothing and accessory options range from tropical resort wear to trendy pieces for a night in the city. Follow your shopping trip up with a delicious dinner at Monkeypod Kitchen, known for their sustainable local cuisine and outdoor patio seating. If you’re still in search of Oahu accommodations, the Ko Olina grounds also boast luxurious vacation accommodations situated along the shores of several beaches, which can be browsed here!

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Island Sole

Island Sole carries a wide selection of the hottest brands and a staff committed to enhancing your sole searching experience! We have hundres of pairs of shoes and slippers just waiting to meet their match. Island Sole at the Ko Olina Station offers a wide selection of items that range from footwear to home décor!

Tread Lightly & Leave Only Footprints

Arriving in the Hawaiian Islands, you’ll quickly notice the local footwear of choice is flip flops, more frequently called slippers in Hawaii. While you can pick up inexpensive slippers even at many grocery stores in the islands, to get a pair that will provide more support and survive daily wear and tear, you’ll want to check out the selection available at Island Sole. Respected brands such as Olukai, Reef, Birkenstock, Teva, and Havaianas are found on the shelves at Island Sole, offering up plenty of choices for both style and comfort. Whether you’re heading to the beach or planning dinner out, adapt to the leisurely island style by donning a pair of comfortable slippers!

In addition to footwear, Island Sole offers a variety of home décor merchandise that is great for gift giving or adding a touch of the islands to your home. And as an added perk, their lifestyle gifts are made right in Kaplolei, Hawaii, so you can both support local businesses and get a more authentic gift. Items such as coasters, postcards, water bottles, frames, clocks, luggage/ bag tags, door hang signs, picture frames, wall art, and longboard letters provide plenty of browsing options to catch your eye. Their longboard letters are a popular option. Use your imagination to create your own sign on a mini surfboard base with birchwood letters, icons, and characters, making a memorable keepsake for yourself or a fun gift for a friend. Get a taste of local artistic talent when you browse the unique home goods at Island Sole!

Planning Your Outing to Island Sole

Island Sole is located on the grounds of Ko Olina in Kapolei at 92-1048 Olani Street #4-105. They can be contacted with any questions you may have at (808) 738-9390. Island Sole falls under the umbrella company CocoNene, which has additional locations across Oahu including Kahala and several in Honolulu, as well as on the island of Maui.

Extend Your Oahu Shopping Excursion

Situated within Ko Olina, shopping at Island Sole provides access to several other top-notch stores and restaurants as well. Browse nearby shops for everything from tropical resort wear to the latest trends in stores such as Mahina, Tommy Bahama, and Honolua Surf Co. Grab a cup of coffee at Island Vintage Coffee or treat yourself to a nice meal at Monkeypod Kitchen.

Choose accommodations near popular shops, restaurants, and beaches when you book one of these Oahu vacation rentals with us at Ola Properties!

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Island Vintage Coffee

Whether you’re serious about your daily cup of joe or just in need of caffeine boost, Island Vintage Coffee serves up stellar beverages. Made from gourmet 100% Kona Coffee, beans are produced using the traditional method and roasted daily for ultimate freshness in every cup.

One thing you’ll notice after spending some time in Hawaii is the respect people have toward the land and its resources. Island Vintage Coffee is one example of maintaining a dedication to local resources, sourcing products from local growers and artisans. As well as a variety of coffee drinks, this café serves up fresh, local dishes that showcase the rich cultural diversity of the island as well as heralding Hawaii’s culinary history.

With a large variety of coffees and specialty drinks on the menu, you can order your usual or try something new at Island Vintage Coffee. Try one of the specialty drinks such as the Hawaiian Honey Latte or macadamia infused latte for something with an island flair. This is a great place to grab breakfast or lunch as well. Items are made fresh so you should expect a bit of a wait, but it is well worth it. Get your day off to a healthy start with one of their fresh acai bowls topped with tropical fruit. While you’ll find plenty of traditional items on both the breakfast and lunch menu, some options offer a surprising twist, such as the peanut butter and mango sandwich, a favorite of many. Fuel up before a day at the beach with a kona coffee and meal and Island Vintage Coffee!

Planning Your Visit

Island Vintage Coffee has multiple locations around Oahu, including one at Ko Olina Station, two in Honolulu, and one in Haleiwa. The Ko Olina location is open daily from 6am-9pm, with food being served daily from 6:30am-2pm. They are located in Kapolei at 92-1048 Olani St. #3-103C.

Activities in the Area

Pick up your morning coffee and take it to the best view on the island – one of Oahu’s gorgeous beaches! The Ko Olina ocean lagoons are located near Island Vintage Coffee at Ko Olina Station. The water along these beaches are sheltered from larger waves, making this an ideal spot to get in a morning swim. A 1.5-mile paved path connects each of the lagoons, perfect for a morning stroll or jog after getting your morning dose of caffeine from Island Vintage Coffee!

The upscale accommodations and onsite amenities at Ko Olina make this not only a great place to stay, but also an ideal base from which to enjoy day trips to other points of interest on the island. After loading up on breakfast at Island Vintage Coffee at Ko Olina Station, consider driving north along Farrington Highway to enjoy the scenery and many white sand beaches that line this route. The road follows the curve of the coastline, providing numerous stop-off points at beaches all the way up the western coast. To experience the beauty and solitude of one of the island’s more secluded beaches, consider spending some time at Makua Beach. This quiet stretch of golden sand provides beautiful views of both the ocean and the mountains, with the Makaha Mountain ridgelines meeting the shore at the beach’s northern end.

Continuing past Makua Beach, the road dead-ends at Ka’ena Point State Park, where the land becomes too rugged to be crossed by vehicle. At this point the only option is to retrace your route or to continue enjoying the rugged scenery on foot. The Ka’ena Point Trail continues to follow the coastline, taking hikers through coastal sand dune habitats and offering magnificent views of the ocean, rugged sea cliffs, whales (in season), seabirds, and native plants.

The beauty of the Ko Olina area is that it provides easy access to a variety of island experiences. While heading north from Island Vintage Coffee’s Ko Olina Station provides a remote, scenic experience, it’s just as easy to hop on the H1 and head east to downtown Honolulu and Waikiki. Here, you can enjoy a full day of shopping and dining in the bustling city. Make a stop at the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites and spend some time at the famed beaches of Waikiki before returning to your tropical getaway on the island’s west coast!

Contact Us

At Ola Properties, we specialize in luxurious vacation rentals in the oceanfront resort areas of Ko Olina Resort and Makaha. We have a large variety of beach villas, condos, and townhomes available for rent, many of which provide breathtaking ocean views or relaxing views of the golf green. Our rentals are in perfect proximity for enjoying all of the best beaches and activities that west Oahu has to offer. Please contact us at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878, or via email at Rentals@OlaProperties.com to book your vacation rental and to start planning your Hawaiian getaway!

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Jams World

Island inspired clothing doesn’t have to be touristy or cliché as long as you browse racks at the right shops. The clothing lines at Jam’s World are just the right blend of cutting edge style and island classic to result in pieces you’ll feel great in whether you’re dining out around the island or back home dreaming of the sea.

Jam’s World offers women’s, men’s, and kids’ wear, as well as a selection of home goods such as scented candles, soaps, and lotions. Jam’s World’s origins stem from the 1960’s, when a surf shop owner asked his wife to cut a pair of Hawaiian print pajama pants into a pair of shorts for surfing. Thus jams, short for pajamas, were born and has evolved into what Jam’s World is today. In fact, the store is now run by the original shop owner’s son.

The clothing at Jam’s World is made from their exclusive spun crushed rayon. The women’s line has a large selection of styles, including jumpsuits, dresses, tops, kimonos, pants, skirts, and more. Find the perfect accessories to go with your new threads as well, as you browse the selection of jewelry, headbands, and bags while shopping in Hawaii. The bold prints found at Jam’s World are sure to catch your eye and make a statement. Shop by print or shop by style, and once you find one you love, there are multiple options available. A handful of prints are offered in both women’s and men’s items, so matching your significant other for that beach photo shoot just became a possibility. When shopping in Hawaii shop at Jam’s World for a tasteful take on island wear!

Planning Your Visit

Jam’s World is located in Ko Olina Center at 92-1047 Olani St #1-104. They are open Monday through Saturday from 9:30am-8pm and Sunday from 9:30am-5pm. An additional shop is located in Ala Moana Center in Honolulu.

Contact Us

At Ola Properties, we specialize in luxurious vacation rentals in the oceanfront resort areas of Ko Olina Resort and Makaha. We have a large variety of beach villas, condos, and townhomes available for rent, many of which provide breathtaking ocean views or relaxing views of the golf green. Our rentals are in perfect proximity for enjoying all of the best beaches and activities that west Oahu has to offer. Please contact us at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878, or via email at Rentals@OlaProperties.com to book your vacation rental and to start planning your Hawaiian getaway!

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Ko Olina Golf Shop

Hawaii is well known for its pristine white sand beaches, but there is more to the Hawaiian Islands than sea and surf. This state is home to some of the world’s most stunning golf courses, including the renowned course at the Ko Olina Golf Club.

Situated along Oahu’s sunny west coast, ideal weather and stunning ocean and mountain views make this a golfer’s paradise. There’s no more beautiful place for beginners to try out the sport or for experienced golfers to hone their skills than on Ko Olina’s stunning bluffs overlooking the Pacific. The 18-hole course at the Ko Olina Golf Club is listed in Golf Digest’s Top 75 Resort Courses in U.S, and it is easy to see why. The Ted Robinson designed course features eye-catching water features, multi-tiered greens, large landing areas, and a moderate length. Both beginners and experts can enjoy the beauty and challenges offered on this course.

Pick up all the gear you need at the Ko Olina Golf Shop, named among the Best 100 Golf Shops in the U.S. by the Association of Golf Merchandisers. This upscale shop features golf and resort merchandise that appeals to both golfers and non-golfers. Browse among name brand apparel, headwear, accessories, and gift items, as well as the latest golf equipment that will take your game to the next level. Brands such as Adidas, Nike, Ping, Callaway, TaylorMade, Junior US Kid Clubs, and Footjoy Shoes can be found.

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Planning Your Ko Olina Golf Shop Excursion

The Ko Olina Golf Shop is located within the clubhouse on the grounds of the renowned Ko Olina Golf Club, located at 92-1220 Aliinui Drive. The clubhouse is open from 6:30am-7:00pm.

Contact Us

At Ola Properties, we specialize in luxurious vacation rentals in the oceanfront resort areas of Ko Olina Resort and Makaha. Our Ko Olina property offers upscale vacation rentals with the world class Ko Olina Golf Club right onsite, as well as a host of high-quality shops and restaurants. We have a large variety of beach villas, condos, and townhomes available for rent, many of which provide breathtaking ocean views or relaxing views of the golf green. Our rentals are in perfect proximity for enjoying all of the best beaches and activities that west Oahu has to offer. Please contact us at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878, or via email at Rentals@OlaProperties.com to book your vacation rental and to start planning your Hawaiian getaway!

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The Ko Olina Marina Shop

When you stay in a Ko Olina vacation rental, you gain easy access to amenities such as onsite shopping and dining. Whether you want to pick up a needed item when heading out for a boat excursion or you’re in search of some additional resort wear, the Ko Olina Marina Shop is a convenient option. All the necessities for a day on the water exploring Oahu’s varied coastlines or an afternoon lounging along one of Ko Olina’s four tranquil ocean lagoons can be picked up here.

Pick up a bottle of sunscreen, a hat, rash guard, or sunglasses to keep protected from the strong Hawaii sun so that you can enjoy the entirety of your vacation on the island. If you’ve spent the day on one of the boat excursions that leave from the harbor, an appetite has likely been worked up. The Marina Shop offers an assortment of snacks and drinks to tide you over until the next meal. In addition to beach items and snacks, an assortment of resort wear, aloha shirts, jewelry, beach bags, and souvenirs line the shelves at the Ko Olina Marina Stores. Arrive early to your boat tour to browse the offerings or stop in after your tour! 

Activities Near the Ko Olina Marina Shop

If you’re looking for an adventure out on the water, the Ko Olina Marina offers a convenient option, especially when staying in one of the luxurious Ko Olina vacation rentals. Spend the morning snorkeling and boating alongside tropical fish and spinner dolphins and the evening sailing into the sunset aboard one of the luxurious catamarans. Charter companies operating out of the Ko Olina Marina include Ko Olina Ocean Adventures, Ocean Joy Cruises, and Mana Cruises.

Plan Your Outing to the Ko Olina Marina Stores

The Ko Olina Marina Shop is situated at the Ko Olina Marina. They are open from 6am-5pm.

Book a Stay in West Oahu

At Ola Properties, we offer Hawaii vacation accommodations in some of Oahu’s most highly desirable resort areas. Browse our luxurious Ko Olina rentals, which are situated on well-manicured grounds convenient to beaches, golf, shopping, dining, and a host of ocean activities. Further up the leeward coast lies our Makaha vacation rentals, situated near some of the island’s most beautiful white sand beaches. Book your accommodations today so you’re one step closer to enjoying a relaxing Hawaiian vacation!

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Longhi’s Ko Olina

Welcome to West Oahu’s premier resort community of Ko Olina! Ko Olina offers a host of amenities within its well-manicured grounds, including beaches, swimming pools, shopping, restaurants, a marina, some of the best places to eat in Ko Olina, and so much more! With a stay at Ko Olina, you can enjoy the simple convenience of enjoying high class meals at restaurants like Longhi’s restaurant within close proximity to your vacation rental.

Fine Dining at Longhi’s Restaurant

The physical setting at Longhi’s sets the tone for an excellent meal out. Soaring two story doorways open up completely, bringing the outdoors in to this eatery. Snag a table indoors where you can enjoy views of the manicured green lawn with the ocean beyond. The stone floor extends to an outdoor patio, which is surrounded by dozens of palm trees silhouetted against the sunset sky. Trickling water features and well-manicured greenery create a serene backdrop on the outdoor patio.

Start your meal off with their flavorful artichoke appetizer with lemon butter & Parmigiano Reggiano. Eight gourmet salads grace the menu, perfect as an appetizer or for those craving a lighter, more refreshing meal. For a taste of Italy, try the caprese salad with organic Mozzarella di Bufala flown in fresh from Italy. The crab salad with avocado and bacon is also a favorite. Dinner mains include fresh fish and seafood dishes, steaks, veal, lamb, and pastas, among others. Of course, fresh seafood while you’re in the Islands is a given, so you may want to try the fresh catch of the day prepared Longhi style. The pasta Bolognese is also a popular dish, featuring the Longhi family recipe! Be sure to save room for a dessert fresh from the bakery after enjoying a meal at one of the best places to eat in Ko Olina.

Planning Your Excursion

Longhi’s Ko Olina is located in the Marriott Ko Olina Beach Club in Kapolei at 92-161 Waipahe Place. They are open Sunday-Thursday from 7:30am-9:30pm and Friday-Saturday from 7:30am-10:00pm. They offer a daily happy hour from 3pm-5pm.

Contact Us

At Ola Properties, we specialize in luxurious vacation rentals in the oceanfront resort areas of Ko Olina Resort and Makaha. We have a large variety of beach villas, condos, and townhomes available for rent, many of which provide breathtaking ocean views or relaxing views of the golf green. Our rentals are in perfect proximity for enjoying all of the best beaches and activities that west Oahu has to offer. Please contact us at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878, or via email at Rentals@OlaProperties.com to book your vacation rental and to start planning your Hawaiian getaway!

Located in the Marriott Beach Club
92-161 WAIPAHE PL, KAPOLEI, HI 96707

Breakfast: 8:00 AM – 11:30 AM
Lunch: 11:30 AM – 4:30 PMHappy Hour: 3:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Dinner: 4:30 PM – 10:00 PM


Welcome to West Oahu’s premier resort community of Ko Olina! Ko Olina offers a host of amenities within its well-manicured grounds, including beaches, swimming pools, shopping, restaurants, a marina, and so much more! With a stay at Ko Olina, you can enjoy the simple convenience of shopping all of your favorite styles at upscale shops such as Mahina, located right on the resort grounds.

Classy Clothing from Ko Olina Shopping

The first Mahina store began with the simple goal of carrying lightweight, beachy style clothing perfect for island living at a reasonable cost. Since its inception, the brand has now multiplied to 15 stores across the Hawaiian Island chain. Shop stylish but comfortable clothing perfect for your stay on the island as well as casual wear for when you arrive back home!

Pick up the perfect dress for dinner out, an evening strolling the streets of Waikiki, or for your sunset cruise. Mahina offers a variety of sundresses, midi dresses, and maxi dresses, so you’re sure to find the right style and length to suit your style. Neutral tones with understated island inspiration make the pieces found at Mahina classy and tropical without going overboard. Browse the racks to unveil the perfect romper to wear on a warm day or a lovely jumpsuit for cool oceanside evenings.

Mix and match with a variety of tops and bottoms offered at Mahina. Tanks, crop tops, and tees line the racks, as well as a variety of solids and print shorts, pants, and skirts. Put all of your essentials into one of the fashionable bags found at Mahina, and top your outfit off with a statement necklace.

Chic, island-inspired clothing is easy to find from Ko Olina Shopping at Mahina!

Planning Your Excursion

Mahina is located in the Ko Olina Center in Kapolei at 92-1047 Olani St. #1-108. They are open Monday-Sunday from 10am-8pm.

Contact Us

At Ola Properties, we specialize in luxurious vacation rentals in the oceanfront resort areas of Ko Olina Resort and Makaha. We have a large variety of beach villas, condos, and townhomes available for rent, many of which provide breathtaking ocean views or relaxing views of the golf green. Our rentals are in perfect proximity for enjoying all of the best beaches and activities that west Oahu has to offer. Please contact us at (888) 737-4188 or (808) 726-2878, or via email at Rentals@OlaProperties.com to book your vacation rental and to start planning your Hawaiian getaway!

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MonkeyPod Kitchen

While there is a wealth of restaurants to choose from on Oahu, not all are equal when it comes to their use of fresh, local ingredients. MonkeyPod Kitchen stands out as an eatery that takes advantage of access to local products, resulting in fresh tasting dishes.

MonkeyPod kitchen is led by Chef Peter Merriman, a name well-known in the Hawaii culinary world and recipient of multiple culinary awards. Heralded as a culinary pioneer in Hawaii, Merriman holds an unwavering focus on using the freshest local ingredients in his tropically inspired dishes. Merriman partners with local farmers, ranchers, fishermen, brewers, and artisans to procure only the best ingredients for each dish, also supporting local families and businesses.

This restaurant is named after the monkeypod tree, a tree which nurtures the soil, grass, and plants that grow beneath it. The vision at the MonkeyPod kitchen is to house this same nurturing spirit to everyone who enters. Come dine with us at MonkeyPod!

MonkeyPod Kitchen’s Menu

Creating meals that vary with the seasons, the menu at MonkeyPod Kitchen changes frequently, keeping things fresh and new. Items that can commonly be found on the menu include burgers, wood fired pizzas, salads, fresh fish, and steaks. Their pumpkin ravioli and house cut fries with mustard aioli are popular starters. Favorite mains include fish tacos made with the fresh catch of the day and locally made corn tortillas, as well as the kiawe grilled ahi, locally caught via troll-line and served with a soy sesame Maui onion sauce. Enjoy a cold beer with your meal, of which there are over 30 on tap, including a large number of local Hawaii brews. Specialty cocktails and wine by the glass are also available.

Planning Your Excursion to MonkeyPod Kitchen

MonkeyPod is located in Ko Olina Center at 92-1048 Olani St, Kapolei. They are open daily from 11:30am-11pm. Reservations are welcome and can be booked on their website or by calling (808) 891-2322. Happy hour is daily from 3pm-5:30pm and 9pm-11pm.

Book Your Stay in Sunny West Oahu

Enjoy all the finer things in life when you book a stay in sunny west Oahu. At Ola Properties, we offer luxurious vacation accommodations in the upscale resort area of Ko Olina as well as in the coastal town of Makaha. Enjoy easy access to West Oahu’s top beaches, shopping, and dining when you book a stay in one of our Hawaii vacation rentals!

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Pineapples Boutique

Staying in West Oahu provides the perks of island life outside the busy city while still offering easy access to amenities such as shopping and dining. The well-established community of Ko Olina not only offers beautiful beaches and golfing within its grounds, but also Hawaii boutiques, cafes, and restaurants for when you’re ready to take a break from the sun.

Located on the Ko Olina grounds, Pineapples Boutique features resort wear and casual wear that work well for both a low-key afternoon out or as an outfit for attending your dinner reservations. Offering brands such as Zen Knits, Pineapples, and Bali Batiks, this upscale shop features a range of clothing in modern, tropically inspired trends. In addition to clothing, they offer accessories, jewelry, and island-inspired home décor.

Pick up new swimwear or a coverup for your day along Ko Olina’s four ocean lagoons at Pineapples Boutique. Breezy jumpsuits that line their racks are ideal for throwing on over a swimsuit for a casual lunch before heading back to the beach. The same outfit can easily be dressed up later for your evening out. Solids, floral, and tropical patterns add a variety to all of their clothing styles. Tropically inspired maxi and mini dresses offer an outfit for every occasion during your stay on the island! Pineapples even has something to offer for the other members of your family, carrying a handful of men’s and boy’s button up shirts and girl’s shirts and dresses. Matching family outfits can even be purchased here, perfect for your family photo session on the beach! Keep your look fresh and tropical when you treat yourself to a new outfit from one of the Pineapples Boutique locations.

Planning You Hawaii Boutiques Outing

Pineapples Boutique is located in Ko Olina Center and is open daily from 10:30am-8:30pm. A secondary location is at Ko Olina Station which is open daily from 10am-9pm.

Book Your Hawaii Accommodations

At Ola Properties, we specialize in luxurious accommodations along Oahu’s sunny western coast. Including properties within the highly desirable resort community of Ko Olina in our listings, as well as a selection of condos and villas in the sunny oceanfront community of Makaha, we offer accommodations to suit a variety of group sizes and budgets. Our vacation specialists and property managers work together to make sure your stay is seamless from start to finish. Come join us on the sunny island of Oahu!

Honolulu Boutiques: The Plantation

Rolling ocean waves, swaying palms, and sandy shorelines combine to create the postcard-perfect vacation you’ve been dreaming of on the island of Oahu. The island’s natural beauty is such a draw that many incorporate it into the interior of their home, resulting in a modern coastal chic design. Whether you live near the beach or simply want to incorporate some island décor into your home, The Plantation is one of the top Honolulu boutiques to pick up beach-inspired home goods and gifts.

Find the perfect beach-inspired quote to adorn your walls or throw pillow depicting seashells or starfish to add a coastal touch to your living room. Picture frames, candles, tea towels, and other knickknacks are artfully displayed on The Plantation’s shelves, offering a large variety of items to browse. The Plantation is the type of store where you can lose track of time, browsing its wares and imagining ways to incorporate that beachy feel into your own home. The earth and sea tones are inviting to the eye and items are arranged so that you can envision how it would add a special touch to your own personal space.

Bring home family and friends a token of Hawaii that isn’t just tourist memorabilia. The store offers a customized gift wrap bar, letterpress cards, and ribbons that put the perfect final touch on any gift. Thinking ahead to upcoming birthdays and holidays, you are sure to find something unique to give at The Plantation, a local favorite among Hawaii shops.

Planning Your Outing to The Plantation

The Plantation is located on the grounds of the Ko Olina Resort, easily accessible from your vacation rental when you choose to book a stay in one of the luxurious Ko Olina accommodations. Ko Olina is located on Oahu’s sunny west coast, just 30 minutes from downtown Honolulu.

Experience the Beauty of the Islands and Hawaii Shops

At Ola Properties, we offer Oahu vacation rentals on the beautiful west coast of Oahu. Tucked away from the busyness of the city, our Hawaii vacation homes offer a front row seat to the island’s natural beauty. Island-inspired condos, lavish townhomes overlooking the golf green, and oceanfront views are just a few of the vacation rental options we offer in the upscale resort community of Ko Olina and seaside town of Makaha. Enjoy a variety of resort-style amenities that will make your stay on Oahu even sweeter. Give us a call today to book one of our beautiful vacation rentals and to learn more about Honolulu boutiques!


Roys Ko Olina

Treat yourself to a well-deserved meal out during your stay on Oahu with a feast at Roy’s Ko Olina. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or simply in search of an excellent meal, Roys Ko Olina delivers with both class and taste.

The food at Roy’s is lauded as “Hawaii Inspired Euro-Asian Cuisine.” Asian flavors, classic European techniques, and fresh local ingredients and influence combine to create well-presented, flavorful dishes. Carefully selected wines are an integral part of the dining experience at Roy’s Ko Olina, where each selection complements the food’s flavor. Roy’s supports local farms, both giving back to the community and obtaining the freshest local ingredients for each dish. Dining at Roy’s is a local feast for the senses!

Look out over pleasant views of the Ko Olina Golf Course as you dine at Roy’s. Post-golf dining is convenient with its location right along the course, although many diners also come just for the excellent cuisine.

The Menu at Roys Ko Olina

Options at Roys Hawaiian Fusion are both full of flavor and beautifully presented. Start your meal off with the Canoe for Two, a hearty sampling of baby ribs, chicken spring rolls, blackened ahi, shrimp tempura, and spicy ahi maki. Fresh salads featuring locally grown vegetables also offer a lighter start. The marinated butter fish with baby bok choi is an excellent entrée, which can be topped off with a decadent order of vanilla crème brulee.

Planning Your Meal at Roy’s Ko Olina

Roys Ko Olina is situated on the grounds of the exclusive Ko Olina Resort & Golf Course, located at 92-1220 Aliinui Drive, Kapolei. Lunch is served daily from 11am-2pm, pupus (appetizers) and Aloha Hour from 2pm-5pm, and dinner from 5pm-9:30pm.

Make Ko Olina a Part of Your Hawaiian Getaway

At Ola Properties, we offer vacation rentals on the grounds of the beautiful Ko Olina resort. From beachfront condos to luxurious townhomes on palm-lined streets, our offerings at Ko Olina are varied and suit a variety of family sizes and preferences. When you book a stay at Ko Olina, you gain easy access to tranquil ocean lagoons, a renowned golf course, and luxurious amenities. We also offer Oahu vacation rentals in the oceanfront town of Makaha, located further up the island’s sunny west coast. At Ola Properties, we commit to helping you book the best accommodations for your Oahu getaway. Browse our listings or contact us today with questions!


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Things to Do In Oahu Hawaii: Signature & Derubeis

An eclectic art scene may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you envision things to do in Oahu Hawaii during your vacation, but for those interested in the creativity and beauty that comes with exploring local art galleries, there are quality places to be found on the island of Oahu. Signature Gallery Group operates two high-quality art galleries on Oahu, one located in downtown Honolulu and the other in the North Shore enclave of Haleiwa.

Signature & Derubeis operates its local branches under Wyland Galleries, where you will find the works of local and international artists. From island-inspired serene beach scenes and colorful scenes depicting Hawaii’s underwater world to pieces by the famed artist Jim Carey, the Signature & Derubeis galleries offer a wide range of works. Whether you’re an art collector or you are simply looking for a beautiful piece to display in your home as a reminder of your time spent on the island, something here is sure to catch your eye.

The atmosphere in Wyland Galleries is appealing, with well-spaced pieces, clean lines, and gallery lights, making it easy to focus on each unique piece of art. Collections include framed paintings and sculptures, with unique pieces such as painted surfboards and canoe paddles adding a distinctly local flair.

One of the galleries is located in Haleiwa, a nostalgic North Shore surf town filled with a combination of surf shops, boutiques, and galleries. The other is located in downtown Honolulu, the state’s largest city and home to a host of activities, shops, and restaurants.

Planning Your Outing to Signature & Derubeis

Operating under the name Wyland Galleries, the Haleiwa gallery is located at North Shore Market Place 66-250 H Kamehameha Highway and is open Monday through Friday from 10am-6:30pm and Saturday-Sunday from 10am-7pm. An Art Walk is held on the second Saturday of each month in Haleiwa, making this a great time to visit the gallery and enjoy shopping in Oahu. The Honolulu gallery is located at Beachwalk Shopping Center 226 Lewers Street, Suite L-127 and is open daily from 10am-10pm.

Book Your Vacation Rental and Enjoy Things to Do In Oahu Hawaii

At Ola Properties, we feature high-quality vacation rentals in the desirable areas of Ko Olina and sunny Makaha on Oahu’s West Coast. Our vacation properties offer proximity to renowned white sand beaches, fun-filled things to do in Oahu Hawaii, plentiful dining opportunities, and access to artist venues such as Signature & Derubeis. Browse our Hawaii vacation rental listings here and begin counting down the days to your island getaway!

Yana Lehua, Professional

Vacations can often leave us in need of an additional vacation time just to recover. With so many things to see and do on Oahu, it’s easy to overbook your time. Beaches, water activities, shopping, dining, hiking, and golfing opportunities all compete for our attention, and before we known it, we’ve completely filled our itinerary with exciting things to do. While we definitely want to take advantage of our surroundings and the many new opportunities for exploration during a vacation, it is equally as important to schedule in some time for planned rest and relaxation so that we don’t arrive back home completely exhausted.

Alongside all of the prospects for getting out and exploring the island, Oahu offers an equal number of chances to slow down and take some time for rest and rejuvenation. Find a lone stretch of pristine white sand, relax to the sounds of the ocean, unwind in a bubbling hot tub, or book a Honolulu spa session to melt the tension away. All of these options are easily accessible on the island of Oahu, especially when you take advantage of Yana Lehua’s spa services!

In-Home Honolulu Spa Options

While booking a spa session can be alluring, navigating to and from the spa’s location and waiting around with other patrons can make it lose its sense of allure. Another option is to bring the spa treatment to you, eliminating the need for travel and elevating the sense of privacy. Enjoy the rest and relaxation in complete comfort and privacy when you book a spa treatment with Yana Lehua, a company that offers massage therapy on location.

Feel the stress melt away as you close your eyes and experience one of Yana Lehua’s therapeutic spa treatments, better than even the best spas in Oahu. Whether you’re in search of a solo treatment or you’re interested in adding a chair massage to an event, Yana Lehua sessions can be customized to meet each customer’s individual need.

Planning The Best Spa Oahu Treatment with Yana Lehua

Yana Lehua offers massage therapy on location, bringing relaxation to your doorstep. Costs vary by time, ranging from $125 for 60 minutes to $175 for 120 minutes. Bookings can be made in advance by emailing Yana Lehua at ylehua@hawaii.rr.com or by contacting them by phone at (808) 225-8698.

Book Luxurious Accommodations on Oahu, Hawaii

At Ola Properties, we offer Hawaii vacation rentals in the luxurious resort community of Ko Olina as well as the sunny oceanside community of Makaha. Browse our listings here and make your online booking or contact us at (888) 737-4188 with any questions.

Laniwai Spa

The island of Oahu offers the perfect mix of activity options and potential for relaxation. Amid water activities, golfing, and hiking adventures, be sure to plan some time in your itinerary for self-care. Relax on a white sand beach, lounge poolside, or book a spa session at one of the many luxurious spas across the island such as Laniwai Spa.

Prepare to Be Pampered

Nothing makes you slow down time and feel more pampered than a spa treatment in an upscale setting, and Laniwai Spa in Oahu offers just that. Situated on manicured resort grounds, the Laniwai Spa is a place to luxuriate and enjoy some leisurely time in paradise. Whether you’re booking some private time away to rest and rejuvenate, or you’re bringing along a spouse or children, for whom there are also a variety of treatments available, you will end the day feeling refreshed and renewed.

Laniwai Spa offers a variety of services and treatments, including spa therapies, an outdoor hydrotherapy garden, spa mixology, family treatments, salon services, a fitness center, and a style studio. Experience the signature massage of the islands, the lomilomi, which has been passed down through generations in the Hawaiian culture. This massage is known for its long, rhythmic strokes, and the therapists at Laniwai also incorporate warm river stones to release tension, pain and fatigue. With the purchase of any full spa treatment, guests at Laniwai Spa also gain access to the island’s only outdoor hydrotherapy garden, a 5,000-square-foot space that offers baths, rain showers, lounge chairs, and more in a carefully landscaped space.

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There’s something for everyone in the family at Laniwai Spa in Oahu! Kids will enjoy the Style Studio, which offers fun fashion makeovers for children ages 3-12. Kids are also welcome to participate in salon services or special family massage experiences designed for three to six family members.

Sneak away for some downtime at Laniwai Spa or bring the whole family – either way, a day at the spa promises a renewed and refreshed mind and body.

Planning Your Day at Laniwai Spa

Laniwai Spa is situated on the grounds of the Aulani Disney Resort at Ko Olina, located along Oahu’s western coastline. Bookings can be made by calling their reservation desk at (808) 674-6300.

Relax and Stay Awhile on Oahu’s Sunny West Coast!

When you book one of the Ko Olina vacation rentals with us at Ola Properties, the luxurious treatments at Laniwai Spa will be temptingly close!

Naupaka Spa & Wellness

You’ve finally arrived on Oahu for your dream Hawaii vacation and have been completely swept up in the beauty and options present on this amazing island. If you’re not careful, your itinerary can become quickly packed without much time left for rest and rejuvenation. Be sure to schedule in some down time to pamper yourself and get that relaxation and serenity you’ve been dreaming of with a visit to Naupaka Spa & Wellness.

Quality Spa Treatments on Oahu

There’s no better place to truly soak up all the peace this tropical isle has to offer than at one of its luxurious spas. The Naupaka Spa & Wellness center is a top-notch spa located in the resort area of Ko Olina on Oahu’s sunny west coast. This expansive site offers an astounding six levels and 35,000 square feet of treatment space, with all the luxuries you’ll need for a day of pampering. With both indoor and outdoor treatment rooms, you can continue to enjoy the beauty of Hawaii while you treat yourself to some well-deserved “me time.”

The treatments at Naupaka Spa & Wellness are inspired by traditional ancient Hawaiian healing traditions. From full spa packages that will provide a complete healing experience to individual treatments that emphasize the desired area of focus, the spa menu at Naupaka is extensive. Choose among facials, massage therapies, body therapies, hair and nail treatments, and even treatments great for kids and teens! Private hales or cabanas situated around the well-manicured grounds offer an open-air experience complete with lush tropical garden-like views. For an experience truly unique to the islands, try a traditional lomilomi massage, which features long flowing strokes that use graceful movements to symbolize the flow of ocean waves. The Hulali Hawaiian healing facial is another signature treatment, which uses natural Hawaiian healing ingredients to hydrate, tighten, and brighten the skin.

Planning Your Day of Relaxation at Naupaka Spa & Wellness

Naupaka Spa & Wellness is situated on the grounds of the Four Seasons Resort at Ko’Olina, located along Oahu’s western coast. They are open daily from 7:30am-7:30pm. Reservations can be made via their website or by calling the spa at (808) 679-3200.

Book Accommodations for Your Oahu, Hawaii Getaway!

At Ola Properties, we offer an upscale selection of vacation rentals along Oahu’s sunny western coast. With a stay in one of our Ko Olina rentals, your relaxing day at the Naupaka Spa & Wellness center can be just a stone’s throw away! Browse our Ko Olina listings here.

Painted Sky Teen Spa

Exclusively for teens, ages 13 to 17, this retreat offers age-specific spa treatments, activities and more. Walk through the private entrance and discover a fun hangout where teens can relax, make new friends and enjoy a variety of amenities.

Appointment Recommended: (808) 674-6300

Spa by the Sea at Ko Olina

Located right here at Marriot’s Ko Olina Beach Club, Spa by the Sea at Ko Olina provides a quiet oasis, where the focus is on your relaxation and wellbeing. Indulge in a massage or spa treatment, and explore our soothing packages.

Appointment Required: (808) 382-5798

Water Activities

Whether you take in a romantic sunset dinner cruise or take the whole family to swim with the dolphins, Ko Olina Resort has an incredible amount of water related activities to choose from. There are four man made lagoons that keep our families safe. Three of the four lagoons have a limited amount of parking spaces, giving beach goers a semi-private feel. Each lagoon offers a different personality and may offer scuba and paddleboard, or just peace and serenity.

Ko Olina Marina is located at Lagoon 4. Often nicknamed as “the Chanel of marinas” Ko Olina Marina is Oahu’s premier location for boats and marine activities. With over 40-acres of crystal clean waters this marina features 330 slips with state of the art floating docks.

If you love the ocean, or just want to splash around, let our Vacation Specialists in our “Ola Guest Services” help you make the most of your activities.



Ko Olina Golf Club & Other West Oahu Courses
Ko Olina Golf Club, home of the LPGA LOTTE Championship by Hershey, is Ko Olina Resort’s pride. Designed by the renowned course architect Ted Robinson, this course has been named Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Resort Courses in the US”, Star Advertiser’s “Best Golf Course in Hawaii”, Association of Golf Merchandiser’s “Best 100 Golf Shops in the US”, Hawaii Magazine’s “Best Golf Course in Hawaii”, Play Golf America’s “Top 100 Performers”, and Honolulu Advertiser’s “Best of the Best Award for the #1 Golf Course on Oahu”.

TaylorMade Golf Clubs can be rented at $55. These clubs feel brand new, as they are actually replaced bi-annually.
Golf Academy offers a variety of classes from private to (small) group, from the curious to the professional, and even have an established clinic for kids.
Driving range has both natural grass and artificial turf
Dedicated short game area with bunkers and chipping areas
Challenging practice green
Other Courses in the area range from Municipal (public) courses like Ewa Villages Golf Course and West Loch Golf Course, Semi-Private courses like Kapolei Golf Course and Waikile Country Club, Military courses like Barbers Point Golf Course and Navy Marine Golf Course, and Private courses like Hoakalei Country Club and Oahu Country Club.

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Take a musical journey through Hawaii’s history and culture through song, dance, and food. Explore a festival of Polynesian cultures, including Hawaiian,Tahitian, Samoan, Maori and more. While there are many Luau to choose from, there are three fantastic shows located in Ko Olina Resort.

Paradise Cove is located at Ko Olina Resort’s entrance, before the Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina. We encourage you to arrive early to engage in the pre-show activities. Learn ancient arts and crafts, or compete in Hawaiian games. Learn how the Hawaiians cook their meals, techniques that are still used today, then enjoy a buffet of traditional Hawaiian foods blended with island dishes and continental favorites.

Ka Waa is located at the Aulani, a Disney Resort & Spa. Just recently opening in November 2016, this is one of the island’s newest Luau. Pre-show activities include demonstrations of cloth (kapa) and tatoo printing, flower arranging and taro pounding (into poi). Each dance performance will tell you a story meant to take you on a journey. Buffet includes suckling pig and prime rib, local seafood and island favories, and an array of Asian delights.

Fia Fia is located at the back end of Ko Olina Resort, at Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club. This Polynesian Dinner Show takes you on a jouney through the South Pacific. Shows are available on Tuesdays only.

Other Luau outside of of Ko Olina Resort would include Germain’s Luau, located just outside of Ko Olina Resort, the Polynesian Cultural Center, an all day affair located on the North Shore of Oahu, Waikiki Starlight Luau located on Oahu’s South Shore, and the Chief’s Luau at Sea Life Park located on Oahu’s east end.
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Luau FAQ

What factors should I consider when choosing a luau?

When selecting a luau on Oahu, consider factors such as location, cultural authenticity, and entertainment preferences. Decide whether you prefer a traditional experience, a romantic beachfront setting, or a more intimate atmosphere. Look into the menu offerings, as some luaus provide a variety of Hawaiian dishes. Many luaus also offer additional activities such as games and crafts that can add an extra element of fun for families.

What food is included?

Luau menus on Oahu typically feature a variety of traditional Hawaiian dishes. Common offerings include poi, lomi lomi salmon, kalua pig, taro rolls, macaroni salad, steamed white rice, and fresh pineapple. However, specific items may vary by location, so it is advisable to check the menu of your chosen luau to ensure it includes your preferred Hawaiian favorites.

Is a luau considered too “touristy”?

Luaus are a cultural celebration deeply rooted in Hawaiian traditions. They offer visitors an authentic experience showcasing local customs, music, dance, and cuisine. While certainly popular among tourists, luaus maintain cultural significance and provide an enjoyable and immersive way to learn about Hawaiian heritage.

What accommodations are nearby?

Ko Olina Resort is ideally located, making it a convenient accommodation option for those looking to attend a luau while vacationing on Oahu. The resort offers a variety of accommodations, from upscale condos and villas to vacation homes, providing convenience and proximity to popular luau venues. With its picturesque setting and abundance of amenities, Ko Olina enhances the overall Hawaii experience, offering a comfortable island stay.


Distance from the Honolulu International Airport to Ko Olina is a little under 20- miles. There are several ways to get to Ko Olina:

Municipal Transportation (TheBUS): Cost is $2.50 per person, should take about an hour and a half, and would require one transfer. You are allowed to bring a bag onto the bus as long as it fits on your lap or under the seat in front of you. Busses do not have any baggage storage areas available anywhere, and you are not allowed to store any bags on the seat beside you.
Technology Transportation (Uber / Lyft): This is fairly new to our city, and there are many laws that are constantly changing. If you already use Uber or Lyft you should inquire what current restrictions may affect you. The most current ruling that is being enforced is regarding your pick-up. Uber / Lyft drivers are not allowed to pick anyone up at the airport. If you are scheduling a ride you must order your pick-up in an area outside of the airport.
Airport Shuttle (SpeediShuttle): If you don’t mind sharing a ride with other exited vacationers you may consider jumping on SpeediShuttle. Cost is $15 per person, one way and may have multiple stops. Cost includes two bags, each additional bag is $8 each.
Taxicab: If you have four or more people in your party a taxicab is probably your best value. At $65 per cab, one way, you can get a cab in the airport and have the whole vehicle to yourself. There are no “number of bags per person” restriction, in fact the number of bags are restricted to what fits in the trunk. If it does fit you will need to order a second cab and pay for it.
Sedan: Sedans make a luxury start of your vacation. For $175 per vehicle, one way, you can ensure a larger vehicle and a driver with a clean professional look.
Limousine: Start your vacation in style. Drivers will meet you at the gate, take you to baggage claim, help you with your luggage. At $220 per vehicle, one way, there’s nothing like starting your luxury vacation feeling like a rock star.
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Transportation FAQ 

What is the most convenient way to get around the island? 

The most convenient way to navigate Oahu is by renting a car. This provides flexibility to explore the island’s diverse attractions at your own pace. Oahu’s public transportation options are limited outside of Honolulu, making a rental car the preferred choice for convenience and efficient travel. Book your rental car ahead of time and familiarize yourself with local traffic regulations for a smooth and enjoyable experience. 

What about parking? 

Parking on Oahu varies, but many vacation rentals, particularly those outside Honolulu, provide designated parking spaces. Confirm parking availability with your accommodation beforehand. In more urban areas like Honolulu, street parking and paid lots are common. Be mindful of parking regulations and availability to ensure a smooth experience.  

 What is the most budget friendly way to get around the island? 

For budget-friendly transportation on Oahu, consider utilizing TheBus, Oahu’s public bus system. With an extensive network covering the island, it offers an affordable option for exploring key destinations. Additionally, the Waikiki Trolley provides cost-effective travel within the popular Waikiki area. Both options are economical alternatives to renting a car, especially when exploring the Waikiki area. 

What are some convenient vacation rental options? 

Consider going outside the city for an authentic island experience. Ko Olina offers a serene setting in West Oahu with beautiful beaches and accommodations, providing a relaxing escape. Many rentals in this area boast attractive onsite amenities as well as proximity to attractions. Explore listings in Ko Olina for a tranquil stay, blending comfort and authenticity away from the hustle of the city. 

Oahu Adventures & Tours

Looking for things to do on Oahu? Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, Oahu activities range from surfing to spas and everything in between. Be sure to experience authentic Hawaiian culture with our amazing restaurants on the island or get a local’s perspective on sights and history with a guided tour.

Ko Olina Restaurants

Looking for things to do on Oahu? Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, Oahu activities range from surfing to spas and everything in between. Be sure to experience authentic Hawaiian culture with our amazing restaurants on the island or get a local’s perspective on sights and history with a guided tour.

Ko Olina Shopping

Looking for things to do on Oahu? Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, Oahu activities range from surfing to spas and everything in between. Be sure to experience authentic Hawaiian culture with our amazing restaurants on the island or get a local’s perspective on sights and history with a guided tour.

Spa & Beauty

Looking for things to do on Oahu? Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, Oahu activities range from surfing to spas and everything in between. Be sure to experience authentic Hawaiian culture with our amazing restaurants on the island or get a local’s perspective on sights and history with a guided tour.

Oahu Concierge Services

Looking for things to do on Oahu? Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, Oahu activities range from surfing to spas and everything in between. Be sure to experience authentic Hawaiian culture with our amazing restaurants on the island or get a local’s perspective on sights and history with a guided tour.

Wild Side Hawaii

If you have chosen Hawaii out of the hundreds of other possible vacation destinations, you are probably looking for an adventure like no other. Hawaii is the perfect place to dive into your next adventure. Wild Side Hawaii can help you achieve this goal by showing you the incredible world found just under the currents. Here are the exciting ways Wild Side Hawaii can help you explore the other side of this incredible island:

Best of the West Charter

Wild Side Hawaii is a local charter company that will take you out on the ocean, letting you see everything above and below the waves. The most popular tour option is the Best of the West tour where you and five other passengers go on a 3.5-hour exploration. While every tour is diverse and can be individualized based on your interests, there are a few incredible encounters that are always included. Dolphin encounters, swimming with dolphins, guided snorkeling, and whale watching are part of each journey. This charter keeps the passenger count low so local wildlife disturbance is kept to a minimum and not scared off. Most charters will have extremely clear water with up to 100 feet of visibility from the glass-bottom boat.

Deluxe Wildlife Charter

You can become a biologist for a day when you reserve a seat on the Deluxe Wildlife Charter. This deluxe charter includes everything from the Best of the West tour and much more. The onboard hydrophone will help attract local dolphins and whales with incredible vocalizations to draw their attention. A delicious BBQ lunch, snacks, and drinks are also provided so you do not go hungry. Each booking you make with Wild Side Hawaii gives back a portion of the proceeds to the Wild Dolphin Foundation to ensure these majestic creatures keep on thriving.

Booking Your Next Charter

If swimming with dolphins, whale watching, and snorkeling all sound like something you would enjoy, you should book your next charter with Wild Side Hawaii immediately. Their charters are extremely popular and have served over 100,000 people. Book your next charter by calling Wild Side Tours Oahu at 808-306-7273; we recommend booking several weeks in advance to secure your seat.

Enjoy Oahu

Experience Oahu in a way no other lodging service can provide when you choose Ola Properties’ exclusive vacation rentals on the island. You will have access to all the beauty of the island as well as thrilling attractions such as Wild Side Hawaii. Give our rental experts a call today and get set up with the right vacation rental for your stay on Oahu!

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Wild Side Hawaii FAQ

Are these boat excursions family friendly?

Absolutely! Wild Side Hawaii warmly welcomes families aboard our boat charters. We strive to create a family-friendly environment where the entire family can enjoy the scenery and wildlife together. Younger children require a 1-to-1 ratio of parent-child supervision. Our private charters offer an ideal family environment, featuring a personalized experience that can cater to individual needs. Come join us for a memorable and enjoyable adventure on the water!

Do I need to be a strong swimmer?

While being confident in the water may increase your enjoyment, it is not required. We prioritize safety by requiring everyone in the water to wear a provided safety belt. These belts, fitting around the waist, don’t hinder swimming—they’re designed to allow water to pass through, ensuring ease of movement. So, whether you’re a beginner or an experienced swimmer, you can enjoy your experience with confidence and peace of mind.

What makes Wild Side Hawaii different from other boat charters?

Wild Side Hawaii stands out by offering more than just the usual boat charter experience. Our team comprises marine biologists and trained naturalists who are passionate about sharing their knowledge of Hawaiian marine life. We go beyond traditional tours, emphasizing education, conservation, and exploration of lesser-known locations. Our commitment to wildlife protection, safety, and providing a unique, immersive experience sets us apart, making each journey with us a memorable adventure with a purpose.

What nearby accommodations would you recommend?

Located in West Oahu, Wild Side Hawaii is located near the acclaimed Ko Olina Resort, renowned for its luxurious accommodations and beautiful surroundings. Ko Olina boasts a range of amenities and easy access to the stunning coastal experiences Wild Side Hawaii has to offer.

Surf HNL Hawaii

Anyone booking a vacation getaway to Hawaii probably knows that this tropical island is the surfing capital of the world. The beautiful blue water and righteous waves makes the best surfing conditions possible, especially around Oahu. If you are new to surfing and wish to try it out, make sure to stop at Surf HNL Kapolei Hawaii for the best lessons and rental experience possible.

Surfing Lessons

Surf HNL Hawaii has been serving up surfing lessons since 2005. Each lesson is handled at private beaches located around Honolulu, Kapolei, and Waianae so you won’t be wiping out with a large crowd around you. Mastering the art of surfing takes patience but the professionals at Surf HNL will be with you every step of the way! They have the option of 1 hour or 2-hour lessons available. Don’t worry about bringing any gear with you as the surf board, leash, rash guards, and reef shoes are included in every lesson package. Just bring some water and sunscreen and Surf HNL will help you get started in the water.

Paddle Board Lessons

Paddle boarding is just as possible in the state of Hawaii, so Surf HNL wants to make sure you are prepared to step on your board. Each lesson will help you adjust to balancing on the board as you paddle along the beautiful Hawaii shoreline. Similar to the surfing lessons, each session will get you equal time on the water and includes all the gear you need. Surfing and paddle boarding lessons with Surf HNL start at just $99 per person.

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Rental Gear

Once you have learned the basics, you will be ready to tackle surfing and paddle boarding all on your own. Surf HNL’s gear is top of the line and easy to check out. A variety of rental options are available, including by the hour and by the day, making it easy to adjust to your schedule on the island. Rentals are on a first come, first served basis, so call in your order in advance!

Contacting Surf HNL

You can visit Surf HNL during next stop in Hawaii at 2116 Lauwiliwili St #105F, Kapolei, HI 96707. Call ahead for your rental order at 808-371-8917 or by emailing info@surfhnl.com.

Your Hawaiian Getaway

Get the most of your Hawaiian destination getaway with our luxury rentals available in the area. Each property can either keep you close to the water for easy surfing or stay in the city. Let our rental experts help plan your vacation by finding you the perfect rental!

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Surf HNL Hawaii FAQ

Are these surf lessons family friendly?

Yes, Surf HNL Hawaii offers family-friendly lessons. Group lessons are available for participants aged 13 and older, with a maximum of 4 individuals per group to ensure personalized attention. Families with younger children ages 3 and older are encouraged to opt for private lessons for a tailored and enjoyable experience.

How experienced do I need to be in the water?

You don’t need extensive water experience to join Surf HNL Hawaii lessons. Life jackets are provided for those who require them. In group sessions, participants are expected to paddle their surfboards back to the instructor with minimal assistance. This ensures a safe and enjoyable learning experience, even for those with limited water proficiency.

What if I already know how to surf?

If you’re already a surfer with some experience, Surf HNL Hawaii provides opportunities to elevate your skills to the next level. Advanced lessons and coaching are available to help intermediate surfers refine their techniques, master new maneuvers, and enhance their overall surfing proficiency.

Are there vacation rentals nearby?

Certainly! Enhance your island experience by booking a stay at the nearby Ko Olina Resort, where you can enjoy vacation rentals in a serene environment away from the city crowds. Immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings and make the most of your time both on and off the waves with convenient and comfortable accommodations in this tranquil area. Choose from a variety of condos, villas, and private homes on this desirable west coast property!

Hokua Beach Supply

When you are enjoying your stay on Oahu, you need to make sure you are close to a rental shop that will set you up for fun in the sea. Hokua Beach Supply is one of the finest rental gear shops in Hawaii in general. Not only can you find the best gear for snorkeling and surfing, you can also book a thrilling Jeep tour all across the island.

Convenient Water Sports Supply Shop

When you stop at Hokua Beach Supply you will find all you need for an incredible beach excursion on Oahu. The inventory at Hokua Beach Supply includes everything you need for a snorkeling trip. You can rent your own snorkeling mask, tube, fins, and much more. Hokua Beach Supply even has top of the line surfboards and paddle boards for an adventure on top of the water too. The supplies do not stop there either! Hokua Beach Supply has everything you need to spend hours on the beach. Rent a pair of fold out chairs, beach towels, umbrellas, sandcastle molds and more. With so much under one roof, there is no reason to check out any other rental shop on Oahu.

Order Online and Have It Delivered

Hokua Beach Supply makes it easy to get your rental gear right to you in no time. Visitors can create their order online and have it ready that same day. If you are unable to make it to Hokua Beach Supply, you can even have it delivered to your vacation rental or right to the beach. Order minimums are required for each delivery option you choose.

Exciting Jeep Tours

Book your own personal Jeep Tour with Hokua Beach Supply. Each tour offers a private ride around the island and will take you to most of the scenic areas on Oahu. Tours are available Monday through Friday and need to be booked two weeks in advance.

Contacting Hokua Beach Supply

Reserve your next order with Hokua Beach Supply by calling 808-626-5199 or by emailing theteam@hokuabeachsupply.com. Your snorkel rental Oahu Orders can be picked up and dropped off at 458 Manawai Street, #307, Kapolei, HI 96707. Hokua Beach Supply is available Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm.

Have an Adventure on Oahu

Get ready for all the incredible activities on Oahu by ordering your gear through Hokua Beach Supply. Our vacation rentals will keep you close to the most entertaining attractions while you enjoy luxury amenities. Let us find you the perfect rental when you call our rental experts today.

Hoku Hawaiian Tours

Are you visiting the beautiful island of Oahu but need some help finding all the best sights? If so, look no further than the travel experts at Hoku Hawaiian Tours. This local agency helps locals and visitors alike learn about the rich history of Hawaii while finding all the must-see locales. Here is how Hoku Hawaiian Tours can make your Hawaiian journey even better:

Luxury and Customizable Tours

As the name suggests, Hoku Hawaiian Tours provides tours to all the must-see Hawaiian hotspots. Each tour uses luxury vehicles to keep guests comfortable as they follow customizable itineraries based upon their desires. Each tour guide has in-depth knowledge regarding Hawaii’s rich history and ancient culture. You will not have a better tour guide than those with Hoku Hawaiian Tours.

Variety of Tour Options

When booking a tour with Hoku Hawaiian Tours, you do not have just one tour to select but instead a variety of options. Hoku specializes in tours that explore Pearl Harbor, Circle Island, Ko Olina, and exciting eco tours of the area. Each tour destination has multiple options so you can pick a tour that focuses on what exactly you want to see. The Pearl Harbor tours lets you explore where World War II started for the United States and check out the USS Missouri and USS Arizona Memorial. The Circle Island tours take you around all of Oahu so you can truly experience this vacation destination the right way. The Ko Olina tour also explores Oahu with a few changes along the way. Finally, the eco tour will take you to some truly magical sights while enjoying some paddle boarding along the way.

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Booking Your Tour with Hoku Hawaiian Tours

Get started by reserving your next tour with Hoku Hawaiian Tours. Reservations can be made by calling 808-439-8810 or by emailing reservations@hokutours.com. All starting points for your tours will be discussed after your reservation is booked. Hoku Hawaiian Tours operates all year round with Oahu’s beautiful weather, so there is no bad time to visit!

Get Ready for Hawaii

The incredible island of Oahu awaits you. Stay in the best parts of the island when you choose our exclusive vacation rentals. Remain comfortable throughout your stay and be close to nearby attractions. Reserve your rental online today or let our vacation experts help you plan for your stay on Oahu!

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Naked Cow Dairy Farm

One of the sacrifices of living in our beautiful paradise of Hawaii is that goods such as dairy are often shipped from the mainland, across miles and miles of the Pacific Ocean—but you can find a wonderful exception to that rule at Naked Cow Dairy Farm, the only authentic Hawaiian dairy farm here on Oahu!

Natural Dairy Delights from a Farm with Quality and Compassion

Located in Waianae on the west side of Oahu, Naked Cow Dairy Farm has been a fixture of the community since 2007. Frustrated with the industrialized dairy industry, the founder Monique van der Stroom wanted to revive the natural production standards of small family dairy farms. In a time where hormone and antibiotic treatments are more common than ever, Naked Cow Dairy eschews that notion, and all of their animals are free of such treatments. Hence the name, Naked Cow—the way mother nature meant for them to be!

The cows that their dairy products come from are well loved, and you can taste the difference in their line of gourmet creamery butters, hand-crafted artisan cheeses, and freshly made yogurt. They only utilize feed that is grown in Hawaii, such as grass, sugar cane, pineapples, macadamia nuts, as well as a number of other naturally sourced feeds. As an added bonus, the farm is more sustainable for these practices, and they actively work to scale down their carbon footprint!

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If you want to learn more and enjoy an exciting evening of tasting some of the finest cheeses on the island, you can take a mozzarella cheese making class offsite at the SALT at Our Kaka’ako shopping center. For two hours, you’ll be guided through the cheese-making process with a knowledgeable expert from start to finish, and you can even take your cheese home with you at the end! After the class concludes, you get to enjoy a glass of wine and sample some of Naked Cow’s best cheeses and can purchase a few if you’d like. It’s a fantastic way to glean more information about the island, and what it takes to produce sustainable dairy goods 2,000 miles in the middle of the Pacific. If you don’t have time for the cheese making class, you can still pick up some of their products at Whole Foods to enjoy in your gorgeous rental, or maybe even on the beach with a breath-taking view!

You can reserve cheese classes online or email them at classes@nakedcowdairyhawaii.com.

Make the Most of Your Oahu Adventure When You Stay with Ola Properties

Ranging from luxurious penthouse condos with sweeping ocean views, to spacious villas made to feel like your own private retreat, we aim to bring you a high standard of vacation home rentals in Oahu. Take a look through our stunning properties online and give us a call to start planning the vacation of a lifetime!

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Naked Cow Dairy Farm FAQ

What are some ways Naked Cow Dairy Farm supports other local small businesses?

Naked Cow Dairy Farm actively fosters local partnerships by incorporating products from neighboring businesses. They feature butter, jam, and jelly from Akaka Falls Farm, as well as flavors from Ka’iulani Spices and Ala’ea Sea Salt in their offerings. This collaboration not only strengthens the community but also highlights the diverse and high-quality products originating from Oahu’s local small businesses.

How do Naked Cow Dairy Farm’s products stand out?

Naked Cow Dairy Farm distinguishes itself by prioritizing the humane treatment of animals and maintaining a commitment to antibiotic and hormone-free practices. This dedication ensures the production of high-quality dairy products that resonate with consumers who value ethical and sustainable farming. The emphasis on animal welfare not only sets their products apart but also reflects a conscientious approach to agriculture and responsible food production.

How does Naked Cow Dairy Farm offer a unique Hawaii experience?

Naked Cow Dairy Farm provides an exclusive Hawaiian experience as the first and only producer of artisanal cheese, gourmet butter, and cream-top yogurt in the state. This unique distinction allows visitors and locals alike to savor locally crafted dairy products that capture the essence of Hawaii, contributing to a distinctive and authentic culinary journey that reflects the farm’s commitment to innovation and quality.

Are there vacation accommodations nearby?

Naked Cow Dairy Farm offers various retail locations across Oahu for convenient access to their products. For a luxurious home base, consider the vacation rentals at Ko Olina, which is near Naked Cow’s west coast locations. Ko Olina boasts a comfortable and upscale setting, with an onsite golf course, marina, and white sand beaches.

Coral Crater Adventure Park

When visiting Oahu, Hawaii we’re sure you have plenty of ideas planned for spending time on the beach, swimming in our beautiful waters, and enjoying the tropical sunshine. While we cannot rave enough about our beautiful beaches, we want to make sure you get to see all the other exciting activities waiting for you on the island. Coral Crater Adventure Park is one such destination that is a thrilling activity center for adults and children alike. Coral Crater Adventure Park includes zip line courses, ATV trails, obstacle courses, and so much more.

Zip Line Courses

Zip lining through the trees of Hawaii is an experience that must be seen to be believed! Sure, you have seen the pictures of all the gorgeous scenery our island has to offer, but it is completely different when you are up in the treetops going 25 miles per hour. Each course ranges from 300 to 900 feet and can be enjoyed by individuals of all ages. You will be taken along six different courses for a two-hour adventure. Make sure to dress comfortably and wearing closed-toe shoes is a must.

ATV Adventures

Visitors to the Coral Crater Adventure Park can enjoy an off-road adventure with certain packages. Guests will be taught how to navigate these ATV vehicles on an impressive course you can let loose on. Each vehicle comfortably sits two so you and a loved one can easily drive around together and get dirty.

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Aerial Course Challenge

Once you have had your fun on the zip line course and ATV track, make sure to try out the Aerial Adventure Course. This challenging course features 18 different elements that includes you swinging, climbing, and jumping feet above the ground. The Aerial Adventure Course is not just some short obstacle course either; this course recommends an hour and a half to really enjoy all its features! All participants must be at least 4’6” in height to participate on the Aerial Adventure Course.

Finding Coral Crater Adventure Park

These are just a few of the activities that await you at Coral Crater Adventure Park. This activity center can be found at 91-1780 Midway St, Kapolei, HI 96707. The park is open daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm. Call ahead with any questions at 808-626-5773.

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Get out and explore Oahu during your next stay with us. There are no better vacation rentals in the area that keep you comfortable and close to all of the exciting attractions on the island. Let our rental experts hook you up with the right rental for you today!

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Coral Crater Adventure Park FAQ

Is Coral Crater Adventure Park family-friendly?

Yes, Coral Crater Adventure Park is family-friendly. However, certain activities like Ziplining, Adventure Tower, Freefall, and ATV rides have a minimum age requirement of 6 and a minimum weight of 40 lbs. These restrictions ensure the safety of participants, making it an enjoyable experience for families with children who meet the specified criteria.

I’ve never been ziplining before. What should I expect?

Prepare for an exhilarating experience! At Coral Crater Adventure Park, first-timers can expect a thrilling ride, soaring through the treetops on secure ziplines. Trained guides provide safety briefings and assistance, ensuring a safe and enjoyable adventure. The breathtaking views and adrenaline rush make it a memorable activity, suitable for beginners seeking an exciting introduction to the world of ziplining.

What are the physical requirements for Coral Crater Adventure Park?

Participants should be reasonably fit to enjoy the tours at Coral Crater. While there’s no extreme fitness demand, some walking is involved between zip lines. Additionally, there’s a segment with a short incline. These requirements ensure participants can navigate the course comfortably.

What nearby vacation rentals are available?

Ko Olina, close to Coral Crater Adventure Park, offers exquisite vacation rentals. Known for its luxurious resort grounds, pristine beaches, and world-class amenities, Ko Olina provides an ideal retreat. Visitors can find upscale condos with ocean views, access to golf courses, spas, and fine dining. The area’s serene atmosphere and proximity to attractions make Ko Olina an excellent choice for a relaxing and enjoyable stay on Oahu.

Papaoneone (Turtle) Beach

The Hawaiian name of this beach is Papaoneone Beach, but it is more commonly known as Turtle Beach, named for the Sea Turtles who like to feed on the seaweed that grows on the reef here. These Sea Turtles can frequently be seen in the early morning hours just offshore. Turtle Beach is a hidden gem on Oahu’s Leeward Coast. It is not among the most popular beaches on this side of the island, but that doesn’t mean that it’s a bad beach. To the contrary, the almost white sand contrasts amazingly with the azure blue water. The ocean looks especially turquoise here for some reason; more than on many other Oahu beaches. On the south end of the beach is Mauna Lahilahi, a small mountain which provides a scenic backdrop. Two condominiums, The Hawaiian Princess and Makaha Beach Cabanas, are also located on this side of the beach.  Checkout our rentals at The Hawaiian Princess if you’d like to spend a few days on this magnificent beach.It’s easy to miss Turtle Beach while driving along Oahu’s west shore as it is not visible from the road. There is a small dirt parking area along the road and three narrow public access walkways leading to the ocean. The only thing Turtle Beach lacks is shade. So if you plan to come here for the day, bring a beach umbrella.In the winter months, the surf can get very high here and this is when swimming is too dangerous. Even in the summer months there can be a strong shorebreak and currents on this beach. A sea cave, called Ulua cave, is located offshore and is a popular scuba diving location in the summer months, with a depth of around 80 feet. As always, be careful when going into the ocean and be aware of your surroundings at all times.

Turtle Beach Overview

  • Wide pocket of sand
  • Mauna Lahilahi provides a scenic backdrop on south end of the beach
  • Snorkeling can be good when the ocean is calm (usually in the summer months)
  • High surf and strong currents in the winter (November to February)
  • Steep shorebreak and strong undertow in nearshore waters (can occur year-round)


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Papaoneone Beach FAQ

How can I best enjoy the sea turtles at Turtle Beach?

For an optimal sea turtle experience at Papaoneone Beach, adhere to Hawaii laws by observing these majestic creatures from a distance. Refrain from disturbing or touching them, respecting their natural behavior. By responsibly enjoying their presence, you contribute to the preservation of this unique Oahu destination, fostering a positive coexistence between humans and the local marine life.

What activities can be best enjoyed at Papaoneone (Turtle) Beach?

Explore the vibrant reef and tidepools at Papaoneone Beach for a unique marine adventure. Witness the fascinating underwater world while snorkeling in the clear water, which is usually calmest during summer months. Immerse yourself in the beauty of nature and observe sea turtles in their natural habitat.

What facilities are available at Papaoneone (Turtle) Beach?

Papaoneone Beach maintains its pristine, natural charm with minimal facilities, making it a hidden gem. Apart from two condominiums, there are few impositions to its untouched beauty. Visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic and bring their own shade, enhancing the experience of a serene day along the shoreline.

Can I stay near Papaoneone Beach?

Explore premier access to Papaoneone Beach by booking a stay at one of these Makaha vacation rentals. These accommodations offer proximity to the beach, providing an immersive experience in the natural beauty of Oahu’s west coast. Enjoy the convenience of staying close to Papaoneone Beach and exploring the nearby attractions while relishing the comfort and amenities these Makaha vacation rentals have to offer.

Fun Indoor Activities on Oahu

Oahu is perhaps the most versatile of the Hawaiian Islands. Home to a wide variety of both indoor and outdoor activities, there is something for every traveler type on this majestic isle. While you’ll certainly want to spend some time at the beach, participating in water activities, and exploring the vast coastlines and lush tropical forests, when you’re ready to take a break from the sand and sun, indoor activities in Oahu await.

Oahu Indoor Activities, Adventures & Attractions

Take a break from the sun and enjoy some of the many fun Oahu indoor activities that are available on Oahu. Oahu offers unique historical sites that aren’t present on the other islands, such as those found at the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites. These sites include the USS Arizona Memorial, the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. From exploring vintage aircraft to standing over the site of the sunken battleship USS Arizona, where World War II began for the United States on December 7, 1941, the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites are fascinating for both US history buffs and for the average traveler.

For shoppers, Oahu is definitely the choice destination. From high fashion to casual beachwear, whatever you’re searching for can be found among the many racks and shelves of Oahu’s shops and boutiques. Ala Moana Shopping Center is consistently ranked among the top malls in the nation, and for good reason. This thoughtfully designed shopping center combines indoor activities in Oahu and outdoor elements to maximize the favorable climate and beauty of the island. Touted as the largest outdoor mall in the world, the shops, restaurants, and entertainment spaces that make up Ala Moana make for a pleasant shopping experience. Additional shopping options are scattered throughout the island, from quaint local surf shops and boutiques to discounted well-known brands such as those found at Waikele Premium Outlets. Shop ‘til you drop on Oahu, which offers a range of Oahu indoor activities and outdoor shopping options!

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Still in search for accommodations for your Hawaii getaway? At Ola Properties, we offer a variety of upscale vacation rentals along Oahu’s sunny western coast. From beachside villas to spacious homes overlooking the golf fairway, our Hawaii vacation rentals cater to a variety of travelers, including people looking for family vacation rentals in Oahu Hawaii. With a flexible cancellation policy to accommodate the changing climate of travel, booking with us at Ola Properties is worry-free. Browse our listings here!

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Isolated Activities on Oahu

Hawaii is known for its outdoor activity opportunities, from lounging on serene white sand beaches to hiking trails that wind their way through lush tropical jungles and end at refreshing waterfalls. With so many outdoor fun things to do in Oahu on offer, it’s easy to find adventures that will take you off the beaten path to where solitude can be found.

Get Away from It All with Isolated Things to Do on Oahu

There’s no better place to enjoy some distance and isolation than claiming your own spot in the sand for a day at the beach. When you situate yourself in West Oahu, you’ll find fewer crowds than along the shorelines of Waikiki. With diversity in beaches, West Oahu is home to tranquil lagoons such as those at Ko Olina, long stretches of picturesque sand such as those found in Makaha, and everything in between. With many restaurants offering takeout, pick up lunch on the way and spend the day enjoying the peacefulness of a day along the oceanfront. Take it easy during your days by enjoying peaceful walks along the beach or by flipping through pages of the latest good book. For travelers better suited for more action, especially those participating in solo travel to Oahu, gear such as stand up paddle boards, snorkel equipment, boogie boards, and surfboards are all easily accessible across the island and will keep your days full of entertainment if desired.

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Enjoy the relaxation that comes from spending a day on the golf green when you book a tee time at the Ko Olina Golf Course. With acres of manicured fairways stretched out around you, peaceful water features, and no parallel fairways, an afternoon on the golf green is just what the doctor ordered. End your round with a meal at Roy’s, the course’s 19th hole, which offers a covered patio for outdoor seating.

Whether you’re hiking a trail, hitting the beach, or engaging in exciting island fun things to do on Oahu, there is always solitude to be found on Oahu!

Isolated Rentals on Oahu

Enjoy space and privacy when you book one of the luxurious Hawaii vacation rentals listed with us at Ola Properties. With options such as private family homes in gated communities and spacious duplexes, it’s easy to find the space and privacy you desire for your family or group. In our isolated rentals, you won’t need to worry about passing other travelers in close proximity in areas such as hallways and elevators. With many of our Oahu rentals offering private outdoor lanais and some with expanded outdoor space, which is perfect for a relaxing environment if you plan to work from home in Hawaii, your family can be free to enjoy Hawaii’s tropical outdoors with plenty of space and privacy. Browse our listings here, and contact us today!

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Great Restaurants Offering Food Delivery in Oahu

West Oahu enjoys the status of being tucked away from the busier streets of Honolulu and Waikiki while still enjoying the convenience of easy access to world class beaches, shopping, and dining. With both the relaxation opportunities travelers desire in an island getaway as well as the conveniences that make everyday living easy, such as Oahu food delivery, West Oahu is a great choice for your next vacation destination.

Enjoy the Convenience of Restaurants with Food Delivery in Oahu

Keep your days by the pool or along the beach seamless when you enjoy the convenience of restaurant food delivery in Oahu during your West Oahu stay. Due to recent changes in restaurant operations, many more high-quality restaurants are now offering the more flexible options of takeout and delivery, so you can enjoy your meals in the privacy of your vacation rental or while relaxing alongside the ocean. Staying in the upscale resort area of Ko Olina makes perks such as restaurant delivery even more accessible!

Pizza Corner, located on the grounds of Ko Olina, offers easy call-in or online orders as well as delivery. Perfect for families who are traveling and for leftovers that can easily be enjoyed later, Pizza Corner offers a range of both traditional pizza options as well as dishes with a local flair. Try the poke pizza or the kalua pork pizza for two spins on popular local dishes!

In nearby Kapolei, you will find additional restaurants offering the convenience of delivery. Many restaurants have partnered with Bite Squad, a food delivery Oahu service that works with multiple eateries to deliver food from local restaurants right to your door. This means that beyond the typical pizza deliveries, you can enjoy items such as farm fresh greens from Aloha Salads, the perfect finger foods from Ninja Sushi, and Japanese and local-style plates and bentos from Gyu-Kaku Japanese BBQ. Get top-notch meals delivered right to your door without sacrificing the quality of food when you vacation in West Oahu!

Relaxation & Convenience in West Oahu

Base your Hawaii vacation in West Oahu, where you can enjoy being tucked away from the busier city life, while still enjoying conveniences such as easily accessible beaches, fun-filled water activities, and convenient shopping and dining, including restaurants with Oahu food delivery options. We understand that many travelers are tentative about booking vacation plans during this ever-changing travel season, which is why at Ola Properties, we now offer a flexible cancellation policy, which is detailed here. Spend your next vacation on the island of Oahu, where tropical days on the oceanfront and luxurious conveniences are easy to come by!

Grab a Bite with Restaurants in Oahu with Drive Thrus

Get away from it all in West Oahu, where long sunny days welcome you into summer. Basing your Hawaii vacation on Oahu’s western coast means enjoying access to long, white sand beaches, upscale shopping and dining options, abundant water activities, and brilliant nightly sunsets.

While West Oahu provides beauty and convenience, it also boasts a separation from the busier enclaves of Honolulu and Waikiki. Leaving the crowds behind and seeking space and distance is even higher on many traveler’s priority lists these days. Whether you want to beach hop, hike on a lone trail, or simply relax and unwind by the pool or on your private oceanfront balcony, options abound on West Oahu, especially with te restaurants in Oahu with drive thrus.

Restaurants in Oahu with Drive Thru Windows

Pick up a meal to be enjoyed as a beach picnic or within the privacy of your vacation rental at one of the many Oahu places to eat with drive thru windows that are conveniently located in West Oahu. Located just east of Ko Olina, the town of Kapolei offers several drive-thru options. Located along Queen Liliuokalani Highway (Hwy 93), you will find a handful of nationwide fast food chains, such as McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Burger King, Taco Bell, Jack in the Box, and Panda Express. For those who want more than a fast food meal, many local restaurants in Oahu that previously only offered dine-in services are now also offering take-out. By simply calling ahead to order before making your pick-up, you can be back enjoying the tropical paradise in and around your Hawaii vacation rental, where the tranquility that characterizes Hawaii abounds!

Still in Search of a Hawaii Vacation Rental for Your Island Getaway?

At Ola Properties, we offer upscale vacation rentals along the island of Oahu’s sunny west coast. Villas, townhomes, and spacious family homes reminiscent of Hawaii’s plantation era offer space and variety in the well-appointed resort area of Ko Olina. Further up the coastline, our properties in Makaha offer a distinct oceanside experience along the shores of long, white sand beaches. Our vacation specialists are here to assist you in your vacation travel, from securing a vacation rental that will suit your travel needs to helping you navigate the ever-changing travel policies during these unprecedented times. With a relaxed cancellation policy at Ola Properties, it’s easy to make flexible plans for your Hawaii vacation. Browse our listings and make an online booking or contact us with questions at (808) 726-2878!

Places to Eat in Oahu with Outdoor Seating

When you envisioned a getaway to Hawaii, it likely included sunny days spent along the shoreline, magical sunsets, and memories created that would be relived for years to come. When it comes to dining in the islands, why lower your expectations? Oahu restaurants abound where you can continue to enjoy the tropical outdoors, oceanfront views, and romantic sunset evenings all from your outdoor dining table. As an added bonus, outdoor dining also makes it easier to maintain distance from other diners and lessens time spent in an enclosed space with others. Dining outdoors in Hawaii is a win-win!

Oahu Restaurants with Outdoor Dining

Basing your stay in an upscale area such as Ko Olina ensures that that are several places to eat in Oahu on hand that are easily accessible without even leaving the resort property. Start your day with a cup of joe at Island Vintage Coffee’s Ko Olina Station location, which boasts a variety of specialty coffees perfect for kickstarting your morning, as well as acai bowls, poke bowls, sandwiches, and other breakfast and lunch menu items. Several tables are located outdoors on the patio, where you can enjoy soft island breezes and the quiet rustle of nearby palms.

Roy’s Ko Olina, known as the 19th hole at the Ko Olina Golf Course, boasts a spacious covered patio area overlooking the golf green, providing sweeping serene views. Whether you’re enjoying a post-golf meal or are simply headed here in search of good food in a pleasant outdoor atmosphere, this Oahu restaurant is one of the Roy Yamaguchi eateries that is famed for its high quality of food and beautiful presentation. You can’t go wrong with a meal on the outdoor patio at Roy’s!

Book Your Stay Near Outdoor Dining Options and Exciting Island Activities

When you book your Hawaii vacation accommodations with Ola Properties, perks such as outdoor places to eat in Oahu, plentiful water activities, and amenities such as pools and spas are easily accessible. At Ola Properties, we offer several accommodations styles along the island of Oahu’s western coast, where you’ll find long, white sand beaches, island activities, and convenient shopping and dining all tucked away from the crowds of Honolulu and Waikiki. Spend your days enjoying the luxurious perks of a refined resort when you book a stay in one of our Ko Olina rentals, or the beauty of unobstructed sea views when you book a stay in one of our Makaha rentals further up the coast. Schedule your Hawaii vacation with peace of mind when you book with us at Ola Properties, where a flexible cancellation policy makes it easy to adjust travel based on changing conditions. Browse our listings here!

Oahu Things to Do with Social Distancing Mandates in Place

Fortunately for those spending time in Hawaii, many of the activities that make the islands such a great destination can still be enjoyed while taking into account social distancing measures. From outdoor activities to dine-in restaurants and shops that are increasingly opening, there are a multitude of ways to enjoy while Hawaii’s social distancing is in place. We even offer Makaha rentals if you really want to enjoy some privacy in a more remote location.

Stay Entertained with Hawaii Social Distancing Activities on Oahu

Get out and enjoy the tropical outdoors with a day at the beach! On an island where you’re never far from another white sand beach, it’s easy to find a spot to call your own for a day in the sand and sun. Whether you spend the day soaking up the sights and sounds from your towel in the sand, or you take part in Oahu things to do in the water, it’s easy to keep your distance from others on Hawaii’s vast beaches. While all rental shops have yet to reopen, inexpensive beach gear that includes snorkel equipment, boogie boards, and even surf boards can be conveniently purchased at stores such as Walmart and Costco, making it easy to join in the fun.

Most Hawaii vacation rentals with swimming pools have adjusted their setups to take social distancing into account, resituating lounge chairs and tables to provide for more space between guests. Spend sunny Hawaii days lounging poolside and soaking up the sun on your island getaway!

While you’ll need to don a mask to enter stores in Hawaii, many stores and shopping malls have reopened, including the Ala Moana Shopping Center, ranked among the top malls in the country. With a thoughtful layout that incorporates both indoor and outdoor spaces, this shopping center is both visually appealing and ideal for taking social distancing into account! New measures that include hand-sanitizing stations, touch-free interactions, frequent and intense cleanings, and social distancing directions make for a worry-free shopping experience. You’ll find a wide range of shops at Ala Moana, offering up everything from high fashion to casual beachwear. The shopping center also houses a large number of restaurants, many of which offer the option of takeout, delivery, or dine-in services.

While visitors to the Islands are currently subject to a 14-day quarantine period, those who are able to extend their stay will find a variety of Hawaii social distancing activities to keep entertained!

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Oahu Journeys

Hawaii has long been a destination that tops traveling bucket lists, and for good reason. Especially on the Hawaiian Island of Oahu, you’ll find destinations and activities that cater to a wide variety of travelers. With world class white sand beaches, an international dining scene, and a vibrant nightlife, you’ll find plenty of ways to stay entertained throughout your stay on Oahu. And if relaxing is more your speed, there is no shortage of palm trees perfect for providing a bit of shade as you enjoy a tropical drink.

Whether you’ve been dreaming of a romantic getaway, a girls’ or guys’ trip with friends, or a journey that’s all about finding the best hidden dining spots, we’ve got you covered when it comes to planning. Browse our Oahu activities below for some inspiration on everything from the best places to grab some local food to the most stunning destinations to catch a fiery Hawaiian sunset. Then turn your dream into reality and begin planning your Oahu journey!

The Perfect Oahu 3-Day Itinerary for a Trip to Ko Olina

If your trip to Hawaii includes some island-hopping and you’ll only be on Oahu for a few days, be sure to add some of the best sites to your Oahu 3 day itinerary. With a combination of beach time and sightseeing, you can make the most of your time on the island by including these top Oahu sites.

Best Oahu Beaches

The east coast beaches of Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach regularly rank at the top of the list for best Oahu beaches, one of the most popular things to do near Ko Olina. With water that is protected by an offshore reef, you’ll find crystal clear aqua waters along this shoreline. Soft white sand onshore and two picturesque offshore islands make this a postcard-perfect beach. Spend some time lounging on the beach soaking in the scenery or explore the water with a swim or snorkel. If you really want to spend more time exploring here, it’s also possible to kayak to the uninhabited islands, which are about a mile offshore.

Where to Eat

If you’re a seafood lover, the local favorite poke is a must to try while on Oahu. Pick some up at Fresh Catch, which has three locations across the island. This raw, cubed tuna is garnished in a variety of ways, and Fresh Catch offers 20 creative options. Poke is best enjoyed along the beachfront with your toes in the sand and a cold drink in hand! For a casual dine-in experience, eat local at Helena’s Hawaiian Food. Helena’s offers traditional Hawaiian food such as kalua pork, lau lau (pork and salted butterfish wrapped in lu’au leaves and ti leaves), and lomi salmon. Top it all off with haupia for dessert! For seafood lovers, Mina’s Fish House, located on the beautiful grounds of Ko Olina, provides the ultimate experience in both cuisine and setting. Situated right along the oceanfront overlooking one of the calm Ko Olina lagoons, the views are unparalleled. The open-air dining experience is flawless, offering multiple levels of deck seating as well as a true beachfront experience where your toes never have to leave the sand. Shellfish can be ordered individually or for the table or start with something from the raw bar. The lobster and coconut bisque is a popular starter, followed by something from the land or the sea. With chefs that work closely with local fishermen to ensure the best fresh catches, you can’t go wrong with seafood from Mina’s Fish House.

Oahu Sites

Oahu is home to some interesting sites that can’t be found on other islands. The Pearl Harbor Historic Sites include the USS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum, and all provide a detailed look into important moments in our country’s history. On the other hand, if you’d prefer to spend your time exploring natural attractions outdoors, you may want to consider a hike up Diamond Head National Monument to enjoy stunning views over the city, or a hike to one of the island’s many waterfalls such as Manoa Falls.

Oahu Wildlife

With so much beauty to take in along Oahu’s shorelines and mountain ridgelines, it is easy to forget that there is so much more to be discovered beneath the surface of the sea. Oahu is home to exciting marine life, including tropical fish, honu (sea turtles), dolphins, and humpback whales (in season). Setting aside some time in the itinerary to experience the diversity of Oahu’s marine life is sure to be a memorable part of your vacation in Oahu! While there are certainly options for DIY excursions, with limited time it may be best to default to the pros, who know the area well and can get you in the best spots for wildlife viewing with no wasted time. Ko Olina Ocean Adventures offers an excellent Speedboat Dolphin Snorkel adventure that will take you right to the natural habitat of Hawaiian spinner dolphins. Snorkel alongside these friendly creatures in the warm waters of the Pacific, capturing amazing photos! An additional snorkel stop along a vibrant reef allows snorkelers to encounter tropical fish and Hawaiian green sea turtles. From December through March, the Hawaiian waters become the migration destination for humpback whales escaping the cold waters of Alaska. If your visit coincides with whale watching season, there’s a good chance you’ll spot one along the way!

Enjoying Your Oahu 3 Day Itinerary Your Extended Weekend Getaway to Oahu, HI

Enjoy exciting Oahu activities on your Oahu 3 day itinerary during your extended weekend on the island! Basing your stay in one of our Oahu vacation rentals will provide convenient access to all the best on the island. Our Oahu vacation rentals provide plenty of square footage to accommodate the family. Full kitchens with appliances and cookware on hand make it easy and convenient to grab a quick meal before your next Oahu adventure. Any downtime in the itinerary can be spent lounging alongside a sparkling swimming pool or enjoying the ocean view from your private lanai. Book your Oahu accommodations online or contact our team today!

Our Recommended Oahu 1 Week Itinerary in Ko Olina

With so many sights and attractions located on the island of Oahu, your tropical vacation can really be done right when you spend at least a week exploring this stunning destination. Bring along the family and create special memories together participating in some of these family things to add to your Oahu 1 week itinerary!

Enjoy Nature’s Playground

With so many beaches to choose from on the island of Oahu, you’re sure to find several that fit the needs and interests of your family. For families traveling with younger children or those who prefer the relaxing aspect of hitting the beach, the Ko Olina beach lagoons provide a tranquil oceanfront experience. With rock barriers that protect against larger ocean waves, here you’ll find calm, clear water perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and stand-up paddle boarding. The beaches of Waikiki are good for those who want to play in the waves, take a surf lesson, or try their hand at boogie boarding. Oahu’s North Shore beaches are known around the world for surfing. Surf schools dot the northern coast, where there are plenty of options for learning how to ride the waves. During winter months, the huge swells that hit the North Shore are best left for the pros, but spectators gather along beaches such as Sunset Beach to people watch as experienced surfers take to the waves.

While there’s plenty of fun to be had along the sandy shorelines of Oahu, don’t miss what lies just beneath the water’s surface. Snorkeling is a fun beach activity that will get the whole family engaged, from small children to grandparents. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is an excellent spot for the whole family to snorkel. Entry into the water is easy from the sandy shoreline, and the sandy ocean floor soon gives way to coral reef, so there is no need to venture too far from shore to experience the variety of Oahu’s marine life.

Where to Eat & Drink

Leave the calorie counting behind during your Oahu getaway, because there are plenty of good eats and cold treats for the whole family to enjoy. Shave ice is a popular treat on a hot beach day in Oahu, and you’ll find a wealth of shops offering tropical flavors such as guava, pineapple, coconut cream, passionfruit, li hing mui, and lychee. When it comes to dining, you’ll find everything from casual food truck fare to upscale meals along the oceanfront. Perhaps one of the best options for dining is to pick up takeout from some of the best Oahu restaurants and bring it down to the beach to be enjoyed with your toes in the sand! Paia Fish Market is a great place to get fresh seafood, and families appreciate their budget friendly kids’ menu where everything is $6.

Family-Friendly Oahu Activities

While many families soak up as much beach time as possible while on the island, some of Oahu’s family-friendly Ko Olina things to do can also be great additions to the Oahu 1 week itinerary. Boat excursions that include snorkeling and dolphin or whale (in season) sightings are entertaining for the whole family. Other adventure activities such as zip lining, horseback riding, and off-road excursions cater well to families traveling with older children.

Marine life is a big draw of the ocean in Oahu, but it’s not always easy to enjoy up close encounters with species such as dolphins in their natural habitat. For families who want to make sure they get some dolphin time in during their stay on Oahu, Dolphin Quest provides a truly memorable experience. Within their 26,000 square foot lagoon, participants can enter into the water alongside the dolphins to swim and interact with these friendly creatures. A Family Swim Program is available for parents who want to experience this together alongside their children.

Outdoor Adventures

The beauty of the outdoors goes far beyond Oahu’s waterfront. Spend some time away from the beach exploring the island’s soaring mountains, lush waterfalls, and beautiful backcountry! For active families, family-friendly Oahu hikes such as Diamond Head or Manoa Falls are memorable excursions. A hike up the Diamond Head Crater provides stunning views over the Honolulu and Waikiki skyline.

More outdoor adventures await at destinations such as Kualoa Ranch, where families can enjoy off-roading, mountain biking, ziplining, horseback riding, and more. Set on 4,000 acres of land, the excursions at Kualoa Ranch take visitors through undeveloped land, rich with stunning views from mountain ridges to lush valleys to the ever-blue ocean. As the filming site of Jurassic World, visitors truly experience a lush jungle world once setting foot onto the Kualoa Ranch! Throughout your adventures, learn more about Hawaiian traditions and native flora and fauna.

A Home Base to Enjoy These Ko Olina Things to Do

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Ko Olina Adventures for the Explorers in Your Life

If your idea of a vacation includes more than soaking up some vitamin sea, you’ll be delighted to find that Oahu is home to more than just beautiful beaches. With rugged terrain that ranges from the ocean to the mountains, this tropical paradise is also an outdoor playground. Include some of these Ko Olina adventures during your exciting getaway to Oahu. Explore places to go in Oahu, HI for thrill-seekers below!

Explore an Offshore Island

If exploring an uninhabited island has an appeal, you’ll have your chance while vacationing on Oahu. Situated off Oahu’s east coast lies an uninhabited island by the name of Chinaman’s Hat. This small island can be accessed by kayak, stand up paddleboard, or swimming for those who are confident swimmers in the ocean. Rent kayaks and venture out on a DIY paddling adventure to the island. Once you arrive, a short hike to the top will reward you with panoramic views. Pick up all the gear you’ll need for this adventure at Active Oahu Tours and Activities.

Take a Helicopter Tour

While Oahu can certainly be explored by foot, some things are best seen from above. Especially for those who want to capture amazing island photos, a helicopter tour provides views of the island from a unique vantage point. Fly over waterfalls, craters, Waikiki, and some of the world’s best beaches on an Oahu helicopter tour. Moana Loa Helicopter Tours offers a doors-off option, so there will be nothing standing in between you and the panoramic island scenery!

Skydive on Oahu’s North Shore

If you’ve ever dreamed of crossing skydiving off your bucket list, Oahu just might be the perfect place to do so. With emerald green mountains and the azure sea stretched out below, a breathtaking experience takes on a whole new meaning. Pacific Skydiving offers a tandem jump with your instructor, so all you have to do is open your arms and enjoy the ride. Jump from 8,000-10,000 feet of altitude and free fall for about 20 seconds before the scenic canopy flight begins. For an even more extreme Ko Olina adventure, enquire about the high-altitude halo jump.

Explore Oahu’s Underwater World: Snorkeling

Oahu offers a whole other world of adventure beneath the surface of the sea, and there are numerous options for exploring the ocean’s depths. Whether you want to embark on something as relaxing as a DIY snorkeling excursion or something more adventurous such as diving with sharks, you’ll find all of these options available for the explorer on Oahu. Hanauma Bay is perhaps the most popular snorkeling spot on Oahu and is a good option for those who would prefer a DIY excursion. This nature preserve is teeming with fish, and due to its popularity as a snorkel destination, the fish here aren’t bothered by human visitors. After easily entering into the calm, shallow water from the sandy shoreline, it’s just a short distance before the sandy bottom gives way to coral reef. Stay close to the shoreline or explore further into the bay, where tropical fish surround.

For those who would prefer a more guided excursion, Oahu is home to many boat charter companies that offer offshore snorkeling and scuba adventures. Dolphin Excursions offers snorkeling excursions from their 34-foot rigid inflatable boat, where you will enjoy an adventure of a lifetime snorkeling alongside tropical fish, dolphins, and honu (sea turtles). During the months of January through March, you also may spot a humpback whale along the way!

One Ocean Diving even offers the thrilling opportunity to snorkel with sharks! There is no caged involved when you book with One Ocean Diving, where snorkelers get up close and personal with species such as sand sharks and Galapagos sharks. The professional guides are also marine biologists, collecting data throughout the excursion.

Explore Oahu’s Underwater World: Scuba Diving

For even greater freedom in exploring Oahu’s underwater world, consider a Scuba diving excursion. While there are many companies that offer Scuba adventures, Oahu Diving is a particularly good option for beginners. With Oahu Diving, there’s no need to go through extensive courses before getting your chance to explore the underwater world. Rather than the swimming pool, your classroom will be the ocean itself, surrounded by tropical fish, octopus, rays, and turtles. Knowledgeable guides will ensure you understand how to use the equipment and will be with you every step of the way. For experienced divers, the options are more varied, with reef and wall dives and an 80- to 120-foot wreck dive. Whether you opt to snorkel or scuba dive, there is so much to be explored in Oahu’s underwater world!

Oahu Tourist Attractions and Ko Olina Adventures

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Enjoy an Anglers Journey for Fishing in Ko Olina

Literally surrounded by water, it’s probably no surprise that Oahu is an excellent fishing destination. Whether you’re surf fishing from the shore or heading out to sea on a fishing expedition, anglers will find plenty of options for landing their next great catch in the waters surrounding Oahu. Get the gear you need and hit all the top angler spots as you enjoy fishing in Ko Olina!

Guide to Fishing in Ko Olina

Fishing in Oahu’s saltwater areas do not require a license, but you will need to obtain one for any fishing done in freshwater. You’ll see many locals fishing from shore, including popular spots such as Kaena Point, Waialua Bay Pier in Haleiwa, Makai Pier, Bamboo Ridge, and Laie Point. For those not staying long enough to make it worthwhile to purchase fishing gear, boat charters are often the best option. Most charter fishing in Ko Olina is done on the leeward (west) side of the island.

Book a Fishing Charter with Boom Boom Sportfishing

Boom Boom Sportfishing is located along Oahu’s western coast and offers deep sea fishing excursions that range from 4-12 hours. Whether you’re a serious angler or you’re simply looking to enjoy a day on the water with family or friends, a Ko Olina fishing excursion is sure to be a memorable experience. Boom Boom Sportfishing offers a 50-foot Luxury Sportfisher for your angling adventure, which offers a spacious, air-conditioned interior, as well as all the latest gear and technology to make the experience a success. With their location in the island’s prime fishing area, the guides with Boom Boom Sportfishing know the area well, and will lead you to catch species such as dolphinfish, yellowfin tuna, pacific black marlin, wahoo, striped marlin, skipjack tuna, short bill spearfish, and bonita, among others.

Flyfish with HI Tide Fishing

Bonefish flats on the eastern and southern side of the island provide an excellent opportunity for flyfishing. HI Tide Fishing offers guided fly fishing excursions, where you can embark on their flats boats and wade or pole for Hawaii Bonefish. Hawaii Bonefish average 5-7 pounds, and the opportunity frequently presents itself to also catch giant trevally, blue trevally, and golden trevally.

Spearfish with Westside Dive & Tackle

Spearfishing has long been an ancient Hawaiian practice, and it is one that is still used today, albeit usually with more advanced gear. For a unique fishing experience that is relevant to the Islands, take part in a spearfishing excursion that will help you discover the ways of ancient Hawaiians. Westside Dive & Tackle partners with local pros to get visitors out on thrilling spearfishing excursions. This multipurpose shop is located in Waipahu, easily accessed from Ko Olina. Knowledgeable local spearfishermen who know the area well will guide you to the best locations, make sure you’re comfortable with the gear, and guide you to spearing the night’s dinner! Each tour is customized to fit the needs and interests of the group. Contact kris.westsidedive@gmail.com to set up your spearfishing adventure!

Fish with the Whole Family at Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden

If you’re traveling to Oahu with family and want to include the kids on a fishing excursion, Hoʻomaluhia Botanical Garden is a great place to start. This beautiful garden has plenty of open green space and is backed by a picturesque mountain range, creating a peaceful setting. Spread across 400 acres, the name Hoʻomaluhia means peaceful refuge, and that’s exactly what you’ll find on a morning of fishing at this beautiful location. Plants here represent species from around the world, including the Philippines, Malaysia, Tropical America, India & Sri Lanka, Melanesia, Hawaii, Polynesia, and Africa. Wander through the well-maintained gardens, which are arranged by region alongside paths that weave their way throughout the landscape. Aside from the picturesque landscape, visitors are welcome to catch and release fish from the onsite reservoir, Loko Waimaluhia. Bamboo poles with barbless hooks are provided, and visitors bring their bait of choice. Anglers can expect to catch tilapia and midas cichlid in this low-key fishing environment. Poles are available from 9:30 am until 1:00 pm, or you can also opt to bring your own with barbless hooks.

Oahu, HI Fishing Guides

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An Epicurean Journey to Taste All the Best Ko Olina Food

Oahu’s access to fresh seafood, as well as the confluence of Asian and Native Hawaiian cultures, make it a haven for foodies. From tiny local dives to multiple course meals with an ocean view, there are too many top-notch restaurants on the island to try them all. Below are a few of Oahu’s best restaurants with the best food in Ko Olina and beyond, to get you started on your epicurean journey to this beautiful island!

Da Cove Health Bar & Café

Acai bowls are popular on Oahu, especially for breakfast, and you’ll find them at restaurants all over the island. Da Cove Health Bar & Café in Kapolei serves up especially delicious acai bowls that are a great way to start your day. There are half a dozen acai bowls to choose from with unique additions such as pitaya and bee pollen, as well as smoothies, fresh juices, and sandwiches.

Fresh Catch 808

As the name suggests, Fresh Catch 808 serves up deliciously fresh seafood. These plate lunches are best picked up and enjoyed down on the beach with your toes in the sand. Any local seafood lover will suggest that you try poke (pronounced poh-kay), consisting of cubed raw tuna, seaweed, sweet onions, and inamona. With those ingredients as the starting point, you’ll find over 20 varieties of poke made fresh daily at Fresh Catch 808. From spicy ahi to tako (octopus), the flavors here will surprise and delight. Fresh Catch 808 also offers seafood plate lunches and dinners, as well as platters for larger groups.

Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar

For both upscale Ko Olina food and a stunning atmosphere, head to the Tommy Bahama Restaurant & Bar, located in the heart of Waikiki. The third story rooftop bar boasts comfortable lounge seating around a fire pit, with stunning views across the city. Enjoy an evening of casual drinks, or order from their full menu. Offering both lunch and dinner, the menu here features tropically inspired dishes made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Consider an order of the mahi tacos or the Thai shrimp and scallops for an unforgettable meal. Save room for a slice of their key lime pie or crème brûlée for dessert.

Monkeypod Kitchen at Ko Olina

Owned by the Merriman Group, one of the premier restaurant groups in Hawaii, Monkeypod Kitchen may initially be a draw simply for its name, but foodies will quickly discover why it is well worth a visit. Monkeypod Kitchen’s carefully crafted menu consists of local organic farm foods, meat, and fresh catches that make it clear they are dedicated to using local resources and supporting local growers. This results in a farm fresh menu that frequently changes, keeping things new and interesting. On the Monkeypod Kitchen menu, you’ll find items such as hand tossed pizzas with crust made from scratch and dishes made from the fresh catch of the day from Oahu’s waters. A kids’ menu offers up choices that will keep everyone in the family happy.

Start your meal with their famed pumpkin patch ravioli appetizer, made with local roasted squash and spinach and tossed with a walnut sage pesto. If you’re in the mood for pizza, their unique Hamakua Wild Mushroom & Truffle Oil is a favorite, topped with a white sauce, garlic, parmesan, and fresh thyme. For something from the sea, the organic macadamia nut crusted mahi mahi has the perfect crisp and is served with a side of fresh pineapple relish. Let your conversation linger long after the last bite has been eaten. Monkeypod Kitchen offers an extensive wine list as well as specialty cocktails that will keep the conversation flowing. Their famed Mai Tai includes house made macadamia nut orgeat and a honey lilikoi foam, a perfect infusion of tropical flavors. Monkeypod Kitchen is open daily from 3:30pm-9pm and offers live music on each day of the week.

Mina’s Fish House

For the seafood lover, a meal at Mina’s Fish House is a must. This upscale eatery is situated on the grounds of Ko Olina, front and center to one of the tranquil beach lagoons. Choose from multiple decks offering panoramic ocean views or keep your toes in the sand as you dine. The setting alone makes it worth an indulgent meal! The chefs at Mina’s partner with local fishermen to ensure that patrons always enjoy the freshest catch. Dishes range from their famed Hawaiian seafood tower to unique eats such as abalone spaghetti. Choose among entrees from the land and sea, items from the raw bar, or take your pick of shellfish. Mina’s is also a great place to treat yourself to surf & turf.

Top Restaurants, and the Best Food in Ko Olina

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Plan a Girls’ Hawaii Getaway to Oahu

What better destination to create cherished memories with the girls than on a beautiful tropical isle? Oahu is home to stunning white sand beaches and other opportunities for enjoying nature, as well as boasting a vibrant shopping, dining, and nightlife scene. With the activities of the city and the beauty of the coastline, Oahu makes for an excellent girls’ Hawaii getaway locale. Get started on planning with some of these fun things to do on Oahu!

Soak up the Sea & Sun

With miles of postcard-perfect beaches to choose from on the island of Oahu, you can take your pick from remote and tranquil to active and happening. Visit one of the island’s remote west coast beaches for some photo-worthy time to yourselves, such as Keawaula Beach. For activities such as stand up paddle boarding, swimming, and snorkeling, the pristine waters of the Ko Olina lagoons are ideal. Waikiki offers beaches filled with action, including local favorites such as boogie boarding and surfing. Whether you and the girls want to soak up the sun and enjoy your days with a drink in hand, or you want to experience the many water activities available here, the perfect beach awaits on Oahu!

Book a Spa Day

Every girl deserves to be pampered and booking a day at the spa is the perfect way for everyone to relax, unwind, and get into the relaxed rhythm of island life. You’ll find numerous spas located across the island, ready to provide a soothing experience. The Laniwai spa offers an environment conducive to a girls’ Hawaii getaway. Before and after your treatments, enjoy complimentary access to the Kula Wai Outdoor Hydrotherapy Garden, where soaking pools, vitality baths, cold water plunge pool, heated whirlpools, rain showers, and comfortable lounge areas provide a serene backdrop for enjoying quality time together. Then indulge in a treatment such as the traditional Hawaiian lomilomi massage.

Shop the Island’s Best Boutiques

From the latest fashions to tropically inspired casual wear, you’ll find plenty of options for adding to your wardrobe on Oahu. Shop discounted name brands at the Waikele Premium Outlets or make your way through the largest outdoor mall in the world at the Ala Moana Shopping Center. Ala Moana features a stage that showcases free daily performances, including local Hawaiian music and hula dancing, as well as over 300 shops and restaurants.

Yoga on the Ocean

Start one of your girls’ day outs with a relaxing yoga session right on the beach! Whether your group consists of regular yogi’s or you’re new to the practice, there’s no better place to begin than with a front row view to the ocean. The sea breezes and sounds of the crashing waves set the body right at ease, and knowledgeable instructors are comfortable working with both regulars as well as one-time visitors. Check out Yoga Under the Palms for a yoga session right along the shores of the famed Waikiki Beach. Sunset Yoga Hawaii also offers sunset sessions along Waikiki Beach, a picturesque and calming way to end an evening in Oahu!

Take the excitement to the next level by trying out a yoga session on a stand up paddle board with Yoga Floats! These sessions will take you directly onto the water, adding the extra challenge of maintaining balance on the SUP as you challenge your body with a variety of moves. For a peaceful, memorable experience, try their Light Up the Night session, held after sunset to the twinkling of the Honolulu skyline. Underwater lights create an ethereal glow under the paddle boards, creating a colorful glow across the calm water’s surface. The movements in this class are slow and calm, allowing participants to focus on balance while taking in the nightscape. Every Friday night, a dazzling fireworks show is displayed from Waikiki Beach, and these evenings of yoga are extra special. For athletes who want more of a challenge, Yoga Floats also offers a more intense daytime SUP Fitness class. These bootcamp style classes will increase your heartrate and provide a challenge in balance, providing an invigorating workout all while taking in the sights, sounds, and scents of the ocean. And when your session is over, it’s easy to cool off in the refreshing waters of Waikiki!

Enjoy Drinks with a Tropical Flair

The great thing about vacationing on Oahu is that some nights can end with a skyline-lit yoga session over the water, while others can end with tropical cocktails in an upscale bar along the beach. Head to Duke’s Waikiki for delicious cocktails with a tropical flair, such as their Mai Tai or Lava Flow. Duke’s also serves up a decadent slice of Hula Pie perfect for sharing, made with a cookie crust and topped with macadamia nut ice cream, whipped cream, and hot fudge.

Best Oahu Activities for a Girls Hawaii Getaway

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Plan a Guys’ Getaway to Oahu

From restaurants that cater to foodies, to world class golf courses, to thrilling outdoor adventures, Oahu has it all. Gather the guys together and get away to a tropical island where memories are sure to be made. Consider adding some of these stops to the itinerary for your guys’ Oahu getaway!

Visit a Brewery

While you can grab a cold one at many of Oahu’s restaurants, beer lovers will want to stop into some of the island’s breweries, such as Waikiki Brewing Company, Beer Lab, or Lanikai Brewing Company. Each of these companies complete the entire production process in Hawaii, resulting in flavorful local beers. Taste test until you find a favorite, and then bring some back to your Oahu vacation rental to be enjoyed throughout your stay!

Find a Water Sport

It is completely possible to while the days away on Oahu, lounging on the beach or next to a sparkling swimming pool. But those who find joy in being a bit more active will want to hit the water with some gear in hand. Those who thrill in physical activity can try their hand at surfing and boogie boarding, while stand up paddle boarding and snorkeling provide a more laid-back option. Waikiki is a famed area for surfers wanting to take to the waves, while those who are staying at Ko Olina and would prefer an experience away from the crowds may opt to book a lesson that is more off the beaten path. Riding waves with the guys is sure to be a memorable experience to your guys’ trip!

Golf at Ko Olina Golf Club

Hit the links at one of the island’s top golf courses, the Ko Olina Golf Club. Situated within the premier resort community of Ko Olina, this course features beautiful water features, multi-tiered greens, and an exquisite landscape. Built by renowned golf course architect Ted Robinson, you and the guys can enjoy a round of golf on this 18-hole course or participate in a clinic or lesson to hone your skills.

Book a Fishing Charter

Spend a memorable day out on the water with the guys where there’s plenty of time to mull over life’s greatest mysteries as you wait to reel in a fresh catch. Literally surrounded by water, it should be no surprise that fishing on Oahu is excellent. Maggie Joe Sport Fishing offers deep sea fishing excursions that range from half to full day excursions. Whether your group of guys is filled with experienced anglers or complete beginners, the experienced staff at Maggie Joe has you covered. Expect to spend an epic day out on the water, enjoying the sunshine and views while catching big game fish such as Pacific Blue Marlin, Ahi (yellowfin tuna), Mahi Mahi (dorado), Ono (wahoo), and Aku (skipjack tuna). Fishing tackle, gear, and license are included. Just bring along your food and drinks of choice to stow away in the onboard coolers and prepare for a day of fun on the water with the guys!

Experience Oahu’s Nightlife

Oahu is home to the best nightlife scene you’ll find in the Hawaiian Islands. Most of the nightlife is centered in Honolulu and Waikiki, where you’ll find rooftop bars, live music, and drinks that range from tropical cocktails to micro beers. The Makai Bar is a great place to go for live music any night of the week. This indoor-outdoor bar and restaurant is situated on the top level of Ala Moana Shopping Center. For a DJ, happening dance floor, and a good selection of beer, head to Bar 35.

Plan an Adventure

With rugged terrain that forms a natural outdoor playground, Oahu invites adventure at every turn. Plan a hike along one of the interior mountain’s steep ridgelines, hike your way to a stunning waterfall, or book an adventure that, while manmade, is nonetheless thrilling. Zipline over the rainforest or navigate an ATV over rugged terrain, feeling a sense of adventure and adrenaline that only an active experience can bring. In the water, adventures such as night diving and snorkeling with sharks provide additional opportunities for creating an itinerary to be remembered on your guys’ getaway to Oahu. From the air, take in scenes of the island from above with a helicopter ride that will take you over sights such as Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head Crater, Hanauma Bay, Mokoli‘i (Chinaman’s Hat), Ka‘a‘awa Valley, and the jaw-dropping waterfall Kaliuwa‘a (Sacred Falls), only accessible by air. Oahu’s land, air, and sea all offer unforgettable adventure opportunities!

Oahu, Hawaii Attractions

Exploring waterfalls, embarking on boating adventures, and so much more await on the island of Oahu! Basing your stay in one of our Oahu vacation rentals provides ideal access to both beautiful beaches and a variety of island activities. Make some unforgettable memories with the guys exploring this tropical paradise on your next guys’ Oahu getaway!

Treat Yourself to a Oahu Luxury Journey in Ko Olina

Days on Oahu can be as simple as walking barefoot in the sand along a postcard-perfect beach or as luxurious as a multi-course meal along the oceanfront and a tall glass of tropically infused wine. Come experience the Oahu luxury that awaits in a tropical paradise when you add some of these places to see in Oahu, HI to your itinerary!

Winetasting at Oeno Winery

Situated on the island’s east coast, Oeno Winery offers a place to taste distinct flavors of the island through their creative wine process. Their wines are crafted with local Hawaii ingredients and include varieties such as tropical coconut sauvignon blanc, tropical lime, and pineapple paradise, along with more traditional tastes. Book an appointment to enjoy an afternoon or evening of wine tasting. They are open Wednesday through Sunday from 11am-8pm. Oeno Winery also offers the unique opportunity to create your own wine and design your own wine bottle label, perfect for gift giving or for celebrating a special occasion.

Spa Day at Laniwai Spa

A special way to slow down and acclimate to the leisurely pace of island life is to include a spa day on your Oahu luxury journey. Oahu is home to many luxurious spas that will leave you feeling refreshed and pampered. One highly regarded spa is Laniwai, which offers luxurious treatments in a beautiful setting. At Laniwai as well as other Oahu spas, you’ll frequently find the lomi lomi massage as a signature treatment. This traditional Hawaiian massage has been passed down through generations and includes long, rhythmic strokes. With herbal body remedies and facials that use natural ingredients from the islands, you will end your spa day glad that you indulged.

Dining at 53 by the Sea

With its abundance of fresh seafood and the influence of Asian cultures, Oahu offers top-notch cuisine. Treat yourself to a special dinner out at that matches breathtaking scenery with equally impressive tastes when you dine at 53 by the Sea. This stunning oceanfront restaurant offers sweeping views of Waikiki, Diamond Head, and the surf at Kakaako. The cuisine here is beautifully plated and includes fresh ingredients sourced locally. Dishes from both the land and sea are available, as well as an extensive wine list with options to order by the glass or bottle.

Private Boat Charter on the Pacific

Nothing says luxury like enjoying an entire luxury boat to yourself, and this is exactly what is offered when you book a private boat charter with one of Oahu’s top boat charter companies. There’s perhaps no more picture-perfect way to sail off into the sunset than aboard the Royal Hawaiian Catamaran. With mahogany accents, this luxury vessel’s wood and white design ensures you enjoy your day on the water in style. While this company offers nightly sunset sails and Sunday Funday Snorkel Tours, you can also book a private tour based on your personal preferences and interests. Enjoy sights of the Honolulu skyline, white sand beaches, and impossibly blue waters as you indulge in a private day out on the water!

Captain Bruce is another renowned company offering private water excursions. Choose among the sleek speed boat or the luxurious 47 ft yacht for your day of exploration. A private speed boat excursion affords the opportunity to visit the Kaneohe Sandbar, a raised strip of sand in the middle of Kaneohe Bay accessible only by boat that is a popular swimming, snorkeling, and hangout spot for both residents and visitors. To be completely surrounded by luxury, consider an outing on the Serendipity, Captain Bruce’s luxury yacht. Outfitted with 3 decks, 2 spacious bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a hot water shower, kitchen, sofa lounge, and fly bridge seating area, there are plenty of places onboard to relax and enjoy the views. Outings booked with Captain Bruce are available from either Waikiki or Ko Olina, and the itinerary can be customized to fit your vision for the day!

Shopping in Honolulu, Oahu

As the largest outdoor shopping mall in the country, Ala Moana Center is a draw for everyone from casual shoppers to those with refined taste. In a distinctly tropical setting, you’ll find everything from boutique shops to international brands. With a large number of restaurants also onsite, it’s easy to grab a bite to eat that goes beyond the usual mall fare after you’ve worked up an appetite. Waikiki’s Luxury Row is another shopping destination to add to the itinerary for those looking to browse top lines such as Chanel, Gucci, Saint Laurent, and Moncler, among others.

Your Oahu Luxury Journey

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Scenic Vistas Await with an Oahu Nature and Wildlife Journey

In a destination filled with thundering waterfalls, rugged trails, and plentiful marine life, opportunities abound for getting out and experiencing the rawness of nature. Explore Oahu’s beautiful sights and natural areas on your sightseeing nature and Oahu wildlife journey!

Boat Excursion on the Pacific

The warm Hawaii waters are filled with vibrant tropical fish, dolphins, and humpback whales (in season). There are many beaches that are great for snorkeling from the shoreline, allowing you to swim alongside a wide variety of tropical fish species. If you want to get up close and personal with dolphins or whales, your best bet is to book a boat excursion with one of the many charter companies on the island. Many excursions combine activities such as dolphin watching with snorkeling, sunset viewing, or an onboard meal. Check out the Speedboat Dolphin Snorkel with Ko Olina Ocean Adventures for an opportunity to snorkel alongside dolphins in their natural environment!

Waterfall Hike

Oahu is home to numerous stunning waterfalls, including the jaw-dropping Manoa Falls, Lulumahu Falls, and Waimea Falls, to name a few. For a short hike with maximum views, consider making the one-mile stroll that ends at the refreshing Waimea Falls. This family-friendly path weaves its way through tropical foliage, dotted with informational signs that give more insight into the grounds, history, and plant life of the area. At the end of the trail, you’ll be treated with views of the 30-foot Waimea Falls, also known as Wailele Waterfall. Cool off with a refreshing swim in pool at the bottom of the falls, or simply sit back and enjoy the views!

Beach Hop

There’s no greater way to experience the true natural beauty of the island than to explore some of its stunning coastline. While areas like Waikiki may be more of a social affair than a serene Oahu nature experience, Oahu offers many beaches off the beaten path where it may just be you, the mountains, and the sea. Along the northwestern tip of the island you’ll find Keawaula Beach, an untouched stretch of coastline with a dramatic mountain backdrop. Located just before the road dead ends into Ka’ena Point State Park, the few that put in the effort to get here will not be disappointed.

Snorkel at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

You don’t have to head out on a boat excursion to experience the joys of snorkeling on Oahu. With so many beaches to choose from, snorkeling can easily be done from Oahu’s shoreline as long as you head to the right spot! To enjoy the calmest, clearest conditions, consider getting an early start on your snorkeling excursion to take advantage of low winds and calm waters. If you want a guarantee to see plenty of tropical fish, a good place to start is Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. With a white sand beach that leads to calm waters, it is easy for beginners to get in and out of the water at this popular snorkeling destination. You’ll find the beginnings of the coral reef not far from the shoreline, so it’s also easily accessible. The fish in Hanauma Bay are used to visitors and are perhaps the tamest fish you’ll find around the island, providing plenty of opportunities to observe them in their natural habitat.

Shark Diving

For those who truly want an up close and personal encounter with some of the marine life that calls the Hawaiian waters home, a shark diving excursion provides just that. Diving with Hawaii’s sharks adds a thrill of adventure to your Hawaii vacation that will be remembered for years to come. On a shark diving adventure with North Shore Shark Adventures, you can enjoy all of the thrill with none of the risks. Donning a mask and snorkel, you will observe sharks interacting in their natural habitat from the safety of a cage lowered from the boat. Galapagos and Sandbar sharks are most commonly sighted, along with the occasional Tiger Shark or Hammerhead. Watch these graceful creatures glide by just inches away, providing an unforgettable underwater experience!

For those with a true adventuring spirit who would prefer to forgo the cage, One Ocean Diving offers a cage free snorkeling with sharks experience. With a staff comprised of certified safety divers, marine biologists, and dive masters, One Ocean Diving offers a knowledgeable platform for embarking on your shark snorkel experience. Sandbar Sharks and Galapagos Sharks are regularly spotted on these excursions, along with other species more rarely seen. Dolphins, whales, and honu (sea turtle) encounters are also possible. More than simply snorkeling alongside these creatures, the onboard staff provide knowledgeable information on the species sighted and are actually collecting research data throughout the dive.

Oahu Nature Sightseeing

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Chill Out with a Journey to Enjoy Winter in Oahu

As a large part of the country bundles up for the winter, the sea breezes and tropical waters remain warm in Oahu, HI. Treat yourself to a warm-weather getaway this winter and experience some of the tropical Oahu winter activities!

Hit the Beach

The great thing about a winter vacation on Oahu is that all you really need is some swimwear and slippers (flip-flops), and you’re set! With warm, sunny weather, you can explore some of the best Oahu beaches throughout the winter. Lounge on the tranquil shores of the Ko Olina lagoons, explore the vast stretch of white sand in Makaha, or venture even further off the beaten path to Keawaula Beach, with its untouched coastline and beautiful mountain backdrop. Waikiki offers a cosmopolitan vibe and lots of activities along its shoreline, while the waves on North Shore beaches such as Ehukai Beach Park and Sunset Beach bring surfers from around the world that are a thrill to watch!

Watch the Sunset

With evenings being noticeably cooler during winter months, winter in Oahu brings the best of both worlds – warm, sunny days with evenings that bring respite from the heat. Bring along a sweatshirt for cool evenings on the beach so that you can stay until the last rays of light have faded below the horizon. Sunsets in Hawaii are magical, and you’ll want to be sure to make watching the sun dip below the horizon part of your nightly routine. The palm fringed lagoons at Ko Olina make for an epic sunset viewing location, with the vibrant colors of the sky reflecting off the calm lagoon waters. To enjoy a sunset away from the beachfront, consider heading up to Puu Ualakaa State Park. Here a wide swath of grass offers panoramic views over Honolulu reaching all the way to the water’s edge, providing memorable sunset views. If this sounds great, we offer Ko Olina rentals that are perfect for the occasion!

Go Whale Watching

Winter in Oahu coincides with whale season in Hawaii, as humpbacks escape the cold of Alaska in favor of tropical waters. While it is possible to spot some from shore on occasion, these gentle giants are best observed from the water. A variety of charter companies offer whale watching excursions that will provide beautiful views of the island from a different vantage point, as well as offer the chance to see these creatures up close. Ko Olina Ocean Adventures offers a variety of boat tours that focus on seeing dolphins and whales. Another highly regarded option is Star of Honolulu, which offers a cruise-style experience.

Get in the Festive Spirit

It won’t be a white Christmas in Hawaii, but celebrating the holidays in paradise exudes its own special charm. Palm trees lit with twinkling lights, Santa rowing in to the beach aboard an outrigger canoe, and an abundance of Made in Hawaii craft fairs popping up that are perfect for gift-giving all serve to keep you in the holiday spirit. Whether you’re opening presents on Christmas morning or ringing in the New Year right on the beach, celebrating the holidays is extra special on Oahu.

To really set the stage for your Christmas in Oahu, consider a stop at Helemano Farms. You may be surprised to discover that homegrown Christmas trees are even available in the Islands! This family owned and operated business provides residents and visitors the quintessential Christmas farm experience that is a special part of so many holiday memories. It may feel a bit surreal to wander the rows of neatly planted Norfolk Pines, Leyland Cypress, and Murray Cypress trees, capturing treasured family photos as you look for the perfect tree. Whether you select a tree to serve as the backdrop for Christmas morning or you simply come for the experience, a trip to Helemano Farms adds to the charm of Christmas in Oahu!

Watch Epic Surfing on Oahu’s North Shore

Winter months bring large swells to Oahu’s North Shore, drawing surfers from around the world. The waves are so ideal that one of the largest surfing competitions in the world, the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, is held here. While it’s not the time for amateur surfers to try their hand at the sport, a visit to Oahu’s North Shore during a big swell is an unforgettable experience for spectators. If your visit doesn’t fall during an event such as the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, there is still plenty of action to view from North Shore beaches such as Sunset Beach. On days with big swells, locals come out in droves and their skills are well worth watching from the safety of the shoreline! If the inspiration strikes, Oahu’s South Shore beaches offer a much calmer location for beginners to learn during winter months.

Best Oahu Winter Activities

Book a stay in one of our Oahu winter rentals to enjoy easy access to the best Oahu winter activities! Our Oahu vacation rentals boast square footage and amenities that will make your winter getaway to Oahu feel special! Contact us today!

Ko Olina Eggs ‘n Things

Eggs ‘n Things first opened in Honolulu in 1974 and has been a popular eating place for both locals and tourists since then They serve great breakfasts (in some very large portions) and although there are sometimes lines waiting to get in, the wait is worth it. Eggs ‘n Things uses fresh ingredients, has reasonable prices and treats everyone like Family.

Eggs ‘n Things

92-1047 Olani Street #1-101

Kapolei, HI  96707



Pancakes with Strawberries & whipped Cream

Things to Do in Oahu

Looking for things to do on Oahu? Whether you’re looking for relaxation or adventure, Oahu activities range from surfing to spas and everything in between. Be sure to experience authentic Hawaiian culture with our amazing restaurants on the island or get a local’s perspective on sights and history with a guided tour.

Oahu Fishing

With miles of coastline and abundant marine life, Oahu offers a variety of fishing opportunities for everyone from beginners to experienced anglers. Whether you want to plan a trip to Hawaii that is focused exclusively on fishing, or you simply want to add it to a day’s itinerary, you are bound to land a great catch when Oahu fishing.

When planning your fishing excursion on Oahu, there are a variety of potential options to consider. From simply finding a spot along the shoreline to cast your line to trying out the ancient Hawaiian practice of spear fishing, there is something for every angler. Recreational fishermen do not need a permit to fish in Hawaii as long as you don’t sell your catch, making it easy to plan the day.

Shore Fishing on Oahu

Shore fishing is a great way to get started with fishing on Oahu, especially if you don’t have a lot of experience or want to save money on equipment rentals or charter boats. There are many public fishing spots around the island that are easily accessible, especially along Waikiki Beach. Be aware that in some marine conservation areas, shoreline fishing is prohibited.

Many Oahu fishermen enjoy fishing at night when the water is calmer, and the fish are more active. Some of the most popular species to catch from shore include papio (trevally), ulua (jacks), and moi (threadfin). Without gear rental options, fishing along the shoreline is best done if you are bringing your own fishing gear along.

Fishing Boat Charters on Oahu

If you want to go further out into the ocean and target bigger fish, then a fishing boat charter will be the best option. There are many charter companies on Oahu that offer half-day, full-day, or even overnight trips.

The type of fish you can catch on a charter boat depends on the season and the location. Some common fish species that are targeted on these trips include mahi mahi, tuna, and marlin. Most charter boats provide all the necessary equipment, including rods, reels, bait, and tackle. Boom Boom Sportfishing is a popular fishing charter that is located on the island’s west coast. There are also a variety of Oahu fishing charters that depart from Waikiki, such as Whipsaw Sportfishing and Oahu Pelagic Sportfishing.

Fly Fishing on Oahu

Fly fishing is another popular way to fish on Oahu, especially in the freshwater streams and rivers. One of the most sought-after fish species for fly fishermen on Oahu is the bonefish, which is found in the shallow flats around the island. Bonefish are known for their speed and strength, making them a challenging catch for even the most experienced anglers. Check out Oahu Fly Fishing for a guided fly fishing excursion. Though you will need to bring your own footwear, all of the fishing gear is provided.

Spearfishing on Oahu

Spearfishing is a unique and exciting way to fish on Oahu. This method involves diving into the water and using a speargun to catch fish. Spearfishing is only allowed in certain areas and is best done with an experienced guide if you are new to this method.

Some of the most common fish species that are targeted by spear fishermen on Oahu include ono (wahoo), uku (grey snapper), and ahi (yellowfin tuna). This method of fishing requires skill and patience but can be incredibly rewarding when you finally catch your prey. Kairos Spearfishing is a local outfitter that offers spearfishing gear rentals as well as multi-day classes and guided spearfishing excursions. Some of their excursions require previous spearfishing experience.

Fish Species Found on Oahu

Oahu is home to a variety of fish species, both in saltwater and freshwater. The type of fish you will catch on your Oahu fishing excursion depends greatly on the season and your chosen fishing location. Some of the larger fish that are considered prize catches by Hawaii fishermen include mahi mahi, tuna, marlin, and ulua.

Oahu Fishing Seasons

The best season for fishing on Oahu depends on the species of fish you are targeting. Generally, the summer months are great for catching mahi-mahi, ono, and tuna. The winter months are good for catching marlin, ahi, and yellowtail. In the spring, ulua and papio are in abundance. Fly fishing for bonefish is best from May-October. Regardless of the season, it is always a good idea to check weather and ocean conditions before planning a fishing trip on Oahu.

Enjoying Your Fresh Catch

Most Oahu fishing charters will clean and filet your catch, making it easy to enjoy the fruits of your labor for a dinner feast. Many Oahu vacation rentals offer full kitchens and outdoor barbecue areas, offering the perfect setup for cooking and enjoying your seafood dinner. If you are still in search of an Oahu vacation rental, check out our available listings here!

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Oahu Dolphin Watching

Dolphin watching is a popular activity for tourists visiting Oahu, one of Hawaii’s most beautiful and vibrant islands. Known for its stunning beaches, crystal-clear waters, and diverse marine life, Oahu is an ideal location for those who want to witness these intelligent and playful creatures up close. Whether you are hoping to catch sight of dolphins from your spot on the sandy shoreline or get up close and personal with them, there are many options for Oahu dolphin watching.

An Unforgettable Dolphin Encounter

Dolphin watching on Oahu is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that allows visitors to get an up-close look at these incredible creatures in their natural habitat. Not only is it an educational experience, but it’s also an unforgettable way to connect with nature and create lasting memories with your loved ones while vacationing on Oahu. Dolphins are known for their intelligence, agility, and playful nature, making them a popular attraction for visitors to Oahu.

Best Places for Oahu Dolphin Watching from the Shore

While taking a boat excursion is the best way to have a close encounter with dolphins, it is also possible to catch sight of them from the shoreline. If you’re hoping to spot dolphins from the shore, there are a few places on Oahu that are known for their regular dolphin sightings. One of the most popular spots is Makua Beach, which is located on the west side of the island. Other popular beaches for Oahu dolphin watching also include those located in the west coast town of Waianae.

Best Oahu Dolphin-Watching Boat Trips

If you want to get an even closer look at these beautiful creatures, there are a number of dolphin watching cruises available on Oahu. One of the most popular cruises is through Dolphin Excursions Hawaii, which offers a 2-hour tour of the Waianae Coast. During the tour, participants have the opportunity to swim with dolphins, snorkel in the clear waters, and enjoy a delicious lunch on board.

Another popular option for dolphin tours Oahu is with Ko Olina Ocean Adventures. This outfitter offers a variety of tours that include wildlife watching and snorkeling. Participants will spot dolphins, sea turtles, and other marine life, as well as enjoy some snorkeling and swimming in the pristine waters.

Dolphin watching on Oahu is an incredible experience that shouldn’t be missed. Whether you choose to spot them from shore or on a dolphin watching cruise, you are sure to be mesmerized by their playful nature and stunning beauty.

Oahu Hiking

While many picture beautiful white sand beaches when envisioning a trip to Hawaii, the state is also home to some of the most beautiful hiking trails. From scenic coastal paths to challenging mountain trails, Oahu has something for everyone. The island’s lush vegetation, stunning waterfalls, and breathtaking views make Oahu hiking an unforgettable experience.

Take the Trail Less Traveled

Hiking on Oahu is the perfect way to take a break from the cosmopolitan streets of Honolulu and experience some of the island’s most beautiful natural scenery. While Oahu’s beaches are often what receive the most glory, the island’s lush interior has much to offer. And one of the best ways to explore beyond the beaches is to hike some of Oahu’s renowned trails.

Hiking is also a great way to stay active while on vacation, while at the same time experiencing the island’s unique terrain and landscapes. Hiking on Oahu can provide opportunities for wildlife spotting and birdwatching, making it an ideal activity for nature enthusiasts.

Best Hikes in Ohau

Oahu has several hikes that are well-known for their accessibility and stunning views. Consider setting off down the trail of one of these top Oahu hiking routes!

Diamond Head Summit Trail – The Diamond Head trail is one of the most popular hikes on Oahu, offering breathtaking views of Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean from the top. The trail is approximately 1.6 miles round trip and takes around 1-2 hours to complete. While the trail is relatively short, the 560 feet of elevation gain to reach the top is sure to leave you breathless. Be sure to bring along plenty of water for this unshaded trail.

Koko Head Crater Trail – The Koko Head Crater Trail is a challenging but rewarding 1.5-mile round trip hike, with over 1,000 steps to climb to reach the peak. The route was formerly a tramway created to haul supplies to the military bunkers at the top. Once you have reached the hard-earned summit, you will be rewarded with panoramic views of the island and the Pacific Ocean.

Manoa Falls Trail – The Manoa Falls Trail is a scenic hike that takes visitors through a lush rainforest to a stunning 150-foot waterfall. The trail is approximately 1.6 miles long and takes around 1-2 hours to complete.

Hike Prepared

Be sure to bring plenty of water and sunscreen when hiking on Oahu, as many routes are exposed to the elements. It’s also a good idea to leave the flip flops behind and wear sturdy shoes with good traction on Oahu’s rough, rocky trails.

Oahu’s hiking trails range from easy to challenging and offer a great way to experience the island’s natural beauty! Contact us to learn more.

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Oahu Sightseeing

At approximately 30 miles wide and 44 miles long, Oahu’s size makes road trips an easily enjoyable experience. While the island is well-known for its popular Waikiki area, venturing beyond the city limits to explore other areas of the island is well-rewarded with a more complete island experience. Oahu is known for its stunning landscapes, vibrant culture, and historic landmarks. Oahu Sightseeing is a must-do activity for visitors looking to explore the island’s unique beauty and immerse themselves in Hawaiian culture.

Top Oahu Sightseeing Locations

Discover hidden gems and explore the island beyond the typical tourist hotspots. Sightseeing allows visitors to gain a better understanding of the local community and way of life, making for a more immersive and authentic travel experience. Be sure to include some of these top Oahu sightseeing locations in your itinerary!

Pearl Harbor – Pearl Harbor is one of the must-visit Oahu sightseeing attractions, offering visitors the chance to learn about the tragic events that occurred on December 7, 1941. The USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Missouri battleship are popular attractions at Pearl Harbor and offer a unique view into history that can’t be matched on any other Hawaiian Island.

Diamond Head State Monument – Diamond Head State Monument is a famous landmark and popular hiking spot that offers stunning views of Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean.

Waikiki Beach – Waikiki Beach is one of the most famous beaches in the world, known for its golden sands and crystal-clear waters. The beach is about two miles long and offers a plethora of both sand and water activity options.

North Shore – The North Shore is a scenic region of Oahu known for its world-famous surfing beaches, quaint oceanside towns, and stunning countryside.

Ko Olina Lagoons – These four picture-perfect lagoons offer a convenient escape from the city. The calm ocean waters and stunning oceanfront path that string together the lagoons offer a resort-like beach experience.

Lanikai Beach – This postcard perfect beach is located along the island’s east coast and is renowned for its turquoise blue waters and pristine white sand. Two small offshore islands that act as a bird sanctuary seem to create a mirage on the horizon just off Lanikai.

Activities to Enjoy While Sightseeing on Oahu

The great thing about Oahu Sightseeing is that it doesn’t have to be a passive experience viewing landmarks through the car window. You are never far away from a beach that offers water activities such as boogie boarding, surfing, snorkeling, or stand up paddle boarding. Oahu is also known for its delicious cuisine, and sightseeing offers the perfect excuse to explore the island’s culinary offerings.

With a variety of top sightseeing spots to choose from and several activities to enjoy while visiting these Oahu sightseeing attractions, visitors can create a memorable and immersive travel experience. Contact us to learn more!

Oahu Sunset Cruises

Viewing the sunset is a memorable activity that should be included on any Oahu, Hawaii vacation. While you can certainly catch an epic sunset from any of Oahu’s spectacular west coast beaches, there is also something special about viewing it while out on the water. Consider adding an Oahu sunset cruise to your Oahu vacation experience for a memorable ending to your island day.

Sail Off into the Sunset

A sunset cruise on Oahu is an unforgettable experience that provides a panoramic view of the island’s beauty. Oahu is known for its magnificent sunsets, and a sunset boat cruise Oahu allows visitors to witness this natural spectacle from a different perspective. The beautiful colors of the sunset over the Pacific Ocean create a magical and romantic atmosphere that is perfect for couples, families, or groups of friends. In addition to the breathtaking views, a sunset cruise on Oahu also offers a chance to relax, unwind, and enjoy the company of loved ones in an unforgettable setting.

Book an Oahu Sunset Cruise

A variety of Oahu sunset cruise companies offer experiences that depart from Waikiki as well as the Ko Olina Marina, which is convenient for anyone staying along Oahu’s beautiful west coast. These reputable tour companies offer unforgettable sunset experiences!

Mana Cruises offers a Captain’s Sunset Sail & Tasting excursion that pairs an appetizer tasting menu with the dazzling colors of sunset. Offered as a shared or private charter, this beautiful sailing catamaran provides the perfect platform for a romantic evening. Ko Olina Ocean Adventures is another renowned company that offers Oahu sunset cruises. Their sunset sail includes three adult beverages as well as an array of appetizers. For a full meal onboard your sunset cruise, consider booking a sunset dinner cruise with Ocean Joy Cruises. This excursion includes a full meal, as well as the option to enjoy an evening of snorkeling.

Additional Sunset Cruise Activities

While a sunset cruise in itself is enough to provide fantastic views and an unforgettable evening, many Oahu sunset cruises offer additional activities included that will add to the experience.

Some sunset cruises on Oahu offer a chance to snorkel and explore the underwater world, which is home to an array of colorful marine life. You may also consider pairing a sunset cruise with a wildlife watching experience. On board many vessels, you will see marine life such as spinner dolphins, humpback whales (seasonally), pilot whales, bottlenose dolphins, and flying fish.

A sunset cruise on Oahu is an experience that should not be missed while on vacation in Hawaii!

Oahu SUP

Stand up paddle boarding (SUP) is a water sport that has gained in popularity in recent years. It involves standing on a large surfboard and using a long paddle to move through the water. SUP can be done in calm waters like lakes and rivers or in the ocean, making it an excellent way to explore new areas while getting a full body workout. While stand up paddle boarding Oahu does require strength and balance, it has a much easier learning curve than water sports such as surfing. This makes it a great option for those vacationing in Hawaii who want to try a new water sport. Whether you have paddle boarded before or are completely new to the sport, adding a day of Oahu SUP to your Hawaii itinerary is a great way to enjoy some of the island’s calmer waterways and scenic views.

Best Locations for Oahu SUP

Oahu is a popular destination for stand up paddle boarding due to its crystal-clear waters and diverse marine life. The island is surrounded by turquoise waters, making it a perfect spot for paddlers of all skill levels. Oahu has several locations that offer calm water conditions, making it an ideal spot for beginners to learn.

Whether you’re paddling along the North Shore, Waikiki Beach, or the picturesque Kailua Bay, you’ll be mesmerized by the stunning scenery that Oahu has to offer. One thing to keep in mind when planning your Oahu SUP excursion is that the side of the island which offers the calmest waters varies by season. The north and east shores tend to be the calmest during summer months, while the south and west shores tend to be calmest during winter months. Beaches that are protected from the wind and heading out in the early morning hours before the wind picks up also make for a more enjoyable SUP experience.

Oahu SUP Lessons

If you’re looking to try stand up paddle boarding Oahu for the first time, taking lessons to learn proper technique and safety guidelines is a good way to begin. There are a variety of outfitters located on Oahu that offer lessons with knowledgeable guides with all equipment provided for a safe and fun day out on the water.

Adventure Tours Hawaii gets you away from the crowds of Waikiki to enjoy a serene paddle on the beautiful waters of Pokai Bay. Sea turtles and dolphins are often spotted during lessons, and stunning views of Oahu’s west coast can be enjoyed throughout. Surf HNL is another reputable outfitter to check out for their Oahu SUP lessons in Ala Moana and Pokai Bay.

With the right gear and instruction, stand up paddle boarding on Oahu will be an unforgettable adventure!

Oahu Snorkeling

With its location in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, it is no wonder that the Hawaiian Island of Oahu is a snorkeler’s paradise. While vacationing on Oahu, snorkeling is a great way to appreciate the area’s natural beauty and abundant wildlife. With its crystal-clear waters and wide variety of marine life, the ideal conditions make Oahu snorkeling a top activity option.

Snorkeling Basics

Snorkeling is a great way to explore the underwater world and get up close and personal with marine life. Oahu has some of the best snorkeling spots in the world, making it an ideal destination for anyone who loves the ocean. Whether you’re an experienced snorkeler or a beginner, there are plenty of options to suit your skill level. Snorkeling is much easier than other underwater ventures such as scuba or snuba. A mask with a snorkel attached allows you to remain comfortably near the sea’s surface to breathe while viewing the underwater world. Wearing fins helps you maneuver through the water and float with ease. While it does take some adjustment to breathe comfortably through a snorkel, snorkeling is an activity that can be learned and enjoyed quickly, even by beginners.

Oahu Snorkeling Sites

Hanauma Bay is one of Oahu’s top snorkeling destinations. This nature preserve features a vast coral reef and abundant sea life. As part of Hanauma State Park, an entry fee and reservations are required, so be sure to plan ahead if you would like to make Hanauma Bay a part of your Oahu snorkeling experience.

If you miss out on getting reservations, there are still many top-notch snorkeling options that remain. Shark’s Cove is another marine conservation area open to snorkelers. Entitled Shark’s Cove because of the shape of the reef, visitors shouldn’t let this name deter a visit. Snorkeling in Shark’s Cove is best done in summer months when waves are calmer.

For those staying in West Oahu, the Ko Olina Lagoons offer a convenient, family-friendly snorkel location. Be sure to explore along the rocky sides of the lagoons to spot a variety of tropical fish.

Best Guided Snorkel Trips on Oahu

If you’re new to snorkeling or want to explore the best spots with a knowledgeable guide, there are several excellent guided snorkel trips available on Oahu. The Ko Olina Ocean Adventures tour takes you to some of the most secluded and pristine snorkeling spots in the area, while the Hanauma Bay Snorkel Adventure includes transportation, equipment rental, and a guided Oahu snorkeling tour of the bay.

Snorkeling on your Oahu vacation is a must-do activity for anyone who loves the ocean and wants to experience the incredible beauty of Hawaii’s underwater world!

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Oahu Whale Watching

Whale watching is an incredible way to experience the natural wonders of the ocean, and Oahu, Hawaii is one of the best places in the world to see these majestic creatures up close. With its abundance of humpback whales, Oahu is a premier destination for anyone who loves marine life. If your Oahu vacation coincides with whale watching season, adding an Oahu whale watching excursion is a sure way to elevate your itinerary.

Whale Watching on Oahu

Whale watching is a unique and unforgettable experience that allows you to witness some of the largest and most magnificent creatures on the planet. Oahu is one of the few places in the world where you can see humpback whales in their natural habitat, making it a must-visit destination for anyone interested in marine life. From sighting glimpses of whales from the shoreline to booking a whale watching boat excursion, there are several options for catching sight of these majestic creatures.

Best Time of Year to Whale Watch on Oahu

The best time of year to whale watch on Oahu is from December to May, when humpback whales migrate to Hawaii from Alaska to mate and give birth. During this time, you will have the best chance of seeing these incredible creatures in action, as they breach and slap their tails. Though there are still chances to catch sight of whales as summer approaches, the peak time for sightings is December through March.

Best Spots to See Whales from Shore

While the best way to see humpback whales up close is on a whale watching tour, there are also several excellent spots to see them from shore. Makapuu Lighthouse Trail on the eastern side of the island offers stunning views of the ocean during the whale watching Oahu season,  and the chance to spot whales breaching in the distance. The Kaena Point Trail on the northwest shore is another excellent spot to see whales, as it offers panoramic views of the ocean and the surrounding coastline.

Best Oahu Whale Watching Tours

If you ant to get up close and personal with humpback whales, a whale watching tour is the best way to do it. There are several excellent Oahu whale watching tours available, including Ocean Joy Cruises and Ko Olina Ocean Adventures. Both of these companies offer a tour that combines snorkeling with whale watching, offering a chance to see whales up close and learn about their behavior and habitat from knowledgeable guides.

Whether your Oahu whale watching experience entails watching from shore or taking a guided tour, you are sure to be amazed by these magnificent creatures and the beauty of the ocean they call home.

Oahu Wildlife Watching

While Oahu is home to popular cosmopolitan locations such as Waikiki, there is also plenty of natural scenery to go around. The island offers visitors an array of opportunities to explore the rugged terrain while witnessing an incredible array of wildlife. Wildlife watching on Oahu is an enriching experience that can be enjoyed by all ages. From tropical rainforests to crystal-clear waters, Oahu is home to an abundance of flora and fauna that is a delight to the eyes. The island is also home to several unique species that cannot be found anywhere else in the world, providing added interest for nature enthusiasts. Going Oahu wildlife watching is a great way to immerse yourself in a pristine natural environment.

Marine-Based Oahu Wildlife Watching

It may be no surprise that some of Oahu’s most fascinating wildlife is located beneath the ocean’s surface. Oahu is surrounded by crystal-clear waters that are home to several marine species. One of the most popular marine-based wildlife watching activities on Oahu is whale watching. From December to May, visitors can observe humpback whales as they migrate to the warm waters of Hawaii to mate and give birth. While you may spot some whale spouts from the shoreline, the best way to get an up-close view of these gentle giants is by embarking on a whale watching boat excursion.

Even outside of whale watching season, a boat trip is still a great way to experience some of Oahu’s marine-based wildlife. Spinner dolphins, giant sea turtles, and a variety of other sea creatures can often be seen alongside the boat. And if that’s not quite close enough, consider joining them in their underwater world by donning a snorkel and mask. Whether at an offshore location or from the shoreline, snorkeling on Oahu will reveal a vibrant underwater world teeming with tropical fish.

Land-Based Wildlife Watching

Oahu offers a variety of conservation areas that are good for land-based Oahu wildlife watching, including birding. Oahu is home to a variety of endemic birds that can be found throughout the island’s wetlands, forests, and coastlines. James Campbell National Wildlife Refuge on the island’s north shore is a great place to spot species such as Hawaiian coot and Hawaiian stilt birds. Ka’ena Point Natural Area Reserve on the island’s western coast offers beautiful scenery as well as the best bird watching Oahu has to offer, including the opportunity to see Laysan albatrosses and wedge-tailed shearwaters.

Whether it is land-based or marine-based, wildlife watching on Oahu is an exciting activity that allows you to connect with nature in a place where natural beauty is abundant! Contact us to learn more!

Adventure Seeker’s Journey to Oahu

Oahu, the third-largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago, is a tropical paradise that captivates adventure seekers with its breathtaking landscapes, vibrant culture, and an endless array of thrilling activities. From the rugged mountains to the pristine beaches, Oahu offers a diverse range of experiences that cater to the desires of every adventure enthusiast. From rugged mountain trails to a vibrant underwater world, Oahu boasts adventure around every corner. This 7-day itinerary is laden with unique Hawaii activities on Oahu that are sure to get the adrenaline flowing while immersing yourself in the natural beauty of the island!

Day 1: Snorkel with Sharks

Start your Oahu adventure with an adrenaline-pumping activity that will get your heart racing – snorkeling with sharks. Head to the North Shore, where you can join a guided boat tour run by experienced marine researchers and conservation experts. Equipped with snorkeling gear, plunge into the clear turquoise waters and swim alongside these majestic creatures. Species commonly seen are the whitetip reef shark, blacktip reef shark, sandbar shark, and occasionally hammerhead and tiger shark. Don’t worry, these tours prioritize safety and offer a thrilling yet controlled encounter with these fascinating predators. If you’re not quite up for an open-water snorkel encounter with sharks, consider trying one of the cage diving experiences instead.

Day 2: Helicopter Tour

Take to the skies and experience the ultimate adrenaline rush on a helicopter tour of Oahu. But not just any tour – opt for the daring adventure of a helicopter with no doors! This unique experience allows you to feel the wind rush through your hair as you soar above the island’s iconic landmarks, including the stunning coastline, lush rainforests, and the dramatic cliffs of the Koolau Mountain Range. Capture breathtaking aerial photographs as you feel the exhilaration of flying freely through the air.

Day 3: Ziplining

Embrace your inner thrill-seeker and embark on an exciting ziplining adventure. Oahu is home to several world-class zipline courses that offer breathtaking views and an adrenaline-pumping experience. Fly through the treetops, gliding along suspended lines and taking in the island’s lush landscapes from a whole new perspective. With expert guides ensuring your safety, you can push your boundaries and feel the rush of adrenaline as you conquer each thrilling descent.

Day 4: ATV Excursion

Unleash your adventurous spirit on an ATV excursion through Oahu’s rugged terrain. Join a guided tour that takes you off-road, traversing through forests, dirt tracks, and muddy paths. Feel the thrill of maneuvering your own all-terrain vehicle as you navigate through challenging terrains and conquer obstacles along the way. Immerse yourself in the island’s natural beauty and discover hidden gems that are inaccessible by other means of transportation.

Day 5: Parasail

Take to the skies once again, but this time with a twist – parasailing! Head to one of the many scenic coastal locations on Oahu and embark on a high-flying adventure. Attached to a colorful parachute, soar above the glistening ocean, and admire panoramic views of the island’s coastline. Feel the rush as the boat speeds up, lifting you higher into the sky. This exhilarating activity combines the thrill of flying with the tranquility of being suspended in the air, creating an unforgettable experience.

Day 6: Hike the Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail

Satisfy your sense of adventure with a challenging hike along the Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail. Located on the eastern side of the island, this trail offers a rewarding and invigorating trek. Ascend through a lush rainforest, navigating steep sections and rocky terrain. As you reach higher elevations, you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking vistas of the surrounding valleys and the glittering ocean in the distance. The sense of accomplishment and the stunning views make this hike a must for any adventure seeker and one of the top attractions on Oahu.

Day 7: Surf Lesson

No visit to Oahu would be complete without trying your hand at surfing, the island’s most iconic water sport. Sign up for a surf lesson with a professional instructor who will teach you the basics of riding the waves. Whether you’re a beginner or have some experience, Oahu’s famous surf breaks offer something for everyone. Feel the rush as you catch your first wave and experience the exhilaration of riding it to the shore. Surfing in the birthplace of modern surfing is an adventure you’ll never forget.

With its awe-inspiring landscapes, boundless outdoor activities, and cultural immersion, Oahu stands as an irresistible destination for adventure seekers. Whether scaling mountains, riding the waves, visiting the top attractions on Oahu, or embracing the island’s rich heritage, Oahu promises an exhilarating and unforgettable journey for those seeking the thrill of adventure. With this action-packed seven-day itinerary, you’ll be able to experience the thrill of Oahu’s top adventurous activities. From swimming with sharks to soaring high above the island’s pristine landscapes, adventure awaits on Oahu!

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Oahu Culture & Arts Journey

Oahu, the vibrant and captivating island nestled in the heart of Hawaii, beckons travelers from around the world with its rich tapestry of art and culture. If you seek a vacation that blends natural beauty with a deep appreciation for artistic expression, Oahu is the perfect destination to satiate your wanderlust. Immerse yourself in the captivating art scene that thrives on this island paradise. Oahu boasts a plethora of galleries, museums, and art festivals that showcase a diverse range of artistic styles, from traditional Hawaiian craftsmanship to contemporary masterpieces. Beyond the art itself, Oahu’s cultural heritage is deeply embedded in every facet of island life. From the traditional hula dance performances that enchant audiences with their grace and storytelling, to the rhythmic beats of Tahitian drumming, Oahu offers a plethora of cultural experiences that will leave you in awe. Whether you are an art enthusiast or a curious traveler seeking to broaden your horizons, this itinerary will get you started in planning the perfect Oahu culture and arts journey.

Day 1: Iolani Palace

Begin your cultural journey in Oahu by visiting the magnificent Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the United States. Take a guided tour through the historic halls and rooms, marvel at the grand architecture, and immerse yourself in the rich history of the Hawaiian monarchy. Learn about the monarchy’s influence on Hawaiian art and culture as you explore this iconic landmark.

Day 2: Honolulu Museum of Art

Delve into the artistic treasures of Oahu at the Honolulu Museum of Art. Spend the day wandering through the vast collection at this Oahu art museum, which includes Asian, American, European, and, of course, Hawaiian art. Admire the works of renowned artists like Van Gogh, Monet, and Picasso, as well as traditional Hawaiian craftsmanship. Take your time to appreciate the diverse range of artistic styles and gain insights into the cultural significance behind each masterpiece.

Day 3: Attend a Traditional Luau

No trip to Oahu would be complete without experiencing the enchantment of a traditional Hawaiian luau. Feast on a delectable buffet of island delicacies, including kalua pig, poi, and lomi lomi salmon. Immerse yourself in Hawaiian music and dance as you witness captivating hula performances, showcasing the artistry and storytelling of this cherished cultural tradition.

Day 4: Bishop Museum

Embark on a journey through Hawaiian history and culture at the Bishop Museum. This fascinating Oahu art museum houses an extensive collection of artifacts and exhibits that shed light on the traditions, language, and customs of the Hawaiian people. Discover the captivating stories of ancient Polynesia, explore the science center, and marvel at the stunning collection of Hawaiian artifacts, including royal regalia and traditional canoes.

Day 5: Byodo-In Temple

Find tranquility and serenity at the breathtaking Byodo-In Temple. Located in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, this replica of a 950-year-old temple in Japan is a symbol of peace and serves as a spiritual haven. Admire the intricate architecture, walk through lush gardens, and take part in a traditional Japanese tea ceremony. Experience the fusion of Hawaiian and Japanese cultures in this unique and peaceful setting.

Day 6: Polynesian Cultural Center

Immerse yourself in the diverse cultures of the Pacific at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Explore six distinct Polynesian villages, each representing a different island nation, including Hawaii, Samoa, and Tahiti. Engage in interactive cultural activities, witness thrilling performances, and savor traditional Polynesian cuisine. From fire knife dancing to canoe rides, this immersive experience will deepen your understanding and appreciation of the Polynesian arts and traditions.

Day 7: Oahu Street Art in Kakaako

Conclude your Oahu culture and art-filled journey with a visit to Kaka’ako, a vibrant Oahu street art district. Stroll through the colorful streets adorned with awe-inspiring murals and graffiti art created by local and international artists. Capture Instagram-worthy photos and feel the pulse of the urban art scene. Take the time to visit galleries and boutiques showcasing contemporary art and unique crafts, allowing you to bring a piece of Oahu’s street art culture home with you.

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With this carefully crafted itinerary, embark on a 7-day adventure that immerses you in the captivating art and culture of Oahu. From historic landmarks to world-class museums, and traditional performances to modern street art, each day will bring new insights and experiences, leaving you with a deep appreciation for the island’s artistic heritage. Oahu truly offers a vacation like no other, where art and culture merge to create a journey of discovery and inspiration.

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Dog Lover’s Pet Friendly Oahu Journey

Oahu, often referred to as “The Gathering Place,” is not only a tropical paradise known for its stunning beaches and vibrant culture but also a haven for dog lovers seeking an unforgettable vacation. From sprawling beaches with soft sands and azure waters to lush hiking trails winding through verdant mountains, there is no shortage of scenic spots for dogs to stretch their legs and enjoy the island’s natural beauty. With its breathtaking outdoor spaces and numerous activities tailored to four-legged companions, Oahu stands out as a premier destination for those who can’t bear to leave their furry friends behind. When traveling to Oahu with your dog, be sure to check out these pet friendly Oahu activities!

Day 1: Dogtown Bakery

Start your dog friendly Oahu adventure by visiting Dogtown Bakery, a delightful establishment that caters specifically to canine companions. Located in the vibrant neighborhood of Kailua, Dogtown Bakery offers a wide array of freshly baked treats, gourmet snacks, and even doggy birthday cakes. Take your furry friend along to pick out some delicious goodies, ensuring they feel pampered and welcomed right from the beginning of your vacation.

Day 2: SALT at Our Kaka’ako

On day two, head to SALT at Our Kaka’ako, a trendy and pet-friendly Oahu community gathering place. This vibrant neighborhood is filled with pet-friendly boutiques, outdoor seating areas, and unique shops. Explore the area while enjoying a leisurely stroll with your four-legged companion and stop by some of the pet-friendly shops and restaurants along the way. You’ll find pet boutiques offering stylish accessories, as well as eateries with outdoor seating where you can relax and grab a bite to eat together.

Day 4: Hit the Beach

No trip to Oahu is complete without a beach day, and luckily, the island boasts several dog-friendly beaches. Take your furry friend to a beautiful sandy spot like Lanikai Beach or Kailua Beach, where they can play, swim, and bask in the sun. Be sure to follow local beach regulations and keep your pet on a leash where required. Bring some toys and water for your dog to keep them entertained and hydrated during your beach excursion. The Hawaii Humane Society website offers an extensive list of dog-friendly Oahu beaches.

Day 3: Island Brew Coffeehouse

Kickstart your day with a visit to Island Brew Coffeehouse in Hawai’i Kai, a pet-friendly coffee shop known for its delicious brews and warm ambiance. Enjoy a cup of freshly brewed coffee or a refreshing smoothie while your furry friend relaxes by your side. The outdoor seating area provides a comfortable space for both of you to soak in the island atmosphere and plan the day’s activities.

Day 5: Stand-Up Paddle Boarding with SUP Dog Hawaii

Embark on an exciting adventure with your pet by trying stand-up paddleboarding (SUP) with SUP Dog Hawaii. This unique experience allows you to navigate the pristine waters of Oahu while your furry friend accompanies you on the paddleboard. Certified instructors will guide you through the basics of SUP, ensuring both you and your pet feel safe and comfortable. Explore picturesque coastlines, enjoy the soothing ocean breeze, and create lasting memories with your loyal companion. Dogs are provided with all safety gear, such as a life jacket. More experienced humans and pups can consider taking a SUP Dog surf lesson!

Day 6: Hike the Kuliouou Ridge Trail

Oahu is known for its stunning hiking trails, and the Kuliouou Ridge Trail is a perfect choice for a pet-friendly Oahu adventure. This moderate-level hike offers breathtaking panoramic views of the island, lush vegetation, and the chance to immerse yourself in nature. Remember to bring plenty of water and snacks for both you and your dog and to keep your pet on a leash throughout the hike to ensure their safety and respect the environment.

Day 7: Take a Shelter Dog on a Doggy Day Trip

If you aren’t able to bring your dog on your Hawaii vacation after all, you can still enjoy the companionship of a furry friend. The Hawaiian Humane Society offers a program called Doggy Day Out, which allows visitors to take a shelter dog on a day trip. Spend the day exploring Oahu’s pet-friendly attractions with a furry friend in need of some love and attention. It’s a rewarding experience that benefits both the shelter dog and humans, creating unforgettable memories while also making a positive impact. End your vacation on a heartwarming note by giving back to the community’s pups!

With this itinerary, you and your beloved pet can experience the best of Oahu’s dog-friendly offerings, from indulging in delicious treats to exploring breathtaking beaches and embarking on exciting adventures together. Oahu’s warm hospitality and numerous pet-friendly establishments ensure that your dog and you have an unforgettable island stay. Still in search of pet-friendly accommodations in Oahu? Be sure to browse our listings here!

Fall Journey to Oahu

If you’re looking for an idyllic getaway that combines stunning natural beauty with a vibrant cultural scene, Oahu is the perfect destination to explore, especially in the fall when the tourist crowds have thinned. Located in Hawaii, the island of Oahu offers an enchanting blend of pristine beaches, lush landscapes, and a rich heritage that makes it an irresistible choice for travelers seeking an unforgettable experience. From lounging on world-class beaches to delving into Hawaii’s rich cultural heritage, our itinerary of fall activities on Oahu will ensure you enjoy all the best of island life!

Day 1: Beach Day at Ko Olina

As you arrive in Oahu, the west coast beckons with its pristine white sand beaches tucked just far enough away from the city to provide a luxurious island appeal. Spend day one unwinding on West Oahu’s pristine beaches. Ko Olina boasts several lagoons with calm waters, perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and sunbathing. Indulge in a beachside picnic or enjoy a refreshing drink at one of the oceanfront bars. As the sun sets, take a leisurely stroll along the path that fronts the lagoons and savor the breathtaking views.

Day 2: Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center

Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture with a visit to the Polynesian Cultural Center, a destination that appeals to all ages. The center showcases the traditions, arts, and customs of Polynesia through interactive exhibits, authentic performances, and hands-on activities. Explore six distinct Polynesian villages, each representing a different island or region. Immerse yourself in the vibrant dances, traditional music, and ancient rituals of Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Tahiti, Hawaii, and Aotearoa (New Zealand). The Polynesian Cultural Center offers a variety of cultural activities and experiences, such as learning traditional crafts, trying your hand at spear throwing, or participating in a canoe ride. Linger into the evening to indulge in a delicious luau feast, showcasing the diverse flavors of Polynesian cuisine.

Day 3: Take a Surfing Lesson

While renting boards and giving surfing a try on your own is a possibility, booking a lesson offers a better chance of your first time in the waves being an enjoyable one. Consider booking a lesson away from the crowds of Waikiki, where you will be able to enjoy the beautiful surroundings and true island surfing vibes. A lesson with a professional instructor ensures a safe and enjoyable experience. A surf instructor will guide you through the basics, teach you proper techniques, and provide valuable tips to help you catch your first wave or improve your surfing abilities. Spend the morning catching thrilling waves and the afternoon soaking up a hard-earned lounge along the shoreline! For surf inspiration, consider heading to the North Shore to catch sight of big-wave surfers. The Hurley Pro Sunset Beach is held in the fall and kicks off the big wave surf competitions that bring in surfers from around the world.

Day 4: Snorkeling and Dolphin Watching

Immerse yourself in Hawaii’s diverse water world with a boating adventure that includes both snorkeling and wildlife watching. Boating excursions can be easily booked from the Ko Olina Marina. From your offshore location, dive into the crystal-clear waters and explore the colorful underwater world, encountering tropical fish and sea turtles. Along the journey, keep an eye out for spinner dolphins, which are often spotted playing and leaping out of the water in the area.

Day 5: Hike to Ka’ena Point and Sunset Watching

Embark on a scenic hike to Ka’ena Point, a remote and rugged coastline on the westernmost tip of Oahu. The trail offers stunning views of the Pacific Ocean and the opportunity to spot seabirds, Hawaiian monk seals, and even whales during the late fall season. Once you’ve reached the point, enjoy the breathtaking sunset as it paints the sky in vibrant hues. Remember to bring snacks and water to make the most of your time at this tranquil and picturesque location.

Day 6: Golfing at Ko Olina Golf Club

For golf enthusiasts, spending a day at the world-class Ko Olina Golf Club is rewarding both in the spectacular views and the world-class quality of the course. This challenging course offers breathtaking views of the ocean and lush landscapes. Tee off amidst the tropical surroundings and enjoy a round of golf in paradise. Afterward, relax at the club’s beautiful open-air clubhouse and treat yourself to a delicious meal while relishing the serene ambiance.

Day 7: Visit Pearl Harbor Historic Sights

Pearl Harbor holds significant historical and cultural significance, and exploring its sights offers a unique opportunity to delve into the country’s past. Visiting Pearl Harbor during the fall season offers a less crowded and more reflective atmosphere, allowing for a more contemplative experience. It is a chance to honor the bravery and sacrifice of those who served and to gain a greater appreciation for the resilience of the American spirit.

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Summer Journey to Oahu

The vibrant Hawaiian island of Oahu is an exquisite summer vacation destination that captivates travelers with its enchanting beauty and abundant recreational opportunities. Nestled in the heart of the Pacific Ocean, Oahu entices visitors with its breathtaking landscapes, pristine beaches, and rich cultural heritage. Oahu also offers a vibrant entertainment and nightlife scene, ensuring that the summer fun never ends. Whether you long for relaxation, adventure, or a mix of both, Oahu beckons you to create unforgettable memories amidst its tropical paradise. This seven-day itinerary for summer fun on Oahu is sure to help you beat the heat and leave you with a memorable summer!

Day 1: Hit the Beach

Start your summer vacation on Oahu by immersing yourself in the island’s pristine beaches. Begin your day at the world-famous Waikiki Beach, where you can soak up the sun, take a refreshing dip in the turquoise waters, and try your hand at activities like paddleboarding or beach volleyball. Relax on the golden sands, enjoying the stunning views of Diamond Head, a volcanic crater that provides a dramatic backdrop. As the day winds down, indulge in a captivating sunset beach stroll, taking in the breathtaking colors that paint the sky. The Ko Olina Lagoons, located West of Waikiki, are also well known for their beauty, pristine waters, and upscale beachfront atmosphere. These pristine beaches offer a less crowded alternative to Waikiki.

Day 2: Shave Ice

No trip to Oahu is complete without savoring the iconic treat of Hawaiian shave ice. Head to Matsumoto Shave Ice in the charming town of Haleiwa on the North Shore. This legendary establishment has been serving delicious shave ice since 1951. Choose from a variety of flavors, and don’t forget to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream or a drizzle of sweet, condensed milk on top. Take your refreshing treat to go and explore the picturesque Haleiwa town, known for its unique shops, art galleries, and laid-back atmosphere. Shave ice stands can be found all over the island, so you are sure to have multiple opportunities to try Hawaii’s favorite sweet treat throughout your stay!

Day 3: Snorkeling Boat Excursion

Embark on a snorkeling adventure to explore Oahu’s vibrant underwater world. Book a boat excursion that takes you to popular snorkeling spots like Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve or Shark’s Cove. Marvel at the kaleidoscope of colorful coral reefs, swim alongside tropical fish, and if you’re lucky, spot sea turtles gracefully gliding through the crystal-clear waters. Dive into the beauty of Oahu’s marine life, and let the enchanting underwater realm leave you in awe. Many boat excursions also include wildlife watching, with the chance to see dolphins along the way. You won’t want to miss a snorkeling boat excursion, as it’s one of the best summer activities on Oahu!

Day 4: Surf Lesson

Experience the thrill of riding the waves by taking a surf lesson. Known as the birthplace of surfing there is no shortage of beaches on Oahu that offer top-notch surfing opportunities. Join a surf school, where expert instructors will guide you through the basics and ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. Ride the gentle waves and feel the exhilaration of catching your first wave. Surfing is not just a sport in Hawaii; it’s a way of life, and you’ll be able to embrace the island’s surf culture and summer fun on Oahu firsthand.

Day 5: Dine at an Oceanfront Restaurant

Indulge in a delicious beachfront dining experience at an eatery such as the Barefoot Beach Cafe, located at Queen’s Surf Beach in Waikiki. Enjoy a leisurely lunch or dinner while savoring the panoramic views of the ocean. Feast on a menu that showcases a fusion of local flavors and international cuisine, featuring fresh seafood, mouthwatering burgers, and refreshing tropical cocktails. Let the warm ocean breeze and the sound of crashing waves create an unforgettable ambiance as you delight in a delightful culinary experience.

Day 6: Attend a Luau

Immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture by attending a traditional luau. Oahu offers numerous options, but the Polynesian Cultural Center on the island’s northeastern coast stands out as a must-visit destination. Explore the center’s immersive village exhibits, showcasing the customs and traditions of the Pacific islands. Indulge in a sumptuous Hawaiian buffet, featuring dishes like kalua pig, poi, and lomi salmon. Sit back and enjoy a captivating Polynesian revue, featuring energetic dances, fire performances, and mesmerizing music that will transport you to the heart of the Pacific.

Day 7: Ziplining

End your summer vacation in Oahu with an adrenaline-filled adventure. Head to the lush Kualoa Ranch, where you can experience the thrill of ziplining amidst breathtaking natural landscapes. Soar through the treetops, overlooking majestic mountains and verdant valleys. The lush Ka’a’awa Valley has been filmed in numerous movies and shows, including Jurassic Park. Your final experience on Oahu will be filled with cool breezes, breathtaking landscapes, and unforgettable adventure!

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Independence Day Vacation Rentals

Commemorate the independence of our nation from one of its most visually stunning regions – the Islands of Hawaii. With summer in full swing, Hawaii is a great place to spend some quality time outdoors soaking up the sea, sand, and sun on a relaxing vacation, while also enjoying the low-key festivities of the 4th of July in Oahu.

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