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Oahu Attractions

By: Kani Amea

Nicknamed “The Gathering Place,” Oahu is also the 11th largest city in the U.S. and actually Hawaii’s only big city. It is said that Oahu is an island that caters to all people. Whatever destinations you desire to visit on Oahu, you are assured of eye-catching beauty views, tropical views and a cultural blend. The cultural and historic attractions are plentiful and unrivaled by the other islands.

Oahu has a unique mix of sand, surf, art and culture and these are spread across all the attractions that Oahu has to offer. Oahu’s best tourist attractions include Diamond Head, Hawaiian Waters Park, Honolulu Zoo, Iolani Palace, Kualoa Ranch, Manoa Falls, Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Pearl Harbor, Polynesian Cultural Center and Sea Life Park.

Diamond Head

Diamond Head (an extinct volcano) is perhaps the most famous crater in the whole world and certainly the most famous landmark in Hawaii. It always gives you an amazing adventure and can be a source for a good workout. Diamond Head overlooks the deep blue sea and it is one of the most photographed spots on the Island. Painters too, love this attraction. You can hike up to its 760-foot-high peak, but be equipped to climb stairs. You will get amazing views of Honolulu, Waikiki and the vast ocean lie ahead at the top. You may see the neighboring island of Molokai during clear days.

Hawaiian Waters Park

The Hawaiian Water Adventure Park in Kapolei is the only one of its kind in the state of Hawaii. It provides 25 fun-filled acres and this guarantees you an enjoyable time in the park. It features many water slides, pools and other attractions. The park is located on Oahu’s southwestern coast near Kapolei.

Honolulu  Zoo

It is no doubt the largest zoo within a 2,300-mile radius which attracts not less than 750,000 visitors per year. It is also home to many animal species from around the world. There are many educational programs for adults and children alike in the Zoo. It boosts of being 42 acres big and also habitat to many animals like giraffes, elephants and many bird species

Iolani  Palace


Iolani Palace is the only royal palace in the history of the United States. It is positioned in downtown Honolulu and was constructed as seat of the government in 1882 by the “merry Monarch” King David Kalakaua and his wife Queen Kapiolani.

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch, located on Oahu’s east coast, is a great place to do horseback riding.Activities here includes ATV tours, hiking tours and movie tours. Actually many popular movies have been filmed here. Great movies such as Jurassic Park and Pearl Harbor were filmed from here. Even ‘Tears of the Sun” was filmed here.

Manoa Falls

Manoa falls is one of the best hikes and nicest waterfalls on Oahu and is hidden away in thick forest. It is one of the favorite weekend hikes for both locals and tourists. The waterfall drops 150 feet into a small pool and it’s a fairly comfortable walk up to there. You will maneuver through bamboo and tropical rainforest right at the foot of the Koolau Mountains. The Manoa Falls Trail is often muddy as Manoa Valley is one of the wettest spots on Oahu with a high amount of rain.

Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor on Oahu is the site of the Japanese attack, which occurred on December 7, 1941.Visit the museum and the USS Arizona Memorial and learn all about the attack and the beginning of WWII for the United States

Polynesian Cultural Center

It is Oahu’s number one paid visitor attraction located on Oahu’s northeastern coast. It is approximately a one hour drive north of Honolulu. It is a huge open air museum and cultural park where you get to learn all about the seven Polynesian island nations. They are Hawaii, Tonga, Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, the Marquesas Islands and New Zealand (Aotearoa).You will stroll through the authentic Polynesian villages and participate in games, dances and arts and crafts if you so wish. Exciting activities include participating in a luau; a traditional Hawaiian feasts as well as sample authentic Polynesian foods.You also get to watch an exciting about the underwater world in the Center’s large IMAX movie theater

Sea Life Park

The Sea Life Park is Located about 15 miles east of Waikiki, on Oahu’s southeastern tip. You get a close up view of marine animals such as dolphins, sea lions, manta rays, penguins, stingrays and see even many more. You may also just stroll through the park or participate in various interactive programs with just a basic admission fee.

There is no doubt that Oahu as many attractions. But even with all these numerous attractions and unforgettable experiences Oahu can offer, Diamond Head is no doubt among the most visited of these attractions. Of course Polynesian Cultural Center takes the lead in being the most visited paid attraction. Sea Life Park undoubtedly falls among the most visited sites as well.

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