What I find interesting about Oahu is that most people I speak to that have visited here tell me they don’t like it. They say it’s too touristy and there is nothing much to do. I was very happily surprised that they were wrong and I loved this island. There was so much to do that we drove to the East, North and West shores. Every different part of this island is unique in its own way. This island has the most beautiful beaches in my opinion. It is filled with nature, nightlife, and just about anything you can ask for.
Transportation to and from the airport: you can reach Honolulu or Waikiki by SpeediShuttle ($20-$30 round-trip).
- Pearl Harbor.
- Waikiki beach: go to the left away from the resorts for much less crowded beaches.
- Diamond Head Crater Hike, go early (07:00 A.M.) before it gets covered in tourists.
- Hanauma Bay: closed on Tuesdays, I heard this is a good snorkeling spot, but of course we tried to go on a Tuesday.
- Makua beach: watch spinner dolphins from shore, must be there for 6:00 A.M.
- Laniakea beach: I have been told it is covered in turtles, but we went when it was not breeding season.
- North shore: Sunset beach.
- East shore: Lanikai beach (the MOST beautiful beach we went to) and Sandy beach (for huge shore breaking waves, be careful!).
- Shark’s Cove (to the right of old Quarry).
- Old Quarry.
- China town: my guide said it was where everyone goes out at night however it was only one block worth of bars and it was pretty dead.
- Polynesian Cultural Centre: just from what locals told me, it does not actually show Hawaiian culture, just what tourists want to see.
- Marukame Udon: CHEAP and FRESHLY made Udon right in front of you!
- Foodland: grocery store, however they have delicious poke. We got poke here almost everyday.
- Farmer’s Markets.
- Matsumoto’s: shaved ice in the north shore.
- Honolulu Shop for Poke (most of their fish is caught that morning).
- Tersty (their fish is caught that day or just one day before).
- Kelley O’Neil’s.
- Nashville: if you like country music and 2-stepping!
- Moose’s McGillycuddy’s: $1.00 drinks on Tuesdays!
- Waikiki Beachside Hostel.
- Bring reef shoes, places like Shark’s Cove has very sharp rocks.
- Rent a car, it is the only way you go see as much as you can.
- Do not take public transit, you waste a lot of time waiting because the buses come two times in an hour and if it’s full (which most likely they are when you’re going to a popular destination) they drive right past you.
- Bring snorkel gear, flippers are optional.
- There are literally no mosquitoes on this island so don’t worry about bug spray.
- Load your Google maps when you have Wi-Fi, you can still use the maps when you have no data.
- Do not leave any valuables in the car or any maps etc. that make you look like a tourist.
- If you rent a car, your credit card may include insurance for car rentals so make sure you call your bank or check on their website before you pay a lot of money for insurance.