Travel Hawaii - 7 Days in Oahu
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Home to some of the most iconic geographical locations and attractions, Oahu will has a little something of everything for everyone. The island of Oahu offers its visitors an array of fun and educational activities that will leave your adventurous spirit and your heart full.
This 7-day Hawaii travel itinerary of the island of Oahu will provide for you a time well-spent during a vacation well-deserved.
Honolulu, hawaii Tourism
1) Walk Kalakaua Avenue
Known as the “heart of Waikiki,” visitors will enjoy walking down the main drag, shopping, bar-hopping, and enjoying great eateries. Retailers offer a wide variety of products, from the finest international brands to handmade, authentic Hawaiian goods and souvenir shops.
2) Bask in the sun at the world-famous Waikiki Beach
Enjoy white sands, warm ocean waters, restaurants and bars, water sports and more at this world-famous beach. At Waikiki Beach you will get a gorgeous view of the Pacific ocean, Diamond Head’s volcanic crater, and beautiful Hawaiian sunsets.
Travel Tip: Umbrellas, chairs, and other beach essentials are available for rent; and there are plenty of convenience stores are around for your every need.
3) Oahu Sunset Dinner Cruise
For those of you wanting to celebrate a special occasion or simply celebrate life, enjoy a sunset dinner cruise with Atlantis Adventures. The Hawaiian sunset will be unreal, the food and drink will leave you satiated, and the experience will last a lifetime.
I was lucky enough to experience this 2-hour dinner buffet cruise with my husband on our first trip to Oahu. The pictures, the moments, everything was truly special - and very romantic, too. *swoon*
Travel Tip: I would recommend putting this sunset cruise on your first or second night in Oahu. It’s a great way to kick off your Hawaii travel. Pack something elegant to wear on board, too!
1) Hike Diamond Head
Diamond Head is a volcanic tuff crater and one of Oahu’s most iconic geological attractions. At the top, visitor's will see the vast expanse of the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu, and get some good activity in, too.
Travel Tip: It takes 30 minutes to reach the top; difficulty level is easy to moderate and good for all ages. Bring walking shoes, water, and clothes you don’t mind breaking a sweat in.
2) Order yourself a bowl at Marukame Udon
When you are famished, after your long day of adventure, head over to Marukame Udon. This restaurant will not disappoint. My favorite dish was the Niko Udon (udon noodles with beef and a savory broth - all freshly cooked before your eyes).
Travel Tip: Be prepared to wait up to 30 minutes to place your order. It’s very popular, and for good reason!
1) Hanauma Bay
Home to over 400 species of fish, the pristine ocean waters at Hanauma Bay offer one of the best snorkeling locations in Oahu. Hanauma Bay needs to be added to your Hawaii travel destinations for its outstanding natural beauty and quality experience.
Travel Tip: Snorkeling and other beach essentials are available for rent. Bring picnic food and supplies, sunscreen, and be prepared to spend at least 4 hours. You won’t want to leave!
2) Iolani Palace
Located in Honolulu, Iolani Palace is a representation of a period in Hawaiian history in which King Kalakaua and his sister, Queen Liliuokalani (later his successor), ruled the Kingdom of Hawaii. Be sure to book a tour at the palace and learn, in detail, its full significance to the people of Hawaii.
1) Lanikai Beach
Located in East Oahu, Lanikai (meaning “heavenly sea”), only a half-mile expanse, is ranked one of the best beaches in the world! It’s beautiful rock formations out at sea will make the perfect pairing for a stunning Lanikai sunset.
2) Dole Plantation: Pineapple Plantation
Rated one of the most fun experiences, Dole’s Pineapple Plantation is a great addition to your Hawaii tourism. Tour the Pineapple Garden and get fresh, sweet pineapple samples straight from the earth. Enjoy riding around on the Pineapple Express Train, finding your way through a garden maze, and have yourself a Pineapple Ice Cream Sundae!
1) Shop around The Royal Hawaiian Center
The Royal Hawaiian Center is an outdoor, premier shopping center, entertainment, and dining destination within the Kalakaua Avenue district in Waikiki. Retailers offer gifts, fine jewelry, and Hawaiian keepsakes.
Travel Tip: Free parking for 2 hours of validation, after you spend $10 or more.
2) Dine and socialize at Duke’s Waikiki
Duke’s Waikiki is an iconic restaurant and “Barefoot Bar” that offers a gorgeous view of the sea, a fun vibe, and a fun representation of the love of surfing in Hawaii. The father of modern surfing, Duke Kahanamoku, is proudly represented in the name, as well as the decor, in the establishment.
3) Marvel at the Nu’uanu Pali Lookout
Just north of Honolulu, Nu’uanu Pali Lookout is a grand, panoramic view of Oahu’s Windward side and is one of the best scenic lookouts on the island. Add this to your Hawaii travel itinerary to simply include a relaxing, marvelous natural element to your tourism.
1) Save your souvenir shopping for the Aloha Stadium Swap-Meet
Browse over 400 hundred swap-meet booths, talk with local merchants and look over local goods, art pieces, and handmade items, soaps, candles, clothing, coffee, and more - all at the Aloha Stadium Swap-Meet!
Travel Tip: Open only on Wednesdays & Saturdays, 8:00am-3:00pm and Sundays, 6:30am-3:00pm. Bring cash with you!
2) Tour the Pearl Harbor USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin
The USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, Honolulu, Hawaii, is a memorial for the deaths of 1,177 sailors and Marines that were killed on the USS Arizona during the Japanese bombing attack on Pearl Harbor, December 7, 1941.
The USS Bowfin is submarine museum open for tours, located next to the USS Arizona Memorial. The USS Bowfin was launched 1 year after the Pearl Harbor attack and was nicknamed the Pearl Harbor Avenger.
North shore, Hawaii tourism
1) North Shore’s Shave Ice is perfect for warm Hawaiian days
Hawaii is known for its shave ice. There are many shave ice vendors that compete for the title “best shave ice” in Oahu. Check reviews online and see who is currently ranked number one!
Travel Tip: Matsumoto Shave Ice and North Shore Marketplace both sell “the best shave ice,” in my opinion!
2) Eat at Giovani’s Shrimp Truck, North Shore
Another local favorite and Hawaii tourism hot-spot is Giovani’s Shrimp Truck located in North Shore, Oahu. The savory, filling, large portions of shrimp and rice will leave you well-fed and happy.
Travel Tip: Be sure to order their most popular dish, Shrimp Scampi!
3) Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center is an educational and entertaining destination in which visitors will learn about Polynesian Cultures within Hawaii and around the world. With live demonstrations, shows, and a luau and dinner (for extra purchase), you will enjoy a truly Hawaiian experience.
More Travel Tips
Be aware that travel (car rental and public transportation) around the island is slow. Drivers in Hawaii take their time on the roads, so plan for it and be prepared to reach your destinations later than you think.
Within the Hawaiian islands, you will travel in and out of rainfall. One area of Oahu will be sunny and bright and another area will have sporadic rainfall. Whatever your daily plans are, pack a small umbrella and waterproof your belongings for safekeeping.
The Hilton Hawaiian offers a FREE fireworks show on Friday nights (free from the beach). Hilton poolside tickets are available for purchase, Fridays at 6:00pm, $34/person (includes Mai Tai, Hawaiian music and performance), on a first come, first served basis.
If you are able to, island-hop! Island-to-island flights are incredibly inexpensive ($80 one way), in comparison to a flight to Hawaii from the mainland. For those of you coming from afar, consider visiting multiple islands. It might save you money in the long run.
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