5 Things You Must Do In Oahu, Hawaii

A birdseye view of Hanauma Bay in Oahu, Hawaii

Share this post

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on pinterest
Share on linkedin

Oahu, Hawaii is one of my favourite travel destinations! I spent a memorable week here in November where I hiked, ate, practiced yoga, surfed, watched the sunset and floated around Waikiki Beach. Here are the five things you must do if you are planning a trip to the main island.

Eat: Marukame Udon

Udon Noodles in Hawaii are delicious at this restaurant

Emerse yourself in Hawaii’s Japanese culture. Japanese ‘order at the counter’ style restaurant often has a line out the door. Don’t let this put you off however- the food is what everyone is looking for- affordable, delicious, and plentiful.
Marukame Udon’s specialty is their noodle soup. Their noodles are made ‘sanuki-style’ which is famous for its time consuming process.
The noodle dough is aged for two hours, the rested overnight to be used the next day.

Cost: Low-middle range

Address: 2310 Kuhio Avenue, Suite 124 Honolulu, HI 96815

Hours: 7am – 10pm, Mon-Sun

Visit: Hanauma Bay

A birdseye view of Hanauma Bay in Oahu, Hawaii

Hanauma Bay is an award-winning beach and home to some unique and colourful marine life. Before entering the conservative, visitors are made to watch a short video about the marine life. It was sad to see some tourists walking on and touching the coral, so ensure you follow all the rules presented in the video.
Snorkeling gear and flippers can be hired from the beach. Ensure you arrive at Hanauma Bay early as it gets busy.
Hanauma Bay is a 25 minute drive from Wakiki. You can also catch bus 22 to get there.


 Read: How to hike the Stairway to Heaven in Hawaii

Hike: Diamond Head

Yvette looks out at the view over Waikiki Beach from the top of the Diamond Head crater rim

Diamond Head is one of the most popular hikes in Oahu with good reason. It has spectacular views of Waikiki Beach and is suitable for people of most fitness levels. Diamond Head is an extinct volcano which has been dormant for the past 150,000 years.
Because Diamond Head is such a popular hike, try to arrive first thing in the morning to avoid the crowds.

Summit: 750 feet

Time: 1 hour return (2.5 kilometres)

Cost: $1 USD per hiker, $5 USD per car

Opening hours: 6am – 6pm (last entry is at 4.30pm)

Drive: North Shore

The North Shore in Oahu, Hawaii

Hiring a car in Hawaii is affordable (from $25USD per day) and a great way to escape touristy Honolulu. Head to Oahu’s North Shore to see the Banzai Pipeline- a spot known for having waves as high as 20 feet!
Check out the sea sunbathing turtles at Laniakea Beach and take photos with the Shaka sign in Laie, a short drive from the North Shore.
The North Shore is a different experience from the hustle and bustle of the city, so take the time to go exploring!

Try: Surfing

The Diamond Head crater as seen from Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii

Getting a surfing lesson is super easy in Hawaii. You can book a group or private lessons at Waikiki Beach, starting from $40USD. If you’re brave talk to some of the locals and see if they can give you a lesson. You can hire surfboards, paddleboard and floaties from Waikiki Beach as well. The waves are very mellow at Waikiki Beach so it’s perfect for beginners. There is nothing quite like feeling a wave underneath you and flowing along with it!

Group Lesson: $40 USD

Private Lesson: $70 USD

Are you headed to the Big Island? Click here for 16 things you MUST do!

8 thoughts on “5 Things You Must Do In Oahu, Hawaii”

  1. Allie Hoellwarth

    This is so gorgeous! Are you from there or traveling? I have been to Hawaii once and did Diamond Head and surfing, but those udon bowls look amazingggg. I love how you put the address and hours! (:

    1. wayfaringkiwi

      I just stopped in for a week on my way to Canada. It is such an incredible destination!

  2. Amazing! I’ve been to the pillboxes, but not Diamond Head. I’ll have to check that one out next time.

  3. You have wakened my wanderlust! I can’t wait to get out to Hawaii and test out this list! 🙂

  4. Paige Butler

    I’ve never been to Hawaii, but would love to go! It looks like you had a wonderful time! I’m sure the view from Diamond Head was breathe taking!

  5. Thank you for sharing your post, the pictures are beautiful. I love the turtles! Did you get to see any baby turtles? I wish I could go to Hawaii, that would be so awesome. My name is Brandy, and I am new to the blogging community, its very nice to meet you have a blessed day

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


Hello, I’m Yvette! Originally from New Zealand, I now call Scotland home. I left New Zealand three years ago to go on an adventure around the world. I help people to go on their own adventures, whether it’s travelling to a new country, hiking or outdoor activities.

follow me

join my mailing list

Keep up with my adventures by signing up to my monthly newsletter. I talk about my life in Scotland, dish out my best travelling tips, plus you’ll get my free Scotland travel planner when you subscribe!

recent posts