Oahu is a bustling tourist attraction where millions flock to the warm beaches of Waikiki or travel to Pearl Harbor to view the memorial. However, many people fail to see the hidden treasures of Oahu that exist. If you want to see Oahu for more than the tourist trap it’s often seen as, you must venture away from Honolulu to other parts of the island.
The north shore of Oahu is famous in its own right for its enormous waves. Particularly Sunset Beach where many professional surfers flock to enjoy the surf. But the north shore is much more than that. Because it’s less developed there are many secluded beaches and coves to enjoy. The north shore has also been used to film movies and TV shows like LOST.
I highly recommend checking out Hanauma Bay. While tourists travel here in droves, it remains the site for snorkeling I have ever experienced. Tropical fish and sea turtles swarm the area. At one point I was literally surrounded by a school of purple fish swimming in circles around me.
If you are not interested in snorkeling there is also a large sandy beach to lay on. It’s also a great place to take your children because there are lifeguards on this beach.
If you are up for a bit of a hike Diamond Head is worth checking out. This dormant volcano takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to climb roundtrip, but the views from the top are incredible. It’s not really an easy hike. The trail is uneven an unpaved most of the way. I would only recommend climbing to the top if you are in decent physical condition.
There are many things to do in Oahu. While I think everyone should experience the hustle and bustle on Waikiki and Pearl Harbor, there are many other hidden treasures in Oahu worth exploring. Take my advice. You will be glad you did.