Things to Do in Oahu & Honolulu, Hawaii

Things to Do in Oahu & Honolulu, Hawaii
Parts of Oahu, especially Honolulu, can be overrun with tourists due to the host of activities to do there. You and your family can have a great time on this island paradise by finding off-the-beaten-path destinations to explore.

The North Shore

The North Shore of Oahu is the area famous for its amazing white sand beaches. This is also an excellent place for snorkeling, whale watching, surfing and simply relaxing on the beach. For those who just want to see the island's natural side and aren't interested in the busy tourist atmosphere of Waikiki Beach, the North Shore is the perfect alternative. The North Shore is located in the northern part of the island off of Kamehameha Highway.

The Polynesian Cultural Center

The Polynesian Cultural Center is well known to those who want a true taste of this island's culture. The center is made up of seven different villages that were each once a part of the island's ethnic makeup. You can take part in a true island luau, learn about the culture through demonstrations or sample tasty Hawaiian fare.

Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Highway
Laie, Oahu 96762
(800) 367-7060
polynesia.com

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

One of Honolulu's most beautiful natural attractions is the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. The preserve's educational center is built into the natural surroundings as a testament to the importance of working with the environment instead of working against it. There is a wide array of picnic areas beneath the kiawe trees in which to relax. You can also snorkel through this pristine marine area and identify what you have seen with a provided fish I.D. card.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
7455 Kalaniana'ole Hwy
Honolulu, HI 96825
(808) 396-4229
honolulu.gov/parks/facility/hanaumabay

Article Written By Catherine Madison

Catherine Madison is a full-time freelance writer specializing in travel and food. She has written for "Stir Magazine," My Food Place, Hispanic Kitchen and Sustainability. Madison holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of Georgia.

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