Oahu, Hawaii Vacation Activities

Oahu, Hawaii Vacation Activities
All of the islands in Hawaii offer mile upon mile of awe-inspiring landscapes--from the beaches to the lush green valleys. Oahu, which draws the most visitors, features a plethora of activities for outdoor enthusiasts that make the most of this spectacular scenery. You can explore the island on foot while navigating a giant pineapple maze or visiting an outdoor museum. You can also enjoy a variety of water adventures that include surfing, scuba diving and kayaking.

Surf Hawaii Surf School

Located on the island's North Shore, which is famed for having the world's most amazing waves, this company offers lessons (group and private), as well as surf tours for visitors who are staying in Honolulu. You can learn the basics about surfing in just a few hours or get tips if you're already an advanced surfer. All of the instructors are experienced and enjoy helping visitors catch waves.

Surf Hawaii Surf School
62-148A Lokoea Pl.
Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712
(808) 295-1241
surfhawaii4u.com

Coastal Kayak Tours

Take a guided ocean kayak tour along secluded North Shore-area beaches and bays. This company offers excursions ranging from 3 to 7 hours that will allow you to see some sensational shoreline. You'll also get the chance to go snorkeling and view undersea life--including turtles and dolphins. Anglers will enjoy the company's inshore or offshore fishing kayak tours.

Coastal Kayak Tours
59-444 Makana Road
Haleiwa, Hawaii 96712
(808) 638-9100
coastalkayaktours.com

Dole Plantation

This top visitor attraction was once a humble pineapple stand. You can take a narrated tour of the grounds by riding the Pineapple Express train and then test your speed and map-reading abilities by searching for eight stations in a giant pineapple garden maze. There are 2.46 miles of paths to walk through in this labyrinth. The Dole Plantation is open daily from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Dole Plantation
64-1550 Kamehameha Hwy.
Wahiawa, Hawaii 96786
(808) 621-8408
dole-plantation.com

Wet'n'Wild Hawaii

A great place to enjoy an afternoon in the sun and water is this 29-acre amusement park, which features more than 25 rides. Families will find tame attractions, such as simple slides, a lazy river, fountains, buckets and other interactive water experiences. Adrenaline seekers can test their courage on the Tornado and Shaka thrill slides. Everyone will love the Big Kuhuna sloped flume ride. Wet'n'Wild opens daily at 10:30 a.m.

Wet'n'Wild Hawaii
400 Farrington Hwy.
Kapolei, Hawaii 96707
(808) 674-9283 

hawaiianwaters.com

Hawaii's Plantation Village

Sugar plantations are a big part of Hawaii's past, and this outdoor museum keeps their history alive. Many immigrant groups--including people from China, Puerto Rico, Japan, Korea, Portugal and the Philippines--came out to work in Hawaii's sugar fields between 1852 and 1946. You'll enjoy a long walk while exploring the living and working conditions of these laborers. Hawaii's Plantation Village is open daily (closed Sundays) from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Hawaii's Plantation Village
94-695 Waipahu St.
Waipahu, Hawaii 96797
(808) 677-0110
hawaiiplantationvillage.org

Honolulu Scuba Co.

Go on an amazing underwater adventure with this company. You'll get to see gorgeous coral reefs, rainbow-colored fish and several shipwrecks. They have custom-designed dive boats and offer lessons for novice or first-time scuba divers. You can also opt to try Snuba, a combination of snorkeling and scuba diving that allows you to go deeper into the water without all the heavy gear. Those who are especially adventurous can opt for one of Honolulu Scuba Co.'s unique night dives.

Honolulu Scuba Co.
670 Auahi Street, Ste. A-1
Honolulu, Hawaii 96813
(800) 220-0577
honoluluscubacompany.com

Article Written By Yvonne Newman

Based in Las Vegas, Yvonne Newman spent 16 years writing for one of the city's popular visitors' guides. She has covered a variety of topics, including travel, shopping, sports and the arts. Newman is currently working on a book about tea houses. She earned a bachelor's degree in English from the University of Nevada and a master's degree in Anglo-Irish literature from Trinity College.

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