Eight Things You Have to Do in Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu is one of those places that steals your heart from the moment you step foot at the airport. The magic of its culture, roots, and people is truly mesmerizing. Here is a list of eight things you must do while visiting the beautiful island of Oahu.

1. Rent a Car

Renting a car was one of the best decisions we made while traveling to Hawaii. At first, we believed that we didn’t need a car because everything was in proximity to where we were staying (Waikiki Beach). Now don’t get me wrong, Waikiki is fun and lively; but no different than Miami Beach or Los Angeles. There are many places around to eat and drink. But, we did not travel to Hawaii to see a city full of tourists. We much rather enjoy the authentic beauty and culture of Hawaii. So, do yourself a favor and rent a car when you visit Oahu.

2. Go to Lanikai Beach

If you are looking for a calm and picturesque beach in Oahu, look no further. Lanikai, which means “heavenly sea”, has all the of the beautiful characteristics attached to it. From the calm warm waters, soft sand, and stunning views of the world famous Mokulua Islands, this beach (in my opinion) can compare to some of the top beaches in the world. So, make sure to bring a cooler, an umbrella, beach towels and relax.

3. Hike Pillbox

Pillbox hike is around Lanikai beach and it’s not a difficult hike at all. This pleasant hike offers a scenic view of Lanikai beach and Mokulua Islands. Try to do this hike in the morning before you head to Lanikai beach. Trust me, you won’t regret it.

4. Sky Dive

If you have never been skydiving, or are an expert jumper, Hawaii is the perfect place to go skydiving. It was my first time skydiving and enjoyed every second of it. Even though, I wish I had my eyes open for most of it. The views of Oahu’s North Shore were stunning and shocking all at the same time. It was an absolute breath taking experience that I would definitely do again!

5. Hike Koko Head

Forget about Diamond Head! I personally have hiked both and enjoyed Koko Head a lot more. With that being said, Koko Head is a bit more advanced and exhausting. But, Koko Head is a lot less crowded and the views are so magnificent that makes each step worthwhile.

6. Eat Breakfast at Cafe Kaila

This casual coffee place has the best breakfast in Oahu. The breakfast quesadillas and the eggs benedict were my favorite. Since thed is so delicious, this once hidden gem is no longer a secret. Unless you get there before 10am, it gets really crowded. I can assure you, it will be worth the wait.

7. Drive to the North Shore

North Shore is known for its surfing beaches and food trucks along the way. We drove out to the North Shore on a Sunday and didn’t get to eat at the food trucks because they were closed. Nonetheless, we enjoyed the scenic topless drive and watching the huge waves at Sunset Beach.

8. Have a Loco Moco

After a night of drinking on Waikiki Beach, the Loco Moco is the ultimate hangover cure. This plate is an emblem of Hawaii’s contemporary cuisine. I have to admit, it looked intimidating but it was absolutely delicious.

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