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Oahu Attractions

Over 80% of the people in Hawaii live on Oahu which offers some of the world's best beaches (Waikiki Beach being the most famous), best tours and sightseeing, nicest weather and most interesting history. Honolulu and Oahu are the gateway to all the other Hawaiian Islands.


Some of the most popular Oahu things to do and attractions to visit include:



  • Arizona Memorial -

    perhaps the most recognized attraction on Oahu.

  • Battleship Missouri Memorial -

    See the "Mighty Mo".

  • Sea Life Park -

    Interact with the dolphins at this world class ocean center.

  • Kualoa Ranch -

    Horseback Riding Activities. Great family entertainment.

  • Polynesian Cultural Center -

    Considered to be the most frequented attraction on Oahu.


The incredible variety of Oahu tours and attractions has made Oahu the most popular of all the Hawaiian Islands. You'll find something exciting, fascinating, and fun for every member of your family. In addition to Oahu's world famous Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor's Arizona Memorial you'll find historic monuments like Punchbowl National Cemetery. There are many historic Hawaiian sites such as "Iolani Palace", where the Kings and Queens of old Hawaii once held court. You'll also find Hawaii's largest collection of museums, with fascinating exhibits about everything Hawaiian, including how ancient Polynesians navigated the Pacific in outrigger canoes (Polynesian Cultural Center) to how Nantucket whalers fashioned harpoons.

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Polynesian Cultural Center

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Polynesian Luau, Famous Hawaiian Culture, Seven Authentic Polynesian Villages

Considered to be the largest paid attraction in the state of Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore of Oahu is a Hawaii 'icon' and is a 'must visit' when you come to Oahu. All the major cultures in the Pacific Rim are spread out in replicas of island villages with traditional housing and complete with actual South Pacific islanders dressed in traditional garb who are there to interact with you regarding all aspects of their island lifestyles.
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Sea Life Park

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World Class Marine Park, World-Class Marine Attraction - Swim with Dolphins, Interact with the Dolph

Sea Life Park is essentially a 'marine playground' you can visit, they are located on the eastern shores of Oahu at the base of the cliffs of Waimanalo. Here you will be able to swim with the dolphins, view reef life in a large aquarium, pick up and touch some of the sea life and view educational shows which feature many marine animals. This is a great place to bring children and makes for a great day outing.
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Kualoa Ranch

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ATV Tours, Horseback Rides, Activity Club and Secret Island, Great Family Entertainment

Kualoa Ranch is located in one of the most beautiful and historically significant valleys in all of Hawaii. This picturesque location is the home of numerous activities including horseback riding, ATV rides, and a number of culturally based offerings including a Hawaiian fishing and garden tour, a jungle expedition, an ocean voyaging and navigation tour, a history of Kualoa tour and a movie tour which will take you to all the places famous movies were filmed in the valley.
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Polynesian Adventure Tours

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Experience the tropical beauty of the Hana Coast and visit O'heo Stream. Polynesian Adventure Tours,

One of the very largest sightseeing tour companies in all of Hawaii is Polynesian Adventure Tours. They operate a large variety of tours on all the islands as well as offer 'same day' interisland tours from your island of origin to the other islands allowing you to see an outer island without having to relocate and move to another hotel there. They operate the finest vans, mini-motor coaches and luxurious full size motor coaches with deluxe, large 'see out windows' for the very best views.
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E Noa Tours Honolulu

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Sightseeing tours, Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri and other highlights

E Noa Tours specializes in offering personalized sightseeing tours covering the Island of Oahu. E Noa Tours has been operational for over thirty years and is one of the standard bearers of quality and excellence in the industry. Not only do they provide a wide assortment of various tour options but they provide them at affordable prices.
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Keawe Adventures

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Keawe Adventures

Keawe Adventures is a private island tour and activity guide service company. They officially opened their doors in 2008, and have been conducting tours state wide. They are a Hawaiian and veteran owned business that provides visitors and locals a unique experience in a private setting.
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Wet N Wild Hawaii

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Hawaii's Newest Attraction - Water Park

If you're bringing children to Oahu, don't forget to check-out "Wet N Wild Hawaii," which is the largest water park attraction in Hawaii. With 25 separate water features designed both for "dare devils" and the more "mild mannered" among us, this will be a treat for the whole family! Your kids will not stop talking about it. Free pick-up is available from your Waikiki hotel.
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In this video, we're going to be talking about attractions on the Island of Oahu.

Big exhibits that have interesting things that you can see. There are more of them of the on the Island of Oahu than you'll find elsewhere on the other islands. We'll be talking about basically four of them here today in this little segment. Pearl Harbor, which is a huge draw. The Polynesian Cultural Center. Same for that. Kualoa Ranch, big attraction on Oahu and also Sea Life Park.

Let's start with Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor of course is at Pearl Harbor and this is more than anything else that I think that we have in Hawaii, people want to go see Pearl Harbor. It just means so much to so many people. Everybody knows ... Has a grandfather perhaps; even a father that was there and certainly know many of the stories about this important part of the history of the United States and so we actually have people come from all the different islands, special one day tours and everything just to see Pearl Harbor.

If you're on Oahu that's great because you can just go right over there and catch it all. You'll certainly want to be seeing the Arizona Memorial. That's kind of the center-point of all things in Pearl Harbor. But then we've got the Battleship Missouri, which you can get on and walk around. Be on a real World War II type battleship and see the way the sailors lived and what the ship looked like in those days.

Same thing could be done on the USS Bowfin which is a submarine, World War II era that is a very, very big part of the attractions that we have there at Pearl Harbor. You can climb down into that vessel and cruise around on it and really see what it was like to be on one of these Submarines. Pretty amazing. They also have the Aviation Museum there, so you've got just tons of exhibits. Different things, you can wanders it seems like for days. This is kind of a day thing I think. Most people can find a lot to do all day long. So anyway, that's one thing.

You can visit Pearl Harbor on your own but you can actually, maybe it's a little bit easier to understand what's going on and to be ushered around when you take a tour that gets you there and has all the tickets ready for you and organized. It could be a little bit confusing. There's just so many people and so much going on and so many cars going in and out. Anyway, we can arrange whatever you'd like with regards to Pearl Harbor. So that's one thing.

That's here and then way up kind of the other side of the island, up in this area, we have the Polynesian Cultural Center. The Polynesian Cultural Center is very, very, very popular. Essentially it is an area that was created that has seven fairly authentic Polynesian villages from cultures all around the Pacific rim. Tahitian, Fiji and Samoa and all the different cultures that you could find there. Although they're similar, being island nations, they are different also in terms of how they developed and so these little villages, when you walk in you can see the different styles of thatched homes and so on that were built. The different types of dress.

There'll be authentic actual natives from those areas that are wearing the traditional clothing, doing dances and song, chants, whatever happened to be appropriate for that particular culture. Games that they play. It's a wonderful way to spend a day, especially if you've got children. You just come up, they open like noonish, 12:30. Then you just wander through the afternoon, going from one village to another and just taking it all in.

There's other things. They have a giant IMAX theater that you can go to which talks about Polynesia. In the evening they have a Big Luau that you can attend and there's also a giant show that they put on for you which deals with the various cultures of Polynesia. Anyway, a very popular attraction on the Island of Oahu.

Going further down the coast, you come to this area called Kualoa Ranch. Kualoa Ranch is beautiful and it's located in a beautiful, beautiful valley. They have the entire valley, just kind of goes back into ... It's kind of like almost like a box canyon, if you will. You can kind of see the walls of the valley at the very end and on both sides and they're very primitive looking walls that are just cut by nature. They're just carved and straight down and pinnacles and very lot of rainfall back there so you've got a lot of foliage and jungle. Very, very beautiful.

In fact, this has been the scene of dozens and dozens of Hollywood movies and TV productions. When you first get there you probably will recognize it right away just simply because you've seen it on so many of the various TV programs and movies and so on. They have a lot going on there.

First of all, let's go back to that theme. You can go on a movie tour so you can see all the things that were produced there. That's one thing that can happen, but they've also got beautiful ... They've got Horseback Rides. They go back up into the valley so you can do that. They have ATV Rides that can be taken back up into the valley as well and there's a Zip-Line there that was one of the latest developments that they put together in this valley. A great feature because there's really not much in the way of zip-lines on Oahu and that's something that everybody seems to want to do.

In addition to that, they've got historical tours that they take you on. They have a garden tour that also goes to the fishing ponds, the old Hawaiian fishing ponds. Takes you down to the ocean and you can see that. There's a jungle tour that takes you outback into the rugged parts of the valley and you kind of get bumped around and jostled as you're going up these dirt roads and through creeks and up on ridges and you've got beautiful views and so on. These are all things that they've got that happen and there's also a navigation tour that they have as well. Hawaiian navigation on ships. It's a lot of the cultural events surrounding Hawaii and it's kind of all in one place where you can learn a lot.

Another spot that we got is going down the coast a little bit further, you get into this area, Waimanalo, and you've got Sea Life Park. Sea Life Park is where they've taken many of the animals and fish from the environment and kind of brought them all up in one area that you can see them all and enjoy them and interact with them in many ways. It's more than just kind of a zoo where you see them. There is some aspect of it that is that, but also it's more of a participating, getting near them. Touching them in many cases.

They also have shows that you can go to and be entertained by the trainers and the various acts that they have. They have sea lions that they have. They have penguins. They have a giant shark tank that you can get in with the sharks. You got kind of a stainless steel mesh between you and the sharks which is comforting but you get a chance to be up close and personal with some actual sharks.

One of the most popular of all the events that they have there have to do with the Dolphins. They have a number of different experiences that you could have but probably the most exciting is where you actually get in and swim with them and you can actually on some them, you can hold onto their dorsal fins and they'll pull you. You can touch them and pet them. They're very friendly and it's a big-time attraction, especially if you've got kids. They will really enjoy it.

So that's a taste of some of the different activities or attractions that are available for you on the Island of Oahu.

So if you have any questions about Tours or Activities in Hawaii, just give us a call or check out TomBarefoot.com. We're here to help.


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