Best of Oahu
The Surfing Capital
When in Oahu, be sure to check out the North Shore (aka the surfing capital of the world). Home to some of the largest surfing competitions in the world, it’s the perfect spot to watch big wave surfing during the prime months – November through February. Plus, don’t miss out on Waimea Beach, one of the most influential beaches for big wave surfing, Ehukai Beach, home to the Banzai Pipeline or the charming surf town of Haleiwa.
After catching the must-see spots in Oahu, hike to Makapu’u Point Lighthouse on the Winward Coast for stunning views and whale watching or Kaena Point on the Leeward Coast for birdwatching and incredible scenes of the ocean. The family-owned Kualoa Ranch also offers a breathtaking backdrop (as seen in Jurassic Park and Lost!) or snack on a pineapple treat at the Dole Plantation in Central Oahu.
Since Oahu is one of the most popular islands in the world, its beaches are no different. It’s essential to check out the not-so-visited beaches on the island. Experience Mokule’ia Beach Park in the North Shore, or head to the Leeward Coast for some of the most beautiful and secluded beaches on the island. Keawaula Beach, Makaha Beach and Yokohama Bay are all excellent options for an uninterrupted beach visit.