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What to see in Oahu

Oahu Attractions

The heart of Hawaii's tourism, Oahu has no end of attractions and activities to entertain the millions of tourists who fly into Honolulu each year.

Whether attending luaus at the Polynesian Cultural Centre and learning about local history at the Bishop Museum and Honolulu Academy of Arts, or visiting royal palaces and WWII memorials, Oahu is the best place to get a taste of Hawaiian culture and history while enjoying its idyllic pleasures.

And there are plenty of pleasure-seeking activities to enjoy. Visitors can choose from dozens of world-class beaches offering everything from enormous waves and snorkelling lagoons to beautiful sunsets, with plenty of space to simply lay out and enjoy the Hawaiian sunshine.

There are plenty of scenic spots inland as well, as holidaymakers can hike the Diamond Head Crater, explore the Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden, or even visit one of the world's largest pineapple plantations. Tours of the North Shore and Windward Koolau Range are also offered on horseback.

Cooling off on a hot day is easy at the Wet n Wild Hawaii waterpark or the Waikiki Aquarium, both great activities for the whole family. And after a full day of exploring the beauty of Oahu's wild side, visitors can enjoy the excellent restaurants, shopping and nightlife offered in Hawaii's capital, Honolulu.

Iolani Palace

The only royal residence in the United States, the Iolani Palace stands on the corner of King and Richard Streets in Honolulu. Its opulent interior gives a glimpse into the lives of Hawaii's…

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Oahu Beaches

The main attraction for visitors to Oahu are the range of 139 beaches which, from the pounding waves of the north shore to the gentle swells of Waikiki in the south, offer the chance to bathe and soak…

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Polynesian Cultural Centre

Hawaii's top tourist attraction, the Polynesian Cultural Centre, is situated on the Kamehameha Highway in Laie on the scenic north shore of Oahu island. This remarkable venue, visited by more than…

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Surfing in Oahu

Synonymous with surf, sand and sun, Hawaii is a place where South African and Australian surf legends Shaun Tomson, Mark Richards and Wayne 'Rabbit' Bartholomew pioneered the surfing scene, turning…

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Valley of the Temples

Opposite a bustling shopping centre on the Kahekili Highway in Kaneohe, below the Koolau mountains, nestles a little piece of Japan tucked away in Hawaii. The Valley of the Temples Memorial Park contains…

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