By Dana Perkiss
Haven’t you always dreamed about going to Hawaii? Filled with magnificent islands and stunning beauty, any Hawaiian destination seems like paradise – but we’re here to tell you that Oahu stands out like none other. Boasting the most dazzling white sand beaches, superb cuisine, and fascinating history, it’s no wonder why Oahu is usually first on everyone’s Hawaii bucket list.
These are our top five reasons why you need to travel to Oahu!
The Beaches in Oahu
First and foremost, the beaches in Oahu are insanely beautiful. Over 112 miles of white sand beaches dazzle the island surrounded by crystal blue waters perfect for swimming, surfing, and snorkeling. There are way too many beaches to name, but one of the most popular beaches in Oahu is by far Waikiki Beach. This stunning beach provides guests with glorious views of Diamond Head, and is also a great place to learn how to surf. Other great beaches to visit in Oahu include Lanikai Beach, Hanauma Bay, and Sunset Beach.
The Things to Do in Oahu
If you’ve ever dreamed about learning how to surf, hiking through volcanoes, or dancing at Hawaiian luaus, then Oahu is the place to be. There are tons of places to surf in Hawaii, including the aforementioned beaches (Waikiki Beach, Lanikai Beach, etc.).
Diamond Head is the perfect place for adrenaline junkies to hike, while Kahe Point Beach Park is a popular place for snorkeling in Oahu. For even higher adventures, you can choose to take a thrilling helicopter ride over Oahu or even go skydiving on the North Shore!
The Food in Oahu
It’s no surprise that Oahu is famous for its seafood, particularly Poke. You simply can’t travel to Oahu without tasting this local delicacy that’s often compared to sushi. Other iconic foods in Oahu that you should try are Kalua pig (luau pork), Lomi-Lomi (Lomi Salmon), and Poi (a pudding-like cuisine).
Of course, we can't talk about the food in Oahu without mentioning pineapple! This staple Hawaiian fruit is astoundingly fresh and juicy on the island, making it a must-try food. You can visit the historic Dole Plantation to enjoy scrumptious pineapples along with a Pineapple Garden Maze, Pineapple Express Train Tour, and the Plantation Garden Tour.
The Hotels in Oahu
If you’re looking for luxurious, unbelievably beautiful accommodations, then look no further! The hotels in Oahu are vast, and wherever you are, you’ll wake up in paradise knowing you’re in Oahu. Nonetheless – one of the best hotels in Oahu is for sure the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort. Covering 22 acres, this upscale resort is located on Waikiki’s widest stretch of beach and boasts Waikiki’s only saltwater lagoon, plus over a dozen unique restaurants and waterslides.
The History in Oahu
History-buffs would enjoy visiting the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, as well as paying respects at the sunken USS Arizona. Additionally, the only royal residence in the U.S. is in Oahu! One of the best historical things to do in Oahu is visiting the Iolani Palace, where King Kamehameha III used to live. The Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore is also a great place for visitors to learn about the island’s culture and history.