Oahu is a great island to visit, even if you’re not fond of the large city. There are plenty of things to do and see elsewhere, and there’s enough space for everyone on the beaches scattered around the island outside of Honolulu/Waikiki. When my childhood friend Kim was visiting, we spent three nights in Oahu, and then my father and I spent another two nights here on our travels.
On our first day we didn’t make it too far from Waikiki. We hiked the famous Diamond Head monument (very touristy but great views), and explored some of the beaches on the southeastern part of the island. Later that night we went to downtown Waikiki for some nightlife.
For our second day in Oahu, we drove up the middle of the island to visit the Nu’aunu Pali lookout and the Dole Plantation. We also took a kayak ride in Hale’iwa and explored North Shore, in hopes of seeing some surfing.
About a month after my first trip to Oahu, my father and I returned for a few days. Much of what we did was similar to the previous day trips, but we had the opportunity to finally catch a beautiful Hawaiian sunset.