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SURFING OAHU

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Surfing was born in Hawaii and is deeply intertwined with its history and culture. Oahu is a surfers paradise having something to offer to all skillset levels from complete beginners to pros.

During the winter, the north shores of the island generate big swells, and in the summer, the south shores enjoy higher waves. Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach and the Banzai Pipeline on Oahu’s North Shore are the legendary surf spots if you want to watch the surfers riding the waves.

Waikiki Beach is a great starting place for beginners. Experienced surfers would teach you the basics of surfing. Longboards are used to make it easier to learn.

Make sure to check the signs regarding ocean safety and talk to the lifeguard about current conditions before you go surfing. Ocean currents can be hazardous, there might also be shallow reefs.

YOGA OAHU

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting or changing any exercise program or making a lifestyle change.

Try yoga while on Oahu or take your yoga practice to the next level. On Oahu you can find plenty of studios, instructors, meetup.com groups to practice yoga in a park, under the palms by the beach or try doing asanas on a standup paddle board while enjoying a beautiful sunrise or sunset.

You can easily find yoga classes for beginners, intermediate or advanced students as well variety of workshops offered to those who want to go deeper into their practice. Hatha, Vinyasa flow, power, in, aerial, hot yoga, and a whole lot more different yoga styles can be experienced on this beautiful island.

CATAMARANS OAHU

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Take advantage of Oahu’s great sailing climate and treat yourself with a catamaran adventure. Choose your preferred route from a variety of tours offered by different operators, and cruise Oahu’s South Shore or North shore, discover the beauty of Kaneohe Bay, or enjoy the clear view of the Pacific Ocean floor cruising over live tropical reefs, shipwrecks aboard a glass bottom boat.

Main departure points are Kewalo Basin and Haleiwa harbor for Oahu sailing charters. Sailing is often combined with other activities such as snorkeling, sunset cruise, dinner or watching Waikiki Friday’s night fireworks. Enjoy the picturesque coastline and beautiful panoramic views of Oahu, and if you're lucky, you may spot turtles, dolphins or whales, too!

WHALE WATCHING OAHU

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Oahu whale watching tours is a great reason to visit Oahu in winter. The whale watching season beings mid December and usually lasts throughout April. In February and March whale sightings are the most common.

You can spot whales from Oahu’s many beaches and the scenic spots like Makapuu Lighthouse, Hanauma Bay, and along the seaside overlooks near the Diamond Head. Whale watching tours and cruises depart from various ports along Oahu’s southern and western harbors.

SPAS & WELLNESS

Always seek the advice of your physician or other qualified health professional before starting or changing any exercise program or making a lifestyle change.

Pamper yourself with a spa day or enjoy one of the many relaxing, rejuvenating, healing treatments from wellness experts offered on the island, in beautiful and serene surroundings.

Try authentic traditional Hawaiian Lomilomi massage, or heated pohaku (stones) to relieve sore muscles after daytime activities. Renew your skin with a facial, body scrubs using unique local ingredients like papaya, ti leaf, honey ginger and poi, helping to stimulate and increase circulation.

Choose your ideal treatments from a wide range of spa services offered on the island and come back home restored and rejuvenated.

HIKING

Trail conditions and accessibility can change daily. Hiking can be dangerous and has many potential hazards. It is up to each individual to know their limits, abilities and level of expertise before attempting any outdoor activity

Oahu has many beautiful hikes to explore around the island that suit all ability and expertise levels.

One of the most popular hike is the Diamond Head State Monument, just above the outskirts of Waikiki. It’s an easy hike except for the final two sets of stairs but the stunning panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu make it worth the effort. Makapuu Lighthouse Trail is on the eastern tip of Oahu and offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean as well as whale watching in winter months. For a lush hike you can take a short drive to Manoa Valley and hike through the rainforests full of bamboo trees and native flora, ending at a beautiful Manoa Falls.

Lanikai Pillbox kike is a short but popular hike on the Windward side of Oahu with beautiful views of the windward coast and Ko'olau Mountain range. Aiea Loop Trail in Central Oahu is a more challenging hike that offers stunning views of Halawa Valley and the towering Ko’olau mountains. Kaena Point hike on the western tip of the island offers views of the Waianae coast and dramatic lava shoreline.

For more advanced hikers and thrill seekers there’re plenty of hikes to choose from. Make sure you do your research and are well-prepared for the adventure.

AIRPLANE TOURS

Airplane tours on Oahu is a great way to see this beautiful island from birds'-eye view. Discover the lush mountains with rugged cliffs, stunning coastline, see island’s famous landmarks and so much more. You may be able to spot a full circle rainbow or a few whales depending on the time of the year.

Choose from variety of tours offered by different operators, and enjoy beautiful island panoramas and endless scenic views from above.

SCUBA/ SNORKEL

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With 1,200 miles of coral reef surrounding the Hawaiian Islands, snorkeling and scuba diving are two of our most popular water activities.

Shark’s Cove on the Oahu’s North Shorer is a rocky bay with clear, shallow waters is one of the top snorkeling and shore-diving spots in the world, best explored during the summer months, as winter is a big wave season.

Oahu also has a variety of beaches with calm waters to explore, including Sans Souci near Waikiki and the Ko Olina lagoons on the island's Leeward Coast. You can also book a snorkel tour or boat charter to discover what lies beneath the waters offshore, which includes and is not limited to colorful corals, Colorful coral heads. Bright yellow tang. Rainbow runners. and Hawaii state fish, the humuhumunukunukuapua’a.

Certified scuba divers can enjoy variety of dives and other underwater activities. With more than 40 named sites, Oahu offers a whole variety of sights when it comes to diving. Some of the best spots include ship and plane wrecks, Three Tables, Sharks Cove, Waimea Wall and many others.

LUAU

Experience luau, a traditional Hawaiian feast featuring lively music and vibrant cultural performances from Hawaii and greater Polynesia. Popular luau dishes include poi (pounded taro root), Kailua Pig, chicken long rice, laulau, lomilomi slamon, opihi, haupia (coconut pudding), poke.

In ancient Hawaii, celebrating special occasions was an important cultural tradition, and luau tradition carries today, when friends and family get together for a luau to celebrate special occasions such as birthdays, weddings, graduation. While these luau are private, visitors can enjoy a number of different luau experiences on the island.

KAYAKING

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Kayaking is one of the greatest ways to see the beauty of Oahu. There is variety of options, guided and self-guided tours to match different levels, ranging from first timers to those who want to challenge themselves.

Some of the best ocean excursions with kayaks are offered on the East side in Kailua, Lanikai and Kaneohe areas. Kayaking to Mokulua Islands (or “the mokes”) is one of the most famous kayaking destinations on Oahu. Make sure you check the tidal schedule before heading out.

Kaneohe Bay allows for some calmer kayaking adventures to Coconut Island and Sunken Island, or Chinaman’s Hat.

River kayaking in Kahana River and Bay is one of the calmest areas on Oahu, and is perfect for beginners, in the stunning the Koolau Mountain Range setting.

Kayaking tours can also be found on Oahu's North Shore. Anahulu River is relatively calm, and you might spot quite a few turtles. During the summer, kayaking in Waimea bay or Sunset Beach could be a wonderful experience.

NIGHTLIFE

Oahu has the broadest array of nightlife of all the islands, and each side of the island has something fun to offer once the sun goes down. On the busy streets of Honolulu and especially Waikiki and Chinatown, you can find anything from small local bars to classy lounges, rooftop bars and night clubs. Rural areas like the North Shore harbor smaller, local style bars.

SKY Waikiki is both restaurant, nightclub and rooftop bar, and offers amazing views of the Waikiki skyline. Buho Cantina, another rooftop restaurant and bar offers great views of Waikiki action. Tommy Bahama rooftop bar creates a great ambience with comfy lounge sofas and fire-pits, large umbrellas, and real sand floor. Mai Tai Bar on top of the Ala Moana Mall in a lively open-air bar popular with the locals.

Most of the action in Chinatown can be found from Bethel to Mauakea St, between King and Beretania St. There you can find Hawaii’s top art galleries, old and new Honolulu bars and restaurants as well as DJs keeping the dance floors busy all night.

HELICOPTER TOURS

Discover the beauty of Oahu and breathtaking sceneries from the sky. Choose from variety of helicopter tours offered by different operators and enjoy the lush sceneries, stunning coastline and see historical and natural wonders of the island.

Select your favorite route and fly above shimmering Waikiki Beach, the curve of the Diamond Head, crescent-shaped Hanuama Bay, picturesque Waimanalo Beach and the colorful coral reefs of Kaneohe Bay. Enjoy an invigorating helicopter flight along the coastline to see Sacred Falls, closed to the public due to dangerous falling rocks, discover magnificent Ko'olau Mountains or witness the beauty of Oahu’s North Shore from above.

FISHING

Make sure you check with lifeguards for current conditions before embarking on any outdoor activity, check restrictions, respect the waters and observe regulations instituted by the authorities.

Fishing off of Oahu is seasonal, and some months are better than others if targeting a specific type of fish, however, fish can be caught year round.The waters around Oahu are home to the Pacific Blue, Sailfish, Striped and Short Billed Marlin, the Skipjack and Yellow Fin Tuna, Mahi-mahi, Wahoo (Ono), Trevally, Shark, Barracuda, and Hawaiian Salmon.

The best deep sea fishing in Oahu is found off the island’s Leeward Coast. If you are going for deep sea fishing you can charter a boat from Kewalo Basin or Ko Olina. Make sure you read reviews and recommendations when comparing prices, equipment and different packages offered by charter companies.

In addition to bottom fishing and deep sea sport fishing, you can try spearfishing, kayak fishing, and even Hawaiian net throwing, or simply enjoy magnificent views while shore fishing. The most popular spot on Oahu for shore fishing is Kaena Point. Some of the best fishing spots on Oahu include Waialua Bay Pier in Haleiwa, Makai Pier, Bamboo Ridge, Heeia Pier, Laie Point, Lake Wilson Freshwater in Wahiawa (license required), Haleiwa Alii Beach Park in Haleiwa, Ewa Beach Park, and Pokai Bay in Waianae.

OCEAN ADVENTURES

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Discover nocturnal marine life with night dives while vacationing on Oahu. Once the sun goes down, a dive site can look completely different than it did, just an hour before. The daytime sea creatures retire and nighttime sea creatures come out to play. You can expect to see night octopus, conger and moray eels, lobsters and crabs and many other creatures. You can also try a shipwreck or plane wreck nigh dive to heighten your sense of adventure.

Shark cage diving is another adventurous activity you can add to your Hawaiian vacation. You would take a boat from Haleiwa on the North Shore of Oahu and travel out to sea cage dive with sharks in their natural habitat. Often on the way you may also spot dolphins, turtles, and magnificent Humpback Whales depending on the season.

You can also leave your preconceptions about sharks at the door and experience cage-free swimming with these these sleek, graceful sleek creatures swimming with the sharks living in the area together with an experienced guide and safety diver. With nearly 40 species of sharks in the waters around the Hawaiian Islands, you'll gain a deeper understanding of the ocean and its inhabitants

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