Top Oahu tours and things to do for first-time Hawaii visitors
Are you a first-time visitor to Oahu? If so, you will soon find that there is an overwhelming choice of Oahu tours and things to do here. As you are getting out of the airport you will already notice hundreds of brochures of Oahu activities and things to do. So what to do first?
If there is one thing you must do while on Oahu it is getting to know and exploring the island. Oahu tours are a lot of fun and take you to the most beautiful locations. Some island tours focus on one particular area of the island, for example Oahu’s south shore, while others are circle island tours that take you around the entire island.
Hawaii Turtle Tours offers one of the most unique island experiences. In addition to circling around the entire island, their Oahu tours include snorkeling with Hawaiian green sea turtles. You adventure starts with an early morning pick-up in Waikiki. En route to Oahu’s North Shore, there will be many stops at popular attractions, such as Diamond Head lookout, Kahala (Beverly Hills of Hawaii) and Makapu’u lookout – all great places for picture taking.
Heading north, there will be another stop at Tropical Farms Macadamia Nut Farm where you can sample macadamia nuts and Hawaiian coffee. Once you reach the North Shore, you will see two of the most famous surfing beaches Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay. Love turtles? Then wait until you get to Turtle Beach! This is where friendly turtles come out of the water for a nap on the beach.
Other popular Oahu activities
Attend a cultural event. Attending a Hawaiian luau is one of the most popular things to do on Oahu, a great mix of immersing yourself in local culture and enjoying great foods and musical entertainment in the same time. There are several luaus on the island, and what they all have in common is an all-you-care-to-eat buffet dinner and Polynesian music and dances.
See the island from above. Seeing the island from a helicopter is an unforgettable experience. Oahu helicopter tours let you enjoy great aerial views of the island’s long white-sand beaches, lush waterfalls and remote valleys that are inaccessible from the ground. Some helicopter tours fly after sunset, which allows you to snap some pictures of Honolulu’s city night lights.
See the island’s marine life. Oahu’s underwater world is one of a kind. Here you can see diverse marine life that exists nowhere else in the world. There are a few options you can do: take a submarine tour that lets you enjoy the underwater world without having to get wet or book a snorkel trip that takes you to the island’s top snorkel sites.