Our Handpicked Interesting Oahu Attractions & Sightseeing for the Tourist| Pkjulesworld
It’s not often that you get to visit the Pearl Harbor, See the Site of Hawaii-0-Five and watch the sunset over Diamond head…Yet it’s exactly what you are gonna do today. Take a walk with us and learn some interesting attractions in Oahu, Hawaii. And just maybe you will add it to your travel bucket list!
There is a reason why certain places are attractive to the tourist and others to the traveller. The two are totally different.
Today we wanna to serve the tourist in you, and for the traveler you might like to check out our post on underrated Hawaii you will love it!
So, let’s see the road Most travelled by thrill seekers and tourists in Oahu. Home to Honolulu, and Waikiki beach; the hub of the Islands of Hawaii.
Interesting Attractions in Hawaii as learnt by Pkjulesworld
#1. ALOHA TOWER
This was once the tallest building in Honolulu, built in September of 1926, its today referred to as Hawaii’s Statue of Liberty! Today it houses the Harbour headquarters, quite the popular entertainment centre with restaurants, brand new community gathering place, and marketplace.
This International market place is located on Pier 9 and is open daily from 9 am – 5 pm with stores open till 9 pm, late shopping galore!
How much: Just walk in
What Pkjulesworld Loved about it: The location, the shopping, the restaurants, late shopping…did we say shopping? Okay you get the picture 🙂
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#2. ARIZONA MEMORIAL
Unless you are short of time, as in a hopping visit to Honolulu, or hate war memorials or simply don’t have a patriotic bone in you. You gotta visit Pearl Harbour and the SS Arizona Memorial place.
This place reminds one of the freedoms we take for granted and the souls that lost their lives protecting the freedoms/US Borders and life as we know it today to an extent.
The Visitor Centre is Open Daily from 7:30 am – 5pm. Visitors can get in from 8am -3pm
How Much: You even get Free admission. How cool is that!
What Pkjulesworld liked most about this: The boat ride the tour, and the sheer magnitude of the memorial wall. One of the things our children have never forgotten from this visit!
#3. DIAMOND HEAD
“Diamond Head is the name of a volcanic tuff cone on the Hawaiian island of Oʻahu and known to Hawaiians as Lēʻahi…!” Wikipedia
The Diamond head is also a designated U.S. National Natural Monument.
Okay who wants a view of Honolulu bar none? It is absolutely breath-taking if you can hack the trek! It’s a hike up a steep path for this view to die for. You can hike any day of the week between 6am – 6pm.
How Much: The guided walking fee is a mere $1 per person at the time of our visit. Not for those with mobility issues or breathing problems.
Or you can take your car/drive for $5 (Again price may have changed today.)
Don’t forget your torch or flashlight for deeper exploration at the peak. We forgot ours, so missed out, oh well next time huh!
What Pkjulesworld Loved about it: The shape, the views and the current use of Diamond Head, makes it one of the interesting attractions in Oahu!
#4. BOWFIN MUSEUM
If you are a buff in marine history or are a marine lover, then you absolutely must add this site to the must see interesting attractions in Oahu. Located on 11 Arizona Memorial Drive Honolulu, it is not easy to miss this tribute to submariners.
The Bowfin is open daily 7 am – 5 pm. You can explore first hand a real life WW11 Sub marine. Very Surreal. The quarters are quite squeezed. You realise how blessed you are with the space you have.
How much: At the time of our visit the Adults paid: $10 and Children (4-12) paid $4
What Pkjulesworld Loved about it: The educational tour of a real World War Submarine esp. for the children. They have never forgotten Hawaii for this visit! We got a memento a kind of newspaper supposed to have been printed at the time with the family in the Headlines! Cool. Have had it on our fridge since!
#5. HANAUMA BAY
In keeping with the marine theme, you may wish to add Hanauma Bay to your interesting attractions in Oahu. It is a famous marine preserve, laced with coral formations. It is rich in tropical fish of all colours. Such a joy for children. So, you too will enjoy it. You can drive over, take a bus or one of the many tours from Waikiki.
It is open Daily 6am – 6pm
How Much: Cost us non-residents $7.50 per adult. Children U 12 went free!
What Pkjulesworld Loved about it: The marine life; you get to see live coral. You can snorkel as well. The waters are so clear and of course the beach to chill out.
#6. HILO HATTIE STORE
You wish to see this interesting attraction in Oahu, you can take a shuttle every 30 mins from 8 am – 5 pm. This is a Hawaii flag ship store. You can find it in Ala Moana.
Hilo Hattie is synonymous with vacation shopping today. And why not do it in its homeland, Hawaii! For your Hawaii fashion and tourist mementos you can’t go wrong! Unless of course you wish to get yours from the international market above!
You can catch a movie here and have some of the freshest, tastiest Pineapple juice too!
How Much: Your Bus or Taxi fare!
What Pkjulesworld Loved about it: The sheer vibrant colours of Hawaii fashion, shirts, dresses, hats, gifts souvenirs. We enjoyed shopping at Hilo Hatti’s and you too would. That’s why it’s one of the interesting attractions in Oahu!
#7. WAIKIKI AQUARIUM
This Oahu attraction is located on Kalakaua Ave. in Kaliopani Park, a short walk from lots of local hotels.
It is apparently the 3rd oldest public aquarium in the USA. Waikiki Aquarium is open daily 9am – 5pm and you need an hour tops to take in this aquarium! No large shark tanks to scare the bejesus out of your toddler!
Your children will love it because it’s not huge and the displays are only small. Unless they are the type stuck on or love a routine!
If you have older children, take the Comp Audio tour and have a better learning experience for them.
How much: Adults paid $9 and our children paid just $2. We noticed that Youths (13-17) had to pay $4
BUT on Earth Day, you get FREE admission, sometime in April…!
What Pkjulesworld Loved about it: It was small, we were able to see all we wanted in 45 mins. We visited the coral nursery, the seals feeding, saw giant clams, sea horses and more fish! It wasn’t too crowded in the morning and we were able to get close to the exhibits. The children loved it…so did we!
#8. Interesting Attractions in Oahu – Bonus Free Fire works!
We had an amazing time two Friday evenings in a row in Waikiki. We were at the beach and watched the Hilton Hawaiian Village Free Fireworks Show. Not sure if they still put on this show. If they still do, chose your vantage point and enjoy the visual display over Waikiki.
It was between 7 – 7:45 pm
How much: FREE
What Pkjulesworld Loved about it: Who doesn’t love fireworks?
Final words on Interesting Attractions in Oahu
Well we were spoilt for choice to be honest as to what attractions to add to this list of the road most travelled. Many travellers and tourists to Oahu/Honolulu and Waikiki have their own ideas you see!
Of course, we have lots more to share with you about the beauty that is Hawaii. But this would be a mini book if we did. So until the next episode…
Have you been to Oahu or Hawaii in general? What sites would you recommend? If you have not been, which ones of the above would you definitely visit? Join the conversation in comments below!
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