The beautiful island of Oahu is one of Hawaii's most visited destinations; every year, many tourists come here trying to find great things to do, and they are not disappointed. From surfing to hiking, sunbathing to wandering through fascinating historical museums, there's something for everyone who visits Oahu. You can find as much action as you wish on the southern side of the island, or if you prefer a calm, quiet vacation, you can find this on the island's north shore. Keep reading to learn about the many things to do in Oahu.
Much of the tourism of Oahu depends upon the season; the winter attracts world-class surfers to Oahu's North Shore, home of the Van's Triple Crown of Surfing. Through November and December, thousands flock to the beaches of the north to be witness to one of surfing's greatest events. The swells in the winter can rise quickly, so inexperienced swimmers should be wary when hitting the water in the north during these months. Summer finds calm water, best for scuba diving, snorkeling, or swimming, and those who aren't water babies can always find things to do; great shopping and dining opportunities all across the north, no matter the season. The golfing opportunities that can be found anywhere on the island are among the most challenging anywhere, and many tourists travel to Hawaii specifically to hit the links.
The southern side of the island is the home of the world famous Waikiki Beach, where you can swim, surf, and sun yourself to your heart's content on the golden sands. When you're ready for a break (and some air conditioning), take a trip to the Queen Emma Summer Palace, where you can see amazing Hawaiian artifacts at the Bishop Museum. The Doris Duke estate offers priceless works of art for you viewing, and no visitor should leave Oahu without seeing the historic Pearl Harbor, where thousands of Americans lost their lives during the 1941 bombing. There is a memorial to the USS Arizona that is one of the most popular things to do on Oahu.
The Plantation Village is a re-creation of a sugar cane plantation in the 1800s and 1900s, with living quarters that represent the different nationalities that worked and lived there, including Hawaiian, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Puerto Rican, and Korean. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a 42-acre park that represents the cultures of the seven Pacific Islands, including New Zealand, Tahiti, Hawaii, Tonga, Fiji, and Marquesas. The lifestyles of these diverse people are presented in a manner that is a great thing for the whole family to see.