Tourism in Oahu

pearl harbor

There are some tourist activities necessary for any vacation in Polynesia and the Hawaiian Islands. Tourists must try out local food and experience the culture of the Polynesians and experience a luau. I also recommend learning to surf (or at least trying to J).

Then, of course, there are the hundreds of beautiful beaches to enjoy and explore. This is true of all of the Hawaiian Islands.

However, this post focuses on some of the amazing tourist attractions in Oahu Island. Oahu is a Hawaiian Island and home to Honolulu.

No trip to Hawaii is complete without a stop at this historic island in the Pacific Ocean and there are many attractions for visitors to see:

#1. Pearl Harbor

History buffs must visit Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial in Oahu. This site is one of the most-visited World War II memorials in the entire world. The location is the final resting place of over 1,000 American soldiers who died in the attack on Pearl Harbor.

There is a visitor center and offshore monument and fairy rides to the monument where visitors can pay their respects to the brave soldiers from that historic day.

#2. Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach is the most popular of all of the beaches in Hawaii and it is one of the most beautiful places on the entire Earth in my opinion. The sand and the ocean are breathtaking and the waves are some of the best for surfing in all of Hawaii. There are also several local shops and restaurants to enjoy along the coast.

#3. Sunset Beach

If you want to see how the top surfers do it, then Sunset Beach is the place to go. Do not surf these waves yourself if you are an amateur or just learning but watch the local surfers and professional visitors tackle some of the most amazing surfing waves in the world on Sunset Beach.

These are just three of the very best tourist attractions in Oahu but there is so much more to do on the island. The restaurants are delicious and the shops feature handmade craftsmanship for sale from local artists that live on the island.