Waikiki Beach, Oahu Activities
September 8, 2017
| By
Cindy L. Smith

Itinerary Ideas When You Only Have One Day On Oahu

Only have One Day on Oahu? Here are some ideas for Things to Do!

You could spend weeks on this beautiful Island and not enjoy all that it has to offer, but some visitors only have a single day to enjoy the wonder of Oahu. Below are some suggestions if you’re trying to decide which Oahu Activities are not to be missed during a very short visit. These sample itineraries will give you an overview of some of the best Things to do on Oahu.

Itinerary 1
Kid Friendly
Waikiki Aquarium – Choose a kid-friendly Honolulu Attraction to start your day on Oahu. The Waikiki Aquarium, located at 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, is a great choice. It is the 2nd oldest aquarium in the country and has been delighting visitors of all ages since it first opened in 1904. Exhibits include South Pacific Marine Communities, Hawaiian Marine Communities, Hunters on the Reef, Hawaiian Monk Seal Habitat, and several others.

Swimming with Dolphins – After learning a bit about the local marine life, head over the Dolphin Quest! A visit here is a popular Thing to do on Oahu as it gives visitors a chance to swim with dolphins. Dolphin Quest, located at 5000 Kahala Avenue, has a number of different experiences that cater to all ages. You don’t even have to be able to swim to enjoy an up-close encounter with a dolphin.

Luau – Cap off your day on Oahu by enjoying an authentic Hawaiian luau. A number of places offer a luau experience. This Oahu Activity is offered throughout the Island. Polynesian Cultural Center and Paradise Cove are two of the best places to enjoy this Thing to do on Oahu.

Itinerary 2
History Buffs
Pearl Harbor – A visit to Pearl Harbor is a must for most first-time visitors to Oahu, but for history buffs it’s an absolute can’t-miss. Pearl Harbor includes a Visitors Center, the USS Arizona Memorial, USS Missouri Battleship, and other attractions that teach visitors of all ages about the historic events that changed the world forever.

Iolani Palace – Another interesting Thing to do on Oahu that history enthusiasts may enjoy is a visit to Iolani Palace. It was here that the last Hawaiian royalty lived. Visitors can tour both the interior of the palace and grounds and an audio tour offers insight into the Hawaiian royals as well as the lovely palace that was their home.

Luau – Yes, attending a luau lands on this itinerary as well. The history of the Hawaiian luau is an important part of Hawaiian tradition. When you attend a luau, you’ll see some of that history come to life as you enjoy traditional hula dancing, fire dancers, and much more.

Itinerary 3
Outdoor Adventure
Surfing – There are many options for those who want outdoor adventure during their day on Oahu. One of the most popular options is surfing. Whether you’re an old pro or you have never touched a surfboard before, this is a Thing to do on Oahu that just about anyone can enjoy. Surfing lessons are available and even kids can get it on the fun. Want to see some of the world’s very best surfers? Head to the North Shore during the winter months when the waves are at their biggest and surfers gather from all over to compete in the Triple Crown of Surfing.

Hiking – Hiking is another top pick for outdoor Oahu Activities. Whether you want a leisurely hike or something a bit more challenging, you’ll find dozens of beautiful trails near our Oahu Hotel. Diamond Head Crater is one of the most well-known hiking trails, and that trail is accessible by visitors of all ages. Makapuu Lighthouse and Maunawili Falls are among the many other options.

To each of the three above itineraries, we suggest adding lunch at a spot that is a favorite with locals such as Keneke’s, Pinky’s Pupu Bar and Grill, or Leonard’s Bakery. There are also lots of ocean front restaurants, such as Duke’s Waikiki and Orchids, that serve fresh-from-the-sea fish and other favorites. Also, indulging in a treat of some shave ice is another Oahu Activity that you won’t want to miss during your One Day on Oahu.

If you want other ideas about Oahu Activities to include on your itinerary than spend some time browsing our Oahu Visitors Guide where you’ll find information about Activities, Attractions, Dining, Shopping, and Events. You can also check out these Oahu Tour FAQs