Woman with dolphin
July 13, 2018
| by
Cindy L. Smith

8 Popular Oahu Activities

Looking for Oahu Things to Do? We have something to suit every age and every interest!

People come to Oahu with different ideas about how to spend their time. For some, lounging on the beach with their toes in the sand and a drink in their hand is the ultimate day in paradise. Others want to make memories with their family, explore the local culture, or do a little shopping.

No matter what your idea of a perfect Hawaiian vacation may be, you’ll find plenty of Oahu activities and attractions near Ambassador Hotel Waikiki Beach. A comprehensive list of Oahu things to do would take volumes, but we’ve put together a list of 8 ways to spend the day during your stay at our Oahu Hotel.

Spend a Day at the Beach
World-famous Waikiki Beach is a short stroll from our hotel and other top beaches, such as those on the North Shore, are a short, scenic drive away. Soak in the views, work on your tan, or take part in exciting watersports such as swimming, surfing, or jet skiing.

Waikiki Shopping
Whether you’re a serious partaker of retail therapy or just need to find a few souvenirs to bring back home, you’ll find wonderful options while doing some Waikiki shopping. In addition to modern malls with national retail stores, you’ll also find small local shops, antique stores, and art galleries. Shuttles to some of the malls are conveniently located at many points throughout the area.

Swim with Dolphins
The chance to swim with dolphins is a Honolulu activity that appeals to all ages. There are a few places to enjoy this adventure including Dolphin Quest and Sea Life Park. Choose from several experiences which range from 30-minute encounters to immersive, week-long dolphin trainer programs.

Learn to Surf
Did you ever watch surfers and wish you could catch a wave? Make that dream come true during your visit to Oahu! Knowledgeable instructors can teach people of all ages and skill levels the techniques required to enjoy this exciting activity.

Watch the World’s Best Surfers
If you’re not quite ready to try surfing first hand, you can still enjoy the sport by watching some of the best surfers in the world during the winter competitions on the North Shore. The best pro surfers come for Vans Triple Crown of Surfing, which takes place for several weeks starting in November.

Dine at Oahu Restaurants
From 4-star fine dining to grab-and-go local fare, you’ll find endless options for fabulous dining on Oahu. Eat like a local with a $5 plate lunch or indulge in an unforgettable meal at Chef Mavro, Vintage Cave Club, or La Mer. For many visitors, the food is one of their favorite parts of their stay!

Woman jumping on a scenic overlook on Oahu
You'll find many places to enjoy hiking on Oahu. 

Hike Diamond Head Crater
Gorgeous views, a chance to see historic military bunkers, and being outdoors to enjoy the beautiful weather are a few of the reasons to add hiking Diamond Head Crater to your list of can’t-miss Oahu things to do. The hike, which takes most people less than 2 hours, isn’t very difficult, but there are a couple of steep spots. You’ll see many kids on the trail, so this is a certainly a family-friendly activity.

Explore Oahu’s History
When history buffs come to Oahu, they’ll find many spots of interest. Iolani Palace allows you to take a look at Oahu’s past while Pearl Harbor recalls a moment in history that changed the world forever. Immerse yourself in the history of Oahu as you explore these and other important sites.

Learn more about all the best our beautiful Island has to offer by browsing our Oahu FAQs about Attractions, Dining, Shopping, and more. View our beautiful Guest Rooms & Suites and take a look at our current Special Offers as you plan your visit!