Many visitors to the beautiful island of Oahu venture no further than Waikiki Beach. With so much more to offer, consider renting a car or taking a bus and exploring all there is to see. Here are some free activities on Oahu that you’ll be sure to enjoy.
Banzai Pipeline, North Shore
In Pupukea at stunning Ehukai Beach, you’ll find the world-famous Banzai Pipeline. Here you can experience a glimpse into the surfing culture – you’ll see huge waves and buff surfer dudes – as they enjoy Oahu’s best surfing. The waves can reach up to 20’ so be sure to bring your camera.
Old Pali Highway
Heading west bound from Waikiki on the H1, take Exit 61 turning onto the Pali Highway. This will take you through the Pali Tunnels and offer stunning views of the valley below. Take a right turn onto Nu’uanu Pali Drive where this short but amazingly picturesque tree-lined piece of road whisks you into the natural beauty of Oahu.
Since 1968 the Byodo-In Temple has provided one of the most serene settings on all of Oahu. Built in honor of Japanese immigrants to the island, the Byodo-In Temple is a replica of Fuji Temple located in Japan. With the Koolau Mountains as a back drop, the temple is set in the lush tropical valley below. Visitors are able to venture inside the temple sans shoes, meander through the Japanese gardens, visit the koi ponds – or take advantage of endless photo ops.
USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor
This U.S. National Monument is dedicated to the almost 1,200 crew members who lost their lives while onboard the U.S.S. Arizona during World War II. The memorial offers free tickets on a first-come first-serve basis for timed programs that offer more insight into this tragedy that occurred on December 7, 1941.
If you’d rather not buy pricey tickets to view the cultural side of Oahu, try these great alternatives. On Friday nights, the Hilton Hawaiian Village Beach Resort & Spa offers a fireworks display plus a nightly Torch Lighting Ceremony at sunset. Take a quilt making, lei making, Hawaiian massage or ukulele class at the Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center; this shopping venue also offers free hula shows and music presentations including the Royal Hawaiian Band.
National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific
More commonly known as the Punchbowl cemetery, this unique location in a volcanic depression was formed an estimated 75,000 years ago. Since 1949, visitors to this serene location are struck by the natural beauty of the area plus it also offers striking views of Honolulu and Waikiki in the valley below.
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