There are two types of reasons for vacations: to relax or to explore. Of course, it would be much better to do both, but with busy schedules and limited vacation time, you just have to make a choice. All-inclusive resorts and cruises provide a place for you to relax and not worry about cleaning or organizing, meals, drinks, or entertainment. Technically, you can have a great time just staying inside! However, these relaxing amenities can be combined with some adventure and exploration. Cruises make stops at various ports to give time for passengers to have a quick glance and a quick shopping trip before boarding again. Beach hotels in Oahu and other resorts are located in prime places near the beach, the city, and other places to explore.
Whether you lean on one side or the other, every vacation gives you an opportunity to learn and explore other cultures. Visiting the island of Oahu gives you just that - an island that merges the modern present with the valuable history to give its people and its visitors the best of both worlds. As the third largest island of Hawaii, Oahu attracts many tourists who come to visit Honolulu, the largest capital city of Hawaii. These tourists visit the gorgeous beaches to catch a glimpse of sea turtles, Polynesian cultural centers, and historic sites like Pearl Harbor that acted as a catalyst for the United States participation in the Second World War.
There are many things to do in Oahu for your vacation, but here are the top three places to visit:
Diamond Head State Monument
Visiting Diamond Head is a must when you visit Oahu. A moderate hike up a dormant volcano is worth the effort to see the volcanic, 300 000-year-old crater and other gorgeous sites at the top. Also, the US military used Diamond Head as a post for preventing attacks against Honolulu. This crater hike is a popular tourist site so it is important to consider going early, prepared with hiking shoes and water.
Oahu is not known just for its beauty, but also its military history. The infamous December 7 in 1941 stays ingrained in American history for the first direct Japanese attack on American land leading to the United States entering the war. Pearl Harbor tours are a popular tourist destination and serve to educate visitors about its history. You can visit the WWII Valor in the Pacific National Monument. Check out the USS Arizona memorial to see the wreckage or visit the Pacific Aviation Museum.
Movie lovers MUST visit the Kualoa Ranch. It is a gorgeous ranch where TV shows and movies such as Jurassic Park, Lost, and Hawaii Five-0 were filmed. Visitors can get to this area, Ka’a’awa Valley, located on the north side of the ranch by either ATV or horseback. But that’s not all. Guest can zip line across their Treetop Canopy to catch a view of beautiful Kualoa. Kualoa Ranch’s popularity means that if you want to visit, you should book your tour online to enjoy the full experience.
Not everyone is up for that many activities, so if you just want to visit Oahu for its sites and avoid the crowds, you can plan your vacation and book a private tour of Oahu to explore the island the way you want. Blue Hawaii Private Tours offer privately guided tours and share local knowledge of all the sites. Marie of Blue Hawaii Private Tours will be your personal travel guide on your choice of a day trip or half day trip. You can spend more time at certain sites rather than getting rushed into a bus to the next destination. This special one-on-one attention on this private tour shows its worth through its hidden locations and allow for Oahu photography that you just can’t get on other tours. It all depends on which side you lean towards - relaxation vacations, adventurous vacations, or a mix of both!