By: Leah Shoup

Spend the day at Waikiki Beach

One of the best free things to do in Honolulu is to visit this famous surfing destination.

It may be surprising that it’s free to enter this historic site!Note that the website does charge a $1 reservation fee for tickets.

Explore the Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Take a photo with this bronze statue on Kuhio Beach, commemorating “the father of modern surfing.”

Visit the Duke Kahanamoku Statue

Two of the most popular free things to do in Oahu are the Manoa Falls Trail (moderate) and the Koko Crater Tramway to Koko Head Lookout (hard).

Hike Honolulu’s free trails

The best time to visit is between 11 a.m.-1 p.m, especially during the summer months. Please remember that it is illegal to touch or harass these animals.

Watch the sea turtles at Laniakea Beach

One of the best things to do on the North Shore for free is to see the Haleiwa surfer signs on Kamehameha Hwy and Joseph P. Leong Hwy.

Take a photo at the Haleiwa sign

Shark’s Cove is one of the best snorkeling spots on the North Shore and is free to visit. The best time for snorkeling is during the summer!

Go snorkeling at Shark’s Cove

This North Shore beach is famous for its perfect barreling waves, attracting high-level surfers from all over the world to its waters.

Watch the waves and surfers at Banzai Pipeline

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden is one of the best free Oahu activities and is very popular. Arrive when it opens at 9 a.m. to secure a parking spot!

Visit Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

Although this show is currently in pause due to restrictions, we hope it will be back soon!

Friday Fireworks show at the Hilton Hawaiian Village