Top Free Things to Do on Oahu

By: Leah Shoup

Explore the Pearl Harbor National Memorial.

Reservations are free through Pearl Harbor National Memorial’s USS Arizona Memorial Program! Pearl Harbor visitors only have to pay a $1 service fee.

Visit Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden.

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden is one of the most beautiful places on the island. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.–arrive early to be the crowds!

Stop for a photo at the Duke Kahanamoku Statue.

Take a walking tour to this bronze statue of “the father of modern surfing.” The Kuhio Beach Torchlighting and Hula Show is in this area, too.

Check out the Royal Hawaiian Center.

Save money with activities here like free hula shows, live music performances, and lessons in playing the ukulele. Grab some yummy shave ice while here!

Swim at Lanikai Beach.

Lanikai Beach is known for its powdery white sand, crystal-clear waters, and the iconic Mokulua Islands, offering opportunities for kayaking and snorkeling.

Sunbathe at the famous Waikiki Beach.

It's one of the most famous beaches in Hawaii due to its history within the surfing world and its accessible location.

Watch the free fireworks show on Fridays.

We recommend the Hilton Hawaiian Village fireworks show each Friday. It's one of the best free things to do in Honolulu at night!

Relax at Sunset Beach Park.

Sunset Beach is famous as a big wave surfing destination on the North Shore– especially during the winter. Watch the surfers and the sunset for free!

Hike Honolulu’s free trails.

The Manoa Falls and Koko Head Lookout trails are both free. Although Diamond Head isn't free, it's still one of the best cheap things to do on Oahu!

Tour Aloha Tower’s observation deck.

One of our best Oahu travel tips is to check out this 10th-floor view, providing incredible views of the Honolulu Harbor and the Koʻolau Mountain Range.