Pro Tips for Visiting Oahu, Hawaii

By: Leah Shoup

You’ll probably stay in Waikiki for part of your vacation.

Approximately 78% of all hotels on Oahu are located in the Waikiki/Honolulu area!

These fees cover certain amenities and activities. For example, wifi, phone calls, surfing lessons, yoga, cultural activities, etc.

Hotels charge mandatory daily resort fees.

It’s key to leave this area for quieter beaches, awesome hiking trails, authentic Hawaiian cuisine, and more!

Don’t spend all your time in Waikiki.

When you’re at the beach, look for signs that indicate when it isn’t safe to swim or when wildlife is nearby. "Kapu" means "no trespassing".

Be respectful of the land at all times.

Rental cars and tourists are easy to identify, so we recommend taking your belongings with you instead of leaving them in the car.

Don’t leave valuables in the car when beach hopping.

Pack reef-safe sunscreen to protect the coral reef while you swim! We also recommend water shoes to protect your feet and prevent slipping.

Pack reef-safe sunscreen and water shoes.

Although most businesses accept cards, we suggest having some cash with you for parking, tips, and mom-and-pop shops.

Have some cash on hand for small expenses.

One of the most popular activities on Oahu is hiking, so you'll want water-resistant shoes with good traction in your suitcase.

Don't forget your hiking shoes!

Some of the most popular options include Kalua pig, Laulau, Poi, Poke, Lomi Salmon, Squid Luau, and Shave Ice.

Eat authentic Hawaiian food!

You need a timed ticket to go out to the USS Arizona Memorial. The website charges $1/person to make the reservation (non-refundable).

Make a reservation in advance to visit Pearl Harbor.