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Day 1 - Oahu Itinerary - Waikiki

Oahu Itinerary - Waikiki

One week in Oahu Day -1

Let’s get started with a few Hawaii Tips and plan an Oahu itinerary for you first day!

Items on Your Agenda:

  • Check in to your hotel
  • Hit the beach

Do Any of the Following Activities:

You will want to check out the amenities your hotel offers.  Some may include free surf lessons or equipment rentals. 

Day 2 Oahu Itinerary- Waikiki and Honolulu Area

One Week Oahu Itinerary

One Week in Oahu Day – 2

Time to plan your day 2 Oahu itinerary.

Four Items on Your Agenda:

  • Hike Diamond Head
  • Hanauma Bay
  • Tour of Iolani Palace
  • Wakiki Night Life

Morning Hike – Diamond Head

Diamond Head Hike Oahu Itinerary

Diamond Head is an extremely popular hike on Ohau.  It is an extinct volcano turned in to a hiking trail that ends with a panoramic view.

I would recommend waking up very early to hike for a couple of reasons.  The parking lot fills up by 6:30 a.m.  We arrived at that time and ended up having to park a mile away.  Luckily, we were in incredible shape and loved running the extra mile.

The hike is pretty steep and there is a lot of stairs.  Try to get in shape before Hawaii so this hike can be enjoyable or just take it really slow.

Diamond Head Fees

It does cost $5 per vehicle or $1 if you are walking in and not driving.  The official parking lot fills up fast various times during the year, so go early! Otherwise, you may need to park farther away, and have quite a hike to get to the hike!

This hike will take about 2 hours, and offers amazing views.

Hanauma Bay Snorkeling

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay is gorgeous!  We spent an afternoon at Hanauma Bay and loved it.  This beautiful snorkeling area was formed by a volcanic cone and has an amazing coral reef.  The water is really shallow in this area but there are many many fish and sea life to see.

Hanauma Bay Hours and Fees

Admission – $7.50 plus $1 for parking – children under 12 are free.

Hours – 6:00 am – 7:00 pm

After, Hanauma Bay I would get lunch and relax.  If you love a little historic tour my next stop would be the Iolani Palace.

Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace 1 week in Oahu Itinerary

Image courtesy of National Parks

 

The Iolani Palace was built in 1882 by King Kalakaua.  It was the home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs and served as the official royal residence and the residence of the Kingdom’s political and social life until the overthrow of the monarchy in 1893.

Tour, Hours, and Admission

Tour – Lasts about an hour and a half.  Allow yourself about 2 hours at the Iolani Palace

Hours – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm Mon – Sat

Admission – $20 self guided tour $27 guided tour – children are $6 for either tour.

Waikiki Night Life

If you have time you can get dinner, do a little more shopping, or enjoy the street performers in downtown Waikiki.  Or you could go back to your hotel and enjoy the pool and services provided by hotel.

Day 3 - Oahu Itinerary - Slowly Heading to North Shore

One week in Oahu - snorkel

One Week in Oahu Day 3

Now on to day 3 of 7 day itinerary of Oahu.

Three Items on Your Agenda:

Surf At Waikiki Beach

Surf at Waikiki Oahu Hawaii Itineary

It might be good to schedule a surf lesson in advance. If you already know how to surf but need to rent a surfboard you may want to prearrange this as well.  There are surfboards and lessons available on Waikiki Beach.

Wake up really early! 5:30 – 6:00 am. This is the best time to get out on the ocean and hit the waves.  You can surf later but it will be really busy!

I would plan to surf until around 10:00 am.  This will give you enough time to get back to your hotel and shower before you have to check out.

Dole Plantation

Dole Pineapple Plantation Oahu Itinerary

I enjoyed stopping at the Dole Plantation.  If you are traveling with kids then this is a perfect location!  There is a corn maze, train ride, garden tour, and eatery.  This is a great place to get a Dole Whip in Hawaii.

Admission

Train – $12

Garden – $7.50

Maze – $8.25

You can decide if this is something you would like to do or head on to the North Shore.

Snorkel at Shark’s Cove

Sharks Cove Oahu Hawaii

Shark’s cove is a free place to snorkel.  You can rent snorkeling equipment nearby as well.  There are public bathrooms to change and shower at as well.  We loved snorkeling in Oahu and hit many spots as we explored the island.

It would be good to go check in to your new hotel located on this side of the island.  We stayed at the Courtyard Marriott because it was located right next to the Polynesian Culture Center.  If I had to do it over I would stay at Turtle Bay ResortWe explored this hotel and loved the snorkeling available at Turtle Bay Resort.

Turtle Bay Resort
Turtle Bay Resort

Courtyard Marriott
Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore

Day 4 - Oahu Itinerary - Polynesian Culture Center

Polynesian Fire Twirler

One Week in Oahu Day 4

Only one item on your Oahu itinerary today.

One Item on Your Agenda:

Polynesian Culture Center

This is an all-day event.  Even before PCC opens there are shops and restaurants located outside of the center.  The Polynesian Culture Center is a really cool experience.

There are representatives from all of the pacific islands (Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa,….etc.) Each island is represented with a live interactive show to display the culture of the people of that island. There are also several crafts and exhibits in each station. There is an amazing show on the water (think Disneyland Fantasmic).

You can include dinner in your admission ticket.  There is a luau available or 2 different buffets.  I thought the buffet was a luau and was very sad when I learned it was different!

But even though I did not purchase the luau there is an amazing show that is included in the ticket price after dinner.  The center closes and everyone comes into a huge auditorium.  This show included over 15 fire twirlers. It was really fun!

Admission and Hours

Price is $95 for adults $75 for kids and up depending on what package you want.

Coupons are usually available.

The Marketplace 11:00 am – 9:30 pm

The Center 11:45 am – 9:00 pm

Polynesian cultural center Oahu Hawaii

Day 5 - Oahu Itinerary - Hike Waimea Falls and Turtle Beach

Turtle Beach hawaii

One Week in Oahu Day 5

Explore the North Shore on day 5 

Three Items on Your Agenda:

  • Waimea Falls
  • Turtle Beach
  • Turtle Bay Snorkeling

Waimea Falls

Waimea Valley Oahu HAwaii

Waimea Valley is located on the North Shore.  We initial thought that this was just a hike but we were wrong.  This is another Polynesian experience.  There is a 3/4 of a mile hike to a water-fall where you can actually swim.  A botanical garden is also on the property to explore.

Classes are offered throughout the day that include lei making, hula lessons, Hawaiian games, history walks, as well as a class on all the flowers that grow in Hawaii.

I would plan to spend about 3 hours at Waimea Valley depending if you are planning to swim at the waterfall.

Admission

$20 Adults

$12 Children

Laniakea Beach also Known as Turtle Beach  

Turtle Beach Oahu Hawaii

This beach is not a swimming hang out and relax type of place.  There are huge sea turtles everywhere!  This is a really fun place to observe the sea turtles and get some really good pictures.

I would say most people stay for around 30 minutes and then go on to your next destination.

Parking is a little tricky as you have to park on the side of the street.  You may have to park farther away and walk back to Turtle Beach.

Turtle Bay Resort Snorkeling

Snore

Turtle Bay Resort is really nice.  If you are not staying on the property don’t worry.  The beach is free.  There is even some parking spaces available for beach access.

I will say of all the snorkeling in Oahu that we did, this was my favorite place. There were so many fish in this cove.  We didn’t have many crowds, and we had comfortable space between us and the ocean floor (you will know what I mean if you go to Hanauma Bay.)  I highly recommend checking it out.

If you are staying at the resort than that is even better because you can enjoy more of the amenities offered at the resort.

Day 6 - Oahu Itinerary - Kualoa Ranch and Food Trucks

Food Trucks in Hawaii

One Week in Oahu Day 6

More North Shore activities.

Two Items on Your Agenda:

Kualoa Ranch

Kauloa ranch Oahu Hawaii

Image Courtesy of Govisithawaii

Kualoa Ranch is where Jurassic Park was filmed.  There is so much to do: movie tours, horse-back riding, ATV rides, zipline, Jeep tours, electric bikes, and kayaking.

These tours are extremely popular and book out 2-3 weeks in advance. So make sure you book ahead of time.

Admission and Hours

Each tour cost a different amount starting at $36.

Hours – 7:00 am – 5:30 pm

Food Trucks

Food Trucks in Oahu

Food trucks are everywhere on the North Shore.  Nearby the Kauloa Ranch there is a food truck park.  There are many different choices.  This is a great spot if you want to try a variety of food.

Relax

If you are staying on the North Shore one more night, then enjoy your time at the resort or a new snorkeling spot.  Or if you are headed to another part of the island than take the time to travel and relax in your new hotel room.

Day 7 - Oahu Itinerary - Hike hike to Kaena Point and Ala Moana

Sailing on Waikiki

One Week in Oahu Day 7

Enjoy your last day of Oahu.

Four Items on Your Agenda:

  • Hike to Kaena Point
  • The Aloha Stadium Swap Meet
  • Catamaran Fun Sail
  • Relax and enjoy the beach

Hike to Kaena Point

Hike to Kaena Point

Image Courtesy of Best of Oahu

Distance – 5 miles round trip

This hike is on the west side of the island.  It will take about 3 hours to complete.  I suggest you go early in the morning because there is very little shade on this trail.

Aloha Swap Meet

Aloha Swap Meet

The Aloha Swap Meet is a big flee market.  There are vendors that sell many Hawaii souvenirs.  You will also find normal flee market booths selling used items.

We were able to go and look around for a little while.  It is a huge!  Vendors wrap around a huge stadium.  There is plenty of parking.

Pro Tip

Remember Sunscreen. It is hot and there is no shade!

Days and Hours

Wednesday and Saturday 8:00 am – 3:00 pm

Sunday 6:30 am – 3:00 pm

Personal Opinion

The swap meet was not my thing.  I prefer the indoor stores to buy souvenirs.  To each his own!

Catamaran Fun Sail

Catamaran ride Oahu Hawaii

On this day, spend one last afternoon on the water. A catamaran ride on the ocean would be a great way to wrap up your trip.  Or maybe you would like to parasail or just hang out on the beach.  No matter how you spend your final hours of your one week in Oahu, you won’t be disappointed.

Beach Time To End Your Oahu Itinerary

Beach in Oahu Hawaii

One week in Oahu is the perfect amount of time to spend in Hawaii.  If you feel like you missed something you can always come back!

Tours in Oahu

Go Oahu Card

After doing a lot of research, I think the Go Oahu Card is worth it.  Most of the things in this Oahu itinerary are available on the card for a much lower price.

For example, the Kauloa Ranch has 5 different tours that are included on this card and some cost up to $130.  The Polynesian Cultural Center, Hanauma Bay, and Diamond Head are included as well.

On my next family trip to Hawaii I am going to buy this pass because I think it will help with budgeting as well.  I like the fact that everything can be pre-purchased and we won’t be spending lots of extra money once we arrive.

Oahu Helicopter Tour

Pillbox Hike Oahu Hawaii

Image Courtesy of Go Hawaii

The Oahu Helicopter Tour is an unbelievable experience!  This 45 minute tour will take you all around Oahu.  The views are incredible and if you have ever wanted to go on a helicopter ride, Hawaii is the place to do it!

Hiking in Paradise Tour

Makapuu Hike Oahu Hawaii

The Hiking in Paradise Tour is for someone who did not want to rent a car but still wanted to experience the amazing waterfalls and hikes in the area.

The tour guide picks you up from your hotel.  You will have two choices a hike to a waterfall or a hike to a volcanic rain forest.  The waterfall hike is 3.5 hours and the volcanic rain forest hike is 4 hours. Both tours start at 9:00 am.

Jurassic Park Waterfall Tour

The Oahu Waterfall Hike will take you to the location Jurassic Park was filmed.  It is about a 4 hour hike with starting times at both 9:00 am and 2:00 pm.  Didn’t rent a car? No problem! This tour will also pick you up from your hotel in Waikiki.

Luaus in Oahu

cook islands at PCC

Here are some options for Luaus in Oahu.  There are many to choose from.

Polynesian Culture Center

The Polynesian Culture Center is more than just a Luau.  You will want to plan to spend the entire day from about lunch to close here.

Paradise Cove

The Paradise Cove Luau is a 4 hour experience.  They will pick you up from your hotel in Waikiki.  I have heard really good reviews from this Luau.

Have Fun In Hawaii!

Water fall in Hawaii

We split our trip between Oahu and had one day in Maui.  We had some fun experiences driving in Maui to see a really cool blow hole.  Maui was so gorgeous we wish we had more time to explore it.

We focused on hiking in Oahu and snorkeling in Oahu but also did most of the touristy stuff as well.  We had so much fun and I know you will too!

Hawaii is for everyone! Plan your budget for Hawaii and decide what activities you want to do! 

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Top Restaurants in Oahu

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