Nuuanu Pali Lookout – Image courtesy of thousandwonders.net
Top attractions in Oahu
Oahu offers a choice of natural and cultural attractions for inquisitive couples celebrating a romantic honeymoon holiday, including:
Nuuanu Pali Lookout
Discover one of O’ahu's finest views at the sheer Koolau cliffs, perched 900m above the Oahu coastline at the site of the battle of Nuuanu where, in 1795, Kamehameha I won the struggle to unite the Hawaiian islands under one rule.
The Waikiki Aquarium
Discover more than 500 marine species and participate in friendly interactive exhibits and education programs aimed at celebrating the unique aquatic life of Hawai’i and the tropical Pacific.
Near Hanauma Bay, foamy waves flow through a lava tube and spew 18m into the air.
Sea Life Park
Experience Hawai’i's most diverse array of close-up marine animal encounters: watch dolphins dance, sea lions sing and penguins perform in this amazing sea park.
Go nose-to-nose with dolphins in a dolphin swim adventure, swim next to a ray, hand feed and play with a sea lion and photograph rays, turtles and sharks in the huge one million litre ‘Reef Tank’.
Polynesian Cultural Centre
Get an insight into the culture of different Polynesian communities by watching pageants, ceremonies, Polynesian song and dance revues and tribal tattooing demonstrations at this 17ha Cultural Centre.
Take a canoe ride on the freshwater lagoon that winds through seven authentically recreated South Pacific Islands. Discover typical villages of Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand, Marquesas, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga.
Meet friendly villagers in each area and watch skillful artisans make tapa cloth from the inner bark of the mulberry plant and pound taro roots into poi. The Cultural Centre is located in Laie on the north shore.
Iolani Palace Museum
Take a guide tour of the former home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs from 1882 to 1893, when Queen Lili’uokalani was overthrown by the US military in a coup that changed Hawaii for ever.
Browse for a jade memento or south sea pearl in bustling Chinatown’s hodgepodge of temples, lei makers, antique dealers, shops, herbalists, restaurants and bars. Watch a dragon procession, make an offering at a Buddhist temple, view an art exhibit and later enjoy Chinese cuisine before dancing the night away at a smart nightclub.
USS Arizona Memorial Museum
Ride a US Navy boat out to the shrine and look down on the sunken wreck that lies 2m below. The USS Arizona was one of several US battle ships sunk by Japanese bombers during its surprise attack on Pearl Harbour in December 1941.
Onshore – in probably one of the most significant war memorials in the world – watch a documentary film and view artifacts and exhibits explaining the tragedy.
Discover millions of artifacts, documents and photos of Hawai'i and other Pacific cultures at Hawaii's museum of natural and cultural history. See restored outrigger canoes, royal feather capes, Polynesian drums, historic surfboards and a 15m-long whale skeleton.
Learn how Polynesian seafarers navigated across the Pacific, watch interactive presentations and exhibits, control a volcanic eruption, pilot a deep-sea rover and see lava melting demonstrations. Watch quilt making, hula dancing, lei making and weaving.
Search for six secret stations on the way to solving the mystery of the “World’s Largest Maze” (as featured in the Guinness Book of World Records). Then, take a ride on the Pineapple Express for a 20-minute train tour on the history of the pineapple, agriculture in Hawai’i and the life of James Dole.
Stroll through the Plantation Garden to see a wide variety of fruits, flowers, vegetables and native plants.