Ultimate 7-day itinerary to explore Oahu like a local!

I get tons of first time visitors asking what they should see/do while here on Oahu. I've already posted my top 10 must-do's, but if you don't know the area well enough to know what can/can't be done in one day it's hard to plan. So I thought I'd put together a detailed itinerary to make the most of your visit to Oahu! My itinerary includes waterfalls, ridge hikes, local plate lunch, must-eats, fav beaches, fav place to snorkel, sunrises, sunsets, and other Oahu gems that you won't find in whatever "Visit Hawaii" brochure you're reading on the plane ride here. Take a look & if you use it, tell me how you like it!

Day 1:

12:00pm
ALOHA @ HNL. Bring on the Mai Tai's and pineapples!

12:30pm
pick-up car rental (you came to HI to explore, not wait around for a bus or cash out on cabs. On average, $50-60 taxi HNL to Waikiki. Rent a car & thank me later)

1:00pm
check-into hotel/AirBNB (For service & location, I recommend Hyatt Regency Waikiki, for cheap, I’d recommend Aqua Pearl.)

2:00pm
Lunch and drinks (Dukes for beach vibe, Hula Grill for best Mai Tai, Lulu’s for good prices)

3:00pm
get Waikiki beach out of your system, you know you want to.

6:00pm
sunset. Rule #1. Never miss a sunset.

7:30pm
explore Waikiki streets, get it over with.

9:00pm
Knock out. You have an early morning!

 

Day 2: 

4:30am
wake up sunshine! (jet lag should be in your favor!)

5:00am
Kokohead Arch for sunrise

7:00am
Moena Cafe for breakfast (everything on the menu is amazing)

8:30am
Grab/pack lunch

9:00am
Waimanalo Beach

12:00pm
Makapu’u tidepools

2:00pm
Alan Davis Beach

6:00pm
Sunset at China Walls (and cliff diving!)

9:00pm
late night grindz at Zippys and/or knock out.

 

Day 3:

8:00am
Koa Pancake House (legit breakfast at the best prices!)

10:00am
Snorkel Shark’s Cove

12:00pm
Waimea Beach (for cliff diving)

2:00pm
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck

5:00pm
Waiola Shave Ice

6:00pm
Sunset wherever you are

7:30pm
Dinner & Drinks @ Uncle Bo’s

10:00pm
knock out

 

Day 4:

7:00am
Musubi Cafe for breakfast (grab extra for hike snack)

8:00am
Hike Olomana Peaks (first for beginners, 2nd and 3rd for rebels)

2:00pm
Lunch @ Steak rave (hole in the wall BOMB steak plates!)

3:00pm
Lanikai or Kailua Beach

6:00pm
Sunset @ Spitting caves

8:00pm
Dinner @ Rainbow drive inn (local kine plate lunch)

10:00pm
knock out

 

Day 5:

4:30am
wake up sunshine! grab and go breakfast

5:30am
Pounder’s Beach for sunrise

8:00am
Crouching Lion hike

12:00pm
Ono Seafood (freshest poke in town)

1:00pm
Kaimana’s Beach

3:00pm
Happy Hour (Lulu’s, TIki’s, Mai Tai)

6:00pm
sunset wherever you are

9:00pm
stargaze

 

Day 6:

8:00am
kokohead cafe (absolute fav breakfast place for breakfast/brunch!)

11:00am
Waimano Falls (rope swings & cliff jumps)

3:00pm
Makaha Beach

6:00pm
sunset at Yokohama Beach

9:00pm
stargaze (west side has amazing star visibility!)

 

Day 7:

8:00am
marukame udon

11:00am
check-out of hotel/AirBNB

12:00pm
return rental car & until next time, ALOHA!