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!
ALOHA @ HNL. Bring on the Mai Tai's and pineapples!
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)
check-into hotel/AirBNB (For service & location, I recommend Hyatt Regency Waikiki, for cheap, I’d recommend Aqua Pearl.)
Lunch and drinks (Dukes for beach vibe, Hula Grill for best Mai Tai, Lulu’s for good prices)
get Waikiki beach out of your system, you know you want to.
sunset. Rule #1. Never miss a sunset.
explore Waikiki streets, get it over with.
Knock out. You have an early morning!
wake up sunshine! (jet lag should be in your favor!)
Kokohead Arch for sunrise
Moena Cafe for breakfast (everything on the menu is amazing)
Alan Davis Beach
Sunset at China Walls (and cliff diving!)
late night grindz at Zippys and/or knock out.
Koa Pancake House (legit breakfast at the best prices!)
Snorkel Shark’s Cove
Waimea Beach (for cliff diving)
Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck
Waiola Shave Ice
Sunset wherever you are
Dinner & Drinks @ Uncle Bo’s
Musubi Cafe for breakfast (grab extra for hike snack)
Hike Olomana Peaks (first for beginners, 2nd and 3rd for rebels)
Lunch @ Steak rave (hole in the wall BOMB steak plates!)
Lanikai or Kailua Beach
Sunset @ Spitting caves
Dinner @ Rainbow drive inn (local kine plate lunch)
wake up sunshine! grab and go breakfast
Pounder’s Beach for sunrise
Crouching Lion hike
Ono Seafood (freshest poke in town)
Happy Hour (Lulu’s, TIki’s, Mai Tai)
sunset wherever you are
kokohead cafe (absolute fav breakfast place for breakfast/brunch!)
Waimano Falls (rope swings & cliff jumps)
sunset at Yokohama Beach
stargaze (west side has amazing star visibility!)
check-out of hotel/AirBNB
return rental car & until next time, ALOHA!