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Oahu 7 Day Travel Tips

Waikiki Beach

Aloha! If traveling to Oahu I recommend getting off the beaten path. Please don't confine yourself to Waikiki as there are so many other sites to explore. November is Oahu's rainy season, so most of my time spent was exploring other parts of the island and eating. Lots and lots of eating.


I highly recommend renting a car. It's easy to get around and gives you more options to go exploring. The only down fall with the car rental is that most hotels charge $35-40 a day parking fee. Otherwise, if renting a car is not your thing you can take the Robert's Hawaii Shuttle or Waikiki Shuttle from the airport to Waikiki for roughly $13 one way and if booking a round trip in advance you can get a lower rate. Once you're in Waikiki there are plenty of buses to take you up and down the strip.


If staying in Waikiki there are so many options and depends on how much you want to spend. I recommend staying at Hotel Queen Kapiolani. It's newly renovated and they have a rooftop terrace over looking Diamond Head. It's located on Kuhio Street, which is a block off the main drag.

ABC Store:

This store will be your safe haven. There's literally one on every corner. If you've forgotten something they will most likely have it. From beach supplies, snacks and souvenirs, it's your one stop shop.

Things to do/See:

  • Haunama Bay: Best for snorkeling ($7.50 entrance fee) Arrive in the early morning to beat the tour buses

  • Hike Diamond Head

  • Day trip to Disney's Aulani

  • Relax on a beach: Lanikai, Kailua, Waikiki, & Sunset Beach are just to name a few

  • Chinaman's Hat AKA Mokoli'i

  • Macadamia Nut Farm

  • Explore North Shore: My favorite town to check out, Haleiwa

  • Pearl Harbor

  • Flea Market at Aloha Stadium: Open: Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday with an entrance fee of $1.00 and has between 300-400 stalls of endless shopping.

  • Surf lessons

  • China Town

  • Hike to a Waterfall: I hiked to Waimea Waterfall and this is one of the easier hikes. It has a paved road and offers a shuttle service to the top for the elderly.


  • Rainbow Drive-in: Loco Moco

  • Marukame Udon: My favorite is the Nikutama Udon and ask for extra onions

  • Tamashiro Market: best poke bowls

  • Helena's Hawaiian Food

  • Poi Factory: Food is similar to Helena's and is on the way to North Shore

  • Alicia's Market

  • Soak n Smoke: Located on the North Shore at Waialua Farmers Market, which is open on Saturday. Best local poke bowls. They're so meaty and only $8.00

  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

  • Shrimp Shack: Yellow food truck known for their peel-n-eat shrimp and was featured on the Food Network

  • Leonard's: Known for their famous malasadas (stuffed donuts)

  • Restaurant 604: Good dining spot for after exploring Pearl Harbor and they're known for their famous Bloody Mary

  • Waiola Shave Ice: The flavors are endless. I came up with my own concoction, which included: coconut, guava and lilikoi and it was pretty tasty.

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