Amazing alternatives to the places that tour guides tell you to go. A short list of our favorite places on the incredible island of Oahu.
There are hundreds of mind-blowing beaches, hikes and attractions on Oahu, so why battle hordes of tourists at the most popular spots. The interesting thing is none of the attractions in our Oahu travel guide would actually be in our top 10 things to do on Oahu.
There is a high likelihood you will have a great time at any of the “tourist traps” mentioned below as they are all amazing places to visit and some have great historical significance. However, the reason for making this list is to give you a list of places to avoid if you really want to steer clear of other visitors. We also went one step further and give you some less populated alternatives in our Oahu travel guide.
To avoid: Diamond Head hike
Alternative: Kaau Crater hike
To avoid: Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Alternative: Hanauma Bay Ridge Trail
To avoid: Waikiki Beach
Alternative: Kaimana or Cromwells Beach
To avoid: Manoa Falls
Alternative: Waahila Ridge Hike
To avoid: Kualoa Ranch
Alternative: Crouching Lion Hike/Kahana Bay
To avoid: Pearl Harbor
Alternative: Kakaako Street Art
To avoid: Shark’s Cove
Alternative: Waimea Bay
To avoid: Hanauma Bay
Alternative: Electric Beach
To avoid: Kailua Beach
Alternative: Waimanalo Beach
To avoid: Dole Plantation
Alternative: Banan Food Truck
I lived on Oahu for two years and loved adventuring from the beaches to the mountains to the waterfalls! These are my most popular blog post and guides from the beautiful island of Oahu to help you plan your trip!