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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 be 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

You might also want to check out our OAHU BUCKET LIST for 80 adventures to check off with your friends.



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