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We’ve compiled the best of the best in Oahu - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Fort DeRussy Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    This is one of the finest beaches on the south side of Oahu. A wide, soft, ultrawhite beachfront with gently lapping waves makes it a family...Read More

  • 2. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

    Beach–Sight

    Picture this as the world's biggest open-air aquarium. You go here to see fish, and fish you'll see. Due to their exposure to thousands of visitors...Read More

  • 3. Kailua Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    A cobalt-blue sea and a wide continuous arc of powdery sand make Kailua Beach Park one of the island's best beaches, illustrated by the crowds...Read More

  • 4. Waimea Valley

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    Waimea may get lots of press for the giant winter waves in the bay, but the valley itself is a newsmaker and an ecological treasure in its own...Read More

  • 5. White Plains Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    Concealed from the public eye for many years as part of the former Barbers Point Naval Air Station, this beach is reminiscent of Waikiki but...Read More

  • 6. Ala Moana Beach Park

    Ala Moana | Beach–Sight

    A protective reef makes Ala Moana essentially a ½-mile-wide saltwater swimming pool. Very smooth sand and no waves create a haven for families...Read More

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  • 7. Dole Plantation

    Educational Institution

    Pineapple plantation days are nearly defunct in Hawaii, but you can still celebrate Hawaii's famous golden fruit at this promotional center...Read More

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  • 8. Duke Kahanamoku Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Named for Hawaii's famous Olympic swimming champion, Duke Kahanamoku, this is a hard-packed beach with the only shade trees on the sand in Waikiki...Read More

  • 9. Haleiwa Alii Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    The winter waves are impressive here, but in summer the ocean is like a lake, ideal for family swimming. The beach itself is big and often full...Read More

  • 10. Honolulu Zoo

    Zoo/Aquarium

    There are bigger and better zoos, but this one, though showing signs of neglect due to budget constraints, is a lush garden and has some great...Read More

  • 11. Kahana Bay Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    Local parents often bring their children here to wade in safety in the very shallow, protected waters. This pretty beach cove, surrounded by...Read More

  • 12. Kapiolani Bandstand

    Arts/Performance Venue

    The Victorian-style Kapiolani Bandstand, which was originally built in the late 1890s, is Kapiolani Park's stage for community entertainment...Read More

  • 13. Ko Olina

    Beach–Sight

    This is the best spot on the island if you have small kids. The resort area commissioned a series of four man-made lagoons, but, as it has to...Read More

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  • 14. Kuhio Beach Park

    Beach–Sight

    This beach has experienced a renaissance after a recent face-lift. Now bordered by a landscaped boardwalk, it's great for romantic walks any...Read More

  • 15. Polynesian Cultural Center

    Museum/Gallery

    Re-created individual villages showcase the lifestyles and traditions of Hawaii, Tahiti, Samoa, Fiji, the Marquesas Islands, New Zealand, and...Read More

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  • 16. Queen's Surf Beach

    Beach–Sight

    So named as it was once the site of Queen Liliuokalani's beach house, this beach draws a mix of families and gay couples—and it seems as if...Read More

  • 17. Sans Souci/Kaimana Beach

    Beach–Sight

    Nicknamed Dig-Me Beach because of its outlandish display of skimpy bathing suits, this small rectangle of sand is nonetheless a good sunning...Read More

  • 18. Sea Life Park

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Dolphins leap and spin and penguins frolic at this marine-life attraction 15 miles from Waikiki at scenic Makapuu Point. The park has a 300...Read More

  • 19. Turtle Bay

    Beach–Sight

    Now known more for its resort (the Turtle Bay Resort) than its magnificent beach, Turtle Bay is mostly passed over on the way to the better...Read More

  • 20. Waikiki Aquarium

    Zoo/Aquarium

    This amazing little attraction harbors more than 3,500 organisms and 500 species of Hawaiian and South Pacific marine life, including endangered...Read More

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