If you’re planning a visit to Oahu, you might be tempted to spend all day sunning and swimming, but Hawaii’s most-populated and third-largest island has more to offer than the average sunny beach getaway.
A variety of cycling tours allow you to enjoy Oahu at your own pace, whether that pace is a pleasant downhill ride or an offroad adventure. Cycling tours are inexpensive and offer the chance to see the island while enjoying the fresh ocean air. Many cycling tour guides take bikers on exclusive paths and allow tourists to explore locations they wouldn’t see any other way.
If bikes aren’t your thing, you can also tour Kualoa Ranch and Ka’a’awa Valley on horseback or ATV, or by bus. The beautiful valley is one of the most historic sites on the windward side of Oahu and is largely untouched by modern advancement. You’ll need a special permit or an official tour ticket to explore the ranch, but it’s well worth the price of admission.
Dole Plantation attracts more than one million visitors a year. Visitors can ride around on the Pineapple Express, explore the world’s largest maze created from colorful Hawaiian plants and sprawling across three miles of land, and take the Dole Plantation Tour. Through exciting, hands-on activities, locals and visitors alike can learn about the island’s rich history. If you’re traveling with a large family or group, ask about rates for group tours to see if you can save some money!
If you’re looking for nautical history, the Pearl Harbor Tour might be for you. The Pearl Harbor area features an aviation museum and historical ships that include the wreckage of the USS Arizona, destroyed during the Japanese attack and honored by the memorial built above it. The USS Missouri Tour allows you to visit the last battleship constructed in the US, and stand on the deck where Japan formally surrendered to the US in September 1945. The Pearl Harbor tour comes in many different packages depending on what attractions you’re interested in seeing.
Remember, Oahu is a big island! Don’t get trapped within a few miles of your beach resort, get out and have some adventures. You’ll be glad you did! Get more on this here.