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Day in the Life on the Island of Oahu

Oahu has a vast amount of activities that are full of adventure for everyone. Being the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands there is plenty to explore & enjoy.

By Enrique Aguilar

The Big Island is home to a vast amount of activities that are full of adventure for everyone. Oahu is the third-largest of the Hawaiian Islands and known as “The Gathering Place”. However, before you leap into action, you want to make sure you have a plan of attack. Though you may want to relax during a visit to Hawaii, there may be days you want to fill with memorable activities and excursions. Let’s dive into some ideas you can plan for a full day in Oahu.

8 Things to Do in Oahu for Couples

hiking in hawaii
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When is the Best Time to Visit The Big Island

Coming to Hawaii, you’ll be amazed at how beautiful the weather is year-round. However, trying to figure out the best time to visit Hawaii all depends on what you're looking for. As some activities are only available by season, it's best to do some research beforehand and see what may interest you and your partner. However, after looking at factors such as weather and cost, the Honeymoon Wishes team can conclude that the best time to visit is in October. The weather is much cooler during this time and the summer highs start to simmer down. Along with that, this month is known to have less rain overall, meaning you won’t have to worry too much about bringing any raincoats. Another great thing about October is the scarcity of crowds. With fewer tourists visiting during this time, you and your partner will find it easy book fun trips and excursions.

Oahu Adventure Activities

Rent Out a Scoot Coupe

Grab your co-pilot and get ready to cruise the island in style! Hawaii is home to many scooter rentals that offer a variety of options such as mopeds, motorcycles, and more. The Honeymoon Wishes team recommends renting out a Scoot Coupe when planning to sightsee, as it's very easy to handle for those who may not have motorcycle experience. Similar to a mini convertible, this coupe-style scooter lets you travel around the island with ease as the wind blows through your hair. Given its compact size, you’ll be able to park anywhere to make a quick pitstop and share breathtaking views together.

Photo Credit : Hawaiian Style Rentals

Visit Manoa Falls

Chasing waterfalls can be lots of fun and filled with excitement! Make sure to squeeze in a hike over to Manoa Falls. Here couples will be engulfed in blissful scenery that's filled with native wildlife and aromatic scents. Get ready to be swept away by the sweetness that fills the air and the sights you’ll have to see to believe. Once you reach the top of the trail, you’ll be able to see the famous waterfall that stretches up about 150 feet. Make sure to bring towels and a change of clothes in case you decide to take a dip. We also recommend wearing good hiking (preferably waterproof) shoes as it does get very slippery along the way!


Go On a Shopping Spree

If you’re ready to update your closet, then make sure to stop by Hawaii’s hotspot for fashion. Known as “the Rodeo Drive of Hawaii,” Kalakaua Avenue has all the shops you need to spice up your wardrobe. With designer stores like Gucci, Dior, and Chanel, this street is filled with luxury. If you’re also looking for some one of a kind souvenirs, make a visit to some of the many local shops that offer authentic Hawaiian gifts and snacks. Nothing beats coming home and sharing pieces of Hawaii with friends and family.

Grab Some Fresh Poke

Whether you’re an avid poke lover or if you’ve never tried it before, make sure to grab a bite at one of the more famous local poke shops on the Big Island. A fan favorite and Hawaiian staple, Ono Seafood has curated poke selections that will satisfy all your cravings. Once named one of Yelp's top 100 Places to Eat, this local spot delivers the best quality fish that makes it a must visit! They provide premium fish options such as tuna, salmon, octopus, and more! With unique sauces and blends of local flavor, it’s no question that this place remains at the top of our list.


Snap Photos at Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

Take a drive and head over to one of the many botanical gardens Hawaii has to offer. Located on the eastern side of Oahu, this magical garden is home to serene views and a peaceful atmosphere. You and your partner will be enchanted by its tranquil offerings that make up for the perfect photo opportunity. Take in the luscious views and greenery of the mountains. However, be sure to bring an umbrella just in case it starts to rain!


Snorkel at Turtle Canyon

Swimming with sea turtles in Hawaii is a once in a lifetime experience. You won’t want to miss stopping by Turtle Canyon. With some light snorkeling gear, plunge into the crystal clear waters where you can explore the sea in a whole new way. Discover the beauty hidden underwater and witness sea life come alive, including an abundance of sea turtles. According to Boating Oahu, this location on this island is where many turtles come to rest, meaning you’re bound to run into one of these friendly creatures when you're here.

Snorkeling with turtles
Photo Credit: Viator

Try Malasadas at Leonard's Bakery

No trip is complete without stopping by Hawaii’s most famous bakery. It’s hard to miss their bright, vintage light-up sign as you pass by the parking lot. Once you park, you’ll see people walking out with their iconic pink boxes. As you walk towards the door, the sweet, intoxicating scent of fresh malasadas will hit and you’ll know you’re in the right place. Leonard’s Bakery was started in 1952 and has been making remarkable homemade pastries ever since. As you and your partner continue on your journey on the Big Island, this bakery is one of the spots you won’t want to miss.


Enjoy a Romantic Sunset

End your day with an amazing view and an unforgettable romantic experience. Sunset Beach is home to awesome waves, sparkling white sand, and of course the best place to watch a sunset on the Big Island. This beach is located on the North Shore which is farther away from the more touristy area of Waikiki, providing more privacy for you and your partner. Set up a few beach towels and savor all the beauty that Hawaii has to offer.

Photo Credit: Best of Oahu

When choosing which island of Hawaii you want to visit, there is never a wrong answer. Every island has its perks and qualities which make them unique. Oahu is a great choice for those who want a variety of activities to choose from and endless amounts of adventure. From beautiful hikes to the amazing snorkeling tours, you’ll never have a dull moment when visiting Oahu.

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