Fun Things to Do Outside of Honolulu and Waikiki
Oahu delivers fun and adventure, but the island has so much more to offer than Honolulu and Waikiki. Tourists flock to Honolulu every year, but visitors often never venture further into the island. However, Oahu is full of hidden wonders and tourist spots just off-the-beaten-path. When you’ve had your fill of Diamond Head Crater and the Royal Hawaiian Hotel, check out some of our favorite destinations outside of Honolulu or plan an adventure on your own!
Located on the North Shore of Oahu, across from the world famous Waimea Bay, the Waimea Falls and Botanical Garden is a two-mile walking trail marked by indigenous flora and fauna, leading up to the grand 30-foot waterfall. It’s considered on of Oahu’s best hikes and suitable for all ages. These Hawaiian botanical gardens have significant cultural value as well. After years of neglect, were transformed into a non-profit preserve benefiting the community.
Dole Pineapple Plantation
The Dole Pineapple Plantation is in Wahaiawa, about a 40-minute drive from Honolulu. The Dole Plantation has activities for the whole family, including the Pineapple Express Train Tour, the Plantation Garden Tour, and the Pineapple Garden Maze. However, the most popular treat may just be the world-famous DoleWhip® ice cream. The Dole Plantation is also a stop on IMI’s Oahu Circle Island Adventure Tour.
Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail
Located near Honolulu on eastern most point of Oahu, the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail is Oahu’s second most popular hiking trail, after the Diamond Head Hike. It’s a moderately easy hike that offers a scenic view of Makapuu Beach, Koko Head, the windward coast, and Molokai & Lanai neighboring islands. Points of interest include Makapuu Point, old military pillboxes, and of course the popular Makapuu lighthouse landmark, built in 1909.
The Byodo-In Temple
Byodo-In Temple is in Kaneohe at the foot of the Ko’olau Mountains. It’s a non-denominational Buddhist temple, which welcomes people of all faiths to worship, meditate, or appreciate its beauty. It’s also a part of Oʻahu’s Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. The Byodo-In Temple is a smaller-scale replica of the over 950-year-old Byodo-in Temple in Uji, Japan. The Byodo-In temple can also been seen on an IMI Tour in Oahu.
Explore everything that Oahu has to offer for yourself, or book an IMI Tour and let us take care of planning your next adventure.