Tourist Guide to Oahu
Tourist Guide to Oahu Reviews
Jan 07, 2008
I just moved off Oahu after 4 years of living there and can tell ya that renting a car and taking a drive around the shore is AMAZING and its a great way to scope out some culture and great views. Its the shortest coast drive of all the islands and is definitely worth it. Along with that first look at the island having your own vehicle allows you freedoms to reach areas that you cant with tourist buses and tours.
When your checking out the island you can also check out some local food as all this site seeing works up an apatite. Let me be the first to say that there are several first class restaurants downtown that are awesome like Ruth's Chris and Ocean House but there are tons of out of the way places that only a local knows how to find. To start off theres a little shop by the airport called Big Kahuna that makes the BEST pulled pork sandwich and make sure to order a tray of garlic and cheese balls with it. Let me warn you though take someone with you as the sandwich is huge. Other places to hit that are really good for food are the lunch trailers all over the island. These are usually family owned and are usually DELICIOUS you just have to find the best. Also the best, sweetest, most juicy shrimp you are ever going to eat will be from a shrimp truck on Oahu's North Shore. Several trucks line up around Kahuku on the Kamehameha Hwy (note that you will go right by these on that shore drive I mentioned), but my two favorites are: Giovanni's Original White Shrimp Truck and Kahuku Famous Shrimp. They are both right on the water and both serve up amazing fare.
For a taste of the local culture where could one start then the Polynesian cultural Center. This gem of Hawaii is up north and I definitely recommend seeing that as its cheap if not free (cant remember) and if you can get some tickets to their Luau its the best on the island in my opinion. Also I recommend seeing the historical parts of Pearl Harbor and Ford Island where the ships are (very neat for a first timer).
After all this you want to check out the waters of Hawaii for sure. For diving and snorkeling definitely check out shark cove (up on North shore) and for snorkeling only theres a bay on the east side of Diamond head called Hanauma Bay that has AMAZING snorkeling. If you want to take that trip to Hamauma a bit further you can purchase tickets to a day trip from HawaiiFun that include a bus trip from your hotel to Hamauma with snorkeling equipment included, after your snorkeling you are taken on a amphibious ship cruise/drive called "Duck Tours" that is pretty neat. This car/boat picks you up from the bay and drives straight into the water and starts the cruise section of the tour on you way around diamond head (with narrative guide) and they drop ya back off at your hotel.
Finally you might wanna get away from the island and see the water a bit further out then the beaches and for that theres so many options. The whale watching dinner cruises are all amazing out of the Aloha Tower dock area so be sure to check on of those out. Theres a submarine tour that takes off from a dock by the Hilton Hawaiian Village thats really cool you get to see underwater ship and plane wrecks along with man made reefs. For the fishermen out there theres a large area of privately owned fishing vessels that take tourists on deep sea fishing trips that are all for the most part very good so be sure to check em out.
Other than that just explore and ask around. Get different opinions so you don't experience the same "Hawaii" as anyone else. I miss her already she was a good home so please share what you learned after you get back with everyone else. Oh and feel free to PM me with any questions I will be more than glad to answer them.
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