Get Inspired / USA / Pacific Islands / Hawaii Inspire Magazine - O'ahu: Hawaii's Gateway Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / USA / Pacific Islands / Hawaii Inspire Magazine - O'ahu: Hawaii's Gateway story by: Inspire Magazine Hawaii's most populous island, O‘ahu, is a dream for holidaymakers in search of sunny skies and sandy shores. Check out some of our top things to do, on and off the 180 kilometres of stunning coastline, while visiting this Hawaiian gem. WHILE IN O'AHU... Get around with the much-loved Waikiki Trolley, an open aired trolley that stops off at many of the island's prime locations. Hit the shops. Visit Ala Moana, the world's largest open air shopping centre. It features around 290 shops and 70 eateries - fashionistas and foodies seventh heaven! Waikele Premium Outlets is another great destination full of bargains on a range of exciting brands - our advice is to leave plenty of room in your suitcase! Explore the North Shore. Nature lovers, and anyone who wants to watch professional surfers, should definitely make a trip here. It's about an hour's drive from Waikiki and is one of the world's premier surfing destinations, with breathtaking beaches and big waves. Learn how to catch your first wave at Waikiki! After checking out the pros, surely you’ll want to get your feet wet yourself. Since the early 20th century, Waikiki Beach Boys such as Duke Kahanamoku have been teaching visitors how to ride the waves. Simply sign up for a lesson at the booths on the beach and you’ll be catching a wave in no time. Scrub up on your history. Take a visit to Pearl Harbour, the site of the December 7, 1941 attacks which is home to the USS Arizona Memorial, a floating memorial built over its sunken hull. Also check out one of the USA’s war submarines displayed at the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park. And of course, soak up the rays on Oahu’s picturesque beaches. Take in the lively atmosphere on the iconic Waikiki Beach, snorkel with the colourful marine life at Hanaumu Bay or check out Waimea Bay – home to the Big Wave comps in the winter months. Click here to see all Inspire North America articles. Click here for HOT Hawai'i Deals. Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Inspire - October 2017 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist The 6 best stopover destinations en route to Europe Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.