Wondering how to see Oahu in 2 days? This guide provides all the information you’ll need to make the most of your jaunt in Oahu, Hawaii.
How To See Oahu In 2 Days
Visit Diamond Head Crater
Whether you choose to fly there, hike to the top or drive, visiting Diamond Head Crater is a must. Diamond Head State Monument offers incredible views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu from the island of Oahu. The scenery is so lovely, in fact, that it was used by the U.S. military as a post for preventing attacks on Honolulu. It’s open daily from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., every day of the year (including holidays). The last entrance to hike the trail is at 4:30 p.m. The gates are locked at 6:00 p.m. daily, so all visitors must be out of the park by this time.
Diamond Head State Monument offers incredible views overlooking the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu. The scenery is so lovely, in fact, that it was used by the U.S. military as a post for preventing attacks on Honolulu. The hiking trail there takes you to the edge of a 300,000 year old crater. Another great way to see it is from the inside of a helicopter. Tropical Helicopters offers DISCOUNTED tours, and both the Oahu Island Adventure and the Ko Olina Resort tours will take you over this can’t-miss landmark.
Walk Through The Iolani Palace
Iolani Palace, the official residence of Hawaii’s monarchy, is a marvel of opulence, innovation and political intrigue that tells of a time when their Majesties, King Kalakaua and his sister and successor, Queen Liliuokalani, walked its celebrated halls.
Today, you can enjoy one of the most spectacular living restorations in all of Polynesia and immerse yourself in Hawaii’s royal heritage. E komo mai! Welcome!
Located in Oahu, Pearl Harbor is the home of the U.S. Pacific Fleet. It also houses the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument. The monument shares stories and pays tribute to the Hawaii events that eventually sparked WWII. The USS Arizona Memorial, a powerfully moving reminder of the tragedy that occurred on December 7, 1941, is the final resting place for many of the 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on board.
Other Pearl Harbor Historic Sites include the USS Oklahoma, USS Utah, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, the Pacific Aviation Museum at Pearl Harbor, and the memorial for the Battleship Missouri — where the Japanese signed the surrender documents that officially ended the war on September 2, 1945.
Watch The Sunset At The North Shore
It takes around 45 minutes to drive from Waikiki to the North Shore’s quaint surf town, Haleiwa. Just a few miles before reaching Haleiwa’s many beach shops and restaurants, you’ll see the shoreline. Head over to Sunset Beach, which is of course a best place to watch sunset in Hawaii, so be sure to bring a camera along. Your best bet: watch the sunset from anywhere between the Banzai Pipeline area to Sunset Point.
On the Oahu Island Adventure helicopter tour, you’ll experience stunning aerial views of Oahu. Are you driving to or staying on Oahu’s fabled North Shore? Then take an hour to experience the Oahu Island Adventure that takes you above the waves of the North Shore, the sights of Pearl Harbor, the landmark of Lē‘ahi (Diamond Head), the beauty of Kaliuwa‘a (Sacred Falls), and more!
Watch gentle waves and stunning scenery from Waikiki. During the day, you can enjoy surfing or canoeing and then head to the sandy stretch by the pink Royal Hawaiian Hotel to see Diamond Head Crater at sunset. The Waikiki area also encompasses Fort DeRussy Beach, Kuhio Beach and Queen Surf Beach.
Waikīkī is a beachfront neighborhood of Honolulu, on the south shore of Oahu. Waikiki is most famous for Waikīkī Beach, but this is just one of five beaches in the district. A great way to see this is on a Tropical Helicopters tour.
(Booking with Tropical Helicopters is your best bet on your next Hawaiian vacation. You’ll pay less but get the same quality of experience as any other helicopter tours in Oahu!)
Enjoy A Luau
When it comes to how to see Oahu in 2 days, you can’t miss a classic luau. You have options for experiencing a traditional Hawaiian luau. A true Hawaiian luau is a feast filled with entertainment. Have a tropical drink, watch a pig roast, don your lei and try some poi while giving the shaka (hang loose) symbol.
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