Is this your first time on Oahu with your family? Are you looking for information on the best family, kid-friendly activities on Oahu? Well, keep reading!
Oahu is one of Hawaii’s biggest islands, and is referred to as the “gathering place”, where people from all over the world get together and enjoy what Oahu has to offer. There are plenty of fun family activities; snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, shopping, visiting the museums and parks, spending time at the cozy restaurants, coffee shops and much more.
A great way to begin your tour of Oahu is with a visit to Pearl Harbor to pay your respects at the USS Bowfin, USS Missouri and USS Arizona Memorial. Head over to the Pearl Harbor Website for more information on schedules and tours.
Afterwards, you might want to take your kids on any of the family friendly tours offered, like the Pacific Historic Parks tour; where they can explore the natural history of Oahu and all the plant and animal species that have lived here.
The whole family will love going on any one of these Hawaiian wildlife expeditions:
1. Hawaii Duck Tours
2. Hawaii Expedition & Adventure Co.
3. Hawaii Turtle Tours
Looking for more excitement?
Watch the dolphins up close at Dolphin Excursions.
What are some of the other amazing things to do on Oahu? Food tours are very popular, and for a reason. Why not go on the Aloha Food Tours and get a taste of the local cuisine?
Following that, you might want to try some of the following adventure tours on Oahu:
1. Tour Guide Cliff
2. Active Oahu Tours
3. Adventure Tours Hawaii
4. Rainbow Tours Hawaii
5. Pure Aloha Adventures
Are you a big fan of photography? Are you teaching photography to your kids? Then why not take them on a photography tour around Oahu organized by Oahu Photography Tours? You will get to take spectacular photos, improve your camera work and get to see some of the greatest sights Oahu has to offer!
Also worth visiting is the Bishop Museum. This is a very popular place on Oahu which seeks to celebrate the Hawaiian culture, natural history and heritage through spectacular exhibits. Call ahead for guided tours that are fun for the whole family. The kids will love the J. Watumull Planetarium.
Now, the best places to take your family on Oahu are the beaches!
Waikiki beach is packed with tourists from dawn to dusk and is very popular. Hanauma Bay is favored by families and perfect for children. But remember, it’s closed on Tuesdays, and when the conditions appear to be too windy. Kailua Beach is a great choice for families as well and is dotted with many fine eateries and coffee shops.
The beaches here are very family friendly. Just find a great spot, lay down your towels and set down the picnic basket. You might want to bring a beach umbrella as well, it can get hot under the sun.
If you have small children, they will enjoy playing in the sand and swimming in the water close to shore. For older kids and teens, they might want something a little more adventurous, like surfing and snorkeling.
In that case, why not take them on a water sports adventure?
There are many companies that take you on sailing, scuba diving, snorkeling and other fun ocean adventures. Some of the most popular ones are:
1. Makani Catamaran
2. X-Treme Parasail
3. Hawaiian Diving Adventures
If you have always wanted to learn snorkeling or scuba diving in a tropical climate, why not join the folks at:
1. Rainbow Scuba Hawaii
2. Aaron’s Dive Shop
3. Aqua Zone Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
4. Patrick’s Diving Adventures
If you’re looking for surfing, you will want to sign up with:
1. Gone Surfing Hawaii
2. Surf HNL
3. Hawaiian Surf Adventures
North Shore Catamaran Charters is a company that organizes sailing trips for the whole family. You will sail out on the Pacific with the captain and the crew. They are very respectful and make sure that you and your family have an enjoyable and unforgettable time.
Sharks! While scary, these majestic creatures are part of what makes Hawaii beautiful. Why not take your kids to Hawaii Shark Encounters and see for yourself? You will encounter about 40 different species of sharks in a safe environment. The most prominent shark species are the Galapagos, Sandbar and Tiger Sharks. You might also come across the Blue Sharks, Hammer Heads and Silkies. Do a little research with your kids before you arrive and have fun trying to spot the different sharks!
Hope you enjoyed reading about the fun family activities on Oahu. Finally, before making your way to this beautiful island you will need to book family-friendly accommodations. Everyone loves resorts, but with a vacation rental you can come back to a home that’s yours, not a crowded hotel. The Moana Blu Collection of luxury vacation rentals are the best that Oahu has to offer. Our rental properties are immaculately designed and beautifully furnished, with all the amenities you will need. It’s just perfect for the whole family.