Pearl Harbor – There’s no better place to learn about the War in the Pacific than at Pearl Harbor. With the Japanese attack at this U.S. Naval Base, the United States entered the Second World War. Even for those who may not have an interest in history, the museum offers an easy to understand look at the war in the Pacific through highly engaging exhibits. The central site here is the USS Arizona memorial. The great battleship was sunk in just minutes, becoming a permanent tomb for the over 1,100 sailors, many of whom were asleep in their bunks on what started out as a placid Sunday morning. Visitors can still see the single drop of oil that floats to the surface every few seconds. Known as the “tears of the Arizona”, this drop of oil is a constant reminder of the terrible events of that day. A war which had major implications for Australia, Pearl Harbor is a must visit landmark and historical site.
Diamond Head – Viewed from the glamorous vantage point of Waikiki, Diamond Head adds a dramatic element to the sprawling Oahu coastline. This volcanic cone is hundreds of thousands of years old and today is a U.S. Natural Landmark. Hike the 1 kilometre trail leading to the rim of the cone and visitors are presented with a gorgeous panoramic view of much of the beautiful island, including downtown Honolulu and Waikiki and the striking coastline. There is a small fee to enter the park and last entry is at 4:30pm as the park closes at 6pm.
Beaches and Water Sports – Anyone with a love of beaches and water sports will feel right at home on Oahu. For those looking for a relaxing beach side getaway, Waikiki is the perfect spot. With mild waves and stunning views, this beach is the perfect place for a gentle swim or some stand-up paddle boarding. For a cultural difference, book a ride on a Hawaiian style catamaran as you paddle over the mesmerising waves.
The North Shore is known for its massive waves and is a popular location for surfing. If you’re looking for an adventure filled day of excitement, then this is the place for you. Snorkelling and scuba diving enthusiasts will enjoy the underwater sights at Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve. Located just east of Honolulu, this pristine bay is filled with beautiful natural scenery and colourful marine life.