4 Unique Oahu Excursions
As the majority of North Americans brace themselves for yet another blustery, frigid winter, the island of Oahu warmly welcomes an influx of travelers. The winter season is the best time to spot migrating humpback whales, surf massive breakers, and hike up Diamond Head State Monument without breaking a sweat. But, as you can imagine, Waikiki Beach, Kaka’ako, and the North Shore are ultra-popular destinations for travelers and kama‘aina alike during the busy winter season. Thankfully, our diverse, jaw-dropping isle isn’t short on unforgettable midday Oahu excursions such as ATVing, golfing, and sightseeing. And the best place to start and finish each day of exploration and relaxation is right here at lavish Prince Waikiki, the top-rated hotel in Honolulu.
Oahu Excursions Worth Revisiting
While we highly recommend that all our guests visit Pearl Harbor, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and Lanikai Beach once in their lifetime, don’t be afraid to branch out to a less-traveled destination this winter. If you’re piecing together a day trip, feel free to combine a couple of these unforgettable Oahu excursions and quintessential Hawaii tours into one afternoon of fun. All four of these unique Oahu adventures are within 23 miles of Prince Waikiki, so you won’t have to spend much time in your rental car.
It’s hard to imagine a more peaceful locale on the planet than Byodo-In Temple, a magical, transcendent Buddhist sanctuary at the foothills of the Ko’olau Mountains. The foggy mountains, striking architecture, and soothing sounds of nature set an idyllic scene for those aiming for an hour or two of meditation. For just $5 per person, you can embark on a self-guided tour of the solemn temple and picturesque grounds.
While Kualoa Ranch is quite popular amongst travelers and thrillseekers, they offer over a dozen different tours, including horseback riding, ATVing, and kayaking. Film buffs will appreciate the Hollywood Movie Site Tour, especially for fans of the Jurassic Park series. Our knowledgeable concierge team typically recommends the ranch’s all-inclusive combo packages, which include multiple tours and a complimentary lunch buffet. The surrounding natural beauty of this sprawling land combined with the charisma of the guides will likely influence repeat visits.
While most travelers flock to Waikiki, Lanikai, and Haleʻiwa for sun, sand, and surf, Waimanalo Beach remains one of the state’s most awe-inspiring hidden gems. It’s described by most locals as “special” and is often ranked as one of the top beaches in the country. This serene stretch along Oahu’s eastern shoreline is known for its tranquility, crystal-clear water, and towering, oceanside mountains. Whether you’re aiming to snorkel, bodysurf, boogie board, or sunbathe, Waimanalo Beach is sure to exceed your lofty expectations.
Hawaii Prince Golf Club
Perhaps the most accessible of these Oahu excursions is a 35-minute shuttle to Hawaii Prince Golf Club, Prince Waikiki’s 27-hole Ewa Beach masterpiece. It was articulately designed by famed golfer Arnold Palmer and renowned architect Ed Seay. The course features vivid colors, subtle rolling hills, swaying palms, and faraway mountain views. It’s not often you find three interchangeable nine-hole courses on 270 acres of jaw-dropping terrain. And luckily for you, Prince Waikiki (one of the best resorts in Hawaii) provides complimentary daily shuttles to Ewa Beach.
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After a marvelous day filled with countless Oahu excursions, classic Hawaii activities, and well-deserved beach relaxation, retreat to Prince Waikiki’s marina-front Infinity Pool. Enjoy a signature cocktail in your poolside cabana before dressing for an elegant sunset dinner at 100 Sails Restaurant & Bar. To learn more about a potential Oahu island tour and our luxurious, ocean-view Waikiki hotel rooms, please give us a call today at 1-855-622-7558 (or check availability online).