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3 Days on Oahu

By Viator, August 2018

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A full Hawaiian experience can be yours even with just a 3-day trip thanks to our activity-filled itinerary that combines Oahu’s sights, culture, and adventures—and even two Hawaiian islands. Here are some top ways to maximize your 72 hours in Honolulu, Waikiki, and beyond. 
 
Day 1: In and Around Waikiki
Spend the morning taking part in outdoor activities—you won’t get too hot as you climb up Diamond Head State Monument on a guided walking tour or see the sights of Honolulu on a bike tour. Then, maximize your time at Pearl Harbor by taking a half-day tour that starts at the monument. If you’re a serious history buff, however, you’ll want to opt for a private Pearl Harbor day tour for a longer in-depth experience. In the afternoon, a snorkeling catamaran cruise is an ideal way to cool off and enjoy the water, while a Waikiki hop-on hop-off trolley experience offers the opportunity for some independent sightseeing. End the day with a sunset dinner cruise or the Rock-a-Hula show, a Hawaiian take on Las Vegas–style entertainment.

Day 2: Greater Oahu
To see as much of Oahu as you can in one day with the least amount of hassle, take a full-day circle island tour. You’ll get out of the city for an overview of the island with visits to top attractions such as the Dole Plantation, North Shore beaches, and Hanauma Bay. Alternatively, marvel at Oahu from above on a helicopter tour, or check out Kualoa Ranch, one of the island’s most scenic locations, to zipline, ride ATVs, or see filming locations from movies such as Jurassic Park. Then, head to the Polynesian Cultural Center, on Oahu’s northeast coast, for a traditional luau and a captivating music and dance performance.

Day 3: Island-Hopping
Hawaii’s islands are diverse and unique, each boasting its own natural environment, whether lush or covered in lava. Once you’ve explored Waikiki and the rest of Oahu, you can take an easy day trip via a short interisland flight to find out how the isles compare. On the Garden Isle of Kauai, see the stunning Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon by helicopter; on Maui, journey along the Road to Hana and go swimming in tropical waters; on the Big Island, explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and hike to thundering waterfalls. No matter which island you choose to explore, end your long but adventurous day with a brief return flight to Oahu.

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Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu, Oahu, null
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Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu

4.5 star rating: Recommended 192 Reviews

Explore Waikiki and Honolulu with a choice of hop-on hop-off tours that feature the historic sites, scenic natural beauty and world-class shops and restaurants ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: Flexible

From USD $25.00
Polynesian Cultural Center Luau, Oahu, Hop-on Hop-off Tours
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Polynesian Cultural Center Luau

4.5 star rating: Recommended 392 Reviews

Book your discount tickets to one of Oahu's top attractions, the Polynesian Cultural Center. Tickets to the Polynesian Cultural Center’s eight island villages ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: Flexible

From USD $104.95
Big Island Day Trip: Big Island Adventure Tour from Oahu, Oahu, Cultural Tours
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Big Island Day Trip: Big Island Adventure Tour from Oahu

4 star rating: Recommended 433 Reviews

Discover the sights of the Big Island on this guided day trip from Oahu where you’ll see the best of the Big Island of Hawaii during an exciting sightseeing ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 15 hours (approx.)

From USD $481.29
Diamond Head Crater Adventure, Oahu, Day Trips
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Diamond Head Crater Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 475 Reviews

Enjoy a narrated and fun guided walk to the 763-foot summit of Hawaii's most famous crater for incredible 360-degree views of Waikiki and the Koolau mountain ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.65
Half-Day Tour of Pearl Harbor from Honolulu, Oahu, Walking Tours
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Half-Day Tour of Pearl Harbor from Honolulu

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Stand at ground zero of the infamous attack and gaze up at a sky once filled with enemy planes. This is the place where history was made. Stops and drive-by ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Kualoa Ranch Zipline Tour, Oahu, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Kualoa Ranch Zipline Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 49 Reviews

Experience the natural beauty of Oahu on this 2.5-hour zipline tour at Kualoa Ranch. Soar through the treetops of Ka’a’awa Valley on 14 tandem cables with the ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $167.49
Oahu Three Star Dinner Sunset Dinner and Show Cruise, Oahu, Ziplines
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Oahu Three Star Dinner Sunset Dinner and Show Cruise

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While the sun goes down, relax on a casual Honolulu dinner cruise on the beautiful Hawaiian waters off Diamond Head. Dine on steak and seafood aboard the Oahu ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: Flexible

From USD $151.00
45 Minute Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors Off or On, Oahu, Dinner Cruises
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45 Minute Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors Off or On

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View Oahu's most treasured sights from the sky on our 45 minute helicopter tour. Your window seat puts you up-close and personal with majestic Sacred Falls as ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 45 minutes (approx.)

From USD $255.00
Kualoa Ranch Movie Tour, Oahu, Helicopter Tours
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Kualoa Ranch Movie Tour

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Take a movie tour at Kualoa Ranch to see where scenes from 'Jurassic Park,' 'Pearl Harbor,' 'Magnum P.I.,' 'Lost' and many other shows were filmed. The ...  Read more

Location: Kaneohe, Oahu
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $48.12
Kualoa Ranch ATV Tours, Oahu, Movie & TV Tours
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Kualoa Ranch ATV Tours

Explore the beautiful Ka'a'awa Valley by ATV! Ride through the picturesque Kualoa Ranch and discover the valley and mountains featured in famous Hollywood ...  Read more

Location: Kaneohe, Oahu
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.95

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