Oahu is the most popular island in Hawaii attracting over 4.7 million visitors yearly. It’s with good reason. It’s a beautiful island with lots to offer, but the price of activities can add up quickly. We’ve created a guide for the best affordable family activities in Oahu for you to focus on spending time with the family instead of your wallet!
Surfing on Oahu’s North Shore
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To have a completely different and unique surfing experience, head to the North Shore for Hans Hedemann Surf School. This is a great place for beginners to learn the basics such as how to stand up the board. A fun experience is their dog surfing program, where it isn’t just the family learning to surf, but the dog joins in too!
Waikiki beach is a gorgeous beach with bright blue water and golden sand. It’s another great beach for family activities in Oahu because the water is calm and shallow and the swimming area is protected by the reef. Come here for relaxing, swimming, surfing, paddle boarding, or even to try out some of the water sports such as parasailing! Every Friday, they set off fireworks for you to enjoy as well!
Shaka Guide Tours
To do a brief loop throughout Oahu to get your feet wet on the culture and the best things to see, Shaka Guide’s Circle Island Driving Tour will take you through mountains, the coast, and some of the best food spots making sure you get the local experience.
Our East Oahu Shoreline Drive Tour will focus in on the southern tip rich in history and legends with some cool landmarks such as the blowhole and small hikes! Walking tours are also available for families wanting to explore around on foot!
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Diamond Head is Oahu’s most famous volcano, and it’s right next to Waikiki. But don’t worry, it hasn’t erupted in 200,000 years! There’s an easy hike to the top,where you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views of Honolulu and a nice outlook over the ocean – truly another awesome idea for doing family activities in Oahu. The 30-minute hike is perfect for a little family adventure.
Kualoa Ranch is located on the East of Oahu with the backdrop of the Ko‘olau mountains. Several movies such as Jurassic World and Kong: Skull Island were filmed at this ranch because of the beautiful scenery you’ll find here which makes Kualoa Ranch another great stop for family activities in Oahu. You ca go ATV riding, horseback riding, or tour the ranch by foot. You can even support the local community and try their fresh grass-fed beef!
The best stops in Oahu include Kualoa Ranch, Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, and the North Shore. Shaka Guide tours will help you get the best, affordable experiences for family activities in Oahu! Enjoy family activities in Oahu where the kids can learn about Hawaiian culture, and you can experience local food here too!
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