See the best of Oahu and still have time to chill at the beach!
What if you could see everything on Oahu and still have time to lay on the beach and work on your tan?
Guess what? You absolutely can.
Does any of this sound familiar?
Being overwhelmed with the planning process. You probably don't even know where to start. What are the “don’t miss” spots on Oahu? What’s the best way to see them? Do you need to pay for tours or can you do it on your own?
Feeling like you want to see everything, but not knowing how to fit it in. You’re coming a long way to get to Oahu and it’s expensive so you want to see everything but you also want to feel like you’ve had a vacation when you get back home. How are you supposed to do it all?
Not being sure how to go about planning each day. Is there a strategy for being able to see everything without backtracking? How many things can you really do in one day? Are there certain things you should do early on in your trip and others than should wait until the end? Planning an itinerary can seem like a part time job.
You’re traveling a long way to get to Oahu (and spending a lot of money) so you definitely don’t want to miss anything. But you also don’t want to run yourself ragged on your “vacation.” The truth is, you can see it all and STILL have time to chill. You just need somebody to show you the ropes!
Take a minute and imagine if you could...
Spend time playing at Oahu’s most beautiful beaches. Find the very best ones for snorkeling, swimming, and spotting turtles and seals.
Only go on Oahu’s very best excursions. Don’t waste your time (and money) on tours and activities that aren’t absolutely fabulous.
Dine at some of Oahu’s most amazing restaurants. From local dives to fine dining, don’t waste your money at tourist traps.
Find the best hikes on Oahu. Oahu has some amazing hikes. Make sure you get out and hike the “must dos.”
Not backtrack across the island every day. Spend your time actually enjoying Oahu and not in the car driving to get from place to place.
This is totally possible, friend!
Want to know the secret? Friend, meet:
Oahu Bound is my custom set of Oahu itineraries that are designed to help you see the very best of Oahu while still having plenty of time to stop and enjoy its beauty.
I’m showing you my personal itineraries that I use when I visit Oahu (plus some tweaks to make them even better, because hindsight is always 20/20 right?). I’m breaking down each day’s recommended activities with extensive commentary so you’ll know WHY I recommend doing certain things and what you can expect.
Like to do things at your own speed? I’ve got you covered! I’m also going to give you the tools and resources you need to plan your own itinerary, so you’ll be able to customize an itinerary that works for you.
So, what do you get?
Classic Oahu Itinerary: This is my preferred itinerary. With 6 full days on Oahu, you can definitely see the entire island. This itinerary is laid out for you in a sequence that allows for adventure days and rest days. Days are broken up so you’ll only be focusing on one part of the island each day. This eliminates extra driving time and maximizes fun time! This isn’t just a short list of bullet points for each day. This is a detailed 13 page PDF that you can print off and take with you.
This itinerary includes:
- Pearl Harbor
- Hiking Diamond Head
- Waikiki (beaches, shopping, and historical attractions)
- Exploring the north shore
- Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay (plus the Halona Blowhole & Makapu'u Lighthouse Overlook)
- Exploring the windward coast
- Polynesian Cultural Center
- An optional visit to Kualoa Ranch
- and restaurant recommendations for every day
Oahu Adventure Itinerary: This 6-day itinerary was
created for those who just can't sit still and prefer to be out
exploring instead of lounging around. It includes plenty of hiking,
snorkeling, and some of Oahu's best (and most exciting) day trips.
Oahu Foodie Itinerary: This itinerary follows the
classic 6-day Oahu itinerary but includes SO MANY FOOD RECOMMENDATIONS.
So if you're a self proclaimed foodie (or you just really like to live
it up on vacation), this one is for you!
Less or More Than 6 Days on Oahu: If you're shorter on time (maybe you're island hopping?), I've laid out the absolute "must dos" on Oahu as well as some other advice for how to pick and choose from the 6-day itinerary. Also, if your trip is longer than 6 days (lucky duck!) I've got plenty of suggestions for how to stretch out the classic 6-day itinerary including where to spend more time plus extra things to do.
Custom Google Maps: I’ve made custom Google Maps that go along with each itinerary. Each day’s activities and spots are color coded and layered so you can look at your whole trip or just one day at a time. Google Maps are perfect for driving directions. Download it to your phone before you leave and share it with everyone you’re traveling with.
Building Your Own Itinerary: If you want to go the DIY route, I’ve got tips for how to maximize your time and organize your activities by day. You’ll also get a PDF of things to do on Oahu sorted into categories (snorkeling spots, beaches, tours/activities, and sites) as well as a list of my favorite restaurants sorted by each part of the island. Use this list as a starting point and add things that interest you to your itinerary.
How to Make Your Own Google Map: You’ll get access to printable directions (with screenshots) on how to make your own Google Map of your itinerary.
Customizable Itinerary Template: You’ll get a printable blank itinerary template with space for planning up to 16 days. Use it to plan out your trip and keep track of everything you want to see.
Access to my private Facebook group: If you haven’t already, you’ll be able to join my private Facebook group where myself (and so many others) are always on hand to answer any of your questions about traveling to Oahu.
Your Travel Guide
Now, who's the beach bum who created these itineraries? Aloha! I'm Cate Lincoln. I write the Hulaland blog where I've helped tens of thousands of people plan their trips to Hawaii. I used to live on Maui (and I've traveled to all of the Hawaiian Islands many times) and I love sharing my Hawaii vacation planning expertise with people.
One of the things I hear the most often is "I feel like it's a part time job planning my vacation." And that's especially true if you're trying to figure out how to see and do EVERYTHING in Hawaii. From my years of living in (and visiting) Hawaii, I've seen and done pretty much everything, so I've already done the leg work for you. You don't actually need to see everything. You only need to see the best. I'll let you know what you HAVE to do, what you can skip, and the best order to do things in. So leave your planning worries on the mainland and get ready for endless aloha.
I can't wait to share these itineraries with you! Get ready to visit my favorite beaches, eat at the best little dive restaurants (and food trucks!), stake out my favorite spots for seeing sea turtles, and hike some of the most fabulous trails in Hawaii. Actually, can I come on this trip with you? ; )
Frequently Asked Questions
Still not convinced? Here's what a few travelers have said about the itineraries:
"Heading to Hawaii in January for our honeymoon.I just bought the itinerary and all I can say is - WOW!!! This is SO helpful. I am so excited right now."
- Melissa Fasciana
"Just got back from Hawaii on Tuesday. Thanks Cate for your itinerary and suggestions...so helpful! We followed it pretty closely. If anyone is wondering if September is a good time to go...it's perfect. The kids are back in school, and I didn't find anything to be too crowded at all! Ah, I'm pretty sure I was meant to live in Hawaii my whole life.- Dana Lynch
"I bought the itinerary for our honeymoon and it has been a lifesaver! We are having the best time on our honeymoon, and I honestly wouldn’t have known to do half this stuff without it!"
- Lauren Nicole Ahart
Do yourself a favor. Stop stressing yourself out trying to plan the perfect itinerary and snag these Oahu itineraries today! You’ll be so glad you did.