Elite Pacific's Favorite Oahu Activities

Posted Wednesday, July 10, 2019 by Liana Mayer

We asked the Elite Pacific ohana to share the #1 activity they would advise a visitor to do on Oahu. Did your favorite make the list?

Kayak, snorkel, or SUP from Lanikai out to the Mokulua Islands

"Going out to the Mokes is best when the tradewinds aren't too strong and at a fairly low tide. Land on the beach at the Big Mokulua. Walk around clockwise to Shark's Cove and jump off the rock. To go to Shark's Cove, you'll need footwear to avoid shredding your feet, and you also need to make sure the conditions are right, since if the tide is too high and/or the surf is too big, there are some spots along the way where you can get swept off the rocks by a big wave. Come back to the beach and then go counter-clockwise to Queen's Bath, a tidepool deep enough to serve as a plunge pool. And, of course, hang out on the beach, enjoying the great views of the Windward Coast, stretching from Makapu'u to Chinaman's Hat. If you go by kayak or SUP, you can catch some waves in between the two islands. Snorkeling is best if you leave from the main beach access at Kaiolena Drive as there is reef almost the entire way." - Paul Mayer

Photo courtesy of: https://www.kailuabeachadventures.com/

Visit the North Shore

"Drive up to the North Shore to see the beauty of the island where the pace is a bit slower. If someone is visiting Oahu for the first time, they should probably visit Pearl Harbor as well since it's a key part of our country's history." - Margot Stewart

Go to Kailua Beach

"It's one of the most beautiful beaches on earth and is very easy to swim/wade in. It's a very idyllic, tropical experience." - Chelsea Pferschy

Visit Iolani Palace

"It's the only palace on U.S. soil. The history is amazing. The Kings were way ahead of their time in terms of technology and inventions. It's a must see." - Lisa Bader

Photo courtesy of: https://www.hawaii.com/oahu/attractions/iolani-palace/

Horseback Riding at Turtle Bay

"Rides take you along beach and scenic paths with beautiful views." - Chandra Miars

Photos courtesy of: https://www.turtlebayresort.com/Things-To-Do/Sports-Recreation/Horse-Riding

Visit Kualoa Ranch

"Kualoa Ranch has a lot to offer. The "Secret Island" is a really fun place for a group to spend time at a secluded beach with volleyball, stand-up paddling, canoeing and more. On the other side of the ranch is Ka'a'awa Valley which is one of Oahu's last undeveloped valleys. Touring the famous spots where countless movies and series have been filmed is a highlight for a lot of people but it's the breathtaking beauty of the valley that makes it a must see for me." - Kerri Jo Heim

Attend a Luau

"I'd suggest Paradise Cove Luau or Germaine's Luau. The food and entertainment are a must-taste-and-see!" - Jennifer Haole


Go to the Polynesian Cultural Center

"Learning about the Hawaiian and other Polynesian cultures is important to appreciate and have respect for Hawaii." - Chelsea Pferschy

 Photo courtesy of: https://www.best-of-oahu.com/polynesian-cultural-center.html

Mahalo to our contributors: Chandra Miars, Chelsea Pferschy, Jennifer Haole, Kerri Jo Heim, Lisa Bader, Margot Stewart and Paul Mayer.