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How to Spend 3 Days on Oahu

How to Spend 3 Days on Oahu

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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Isle Sights Unseen - 45 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

Isle Sights Unseen - 45 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On

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Make your Oahu visit even more magical with this 45-minute scenic helicopter ride. Experience the island like you’ve never seen it before, flying above island landmarks including Sacred Falls, Diamond Head, Maunalua Bay, the Ko'olau Mountains, Ka'a'awa Valley, Pearl Harbor, and more. Trips includes a choice of ‘doors on’ or ‘doors off’ flights.
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  • 45 minutes
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$325.00
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$325.00
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Salute to Pearl Harbor

Salute to Pearl Harbor

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While visiting Honolulu, take a half-day tour of Pearl Harbor that details the history of World War II in Hawaii. Visit the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and Battleship Row with a guide who shares informative commentary about Oahu during the war in the Pacific.
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  • 4 hours 30 minutes
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$46.07
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Kualoa Ranch - Hollywood Movie Sites Tour

Kualoa Ranch - Hollywood Movie Sites Tour

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Enjoy a 1-hour Kualoa Ranch movie tour while in Oahu and see where famous films like Pearl Harbor, Jurassic Park and Magnum P.I. were shot. A local guide will lead you to the Hollywood hotspots and provide background on the history of the ranch. You’ll travel by vintage school bus past some of the island’s most stunning natural attractions, like Mokoli’i Island (Chinaman’s Hat), Kaneohe Bay and the Ko’olau Range, mountains which dominate the eastern half of Oahu. See why the top filmmakers in the business chose this stunning background.
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  • 1 hour 30 minutes
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$51.26
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Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu

Waikiki Trolley Hop-On Hop-Off Tour of Honolulu

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Discover Honolulu with a 1, 4 or 7days hop-on hop-off tour and see all the top attractions at your own pace. Step aboard a double-decker bus or open-air trolley to pass the capital city’s best restaurants and shops, historic sites and renowned scenery. Choose from multiple routes, marveling at Diamond Head on the Blue Line or explore Chinatown on the Red Line. Upgrade to include all of the lines on your ticket.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Big Island Day Trip: Big Island Volcano Adventure Tour from Oahu

Big Island Day Trip: Big Island Volcano Adventure Tour from Oahu

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Stroll the black sand beaches in Hilo and feel the cool spray of Rainbow Falls on this full-day trip to the Big Island from Oahu. Learn about the island's fascinating geography and catch glimpses of the impressive Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Round-trip airfare and all on-island ground transportation are included.
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  • 13 hours 30 minutes
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$572.77
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Kualoa Ranch - Jurassic Valley Zipline

Kualoa Ranch - Jurassic Valley Zipline

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Zipline through the Ka'a'awa Valley rainforest on this tour at Kualoa Ranch. Fly safely down fourteen tandem cables, then cross two suspension bridges that swing over rushing streams. Learn about the native plant and animal life that abounds in this lush valley from your experienced adventure guides, who are there to ensure your comfort and safety. No zipline experience is necessary.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Three Star Deluxe Sunset Dinner & Show

Three Star Deluxe Sunset Dinner & Show

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Watch the Hawaiian sunset while enjoying a delicious dinner and live entertainment during this cruise from Oahu. As the sun sinks towards the horizon, watch its vibrant colors reflected on Diamond Head and enjoy a welcome "champagne" toast plus two additional premium beverages of choice. Dine on seafood and steak, then enjoy live entertainment including jazz and new '60 Years of Aloha' Hawaiian cultural show.
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  • 2 hours
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Rock-A-Hula Ticket

Rock-A-Hula Ticket

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Catch tribute bands of your favorite artists at the ‘Rock-a-Hula’s 'Hawaiian Journey' show in Waikiki. Discover Hawaii's rich history from the 1920s to present-day, accompanied by a live band and dancers. Upgrade your ticket to include premier seating or an exclusive VIP experience with a 4-course meal and stage-side seats.
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  • 1 to 3 hours
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Best of Kauai Land & Helicopter Combo Tour from Oahu

Best of Kauai Land & Helicopter Combo Tour from Oahu

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Visit Hawaii’s ‘Garden Island’ on a full-day tour from Waikiki to Kauai that includes a helicopter tour above the Na Pali Coast, Hanapepe Valley, and Waimea Canyon. See towering waterfalls, pristine beaches, and tropical jungle, as well as film sites from popular movies. This full-day Kauai tour includes all ground transport, round-trip flights from Oahu, and lunch at a famous tiki-themed restaurant, and it’s limited to nine people for a personalized experience.
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  • 10 hours
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Maui Day Trip: Hana Adventure from Oahu

Maui Day Trip: Hana Adventure from Oahu

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Experience the beauty of the Valley Isle on this Maui day trip from Oahu, where you’ll leave the urban city behind for a trip through the East Maui rainforest. This Hana adventure tour hits all the highlights of the famous Road to Hana, and is one of the best day trips from Oahu to Maui to see waterfalls and tropical pools.
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  • 14 hours
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Historical Honolulu Bike Tour

Historical Honolulu Bike Tour

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Explore Honolulu on a half-day bike tour that provides an insider's look at the vibrant city's history, beaches, and sights. See street art in Kaka'ako park, taste fresh Hawaiian fruits in Chinatown, go up the Aloha Tower for the views, and discover the monuments around the Hawaii State Capitol, including the royal Iolani Palace. Your informative guide provides a bike and helmet, fascinating commentary throughout the leisurely tour.
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  • 4 to 5 hours
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