1. Kaena Point State Park
The northwestern tip of Oahu is home to Kaena Point State Park, a magical place full of hidden gems, including heart shaped rocks, tide pools, stunning cliff faces, and a natural reserve area created to protect nesting albatrosses, Hawaiian monk seals, and the fragile native vegetation. According to ancient Hawaiian lore, Kaena Point is the “jumping off” point for souls leaving this world.
2. Makaha Beach
Located just south of Kaena Point is this beautiful stretch of white sand with excellent swimming, body boarding and surfing conditions. Makaha is also a stellar snorkeling spot with clear, aqua blue water, underwater caverns, tunnels and arches, as well as fish, octopuses, eels, dolphins and sea turtles.
3. Disney's Aulani
Located away from the big city in the small resort area of Ko Olina, is Aulani, a Disney resort. With character breakfasts and pool parties, movie nights, and a variety of kid’s entertainment, your children are sure to be in absolute bliss – and so will you, with an adults-only pool bar.
4. Kaneana Cave
Nearly 100 feet high and 450 feet deep, Kaneana Cave is said to be the place where the shark man was said to leave his victims until he was ready to eat them. The cave is dark and wet, so bring sturdy shoes and a flashlight.
Various small tunnels that lead from the main cavern have not been explored, mapped, or maintained, so it is imperative that you not enter.
5. Pu'u O Hulu Kai
The directions to this beautiful hike may be a little sketchy; “Turn onto Kaukama Street, and park near the eleventh light pole.” But the views from the pillboxes on top of the mountain are totally worth the confusion. Experienced climbers love to scale the rockfaces, while novices can easily climb the steep – yet short – switchbacks to the bunkers at the top.
6. Kahumana Organic Farm & Cafe
Towards the back of Oahu’s Waianae Valley is this charming organic farm, café and temple that grows their own papayas and maintains an aquaponics garden. Their Community Supported Agriculture subscriptions are a must for organic eaters on Oahu.
7. Yokohama Bay
Keawa'ula Beach - or as it is commonly known - Yokohama Bay, is the northernmost beach on Oahu's western coast, and is home to stellar surfing during the winter months, and was once a popular hangout for squid,
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9. Mermaid Cave
While many people have heard of the Mermaid Cave, not many have actually been there, or even know where it is. Rumor has it that this luminous cave is located on Oahu’s leeward coast, and if you’re able to find it, or have someone take you there, you are sure to create a memory that will last a lifetime.
10. Makaha Resort + Golf Club
For a game of golf with incredible mountain views, head to this leeward golf club. I don't even play golf - and I would love to check out this course for the views alone!
11. Dolphin Excursions Hawaii
For the opportunity to snorkel with spinner dolphins, head to Waianae Boat Harbor in the early morning for an experience you will never forget. Snorkel tours depart at 7 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
12. Pokai Bay
This calm beach is protected by a breakwater, making it an ideal spot for inexperienced swimmers and keiki. It is the most protected beach on the leeward coast,