An Oahu vacation is a dream for many. The gorgeous beaches, crystal clear blue waters, island hospitality and upscale resorts attraction millions of visitors a year. Of course, Oahu can be a pricey paradise. Be sure to enjoy these four affordable things to do on Oahu and you’ll see how a little can go a long way on this Hawaiian island.
1) Climb Diamond Head: Diamond Head is the defining feature of the Waikiki coastline. The iconic site was formed 300,000 years ago from a volcanic eruption. Rising almost 800 feet, the natural wonder beckons visitors to climb its summit. For only $1 per person, you can hike to the top of Diamond Head and enjoy spectacular views of Waikiki.
2) Visit Pearl Harbor: Somber and reflective, a trip to pay your respects to those that lost their lives at Pearl Harbor is an Oahu experience not to be missed. Entrance to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument and the USS Arizona Memorial are free. However, reservations for the USS Arizona tour recommended and there is a reservation fee of $1.50 per ticket.
3) Grab Some Shave Ice: A Hawaii treat you’ll become addicted to, shave ice is like a snow cone – only much, much better. Flavors extend from mango to strawberry to grape to green tea, to combinations like the Hawaiian Special, a delicious mix of pineapple, coconut and banana. Ice cream or Azuki beans can be added to the concoction, and condensed milk is recommended as a topping. Try Matsumoto’s in Haleiwa. Costs range from $4-6.
4) Tour the Dole Plantation: Several parts of the Dole Plantation are free to see, but go ahead and spend the $6 for the Plantation Garden Tour or you could pay $7 to access the world’s largest maze. A 20-minute ride aboard the Pineapple Express train is $9.50, and the world-famous DoleWhip frozen treat – a must get – is $4.