When you’re visiting Oahu, one key recommendation is to: rent a car!
Oahu’s public transportation is ok, but this island is large and there is a lot to explore so you will definitely want to the freedom and convenience of your own wheels. Parking is generally easy and free/cheap everywhere. I booked through this website and got an amazing deal ($300 for 10 days including the under 25 driver premium) so it’s pretty cost effective too!
Here are 10 must see/eat/ink locations:
1. Northshore Pipeline Beach
Oahu’s beautiful beach where the pros surf. All of the big surf companies have their houses along this beach so the real estate is fun to check out and there’s some very… intriguing people watching 😉
2. Waimanalo Beach
Famous long, remote white sand beach (see best parking location here)
3. Waikiki Beach
Sans Souci beach is my favorite!
4. Koko Head Crater
5. Makapuu Beach
6. Pearl Harbor
7. Kona Brewing Company
I got the Ahi Salad and it was delicious! My favorite beer at Kona Brewing Company (I, Koko Marina Shopping Center, 7192 Kalanianaole Hwy, Honolulu, HI 96825) was the Koko Brown, carrying hints of chocolate and coconut.
— Kona Brewing Company (@KonaBrewingCo) May 1, 2016
8. Diamond Head Cove Health Bar
Most of the ingredients from this health bar (3045 Monsarrat Ave #5, Honolulu, HI 96815) are sourced directly from the Hawaiian islands. I’ve never tasted honey as fresh as the Maui sourced variety they offer!
9. Island Brewing for coffee
Great little coffee shop (377 Keahole St, Honolulu, HI 96825) with a huge menu of beverages and meals overlooking Mauna Lua Bay.
— Island Brew (@IslandBrewHI) December 2, 2015
10. Have a Mojito…
At the Sheraton Princess Kaiulani Beach (120 Kaiulani Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815) front bar and watch the sunset.