Activities

Activities

Although known for it's beaches and opportunities for every watersport imaginable, Oahu does offer something for everyone. Whether it be hiking, biking or even hang-gliding, nowhere else will you find a more beautiful setting for enjoying all of your outdoor adventures. Being so rich in culture, you can also spend a day visiting our various museums and centers that perpetuate and share our Island's culture and history. Take a look, make some plans to get out there and have a wonderful time.

Horseback Riding

Correa Ranch
(808) 259-0014
41-460 Kalanianaole Hwy
Waimanalo, HI 96795

Correa Ranch overlooking the beautiful Waimanalo Beach. This nearly 5 mile stretch of beautiful white sand is the longest on the island of Oahu and what better way to see it's entirety than on Horseback. Take an escorted ride along the sunny hillside, meet Makapu'u, Lindsey and the other horses or bring a picnic lunch and enjoy the view. Either way you are sure to have a memorable time and capture some pretty pictures from yet another angle of paradise.

Golf

Mid Pacific Country Club
266 Kaelepulu Drive Kailua,
HI 96734
808-261-9765

GolfLocated in the world renowned community of Lanikai on Oahu's picturesque windward side, the private Mid Pacific Country Club has provided its members with spectacular views, first class golf and a retreat from everyday life for over 83 years. The highly acclaimed golf course has hosted some of the finest golfers in the world and the large Clubhouse provides unrivaled entertainment venues. Nestled between the Ko'olau Mountains and iconic Mokulua Islands, "Mid-Pac" is truly a very special place for the young and young at heart. The superb layout and consistently outstanding course conditions ensure that Mid Pacific Country Club’s allure and charm endure round after round. The outward front nine features relatively flat terrain with water coming into play on 4 holes including the signature #5 hole – a par 5 that plays to an island green. The inward back nine offers more undulating terrain with several significant elevation changes. With generous forward tees; holes that protect themselves by challenging green complexes and consistent trade winds, MPCC’s golf course has something for every level golfer.

Olomana Golf Links
41-1801 Kalanianaole Hwy.
Waimanalo, HI 96795
phone: (808) 259-7926

This pleasant Windward Oahu golf course, located on the other side of the Koolau mountain range from downtown Honolulu, is the quintessential local golf course. Although relatively short for a par-72 layout, water hazards appear on each hole on the front side. The back nine starts out with a wonderful combination of hilly par-4 and par-3 holes at the 10th through the 13th holes. The prevailing trades play a major factor in scoring well while the well-kept greens make for consistent rolls, a nice touch for any course. Located closer to the Windward shore than to the towering Koolau range where mountaininduced showers can build up quickly, Olomana's typically sunny weather makes this course a reliable option any day of the year.

Koolau Golf Club
45-550 Kionaole Rd.
Kaneohe, HI 96744
phone: (808) 236-4653

Koolau Golf Club's compelling layout jumps over forced carries and weaves itself in, around, and through a dense rain forest. It also sits some 2,000 feet below the Koolau's 30-mile long, majestic mountain range, stretching from southeast Oahu to the North Shore. With a commanding view of Kaneohe Bay, this Oahu golf course features fairways bordered not by rough, but by ball-gobbling jungle. And while the original owners intended Koolau to be one of the most challenging courses in the world, within the past few years it has been made more user-friendly. However, Koolau still packs a powerful wallop for those who play tees beyond their capabilities. No. 18 is the toughest par-4 of all Hawaii golf courses hands down. The opening hole—a downhill par-5 with an undulating fairway that dogs left, then drops to a waiting green—sets the tone for the day. Sixteen other remarkable holes span the distance between the opener and the closer. Designers Dick Nugent and Jack Tuthill did create a tough layout, but one that will remain front and center in your golf course memory.

Royal Hawaiian Country Club
770 Auloa Rd.
Kailua, HI 96734
phone: (808) 262-2139

Set between looming mountain cliffs and the peak of Mt. Olomana, Royal Hawaiian Country Club (formerly Luana Hills CC) offers two distinctive nines in Windward Oahu's beautiful Maunawili Valley. Even better, Royal Hawaiian—actually its original moniker—is one of the courses closest to Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. Designed by Perry Dye, the front nine plays along the more open lower slopes of Mt. Olomana, while the back nine meanders through a dense rain forest at the very foot of the Koolau range. Like all Dye courses, one side of every hole is fraught with risk, while the other is more forgiving. The second hole is a creative, short par-5, playing at just over 460 yards even from the tips. The slightly diabolical 3-par No. 3 offers a hit-or-miss challenge off the tee. After the turn, golfers literally head into the jungle. The short par-4 10th requires an exacting tee shot, then a blind approach. One of your next challenges is the 'The Pond Hole' where water is to the front, right, and left of the green from an elongated and elevated tee. Outstanding holes abound on the back nine, especially the par-5,-4,-3 trio from 14 through 16. You won't find three holes any better or more exciting at any Oahu golf course.

Snorkeling

Sharks Cove

Sharks Cove has been rated by Scuba Diving Magazine as one of the "Top Twelve Shore Dives in the World". Located on Oahu's world famous North Shore, this small rocky bay forms part of Pupukea Beach Park and boasts blue water and an impressive amount of sea life. The bottom is made up of large smooth boulders and coral heads forming small caves and ledges for marine life to hide. The walls of the surrounding cliffs provide calmer water attracting schooling surface fish. On the south side of Sharks Cove is the Pupukea tide pools; a great place to wade and explore. Sharks Cove is one of Oahu’s best snorkeling and dive beaches so it can get a little crowded on occasion. I highly doubt you’ll notice when you’re in the water though. Because Sharks Cove is located between the famed big wave surf spots of Waimea Bay and the Banzai Pipeline, you’ll have to make sure there are no large swells that day. October through April is considered Hawaii’s surf season, with waves peaking between December and February, so the summer months are the best time to snorkel Sharks Cove. I would not recommend taking small children to Sharks Cove unless it’s to wade in the tide pools. As you can see, Sharks Cove is not a sand beach and the entrance is rocky, so watch your step as you get in. The inside of the bay is about 8 to 15 feet deep, progressively getting deeper as you head out.

Hanauma Bay
Open daily except Tuesdays.
$1 per car to park, $7.50 per person to enter.
Free for children under 13 or Hawaii residents. (808) 396-4229.

Staring out at the circular-shaped shore of Hanauma Bay on the southeast tip of East Honolulu, you can imagine how this beautiful cove was once a volcanic crater. Today, this crater, likely flooded by wave erosion, is home to an important nature preserve and the island's most popular snorkeling destination. Preservation is emphasized at Hanauma Bay after it went through a major restoration to reestablish its delicate eco-system. Learn about protecting the bay at the recently opened Marine Education Center where you can watch a short theatre presentation and view exhibits. Then swim out into Hanauma Bay’s clear blue waters and explore the lively reefs full of colorful fish. Rent or bring your own masks, snorkels and fins. And be sure to pack a lunch or stop by the snack bar after a morning of exploration. Again, be aware that great care and responsibility should be shown in the waters and on the beaches. This is the first Marine Life Conservation District in Hawaii so it's important for visitors to preserve the fragile marine ecosystem of the bay by not littering and by not touching the sea animals or coral. The preserve is open daily except Tuesdays. Also note that the parking lot fills quickly so try to arrive early or you’ll have to find parking off site.

Fun for all the family

Sea Life Park
(808) 259-2501
41-202 Kalanianaole Hwy #7
Waimanalo, HI 96795

Come play with us! Where dolphins dance, sea lions sing, and penguins perform in this magical place by the sea. Sea Life Park Hawaii offers Hawaii's most diverse array of close-up marine animal encounters. Mingle nose-to-nose with the dolphins in our Dolphin Royal Swim, Dolphin Swim Adventure and Dolphin Encounter programs. Be a sea trek adventurer and photograph rays, turtles and sharks in the 300,000 gallon Reef Tank. Hand feed a sea lion, swim next to a ray in the Hawaiian Ray Encounter, or play with a sea lion in the Sea Lion Discovery program. Feel the excitement, feel the adventure, and be a part of the action at Sea Life Park!

Polynesian Cultural Center
55-370 Kamehameha Highway
Laie, HI 96762

The Polynesian Cultural Center is Hawaii’s #1 visitor attraction, with villages and exhibits representing the 8 cultures of Aotearoa, Fiji, Hawaii, Marquesas, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga, and Easter Island. Set on 42 acres of Oahu’s North Shore, the PCC has a lagoon that hosts canoe tours during the day and an exciting Canoe Pageant at 2:30 p.m. Cool off in Hawaii’s only IMAX Theater to enjoy Coral Reef Adventure and learn the importance of coral reefs. The award-winning Ali‘i Lu‘au takes guests on a nostalgic trip to learn about Hawaii’s royalty while enjoying traditional Hawaiian food and entertainment. Visit our Pacific Marketplace, and end your day by watching our new show "Ha Breath of Life", featuring over 100 performers and the thrill of Samoan fireknife dancing. The PCC is open daily from 12:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. except Sundays. Packages start at $49.95. For more information or reservations call 800-367-7060

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