Oahu is best known among visitors for the iconic and historic Waikiki Beach. Here, the looming crater rim of Leahi (Diamond Head) shadows a wide stretch of sand—once a playground for Hawaiian royalty and today a mecca for sun worshippers, surfers, and stand-up paddlers. Beyond the hotels and beaches of Waikiki, though, are Oahu’s countless other attractions, including hiking trails in the Waianae and Koolau Mountain Ranges, tropical farm and Pearl Harbor tours, the seriously gnarly surf breaks of the North Shore, and the glittering cityscape of South Oahu. The beachfront avenues of Kalakaua and Kuhio Avenues are special favorites for nightlife-loving visitors, with restaurants catering to every palate and bars serving wickedly delicious island cocktails.
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