Looking for even more to do on Oahu? Here are a few more activities to experience while visiting Oahu.
Hawaii may not be synonymous with nightlife—there’s all those ocean sports and hikes just begging for one’s early-morning attention—but Waikiki sure knows how to party. RumFire epitomizes this fact—and makes the whole experience beautiful at that.
Located in the Sheraton Waikiki, the high-end bar, restaurant, and nightclub is an equally excellent choice for chilling out with a craft cocktail at sunset (try their coconut-lavender mojito), gathering with friends for spiked tea and shareable plates, or dancing the night away to the sound-mixes produced by local DJs. With its incredible ocean views, vibrant atmosphere, flaming torches, and live music, it’s no wonder RumFire is frequently believed to be the best nightclub in Hawaii.
Land, ocean—sky? On Oahu: oh yes. One of the only islands in the Hawaiian chain to offer the chance to drop from a height of 14,000 feet, Oahu is a thrill-seeker’s utopia, what with its views of the rugged coastline, verdant cliffs, and turquoise waters.
Skydive Hawaii, Hawaii’s oldest and largest skydiving company (and arguably the most lauded), supplies solo and tandem jumps over Dillingham Airfield on the picturesque North Shore—a place so impressive it’s been called the World’s Most Beautiful Drop Zone. A terrific choice for first-time jumpers, Skydive Hawaii provides the kind of stoke that persists for decades.
THE ABHASA SPA
Tucked into the world-renowned Royal Hawaiian in the heart of Waikiki, The Abhasa Spa—which roughly translates to “illusion” in Sanskrit—was recently named the second-best spa in the US. And for good cause: While it may be in the center of the buzzy tourist outpost, Abhasa’s tropical garden and airy cabanas practically demand serenity. Treatments range from Hawaiian favorites like lomilomi and Pohaku (hot stone) massage to after-sun skin drenches and decadent facials. It’s historic setting—complete with drifting scents of jasmine, lavender, and coconut—adds to its overall charm.
Malasadas may have originated in Portugal but the hole-less donuts have become a staple of Hawaiian cuisine, thanks in large part to this iconic, enduring bakery. Established in 1952 by Margaret and Frank Leonard Rego Sr., the Honolulu shop took a risk when it began peddling sugar-sprinkled fried dough—crisp on the outside, chewy in the middle—but the sweet treat immediately became a hit.
Today, Leonard’s Bakery is an out-and-out landmark, with lines at its Kapahulu location stretching across its parking lot. It’s well worth the wait: Eat them piping hot and you’ll get why Sunset called Leonard’s malasadas a “Hawaiian classic.”
25 Things to do on Oahu
The sheer number of things to do on Oahu are enough to make even the most organized traveler’s head spin. With that in mind, we’ve narrowed down Oahu’s musts to 25 so that you can experience the extent of “The Gathering Place’s” wonder: