Things to Do on Oahu – A West Side Expedition

If you’ve ever been to Oahu, you can probably envision the sites and scenery of the island. If you’ve never been to the island, you are in for a treat. Oahu is an incredible place to be, live, and visit, offering so many things to do, destinations to visit, and activities to take part in. One of the things to do on Oahu that is often overlooked is a visit to the spectacular west side of the island, where the crowds are sparse and the beaches are immaculate, and the days are filled with sunshine and non-stop fun.

The entire west side, or Leeward side, of Oahu is a far cry from Waikiki Beach, the area that most are familiar with. Though familiar sites like Diamond Head are visible from a great distance, the west side is very different, despite the presence of amazing resorts. This area is where many locals and residents call home, with rural towns found tall over. Activities on the west side revolve mostly around the water, with great snorkeling and surfing taking place up here, in addition to hikes through the Wai’anae Mountains. Most retreat to this part of the island for the chance to unwind and enjoy the peace and quiet, though there are still many great things to do on Oahu’s west side.

Most commonly, visitors come to this part of the island for one of the most well-known Oahu luaus: Germaine’s Luau. Dubbed “too good to miss” Germaine’s is a backyard style luau that brings to life the customs, traditions, and heritage of the Polynesian culture, which is the foundation for the culture of Hawaii. Throughout the luau, visitors are met with open arms to celebrate the Hawaiian and Polynesian cultures, through singing, dancing, live music, and fun games and activities. Throw in a delicious luau feast and this luau really is “too good to miss.” Of all of the things to do on Oahu, an authentic Hawaiian luau has to be at the top of your list.   

Whether you’re staying at one of the incredible resorts in the area, like Disney’s Aulani or the luxurious Four Seasons resort, or you’re just visiting the area for your Oahu luau and some downtime on the beach, the west side offers a place that is just magical and sure to be one of your vacations many highlights. With plenty of things to do on Oahu’s west side, you might want to consider even more time here, to make sure you have the best experience possible.

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