Oahu’s duality balances the striking built environment of Waikiki with the stunning natural environment of the island as a whole. Even from the cosmopolitan core of the city, the call of the Pacific is audible. How will you answer?
Snorkel or dive to meet the world underwater: bright fish, sea turtles, coral reefs and wrecks.
By land or sea, watch thousands of humpback whales migrate to Hawaiian waters in the winter.
You’ve seen enough YouTube videos to know that fewer things are cooler than surfing. Waikiki is the place to learn.
Pro? First-timer? Oahu has a fishing charter for you (complete with fish stories, should you need ’em).
A trek high above Honolulu delivers views of a volcanic crater, World War II bunkers and, in winter, humpback whales.
Take in the Hawaiian history, native plants and tropical birds on this educational hiking excursion.
Make your way down the sculpted coastline to the hidden and fabled rock bridge for a prize-worthy photo.
Snorkel and SCUBA excursions are obvious choices for outdoor recreation on the island, but they don’t have to feel impersonal. Rather, THE MODERN HONOLULU hand-selects outdoor adventure vendors whose levels of service are as discerning as our own. Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay (a crater filled with tropical fish and green turtles) and diving uncrowded wrecks, caves and reefs make underwater outdoor pursuits real for a range of skill levels.
Surfing is iconic among Oahu activities, of course, and THE MODERN HONOLULU Concierge will introduce you to the island’s finest instructors. If you’re chasing your first wave, choose from private, semi-private or group lessons; experienced surfers can consult our expert guides. For throwback simplicity, inquire into stand-up paddle-surfing – it’s how the Waikiki beach crowd used to cruise island waters. Among Oahu outdoor activities, paddle-surfing’s mellow pace ensures maximum appreciation of our unique coastal view.
Guests of THE MODERN HONOLULU commonly ask about jet-skiing, parasailing and fishing. Our concierge can connect you with preferred vendors and charters (both private and group) to complete your outdoor adventure travels. Command a jet-ski solo or tandem; parasail 1,000 feet above the crystalline South Shore; cast for marlin and ahi in waters legendary for sportfishing. Have another pleasure in mind? Just ask.
“If you are visiting between November and February, don’t miss Waimea Bay on the North Shore where the island’s top surfers take on 30-foot waves”