Explore Oahu

Oahu for Tweens and Teens

Traveling with teenagers (and soon-to-be teens) can be a challenge. Maybe they’re easily bored or would rather be hanging out with their friends instead or maybe they find sightseeing a chore. Luckily, Oahu’s beautiful views and entertainment options offer exciting options that your teens and tweens will be happy to brag to their friends about—likely on social media. The Gathering Isle is filled with some of the coolest outdoor activities, delicious and unusual food options and scenic landscapes that will even make your 11-18 year olds excited about planning your tropical vacation itinerary. 

Kualoa Ranch

The stunning, 4,000-acre working cattle ranch is a windward Oahu signature, a landscape of valleys, dense rainforest, sheer cliffs and white-sand beaches. With its backdrop of the Ko‘olau Mountains, it’s popular among filmmakers, with “Jurassic Park” and “Lost” among its location credits.

Ty Gurney Surf School

Ty Gurney is a highly respected, nationally prominent surf instructor offering private and customized lessons tailored to personal needs. You can choose one-on-one instruction or group lessons in Waikiki, or full- and half-day surf safaris to east Oahu and the North Shore.

Laniwai Spa

Picking one of over 150 spa therapies maybe the only stressful part of your day at this Aulani Resort spa. Options include skin care treatments, shiatsu, traditional Thai and Hawaiian massages, reflexology, sports massage, couples treatments and signature therapies.

Uncle Clay's House of Pure Aloha

Enjoy all-natural, homemade shave ice and local sweets at this family-owned and operated Hawaiian treat shop. Customize your shave ice with flavors such at milk chocolate and coconut topped with fresh strawberries, homemade mochi and granola.

Rainbow Drive-In

A local institution with a loyal following, Rainbow Drive-In has been serving plate lunches for nearly 50 years.

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach is perhaps the world’s most famous strip of sand and was once the playground for Hawaiian royalty. Translated, Waikīkī means “spouting water,” a reference to the rivers and springs that once richly flowed into the area.

North Shore

Known as Oahu’s “country,” communities here lead a laid-back lifestyle, making Honolulu’s hustle and bustle look like New York City by comparison. In Haleiwa Town, natural food stores and cafes sit alongside surf and souvenir shops.

Ala Moana Center

Kukui trees, taro, lily ponds and a lively mix of retailers and restaurants make Ala Moana more than the largest open-air shopping mall in the world. Its 340+ stores and restaurants, and Center Stage entertainment, make it both a social and commercial commonplace.

Kailua Sailboards and Kayaks

Kayak, snorkel, paddle board, boogie board or kite surf at one of the best beaches in the world. Try a kayak tour to the Mokulua Islands and visit a protected bird sanctuary.

H2O Sports Hawaii

The largest water sports company on Oahu, Watersports Connection has been operating for more than 20 years and offers parasailing, jet skiing, scuba diving (no experience necessary), snorkeling, bumper tube rides, banana boat rides, surfing lessons, waterskiing and wakeboarding.