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.
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 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.
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.