With a record of 8.2 million visitors coming to the Hawaiian Islands in 2014 and an average of 200,000 tourists on any island on any given day, Oahu's hotspots easily pack with crowds. After you've checked off the Top Things to Do in Oahu, take in the path less traveled and discover new things to love about the island.
Escape Waikiki and travel to Kailua, where less-crowded beaches and restaurants await. Spend some time swimming or snorkeling at Lanikai Beach in Kailua or rent a kayak and paddle with friends to the Mokulua Islands.
After a day at the beach, opt for shave ice at Local Motion or build-you-own ice cream sandwiches at ChadLou's Coffee Lounge. Or, take a scenic drive to the North Shore and wade in the tide at Waimea Beach, then stop for tacos at Luibueno's or Thai food at Opal Thai. There's nearly an endless amount of options to entertain when visiting the island, so plan your itinerary wisely. Venture away from the crowds or Waikiki, and explore local heritage, take in some adventurous activities or sprawl on less-crowded beaches.