10 Best Outdoor Honolulu Attractions Pack Thrills

What's unique about 10 Best is that we pride ourselves on having local experts as writers who know their local like the back of their hand. That's why we're providing a list of the top ten editor's picks of the best attractions in the Honolulu area. From flying in the air on a jet back, to underwater exploration, facing sharks and sunning on the beach, our local expert has compiles her favorite Honolulu attractions for you.

On the spectacular North Shore of Oahu, several outstanding attractions complete a vacation. Face your fears by cage diving with sharks with North Shore Shark Adventures. You'll be at the center of swimming sharks in a cage with a mask and snorkel. A few minutes away is gorgeous Waimea Bay, where the edge of a valley is quite protected from wind and offers amazing swimming in the summer time, and terrifying huge surf in the winter. Sunset Beach down the street is always a good bet for summer swimming and sunning and watching professional's top level surfing in the winter.

Outside of Honolulu is the island's best snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, a protected reef with flourishing underwater life. To escape the hustle and bustle of Honolulu, head not far inland to raging Manoa Falls, cascading in the middle of a lush rainforest jungle. So our editor's picks list and experience the best of Honolulu.



Fun for everyone and ideal for children, this marine park lets you get up-close with all sorts of creatures who live in, or depend on, the sea for their well-being. Atlantic and Pacific bottlenose dolphins regale audiences with their antics, and...  Read More



Since its founding in 1889 as a repository for Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop's family artifacts, this museum has ascended to become the state's premiere institution for documenting the area's cultural and natural histories. Today, its holdings...  Read More

Dive Oahu


It's all about scuba with Dive Oahu, a long standing dive company that caters to residents who love to dive as well as visitors looking for dive charters. You can obtain all the dive gear you need from this company for experienced individual...  Read More



This North Shore beach is a favorite with folks who follow the surfing circuit. During the summer, its two miles of white-sand shores are relatively safe, and you'll find swimmers and snorkelers frolicking among milder waves. Come winter,...  Read More

Manoa Falls
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A beautiful hike leads to gorgeous Manoa Valls in the lush Manoa Valley. The trail is about three quarters of a mile near a rocky stream and comes to an end at the falls. The falls are calming and intriguing, but it's advised to not swim in the...  Read More



The North Shore's Waimea Valley is one of the last partially intact ahupuaa (land division) on Oahu and consists of 1,875 acres that are home to 78 archaeological sites, a 150 acre botanical garden, a waterfall, and several native and endangered...  Read More



Created from a collapsed volcano crater, this bay is protected and calm, ideal for snorkeling, as you'll see from the crowds around you. The snorkeling is truly amazing, since the preserve protects the wildlife and creates a favorite place for...  Read More



SeaBreeze Water Sports is an all around water sport company providing everything from scuba diving and para sailing to flying high in the air with a jet pack on your back. Yup, you heard me right. Here's your opportunity to do some of the...  Read More



Deceptively beautiful, this scenic cove � home to some of the planet's most unforgiving surf � can mean death to naive swimmers. That is, in winter, anyway, when the waves churn up and some of surfing's best talents take to the sea...  Read More



What could be more exciting than swimming with sharks? Still thinking of an answer? There's probably not anything better. With North Shore Shark Adventures, the original Oahu shark tour company, you have a choice of two tours beginning at 7 a.m....  Read More


Meet Jade Eckardt

Raised on the Big Island of Hawaii, Jade has traveled the world and doesn't intend to stop, yet the Hawaiian Islands are still her favorite place. She spent seven years living on Oahu and...  More About Jade