Oahu's broad range of terrains, landscapes and historical landmarks offer truly unique sights to see

Sightseeing is perhaps the most classic vacation activity. But with so many sights to see, how do you know which ones are best with limited time in a locale? Look to 10 Best of course and here we are to guide you to the top ten sights on the island of Oahu. We're here to let you know which ones are totally worth your time and camera storage. For history buffs, nature lovers and amateur photographers, we've got it all lines up right here guiding you to the best Oahu sites to visit.

Out list here at 10 Best will help you put together the best sightseeing itinerary, ever. Nature lovers will have a blast exploring the jungle and waterfall and natural swimming pool while hiking lush Waimea Valley. This was a sacred place for Hawaiians traditionally and today offers a green fertile haven from the bustling North Shore. For a real grasp on the past of the Hawaiian Islands and how it shaped the state today, a visit to historic Iolani Palace is a must. This represents a real turning point in Hawaiian history, an offers insight into why things are how they are today.

For those who love sand between their toes, a day spent at Waimea Bay Beach Park is an absolute must. This beautiful beach is nestled at the start of Waimea Valley at the mouth of the river, drastically protecting it from wind. The find white sand is exquisite and during the summer months the bay is calm. During the winter you'll always want to stay out of the water here but watching the huge surf is amazing.

So enjoy your time at the 10 best sights around Oahu!

Diamond Head State Monument
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Widely recognized as the symbol of Hawaii, this extinct volcano crater was known to ancients as Leahi, which means "brow of the tuna" and referred to its appearance from the west. Its more familiar name came from 19th-century British sailors,...  Read More

Commemorating one of Waikiki's most famous native sons, this bronze statue provides the four-time Olympic athlete an eternal presence on his beloved beach. A champion swimmer, Duke also helped spread the popularity of surfing in America and was...  Read More

King Kamehameha I Statue

Honoring the king who first united the Hawaiian islands in the early 19th century, this statue stands proudly in front of Ali'iolani Hale. Modeled after the Roman "Augustus Prima Porta" statue, it indicates both strength and openness. One of...  Read More

Nuuanu Pali
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At a lofty point in the Koolau Range (the mountains that divide windward Oahu from the rest of the island) is a lookout that offers outstanding views of the eastern landscape. Legend has it that, in 1795, King Kamehameha I and his men drove...  Read More

World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument

Commemorating the service men who laid down their lives during the bombing of Pearl Harbor, this memorial is a sobering experience for visitors. Prefaced by onshore exhibits and a video remembrance of the attack, tours also include a ride to the...  Read More

Queen Emma's Summer Palace
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Set in the Nuuanu Valley, this simple frame house, distinguished by a colonnade, was inherited by Queen Emma (wife of Kamehameha IV) from her uncle, John Young II. A respite from the city to the south, the home was a Victorian showplace that has...  Read More

Washington Place

This gracious home, an elegant white structure beneath shady, mature trees, was built in 1846 by John Dominis, who died before he took up residence. Queen Lili`uokalani, Dominis's daughter-in-law and Hawaii's last monarch, was the house's most...  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

'Iolani Palace

Built in the early 1880s, this graceful Italian Renaissance structure is America's only royal palace and was home to Hawaii's last two rulers. When American businessmen overthrew the monarchy, they used the palace as the capitol until 1969;...  Read More

Board a former championship record breaking catamaran with the Welakahao Catamaran in Waikiki. You'll explore the blue Hawaiian waters and reefs of the Turtle Canyons on the 2 ½ hour snorkeling adventure. They'll take you to the waters off of...  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