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Fun things to do in Oahu

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Have fun in the Hawaiian sun

The island of Oahu is home to bustling big cities, quiet beaches and tourist hot spots. Read on to find out which spots you shouldn't miss on your next visit to this Hawaiian paradise.

Have fun in the Hawaiian sun

When you plan your Hawaiian vacation, do you picture yourself laying on the quiet North Shore sand with no agenda or walking down an energetic beachfront boulevard in Waikiki lined with high-end shopping, five-star hotels and popular beaches? In Oahu, you can have all that and everything in between.

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Perhaps Oahu's most iconic spot, Waikiki is a tourist mecca with all the amenities of a big city and the incredible Pacific Ocean as its backdrop. Wander down Kalakaua Avenue, the main beachfront road, for more shops, restaurants and bars than you could visit in a week. This stretch is also home to many hotels with oceanviews and luxurious accommodations, including the historic (and very pink) Royal Hawaiian Hotel. Eat at Duke's Waikiki, a bar and grill located right on the sand and learn all about the legendary Duke Kahanamoku, an Olympic swimmer credited with popularizing surfing. Brave the crowds and go for a swim in the warm waters of Waikiki Beach, where the waves break further out at sea leaving a shallow, calm shore perfect for drifting on a raft. Those with an adventurous side can rent a surfboard and try to catch a wave while those who play it safe can lounge in the sun with a fruity cocktail.

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