If you’re on vacation in Oahu but don’t want to spend a fortune on the typical tourist traps, then consider visiting these 5 free attractions:
Catch the Hula Show Near Waikiki Beach- A great thing to do while in Waikiki is to watch the hula show at Kuhio Beach. While you’re there, you can take in views of Diamondhead to the east, and classic skyline of hotels and condos that surround Waikiki Beach.
The USS Arizona Memorial- Located in Pearl Harbor, which is just west of the city of Honolulu, the USS Arizona Memorial marks one of the many areas in Pearl Harbor that was devastated by the Japanese attacks during WWII. A ferry takes you to the memorial site, which stands on top of the sunken USS Arizona. This is a must-see for patriots and tourists alike who are looking to pay their respects to those lost on the day that will live in infamy.
Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden- Nestled just outside the town of Kaneohe on the east end of the island. The Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden is set right along the gorgeous jungle cliffs of the island. This backdrop is picturesque, and admission to the garden is free of charge at all times. Near the garden there are several campsites, and there is also a reservoir that can be fished free of charge as well. The visitor center even provides fishing poles, which adds to the convenience and accessibility.
Fireworks Show- If you’re looking for a firework show on a Friday night, then head down to Waikiki. The Hilton Hawaiian Village sponsors this show every Friday night, and there’s no better place to take it than the beaches of Waikiki.
Take a Hike- If you’re looking to get some exercise while on vacation, there’s no better way to go than taking a hike along Hawaii’s most scenic trail. Diamondhead sits on the east end of the island of Oahu, and its peak provides beautiful views of the city of Honolulu. There’s no charge to hike the trail of Diamondhead, which means there’s no reason not to take in this piece of natural beauty.