Romantic Things to Do in Oʻahu for Couples
As the setting for rom-coms like Punch-Drunk Love, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and 50 First Dates, Oʻahu’s lush, green mountains, pristine beaches, and tropical climate can put anyone in the mood for love. Looking for romantic things to do in Oʻahu for couples? Whether you’re in search of a romantic evening, chill time with a friend, trip for two, or a place to make that proposal you’ve been waiting for, we've mixed popular activities with lesser-known delights that will set your heart aflutter.
Although we strive to provide the most current information, attractions and activities mentioned may close or be suspended at any time. We recommend checking City and County of Honolulu or State of Hawai‘i mandates and individual websites for operating hours, updates, and social distancing measures before visiting.
Set Sail on a Whale Watching Cruise
Instead of a classic sunset cruise to spark romance, opt for some adventure with an unforgettable whale watching cruise. Each year from November through May (with peak season being between January and March), humpback whales, or kohola, migrate some 3,000 miles to the warmer waters of Hawaiʻi. The magnificent creatures can be spotted in the island’s surrounding waters from places like Diamond Head or Makapu'u Point Lighthouse Trail, or you can book a whale watching boat excursion from one of the island’s many tour agencies. It’s important to respect the humpback whales; watercraft must keep a distance of 100 yards when approaching these mighty creatures.
Plan a Beach Date in Waikiki
The two-mile stretch of white sand beach extending along O‘ahu’s south shore has a romantic aura surrounding it. The mood is already set in place for you and your significant other to enjoy a nice day. The best part about a beach date is that it can be priceless (literally). Put on a swimsuit and head to Waikiki Beach, just across the street from Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel. Get to know the beaches of Waikiki with our guide.
Watch the Sunrise at Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout
On a clear, crisp day, make your way to the historic Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout on the Pali Highway between Honolulu and Kailua. The lookout is nestled high up in the Koʻolau Range and is the site of the Battle of Nuʻuanu in 1795, when King Kamehameha I won his efforts for a united Oʻahu. From 1,200 feet, enjoy views of green mountain peeks, blue ocean, Mokoliʻi Island, and Coconut Island. As long as the force winds aren’t too unruly, the lookout makes for a beautiful spot to wrap your arms around your date as you watch the sunrise and gaze out at Oʻahu’s windward coast. Visit our Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout guide for hours, parking fees, and transportation options.
Enjoy a Romantic Dinner on Kalakaua Avenue
Next time you have something worth celebrating with your loved one, book a table at one of Kalakaua Avenue’s most dazzling restaurants. The main thoroughfare of Waikiki has a phenomenal restaurant scene; so setting the mood, whether it’s for a date, anniversary, holiday, or just a night away should be effortless. From Michelin-starred restaurants to poolside tapas and Pacific-Rim cuisine enjoyed from a lanai overlooking the beautifully lit avenue, visit our Walking Food Tour of Kalakaua Avenue for dining inspiration.
Smell the Flowers at Foster Botanical Garden
Walk hand-in-hand through the 14-acre peaceful oasis in the middle of Honolulu. Foster Botanical Garden is the city’s oldest public garden, with palm, butterfly, and economic gardens to get lost in. The expansive green space features notable plants like henna, sugar cane, and macadamia and pomegranate trees. Colorful Gold and Pink Trumpet Trees bloom in the spring, but the Orchid Conservatory has colorful blooms year-round. Take a free guided tour, or wander around the gardens on your own.
Book an Ocean View Suite at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Book a romantic retreat out of town with your one and only. A swoon-worthy stay in an Ocean View suite at Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel includes world-class amenities, a full private lanai, and expansive views of Waikiki Beach and the Pacific. Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel is located just steps from Kuhio Beach on Kalakaua Avenue and is central to everything in Waikiki. See our special offers and begin planning your romantic getaway today.
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