3 Day Trips on Oʻahu for the Solo Traveler
With a plethora of great escapes hiding in plain sight, sometimes we need to be pointed in the right direction when it comes to a change of scenery. These Hawai‘i destinations make traveling on your own simple and spectacular. From the vibrant beaches of the South Shore to the charming towns along the windward coast, these O‘ahu day trips for the solo traveler are just a car ride away.
Due to COVID-19, attractions mentioned may be closed or have reduced hours. 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.
Known as the “town” side of the island, O‘ahu’s South Shore is the home of Honolulu, Hawai‘i’s cosmopolitan capital city. While downtown and Waikiki provide a metropolitan vibe with destinations like the Honolulu Zoo and the best in shopping and dining, the area’s natural and historical attractions provide a rewarding experience for the solo traveler. Check out historic sites like Pearl Harbor and ʻIolani Palace and be sure to spend some time on the beaches of Waikiki, with a hike to Manoa Falls or Diamond Head if time allows.
If you’re looking for a more rural day trip, O‘ahu’s North Shore is favored by tourists for its pristine beaches, food shacks, and peaceful, picturesque surroundings. Large winter waves draw surfers and spectators to ‘Ehukai Beach Park, while Haleʻiwa’s charming downtown is packed with local artist-owned boutiques, surf shops, fruit stands, and restaurants. Some of our favorite places to visit include Shark’s Cove, Waimea Valley, and a stop at the beloved Matsumoto’s Shave Ice.
The 30 miles of scenic coast along Hawai‘i’s eastern shore has excellent places to relax while also offering an abundance of activities for both the adventurous and cultural crowd. Snorkel Hanauma Bay or Lanikai Beach, hike Makapu‘u Point, or kayak the one-third of a mile from Kualoa Point to Mokoliʻi island (better known as Chinaman’s Hat). Explore the beachtown of Kailua before heading north to Kualoa Ranch or “Hollywood’s Hawai‘i Backlot.” The private nature reserve is where Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates, and approximately 50 other movies were filmed. End the day at the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie. The cultural theme park’s luau is consistently ranked as one of the best on O‘ahu.
If you’re going to tackle one of these epic trips in a day, you’ll need a ride. Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel’s on-site transportation partners include Avis/Budget® Car Rental and Zipcar ride-sharing vehicles. Valet parking services are also available. Now for a limited time, guests can receive spacious accommodations, a compact car rental from Avis/Budget® Car Rental, and free daily valet parking with our Snooze-n-Cruise Room and Car special offer.
Ready to get traveling? If you haven’t yet booked your hotel stay, consider Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel, centrally-located to all the activity in Waikiki. With sweeping views of Kuhio Beach, it’s just walking distance from major shopping centers and offers excellent onsite amenities.
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