Living in Oahu means that we’re blessed with endless summers, gorgeous vistas and plenty of things to do that satisfy the needs of adventure junkies and nature lovers. From mountain views to tropical gardens and clear oceans, the Aloha State’s third-largest island has something for everyone.
Here are five of our favorite outdoor adventures to enjoy throughout Oahu.
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Those looking for a peaceful garden tour away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki can find it tucked in the middle of downtown Honolulu. Filled with endangered and rare tropical plants and trees, the living museum has one of the nation’s largest collection of tropical plants.
Check a box off your bucket list and head skyward and see the island from a bird’s-eye view. Tandem jump from the lowest altitude of 8,000 feet or go for the 14,000-foot drop, which is the highest you can free fall without oxygen. Jumps are weather dependent, so come early, even if you have a reservation.
The 4,000-acre ranch was once a sacred Hawaiian site before becoming a sugar mill plantation. Today, the cattle ranch, which often serves as a backdrop for famous TV shows and movies, is great for exploring. Tour the grounds by bus, horse or ATV, and be prepared to get dusty.
Located near beautiful windward beaches, Kailua Beach Adventures offers kayak, surfboard, snorkel and boogie board rentals, surf lessons and guided kayaking tours. More experienced paddlers can rent a one- or two- person kayak or stand-up paddle boards and venture to the uninhabited Moku Nui to explore hidden coves on the tiny island.
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If you hate getting your face wet or aren’t scuba certified, but have always wanted to explore the ocean, this “dive” is for you. The Breathing Observation Bubble keeps your head dry as a motorized scooter whisks you alongside turtles and tropical fish. Bring along your motion sickness pills, as the boat ride can get a bit bumpy.
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