Oahu is an excellent springtime destination for many reasons. While the weather is probably just warming up where you’re coming from, it’s kind of perpetually warm in Oahu and they’re ready to go when it comes to outdoorsy fun.
It’s also less of a busy season for American tourists in Oahu, so you’ll likely encounter fewer lines and shorter wait times for big attractions.
If you’re looking for things to do in Oahu in Spring 2018, check out our list of some of the best activities and attractions, including…
- Hanauma Bay Snorkel
- Polynesian Cultural Center
- Diamond Head Hike
- Sea Life Park Hawaii
- and more!
Save on Springtime Activities in Oahu
Regular admission to a number of these attractions are available on the Go Oahu Card.
Choose as you go from popular attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate.
Please note, some of these special spring events may be separately ticketed and not available on the Go Oahu Card.
Embark on a Snorkel Adventure
Many people flock to Oahu for the sandy beaches and clear waters. For many, however, it’s what’s under the waves that’s the most engaging. Take advantage of the lovely clear waters around Oahu in Hanauma Bay to go on a snorkeling adventure of a lifetime.
See some of the world’s most exotic marine life, from vivid tropical fish to swaying aquatic flora. It’s a fun underwater adventure that requires no prior experience to enjoy, so it’s a perfect family activity, too.
Getting In: Hanauma Bay Snorkel is included with the Go Oahu® Card.
Explore the Polynesian Cultural Center
This one-of-a-kind attraction is a must-do cultural experience for all visitors.
One of the most visited attractions on the entire island, the Polynesian Cultural Center celebrates the heritage of local culture and the way it lives on today.
Explore seven themed areas, participate in historically accurate activities like spear throwing or carving, enjoy sumptuous Hawaiian cuisine, and even stick around for an evening luau. It’s one of the most authentic Polynesian experiences to be had in the area.
Getting In: Admission to the Polynesian Cultural Center is included with the Go Oahu® Card.
Enjoy the Warming Waters
Although it may perhaps be a bit cold for swimming for some of you, everyone can enjoy some good old-fashioned water sports.
Whether you want to hop aboard a luxurious catamaran sail or paddle a kayak at your own leisurely pace, there’s a water activity with your name on it.
You could also opt to rent some low-key gear like flippers or boogie boards to enjoy the water at your own pace.
Play at Sea Life Park
If you love aquatic animals but prefer to see them in a more overtly educational setting, then a visit to Sea Life Park should be on your must-do list.
It’s the perfect place to encounter a wide variety of species from tiny tropical reef dwellers to dancing dolphins.
They also offer a number of special events, like Dolphin Awareness (in March) and an ongoing concert series (beginning in April).
Getting In: Admission to Sea Life Park Hawaii is included with the Go Oahu® Card.
Visit the Honolulu Museum of Art
This spring, a number of new special exhibits have been introduced at the Honolulu Museum of Art.
For example, featured exhibits include the darkly inspiring “Abstruction: The Sculpture of Erick Swenson” (open now), “Realism and the Natural Sciences in Japanese Woodblock Prints” (opening April 26, 2018) and “Rooted in Paradise: A Garden Club of America Major Flower Show presented by The Garden Club of Honolulu” (opening May 11, 2018).
They also feature Art after Dark events monthly, so check out the calendar before you visit to see what the current event will be.
Getting In: Admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art is included with the Go Oahu® Card.
Get Out and Get Active!
Of course, there’s plenty to be done on land, too! Hike up to the lovely historic Makapu’u Point, or along the ridges of the astonishing Diamond Head volcanic crater.
There are also plenty of natural spaces to enjoy without the effort of a hike, like a leisurely stroll through the gorgeous Waimea Valley.
Find what inspires you in Oahu’s natural beauty!
Find Your Zen Space
If you loved exploring the cultures of Polynesia, then you won’t want to miss out on learning about the Japanese heritage of Oahu as well.
Visit the serene Byodo-In Temple and meditate on the nature of a global world, and soak up the peace and mindfulness that a temple nestled in the wilderness can bring.
Getting In: Admission to the Byodo-In Temple is included with the Go Oahu® Card.
Visit the Bishop Museum & Special Exhibits
One of the best natural history museums in the country, this delightful venue features a plentiful selection of artifacts, objects, and specimens for all to enjoy, with a particular focus on Polynesian culture and local nature.
They also offer periodic special exhibits, including this spring’s much-anticipated ““Holo Moana: Generations of Voyaging,” which showcases how a centuries-old tradition of ocean voyaging has been resurrected and reimagined in the last several decades.
Kids will especially love “Expedition: Dinosaur,” a new exhibit this spring that highlights the amazing world of these prehistoric creatures and the hunt for their fossils across the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. It’s a must for aspiring paleontologists and anyone who ever loved dinosaurs as a kid.
Getting In: Admission to the Bishop Museum is included with the Go Oahu® Card.
Local Events in Spring
University of Hawaii
March 14, 15, 16, 17 & 18, 2018
An installation in the Kennedy Theatre dance series, “Spring Footholds” features student choreography from the University of Hawaii at Manoa.
Graduate and undergraduate choreographers and dancers perform to the delight of all in this anything but amateur exhibition.
A visit here is a great way to support local theater and local students at the same time.
Getting In: Admission to the Spring Footholds Dance Concert is separately ticketed and is not included with the Go Oahu® Card. For more information, please visit the event website.
This is one for the art lovers among you. The Waikiki Artfest showcases more than 70 of the area’s best artists and artisans.
From jewelry to woodcarving to ceramics and more, if you’re looking for a unique souvenir or gift, this is the place to be.
Live entertainment and food for sale make this free event a great way to spend a few hours in sunny Kapiolani Park.
Getting In: Admission to Waikiki Artfest is free.
Lei Day Celebration
May 1, 2018
This annual celebration is held every year on May 1 to honor the spirit of Aloha that makes Oahu so special. Come to see these beautiful flower garlands in all their glory, and to see the new Lei Court.
For 2018, the 91st year of this event promises to be a blast. Featuring an impressive line-up of musical and dance performances, exhibits, and a parade and ceremony, the Lei Day Celebration is sure to please the entire family.
Getting In: Admission to Lei Day is free.
Remember to Save on Admission
Did we miss anything? A few things to do in Oahu in the spring, including some special events, other seasonal activities in April, May, and June.
Please note, the spring events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not available with the Go Oahu® Card.
We hope you consider adding some of these fun ideas to your spring vacation itinerary.