We can hardly think of a better place for a romantic getaway than Oahu. The beaches, the sun, the gorgeous natural paradise, the food, you name it – everything is perfectly calibrated for that ideal vacation. If you’re looking for romantic things to do in Oahu, for Valentine's Day 2020 or for a romantic outing any time of year, check out our a few of our suggested activities. Regular admission to a number of these activities are included on the Go Oahu pass. Choose as you go from dozens of top attractions and save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate. See all available passes, attractions & prices – Learn more. Our list of things to in Oahu for couples includes...
- A sunset dinner sail
- A turtle swim
- A luxury catamaran sail
- Take a surf lesson
- Try your hand at snorkeling
Enjoy a Sunset Dinner Sail
If spending some time on the water appeals to you, but you're looking to kick it up a notch for Valentine's Day, then a Sunset Dinner Sail is your must-do activity. Set sail just before sunset, as your captain will ensure you get to enjoy the most striking scenes of fading light over the gorgeous waves of the Pacific Ocean. Once aboard, you can enjoy a delicious, island-style dinner (complete with a complimentary drink) that's sure to get your romantic vibes going. And of course, don't forget to keep an eye out for local ocean life, from whales (in season) to dolphins, turtles, and more. Getting In: Tickets to the Makani Sunset Dinner Sail
are included as a bonus option with the 3-, 5-, and 7-Day Go Oahu passes.
Swim with the Turtles
For those of you looking to indulge in something that reminds you of your tropical honeymoon, a chance to swim/snorkel with Hawaiian green sea turtles should be on your must-do list in Oahu. First, though, you'll get to take a tour of the island's most significant natural landmarks, from the Diamond Head Lookout to the Halona Blowhole Lava Tube, as well as some smaller but culturally important venues, like the local Tropical Farms (featuring coffee, chocolates, and macadamia nuts). You'll conclude your sightseeing on the North Shore (be sure to sample fare from the famous shrimp trucks), at which point you'll be able slide right into the crystal-clear waters and snorkel with these inspiring sea creatures. Getting In: Tickets to the Oahu Hidden Gems + Snorkeling with Turtles Tour
are included as a bonus option with the 3-, 5-, and 7-Day
Go Oahu passes.
Hop Aboard a Cruise
There are few things more romantic than a cruise – so why not grab the love of your life and hop aboard a luxurious catamaran sail? An afternoon cruise is the perfect opportunity to combine a relaxing venture out into the water with the chance to see tons of local wildlife, from dolphins and whales to seabirds of all stripes. This two-hour excursion gives you plenty of time to enjoy the ambiance and snap photos of your favorite wildlife. You'll also find a cash bar on board if you're looking to kick back and relax, or even make a romantic toast of some kind. Getting In: Tickets to the Makani Catamaran Sail
are included with the Go Oahu pass.
Relax on the Beautiful Beaches
There’s nothing more romantic than a sunset stroll along the water’s edge – fortunately, Oahu is full of amazing beaches with beautiful views. Whether you want to stick close to home with the beaches in Waikiki or venture out to the North Shore, there are plenty of options to choose from. If you’re looking for something a little bit wilder, Secret Island Beach offers stunning ocean views with beautiful accompanying landscape. Part of the larger group of attractions at Kualoa Ranch, Secret Island Beach also features a number of fun activities for the active couples to enjoy, like beach volleyball. Or, you could opt for something more inland with a traipse around the lush Waimea Valley. The botanical gardens alone are worth the trip, and when you add in a 45-foot waterfall, you'd be hard pressed to find a more scenic escape in all of Oahu. Getting In: Secret Island Beach tickets
and Waimea Valley tickets
are both included with the Go Oahu pass.
Hike, Bike, or Stroll Breathtaking Trails
Outdoorsy couples will love the wealth of activity to be found in Oahu, especially during the winter months. The weather will be mellower than it typically is during the heart of summer, but you'll still easily enjoy healthy amounts of sunshine. Take a hike to a historic lighthouse at Makapu'u Point, or along the famed extinct volcanic crater known as Diamond Head. Both of these trails offer exciting but relatively easy (to moderate) hikes that can be tackled by everyone from hiking newbies to experienced trail blazers. Want to take a stroll through nature without the exertion of a hike? Try a leisurely walk through the Lyon Arboretum, a beautiful garden in a tropical rainforest. Getting In: Makapu'u Point Trail
is free and open to all visitors; the Go Oahu® Card covers transportation to and from the trail. The park fee for the Diamond Head Hike
(plus transportation) is included with the Go Oahu® Card. Admission to the Lyon Arboretum
is included with the Go Oahu pass.
Try Your Hand at Water Sports
You name it, you can try it in Oahu when it comes to outdoor adventures. You’ve always wanted to try that Stand-Up Paddleboarding trend – we’ve got that. It's a fun activity, and it's also some great exercise for your core muscles, so you're basically working out while having fun. Or, perhaps you’re dying to see the amazing Hawaiian sea life on a snorkeling adventure – no problem. Be sure to bring a camera that can take photos underwater, as you won't believe the stunning sights you'll see under the waves. And it doesn't take a professional hand to get some great shots, either! If all you really want is to kayak around the island to your heart's content, we’ve got that covered, too. Just remember a swimsuit, sunscreen, and perhaps some water shoes. Getting In: Stand-up Paddleboarding
rentals, snorkeling rentals
, and kayak rentals
are included with the Go Oahu pass.
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"Hawaii," Charles W. Bartlett. c. 1920-21.
Image credit: Honolulu Museum of Art.[/caption] If you’re the kind of couple who likes to explore the cultural side of things wherever you go, there are a number of small museums and other cultural institutions to explore to help you learn the most about Hawaiian heritage and art. Those looking specifically for art will love the Honolulu Museum of Art, which is the best fine arts museum in Hawaii. While it's best known for its astonishing collection of Asian art and artifacts, the museum also features an impressive collection of Western art, photography, textiles, and more. Love architecture and historic furniture? Then perhaps a visit to the nearby Iolani Palace or the Queen Emma Summer Palace might be the right choice. They’re stunning buildings with fascinating historical significance and visit to either one of these sites is sure to be rewarding to the culture buff. Getting In: Admission to the Honolulu Museum of Art
, Iolani Palace
, and Queen Emma Summer Palace
are all included with the Go Oahu pass.
Learn About the Natural World
If your passion for exploring the globe extends to the natural world, then a visit to the Bishop Museum is in order. This fantastic institution is both Hawaii's largest museum and its most comprehensive: featuring everything from art and artifacts of Polynesian culture to millions upon millions of plant and animal specimens, this is one of the finest natural history museums around. Plus, a visit here is a nice complement to the art museums listed above and truly showcases the extent of Oahu's cultural scene. It's also very family-friendly, should you be celebrating Valentine's Day with the kids tagging along. Getting In: Admission to the Bishop Museum
is included with the Go Oahu pass.
Bring Your Love of Movies to Life
When your favorite shared activity is a good bout of Netflix and popcorn, you know you have to make a point of enjoying a movie sites tour while you’re in Oahu. Who knows, some of your favorite movies and shows may have been filmed on location on this lush tropical island, like Lost
or the Hunger Games
franchise. Along the way, you can also enjoy the gorgeous rainforest setting, complete with picturesque waterfalls, exotic plant life, and plenty of great photo ops for that perfect Instagram to prove you were there. Getting In: Movie Sites Tour tickets
are included with the Go Oahu pass.
Enjoy Island Cuisine
Of course, there are few things as romantic as a nice dinner. When you’re in Oahu, that often means enjoying the delicious options island cuisine has to offer, whether you want to go all out at an amazing luau or are just looking for some classic shaved ice. If you prefer something more traditional (i.e., in a restaurant), Honolulu offers world-class dining with a Hawaiian twist. Expect a lot of seafood and a lot of Asian-influenced cuisine, and be sure to make reservations in advance if you’re planning on dining on Valentine’s Day itself. Getting In: Admission to an authentic luau at the Polynesian Cultural Center
is included as a bonus option on the 3-, 5-, and 7-Day Go Oahu passes.
Meditate on Nature
Image credit: Byodo-In Temple.
This is one for the couple that loves Sunday yoga classes together. Head to the peaceful Byodo-In Temple at the very edge of the Ko'olau Mountains. There, you can spend some time with your loved one meditating on the joys of life together, or just serenely watching the koi flit around their pond. Getting In: Admission to the Byodo-In Temple
is included with the Go Oahu passes.
Take a Surf Lesson
Another one for the athletic couples, a surf lesson is sure to be a great new adventure. This 2-hour semi-private lesson will be an excellent opportunity for you both to experiment with this exhilarating local sport. And don't worry if you're got zero experience in the surfing game -- this opportunity comes with basic training, safety instructions, and personalized attention from your trainers. You'll get plenty of time out in the ocean, too, so it's a great chance to enjoy this iconic Hawaiian sport, get some exercise, try something new, and have a blast! Getting In: Semi-Private Surf Lesson tickets
are available as a premium attraction option with the 3-, 5-, and 7-Day Go Oahu passes.
Save on Admission
So there you have it. Our list of some romantic things to do in the Oahu, just in time for Valentine's Day. From sandy beaches to cool museums to vibrant luaus, Oahu has it all. So when you’re thinking of destinations for your romantic vacation, Hawaii has got to be on your list. Remember, some of these great options are included on the Go Oahu pass, where you can save up to 55% on combined admission vs paying at the gate. Please note, the special events taking place at some of these attractions may be separately ticketed and not included with the Go Oahu pass.