Ah, the sweet bliss of this year winding down! So, you can imagine my delight when my incredible boyfriend surprised me with a much-needed anniversary trip to the enchanting island of Oahu, Hawaii. Trust me; it was nothing short of magical, especially our visits to the iconic Waikiki Beach and North Shore.
Now let me tell you, lovebirds flock to Oahu for good reasons. The romantic allure and thrilling activities from Pearl Harbor to Diamond Head are almost irresistible. As a result, we decided to immerse ourselves fully in these experiences, hand-in-hand.
After combing through countless articles and seeking advice from travel-savvy pals, we managed to select awe-inspiring adventures that ultimately drew us even closer together. Plus, those sunsets? Absolute perfection. Especially the ones we saw on the North Shore and Lanikai Beach, which offered a beautiful bird’s eye view of the sun dip into the ocean, creating a fireworks display of colors across the sky.
In our quest for amore’, we tried it all: scenic hikes at Diamond Head, tantalizing meals at fancy restaurants – oh, and let’s not forget wine tasting under a starry sky. It truly was an exploration of the romance that Oahu Hawaii had to offer, including an exciting visit to an escape room in Honolulu for a fun couple’s challenge.
Warning: You might find yourselves humming “Love is in the air” on repeat during your entire stay, perhaps even spotting some whale sightings off the coast or watching the myriad of sea birds over the nature preserve.
So gear up my fellow enamored explorers because I’ve handpicked six swoon-worthy activities that’ll make your time in Oahu truly unforgettable!
#1. Polynesian Cultural Center – Best Romantic Thing To Do in Honolulu for Couples
There were so many beautiful experiences on this tour that I can’t do it justice! Asides from visiting the island village (all-day admission to the authentic cultures of 6 Pacific Islands), canoe ride, and evening show, there was an Alii Luau Buffet with live entertainment. The food is fantastic, and the Orchid flower lei is one of my favorite souvenirs from our trip!
We reserved the Alii luau package ten days in advance and got the discounted price of $166.46 per person. Since this was an all-day event with tours, entertainment, smoothies, professional pictures, and dinner, it was a bargain. The cultural experience is the best available on the island.
The show and dinner, along with the talented dancers, were entertaining and romantic. The venue is beautiful, surrounded by exotic plants, and romantically lit. And I loved the Huli Chicken and Mango Ice Cream. The staff was friendly, entertaining, and educational.
It was my favorite activity because there was so much to do and see. We got to experience all the cultures, music, and food together. It left us with so many experiences at once.
Don’t miss out on this beautiful experience because:
- There is a wonderful cultural tour with hands-on activities and canoe rides representing the authentic cultures of the 6 Pacific Islands.
- There is a beautiful Breath of Life show and buffet dinner with entertainment.
- It’s a memorable experience to share as a couple ending with a delicious meal in a romantic setting.
- You get a picture and a beautiful orchid lei as a souvenir.
- The money helps fund the university program on Polynesian studies.
Address: 55-370 Kamehameha Hwy, Laie, HI 96762
#2. Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse Trail – The Best Breathtaking Coastal Views and Romantic Hike
This hike was the most romantic I have ever been on. The surroundings are beautiful, and the view at the top is one of a kind. The excellent part is it’s not a challenging hike (so most couples can do it). And it is about two miles away.
We did an evening hike, timing the sunset, and had a picnic with some takeout and drinks. The trail is paved and not steep. There are many beautiful picture opportunities on the way (no rush!) We didn’t encounter many other people, which was perfect for some alone time.
The destination is called Makapu’u Head. Here we saw the most beautiful panoramic views. Aside from the ocean view, you can see islands in the distance and a historic lighthouse from the early 1900s. It is a famous whale-watching destination, but we have yet to see any (check if the season is right when you visit!)
The view and sunset were so beautiful that I will remember this hike forever. We took some beautiful pictures and enjoyed our dinner. It was quiet, away from traffic, and very peaceful.
Here’s why Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse Trail is my second pick:
- The trail is paved and not too challenging, so everyone can make a leisure trip.
- There are scenic views along the way with native plants and birds.
- At Makapu’u Head, there is a fantastic panoramic view of the ocean, lighthouse, and distant islands.
- There are not many tourists, making it suitable for watching the sunset and picnics.
NOTE: Bring a hat for sun protection because there is very little shade.
Address: off of the Kalanianaole Highway (Hwy. 72) at the southeastern-most point of Oahu
#3. Winery Oeno – Beat Island Style Wine Tasting
This wine-tasting experience was the most original we have been to. Perhaps because this funky little winery (located in an industrial area in a tiny warehouse-type building) serves some unique wines, think pineapple, coconut, and lime.
We did a 5 p.m. wine tasting I booked online. The space was small but beautifully decorated with artwork and pleasant music. We loved the ambiance. It wasn’t crowded (two more couples), so we had plenty of space, and it was easy to hear and understand the server. I enjoyed hearing him speak about the winemaking process because he was knowledgeable and entertaining.
The tasting included six types of wine (that I didn’t even know existed). So this was a truly authentic experience. With our wine, we had sourdough bread and garlic butter. Sipping wine and enjoying music was a memorable couple’s activity for us.
I enjoyed the Pomegranate and Watermelon. We bought several bottles for our friends to try.
This couple’s activity is fantastic because:
As it is not crowded, the area is a pleasant place to spend an afternoon or evening:
- The wine tasting is unique, and you will most likely taste some wines you have never tried.
- The servers are informative and friendly. It is enjoyable to listen to them.
- We enjoyed the one-on-one time with an excellent wine sampler and some sourdough bread.
Address: 201 Kapaa Quarry Pl SUITE 3105, Kailua, HI 96734
#4. Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens – Peaceful Refuge for the Perfect Picnic
This place is one of the most romantic and exotic to spend an afternoon together. Also, there is no admission fee. So plan your day, pack some food and enjoy this remarkable park that covers over 400 acres.
We visited right after lunch and packed some snacks (and lots of water) for our exploration. Parking was easy and available next to the visitor center. We took the Hoʻomaluhia Lake and Stream Trails, about 1.5 miles long. An online map displays the walking paths and amenities, so you can plan your walk.
The lake was peaceful and quiet. All you can hear are the trees rumbling in the slight wind and water trickling. We explored some of the native plants and birds. We loved it.
Beautiful and wild-looking mountains are all around, making you feel like you are in the middle of a jungle. We took some beautiful pictures. No tourists, no traffic, no noise pollution.
Don’t miss out on taking a pleasant walk or having a picnic here because:
- The botanical garden covers over 400 acres of land and has been protected since the 80s.
- There is no admission fee, so it’s a pleasant place for a leisurely couple to walk or have a picnic.
- It is far from traffic, city noise, and tourists. You feel like you are in the jungle.
- It’s a beautiful and unique photo opportunity.
Address: 45-680 Luluku Rd, Kaneohe, HI 96744
#5. Byodo-In Temple – Ring the Bell for Good Luck
The Byodo-In Temple at the base of the Ko’olau Mountains is a beautiful replica of the original, found in Uji, Japan. This is not a practicing temple, and it welcomes visitors of all religions (or lack thereof). General admission is only $5 per person. There is lots of parking available.
I made sure we walked in the morning, right after breakfast. The grounds were gorgeous and a bit wet. I appreciated the fresh air and peacefulness. There is a beautiful pond filled with lucky koi fish, turtles, and swans. We spent some time enjoying the view and reflecting here.
There are several Buddha statues, but the central one inside the temple is the most beautiful. The giant bronze statue is stunning.
We also enjoyed ringing the massive bell before entering the temple. We were told this would bring us happiness, long life, and many blessings! (You can’t ever have too much of that!)
They have a cute gift shop, food for the fish, and a juice bar. We enjoyed it and had peaceful conversations while taking a pleasant walk.
Don’t miss out on visiting the Byodo-In Temple because:
- It is different, unusual, and a beautiful space to explore.
- There is a beautiful koi pond where you can sit, reflect and feed the fish.
- Ringing the bell before entering the temple will bring you happiness and many blessings!
- It’s a peaceful activity without too many tourists or crowds.
- A peaceful place to take a walk, take beautiful pictures, and meditate together if you wish.
Address: 47-200 Kahekili Hwy, Kaneohe, HI 96744
#6. Beach Sunset Yoga Hawaii – Best Romantic Relaxing Thing To Do in Oahu
This is an unforgettable couples experience whether you practice yoga or not! We stumbled upon this opportunity on one of our evening walks, and it was well worth it. The instructor was helpful and hands-on and organized the class so that all levels could participate (it was one couple’s first time!)
We did the dynamic sunset class. It was both physically and spiritually amazing. The Waikiki Oceanfront position and Diamondhead Backdrop hypnotized us. Everything felt peaceful and far away from tourist-filled activities.
The class lasts about 75 to 80 minutes. They have classes every day, twice a day, for those who wish to make it a daily practice. We did two evening classes during our trip. All you need are comfortable clothing, water, and a towel. It is all outdoors, so don’t bring too much stuff.
The entire experience brought us closer together. It was comforting, and we enjoyed practicing outside. The view is one of a kind. The instructor is attentive and helpful.
I would recommend this activity for every couple because:
- You can practice peaceful yoga with your partner with a fantastic view and sunset.
- The instructor is attentive and helpful and adjusts to every fitness level.
- The experience is soothing and provides a relaxing activity outside.
- Bo special equipment is necessary, just water and a towel.
Address: 2735 Kalākaua Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815
Oahu is a couple’s paradise. It’s hard not to feel romance in the air when exotic food, jungles, beaches, and picture-perfect sunsets surround you. Not only that, but the island has so many couples activities that you would have to come several times to check them all out. The whole of Oahu, Hawaii is full of beauty, from Central Oahu to Lanikai Beach, and even the breathtaking bird’s eye view you can witness from a helicopter tour.
Do the Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse Trail or Beach Sunset Yoga for active couples, or perhaps enjoy swimming in the crystal-clear waterfalls scattered across the island. If you’re lucky, you might even spot some beautiful wildlife, including dolphins.
For foodies, check out the Polynesian Cultural Center luau, enjoy mochi at a local food truck, or have an extraordinary coffee bean tasting experience at a local farm in Wahiawa, Hawaii. You could also experience fusion cuisine at one of the island’s famed restaurants, or get a taste of Shangri La (Doris Duke)’s unique culinary flair. And, of course, a visit to the Winery Oeno for a unique wine tasting is a must.
I guarantee everyone will find something that they enjoy.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):
Is Oahu good for couples?
Yes. Oahu is one of the top vacation destinations for couples. Many couples choose to have honeymoons, anniversaries, and weddings on Oahu. You could take a stroll through Wahiawa Botanical Garden, or visit Kaena Point to witness the beautiful sunset. The majority of venues can accommodate these activities. Besides Oahu, other islands also provide beautiful options for couples.
Asides from beautiful beaches, hiking trails, and restaurants for the most romantic couples retreat, Oahu offers many tours and tastings for couples, including couples massage at luxury spas. If you are looking for farm-to-table tours, coffee tours, wine tours, and sea life exploration with your partner, this is the place to visit. You might even spot some marine mammals, like humpback whales during the right season!
What is there to do on a date in Oahu?
Oahu has many date options. It has some of the best fine dining opportunities, live music venues, and beautiful beaches for picnics. Some date ideas include visiting the Polynesian Cultural Center, where you can have a luau, or visiting the Hoomaluhia Botanical Gardens, which is one of the famous landmarks on the island. These gardens stretch over 400 acres of land and are free to visit. Some other date ideas include visiting the Iolani Palace, or taking a photography tour capturing the scenic beauty of Nuʻuanu Pali.
If you are looking for an active date with stunning views, taking the Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse Trail would be perfect. For those with a certain travel style seeking fun activities, you might also enjoy watching pro surfers on the North Shore. If you are looking for an active date with stunning views, taking the Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse Trail or a helicopter tour would be perfect.
How do people celebrate anniversaries in Hawaii?
Some of the best ways to celebrate your anniversary in Hawaii is to enjoy the natural beauty of the Oahu beaches and hiking trails, like the trail to Manoa Falls or Sacred Falls. With so many options, it is easy to plan romantic things for couples. Some ideas include enjoying a sunset dinner at one of the many fine-dining restaurants or taking a beachside yoga class as a couple. If your Hawaiian anniversary trip takes you to Oahu, Hawaii try visiting the only winery on the island, Winery Oeno. There you can have a romantic wine-tasting date. For a unique experience, visit the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum or learn about Hawaii’s Monarchy at the Bishop Museum.
What are some relaxing things to do in Oahu for adults and young adults?
In Oahu, adults and young adults can unwind by strolling along Waikiki Beach or White Sand beaches, visiting Hanauma Bay for a spot of snorkeling, or exploring the serene Waimea Valley. Here, you can visit Waimea Falls. Enjoying a boat ride or participating in an outdoor yoga session during sunset is also ideal for relaxation. The Windward Coast offers impressive photo ops with its stunning views.
Can you recommend affordable or free things to do on Oahu?
Some cheap or free activities in Oahu include hiking Diamond Head crater, exploring central Oahu’s natural beauty like North Shore’s Sunset Beach, visiting Haleiwa town or enjoying hula dancing shows at various shopping centers. And before you leave Oahu, you might also want to try shave ice, a popular local treat! You might also want to try paddleboarding in Waimānalo, Hawaii or visiting the Waikiki Trolley.
What fun things can be experienced when visiting Honolulu for adults?
Honolulu offers many attractions such as Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial tours, scuba diving excursions along with experiencing Hawaiian culture through hula dancing presentations and local events. Don’t forget a trip to Diamond Head for an adventurous hike, and end your day with a relaxing stroll down the bustling Waikiki Beach. A trip to the Honolulu Museum of Art, which houses exhibits of Hawaiian monarchs, is also a must for any cultural enthusiast.
What are exciting activities that encompass the essence of Hawaiian Islands?
To experience authentic Hawaiian culture and atmosphere you should explore historic sites like Iolani Palace, Hulihe’e Palace on Big Island, Pearl Harbor, and Diamond Head; embrace nature by strolling through lush botanical gardens like the Lyon Arboretum; learn about coffee beans production at a local plantation, learn about macadamia nuts production; witness sea turtles nesting areas along North Shore beaches. And of course, no trip to Oahu would be complete without spending some time on the famous Waikiki Beach.
To truly experience Hawaii, visit Kauai or Maui, and witness the breathtaking volcanoes and lava formations. Try some Kona coffee from the Kona District, Hawaii, or go whale watching in the crystal clear bays.
Are there any classic Hawaiian dishes one must try while exploring romantic things to do in Honolulu?
Indulging in classic Hawaiian dishes like poke bowls, loco moco, lua lua among others would enhance your romantic getaway experience. Make sure to dine at restaurant establishments offering waterfront views for an unforgettable ambiance. Another idea is to sample a malasada at a local food truck. Don’t forget to sip on some Kona coffee in a cozy coffeehouse while you’re at it! After a delightful meal, enjoy a gentle stroll along the sandy beaches, sharing a tropical fruit with your loved one, experiencing a picturesque sunset.
Can you suggest romantic activities exclusive to Waikiki beach?
For couples seeking romance around the Waikiki Beach area, options abound. One of the top sights to experience are sunset cruises, candlelit dinners on the beach & watching the hula dancers sway while enjoying a classic Hawaiian dish. Try swimming with dolphins for a unique thrill, or take to the skies with helicopter tours offering amazing views of the island. Don’t forget to indulge in some traditional Hawaiian shave ice for a sweet end to your day.
Remember, Hawaii is more than just its stunning beaches, so make sure to explore all the unique experiences it has to offer.
What unique Oahu activities can tourists enjoy to learn about Hawaii’s rich history?
Visiting Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial offers insights into pivotal moments of Hawaiian history. Also hike Diamond Head Crater, a renowned volcanic crater, for witnessing spectacular views. Visit the USS Missouri (BB-63), an impressive piece of World War II history, famously known as Battleship Missouri, or explore the depths of Pearl Harbor in a submarine. To fully immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture and history, be sure to visit the statue of King Kamehameha.
If you’re eager to explore the natural beauty of Oahu, don’t miss out on Manoa Falls and Koko Head for their stunning views. Add these spots to your bucket list and appreciate their beauty while on your Hawaiian getaway. Take a trip to Makapu’u Point, another must-visit location for travellers in Oahu.
For art and history buffs, don’t miss out on the Museum of Art in Honolulu, where you’ll get to appreciate the beautiful fusion of traditional Polynesian art with influences from the United States.
Engage in cultural events to appreciate traditional hula dancing and sampling the local cuisine for some added fun on your journey through this vibrant corner of Polynesia.
Which attractions should not be missed when visiting Oahu for couples looking for adventure?
Adventurous couples visiting Oahu should explore North Shore beaches, hike through central Oahu’s lush landscapes or take a boat ride for some thrilling marine life encounters such as whale watching or sea turtle spotting. Scuba diving is another exciting option in Hanauma Bay area.
Definitely visit the Hālona Blowhole, go cliff diving at Waimea Bay, or take a thrilling boat ride for some marine life encounters such as whale watching or sea turtle spotting. Consider exploring the North Shore beaches or venturing out to the Windward and leeward parts of the island.
What are some of the best things to do in Oahu for couples seeking to explore the rich culture, history, and natural beauty of the island?
Here is a list of the best things to do in Oahu for couples:
- Diamond Head: Hike this famous volcanic crater for breathtaking views of the island. Don’t forget to bring your camera to capture the perfect place for stunning photos.
- Iolani Palace: Explore the only royal palace in the United States, a true icon and landmark of Hawaiian history.
- Manoa Falls: Take a romantic hike to this stunning waterfall, perfect for a day of exercise and connection with earth‘s natural beauty.
- Hanauma Bay: Experience some of the best snorkeling on the island, you might even see a friendly shark species.
- Arizona Memorial: Pay your respects at this significant World War II site, crucial in the history between the United States and the Empire of Japan.
- Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum: Dive into the history of aviation in the Pacific during World War II.
- Ala Moana Regional Park: Enjoy a picnic or a leisurely stroll in this beautiful park, a perfect place to watch the waves and sunset.
- USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park: Learn about submarines and their role in the World War II. The USS Bowfin is an absolute must-see.
- National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific: Visit this solemn but beautiful historical site.
- Shangri La Museum of Islamic Art, Culture & Design: Discover Islamic art and culture in a stunning location. This museum was the home of philanthropist Doris Duke.
- Sunset Beach Park: Experience one of the best sunsets on the island, a unique activity that’s also one of the most popular options.
- Bishop Museum: Immerse yourselves in Hawaiian history and culture at this museum, the largest in Hawaii.
- Battleship Missouri Memorial: Explore this iconic World War II battleship.
- Ala Moana Center: Indulge in some retail therapy in the world’s largest open-air shopping center. Stop by a local shop to try some Hawaiian chocolate made from locally grown nuts (fruits).
- Waimea Bay: Enjoy a beach day at this famous surfing spot. Make sure to watch the pros ride the big waves.
- Honolulu Museum of Art (HoMA): Discover a range of artworks from different cultures and eras, including pieces from Italy and California.
- Honolulu Zoo: Meet a variety of animal species at this popular zoo.
- Lyon Arboretum: Enjoy a quiet walk through this botanical garden, rich with tropical flora.
- Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort: Relax at this iconic hotel known for its beachfront and excellent facilities, including a day spa for some pampering.
- Kapi’olani Regional Park: Enjoy a wide range of recreational activities in this largest and oldest public park in Hawaii. You can rent a car or a tram to get around the park easily.
- Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa, located in Kapolei, Hawaii: Experience Disney magic Hawaiian-style in this luxury resort. Also, make sure to visit the nearby Ko Olina Resort.
- Kualoa Ranch: Take part in a variety of outdoor activities such as horseback riding, ATV tours, and movie site tours.
- Turtle Bay Resort: Luxuriate in this resort, known for its golf courses and beachfront location. Opt for a catamaran tour to see the island from a different perspective.
- Don’t miss the Dole Plantation‘s maze, one of the best things to do on the island. You might also want to check out the Halona Blowhole or the uniquely shaped island of Mokoliʻi, also known as Chinaman’s Hat.
Enjoy exploring the resort life, trying out unique activities, and capturing beautiful photos of your Hawaiian getaway.
Last Updated on May 27, 2023 by Brigitte