summer bucket list

The Perfect Oahu Bucket List for Summer Fun

They say tans fade, but memories last forever – agreed! And no destination does summer tans and plans quite like the island of Oahu. As we count down the days to summer vacay, we’re sharing the top 10 activities on our Summer Fun Bucket List about which we’re most excited. Get into that summer state of mind!

1. Haleiwa Road Trip + Sweet Treats

matsumotos shave ice

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The sweet surf town of Haleiwa is a quintessential stop in the summer. Find fun shops, restaurants, and lots of outdoor activities there. Our must-eat is quintessential for hot summer days: shave ice. It’s not your grandma’s snow cone; finely grated and full of flavor, shave ice is a Hawaii staple. Haleiwa’s Matsumoto’s makes every bucket list…plus, your decision-making skills will be tested with the variety of flavors. Insider tip: try adding ice cream to your cone!

2. Scuba Diving

If you dig marine life but are bored by aquariums, give scuba diving a shot. There are plenty of scuba diving companies around the island, but Oahu Diving specifically caters to first-time divers, if you don’t have experience. Your buds at home will be insta-jealous of your #squadgoals as you shake fins with a honu (turtle). And maybe meet a clingy he’e (octopus) along the way!

3. Surf Lessons

There’s nothing more quintessentially “Oahu summer” than surf lessons on Waikiki Beach. Do you have what it takes to stand up and ride? We’ll see you on the next wave!

4. Maunawili Falls Trail

Oahu’s natural beauty goes beyond white beaches and warm oceans. Hiking is a great summer activity, and we love it when there’s something worth hiking to…like a waterfall! Maunawili Falls Trail is a beautiful, moderate-level hike concluding with a fun waterfall. Sorry TLC, we say: do go chasing waterfalls.
Remember: always be careful when hiking and do not swim with open cuts! Here are some additional safety tips for Maunawili Falls Trail.

5. Wet N Wild Water Park

Sometimes you just want to flow down the lazy river (that’s where you’ll find us, anyway). We don’t blame you; summer is made for lazy, hazy days. Wet N Wild water park is perfect for big groups, with chill, moderate, and extreme water activities – something for everyone! Catch a 40-foot wave on Da’ Flowrider, or enjoy tons of different water raft slides. Insider tip: for an additional price, reserve preferred cabana seating for your group!

6. Dole Plantation + Dole Whip

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Disney’s not the only place with refreshing pineapple Dole Whip. Check out all things pineapple, literally, at Dole Plantation, including your favorite Dole Whip. Ride the Pineapple Express (yup, that’s a real thing), take a garden tour, or find your way through the world’s largest maze. The botanical maze is made of island flora, but walking through the bushes doesn’t count as a short cut 🤪

7. Sundown Sundays at SKY Waikiki


Waikiki summer sunsets are rivaled by none; why not celebrate with the sunset at Oahu’s ultimate summer sunset party? Every summer Sunday at SKY Waikiki, enjoy chill rooftop party vibes on the open-air deck overlooking Waikiki Beach, 19 stories above famous Kalakaua Avenue. Sit back, relax, and enjoy live entertainment, half-off champagne bottle specials, and the world’s best sunset.

8. Waimea Bay

In the winter, Waimea Bay is home to massive waves and international surf competitions. In the summer, this spot is the perfect North Shore beach getaway to enjoy Oahu’s white, sandy beaches. Here, you’ll find beach bunnies lounging in the bay and thrill seekers taking the leap off a 32-foot cliff 😱.

9. Rent a moped or Biki

There’s nothing quite like feeling the warm Hawaiian breeze through your hair while riding along a palm-lined road. Take a leisurely ride around the island on a moped and enjoy Oahu’s sites at your own pace. Prefer to pedal it out? Rent a Biki bicycle at many conveniently located stations around Honolulu, and return it to any station with open slots!

10. Paddleboard Yoga

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Sun + beach + ocean + zen = Paddleboard Yoga. The perfect Oahu summer activity, give this balancing act a shot. At Yoga Floats, classes are offered for all skill levels, including private lessons. Or, try a once-in-a-lifetime nighttime class, finding calm surrounded by the Honolulu city lights. Don’t worry, the water is lit by beautiful underwater fluorescent lights!