Hawaii with Kids (Oahu)
With a modern city, perfect weather, beaches and plenty of food and shopping options; the Island of Oahu is an ideal family holiday destination.
Honolulu is a modern city that I found comparable with the Gold Coast in Australia. Anything you could possibly need for yourself and the kids is available here. I prefer the views of mountains and nature to city building, so I really enjoyed getting out of town and exploring the many different beaches in Oahu.
We based ourselves in Waikiki, staying in a private rental right next door to the Hilton. Close to the yacht harbour, Hilton lagoon and friday night fireworks; I don’t think we could have found a better location for the price. We were also within walking distance of shops and restaurants.
Carting baby equipment around isn’t an issue here either! Did you know you can hire baby equipment in Oahu? Literally, anything you need for babies and young kids can be hired at www.paradisebabyco.com. They deliver and pick-up to your hotel/apartment for free.
My favourite places in Hawaii with kids (Oahu)
Ala Moana Beach Park
Ala Moana Beach Park is a free public park close to Waikiki Beach. It’s perfect for younger kids because the water is really clear and calm. I liked it a lot better than Waikiki beach. Check out these awesome stand up paddleboard tours at Ala Moana Beach Park!
Waimea Falls is located on the North Shore in the lovely Waimea Valley. There is an entrance fee however it’s definitely worth it! The grounds are maintained beautifully and there is a lot of culturally interesting things on offer. Snack shop and facilities are also available. When you get to the falls, there is a lifeguard on duty as well as life jackets if you wish to use them.
Hanauma Bay State Park
Even though I was pretty disappointed at the snorkelling here, Hanauma Bay is still a must see when visiting Hawaii with kids (Oahu). It’s just a picturesque area to spend the morning, although expect crowds! There is a snack bar, gift shop and toilets here. Car parking is limited so you need to get here early or book a tour. The water is really calm and a great place for the kids to learn to snorkel.
The Windward Coast
I thought all of the beaches on the Windward Coast were beautiful. There is plenty of sand for the younger kids who aren’t quite ready for ocean swimming with waves yet. Just hire a car or take a bus and go exploring on your own!
Ko Olina Lagoons
The Ko Olina Lagoons are definitely worth a visit. They are four white-sand lagoons with beautifully kept surrounds that are free and open to the public. If you are not staying right next door at one of the resorts, you will need to catch a bus or hire a car to get there. It’s hard to find a park so get in early. This is frustrating if you aren’t first in best dressed but great for keeping the crowds to a minimum.
For next time …
The next time I visit, I will definitely skip the island of Oahu and head on over to some of the less developed islands for less crowds and more beautiful natural scenery.