BEST FOR FAMILIES
Direct flights to Honolulu make Oahu the easiest destination for those travelling with children.
While adult travellers may enjoy visiting Pearl Harbor and hiking Diamond Head, kids will prefer visiting Kualoa Ranch, where Jurassic Park was filmed. The ranch has quadbiking, trail rides and zip lines. See kualoa.com
Take them for surf lessons in the sheltered bays on the North Shore of Oahu, well away from the crowds on Waikiki. See sunsetsuzy.com
If you want to stay closer to your hotel, Waikiki Beach Services hires out chairs and beach umbrellas so you are ensured a spot on the sand. You can also hire boards, take a surfing or outrigger-canoe lesson. See waikikibeachservices.com
Every Friday at 7.45pm, the skies above Waikiki are lit up with a fireworks display that lasts for a childfriendly 10 minutes.
While they are put on by Hilton Hawaiian Village Hotel, you’ll be able to see them from the beach. Another big hit at Hilton Hawaiian Village is the Atlantis Submarine. See hiltonhawaiianvillage.com
Kids will also love the Wet’n’Wild theme park, Honolulu’s two aquariums (Sea Life Park and Waikiki Aquarium), Honolulu Zoo, the Polynesian Cultural Center and one of Hawaii’s most popular luaus, at Paradise Cove. For more ideas, see gohawaii.com/au/oahu
Take the shuttle bus to Hanauma Bay for snorkelling in a marine park inside a safe, long-sincecollapsed volcano crater. See hanaumabaystatepark.com