The East side of Oahu, also known as the Windward side, has baby powder soft sand and electric blue water. It is calmer than some of the other sides of Oahu, which makes for epic ocean adventures. Not to mention, the drive along the Windward coast is absolutely breathtaking. Here’s an itinerary for a day of adventure on the East Side:
The east side is a paddler’s paradise with offshore reefs to protect you from the big ocean waves, secluded islands to explore, and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii’s largest natural harbor with the Sunken Island just up the road. Rent a kayak or get a guided tour from Twogood Kayaks and they’ll put their 30 years of experience to work making sure you have an escapade of a lifetime in the Pacific.
Get lifted — on land and in the air. Go tandem paragliding or off-road Hummer four-wheeling to experience some of Oahu’s most thrilling views. At Aloha Paragliding Adventure Tours, a United States Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association – USHPA certified Tandem Instructor will take you on a one-hour tandem discovery paragliding flight combined with flying over Hawaii’s ridges and valleys, waterfalls and majestic Ko’olau and Waianae Mountains. On their exclusive off-road, HUMMER excursion, you can explore Hawaii’s rugged beauty on a scenic hike including snorkeling and a picnic on a secluded beach.
Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, check out any of these spots for a delicious, local lunch!
Kaneohe Bay, located within He’eia State Park, is Oahu’s only barrier reef. This means that there is no open ocean swell, which allows coral to grow much more abundantly and nurture a greater variety of sea life. Holokai Kayak Tours Adventures will take you to some of the best snorkeling spots and stunning parts of the bay, many of which are only accessible by boat. Holokai can take you there.
End the day with ono Hawaiian grinds on a show you won’t be able to see anywhere else in the world. Chief’s Luau is TripAdvisor’s #1 ranked paid attraction on Oahu. An authentic, interactive and romantic experience culminating with a spectacular 10-minute, 8-man fire knife dance is held atop a marvelous ocean-mountain vista at Sea Life Park’s private and scenic Makapu’u Meadows. The panoramic backdrop is beyond your wildest postcard dreams.