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Hawaiian Escape: Oahu

Hawaiian Escape: Oahu

9 days, 1 city
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An aerial view of a large sprawling city situated next to the blue ocean with mountains in the background
An aerial view of a large sprawling city situated next to the blue ocean with mountains in the background
A tall waterfall situated in the middle of a forest surrounded by trees
A pink flower on a bush
A green bird with a red beak hanging upside down from a tree branch
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Why go?

Hike a volcano. Snooze on the beach. Snorkel. Sightsee. Escape. On Oahu, the world is your poke bowl. After a week of exploring with new friends and living your best island life, you’ll get why they call Oahu “the gathering place.”

Picture yourself

  • Sipping from a coconut on Waikiki Beach

  • Taking in the history of Pearl Harbor

  • Snorkeling with endangered green sea turtles

  • Chasing waterfalls through lush rainforests

  • Listening to the roll of the world-famous waves

What you'll get

  • Round-trip flights & airport transfers (or book 'em yourself)

  • 7 nights in handpicked accommodations

  • 7 breakfasts

  • 1 lunch

  • 2 dinners

  • An expert Tour Director

  • 24/7 support

  • Entrance to Pearl Harbor and the USS Missouri

Map for the Hawaiian Escape: Oahu tour
Full trip itinerary


  • Day 1: Fly to Honolulu + Welcome Dinner

    Aloha! Welcome to Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii and its largest city. Honolulu translates to “sheltered harbor” but don’t worry—this week you’ll be bopping all over the island of Oahu, from world-famous beaches to lush rainforests.

    Today's highlights:

    • Meet an EF representative and fellow travelers as they arrive at the airport.
    • Transfer to your hotel to check in and check out your room.
    • Enjoy a Welcome Dinner with fellow travelers at an authentic local spot.
  • Day 2: Pearl Harbor visit + tour of Honolulu

    The Big Pineapple—aka Honolulu—is home to Pearl Harbor, site of the 1941 Japanese attack that launched the U.S into World War II. Absorb the past, view the memorials, and continue on a tour of the city’s historic sights.

    Today's highlights:

    • Learn about the surprise military strike that changed the course of history.
    • Board a Navy boat shuttle to Battleship Row to see the USS Arizona and Battleship Missouri memorials.
    • Walk through the National Memorial Cemetery in the unique Punchbowl Crater.
    • Stop at Honolulu must-sees like Iolani Palace, the statue of King Kamehameha, and the Hawaii State Capitol grounds.
  • Day 3: Morning Diamond Head hike + free time

    Kick-start your morning with a fabulous hike full of fabulous views. Then, Ohahu is all yours. Grab a Spam musubi, hit the beach, and reeeelaaax.

    Today's highlights:

    • Hike iconic Diamon Head for killer views of the island’s southwest coastline.
    • Refuel with lunch on your own before a free afternoon.

    Free time suggestions

    Waikiki Beach: Chill on the white sand of this world-famous beach, known for surfing, crystal-clear water, and rich history as a haven for Hawaiian royalty.

    Foster Botanical Garden: Escape the Honolulu hustle and bustle at a 14-acre garden right in the middle of the city, home to over 4,000 species of tropical plants.

  • Day 4: Turtle Canyons cruise and snorkel adventure

    If you didn’t snorkel while you were in Hawaii...did you even go? Have a Moana moment on a guided cruise along the coast before flippering through the bathtub-warm waters of one of Oahu's top snorkeling sites.

    Today's highlights:

    • Spot spinner dolphins, flying fish, and humpback whales on a coastal boat cruise.
    • Goggle (pun intended) at endangered green sea turtles and vibrant tropical fish as you snorkel through Turtle Canyons.
  • Day 5: Free day or optional North Shore trip

    Aloha kakahiaka! Another wide-open day of tropical bliss. Holo holo around the island (what, you’ve never heard the Hawaiian phrase for “wander” before?) or spend the day checking out the North Shore’s artsy surf community.

    Free time suggestions

    Kailua Beach: This stretch of perfect sand on the east coast of Oahu is a beachgoer’s dream. Stop in downtown Kailua to pick up some lunch or snacks before a day on the sand.

    Tantalus Lookout: Get a few more steps in on an easy walk to the top of Mount Tantalus where the scenic point boasts sweeping views of Waikiki and Diamond Head.

    Explore the North Shore (extra cost)

    Escape to the charming surf town Hale’iwa to shop, peep some art, eat shaved ice, and hit the beach.

  • Day 6: Morning waterfall hike

    Did you know Hawaii is the only U.S. state with tropical rainforests? This morning you’ll hike through the dense, lush foliage and end at a towering waterfall. Oh, and if you see any dinosaurs on the trail, tell ’em we’re big fans.

    Today's highlights:

    • Trade the blue sea for greenery on a hike through rainforest that made cameos in Jurassic Park and the TV show Lost.
    • Crane your neck to admire the kind of Hawaiian waterfall you’ve always imagined.
    • Stop to devour an included post-hike lunch with the group.

    Free time suggestions

    Bishop Museum: Immerse yourself in Hawaii’s rich heritage and history as you meander through the world’s biggest collection of Hawaiian and Pacific cultural artifacts.

    Dole Pineapple Plantation: Hawaii and pineapples—a love story. Stroll the diverse gardens, take the Pineapple Express train tour, and try to get through the Pineapple Garden maze.

  • Day 7: Free day + Farewell Dinner

    Your Oahu adventure is almost over—no judgment for sobbing into your açai bowl. Soak up your last day in paradise, then share some laughs (and maybe shed a few tears) at an included Farewell Dinner with your group.

    Free time suggestions

    Byodo-In Temple: Located in Oahu’s lush Valley of the Temples, this beautiful structure was built without using a single nail and honors Hawaii’s first Japanese immigrants.

    Ala Moana: Pop into the shops at Ala Moana Mall or relax at the beach park of the same name across the street, which happens to be one of the island’s best spots to watch the sun set.

  • Day 8-9: Fly & Arrive Home

    Aloha Kākou
    Translation: Goodbye, friends. Your next destination awaits—home. Before you head to the airport, enjoy your last few moments together. Take one more group photo. Grab that final drink. (Fine, maybe a couple of drinks.) But this isn’t goodbye. It’s “A hui ho” or “See you later.” The only question is, where?

    – or –


    1. Double the fun
    A lot of our trips line up back to back! Give us a call—we can help you add another and save big while you're at it.

    2. Go ahead or stay behind
    Extending your trip is easy! During checkout, you'll have the option to fly to (or from) the gateway of your choice for an additional fee. We'll adjust your flights accordingly, but you'll be responsible to take care of your transportation, hotels, and other logistics outside of tour.

    Note: Depending on your desired gateways, additional fees may apply.


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