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Top 5 Tourist Mistakes You Should Avoid When Visiting Oahu (Infographic)

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Aloha, Hawaii traveler!


Going on a trip is probably one of the most exciting things you can do in your life. Who would not love to experience a new culture and witness enticing and scenic views from different places around the world? Upon visiting Oahu on your Hawaiian vacation, you will be overwhelmed with many things that this Hawaiian island offers. 


Oahu is known as the third-largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago. Its nickname, the Gathering Place, suits the island well as it welcomes the highest number of visitors annually. This island is famous for its beaches, dishes, thrilling activities, and tourist attractions such as the Waimea Botanical Garden and Waterfall, Byodo In Temple, and Diamond Head.


Falling in love with Oahu can be as easy as breathing. But Hawaiian travelers, especially first-timers, may have innocent misconceptions about the island. These misconceptions might contribute to missing out on exciting things that Oahu can offer on their Hawaiian vacation. So to make the most of your vacation to Hawaii and help you navigate through our beautiful island of Oahu, here are some of the top tourist mistakes you should avoid when visiting the island.


  • Honolulu is not just a beach paradise

The island of Oahu is divided into five distinct and dynamic regions: the Windward Coast, Central Oahu, the Leeward Coast, the North Shore, and finally, Honolulu. Among these five regions, Honolulu is the biggest and busiest one. This region is Hawaii’s capital and the gateway to the US island chain.


While Honolulu is home to countless beautiful Hawaiian beaches, The city’s iconic skyline borders its golden beaches, making it a big city and beach destination rolled into one. 


But some first-time tourists get stuck in Waikiki and don’t leave their first time here. Getting out and seeing what Oahu has to offer is incredibly important. A great way to do this is by taking an Oahu Tour and seeing what Hawaii is really all about. 


Go Tours Hawaii has a variety of Oahu Excursions that pick up daily in Honolulu and take you around the island for an incredible Hawaii sightseeing Oahu day tour. For more information, you can visit their website at


  • Never leaving your hotel grounds

Although it is understandable that taking a rest is your primary goal in your vacation and you might be tempted to experience the facilities of your chosen accommodation, staying within the hotel grounds for the majority of your Oahu vacation is one of the biggest mistakes you can commit. 


If you genuinely want to experience an authentic Hawaiian vacation, you must explore the outside offerings. Going on Oahu excursions can lead you along Kalakaua Avenue, to Waimea Botanical Garden, and to experience the neighboring arts district and Chinatown. Staying indoors would not let you get your money’s worth, and you might even just miss out on some of the most remarkable and memorable Hawaiian experiences. 


  • Assuming that Waikiki is the only beach in Oahu

Waikiki is among the most popular beach destinations in Hawaii. With the high-rise hotels and the vibrant neighborhood known for its surf beach, it is no wonder why many tourists are drawn to Waikiki. But if you truly want to experience more of Hawaii on your vacation, you must know that Waikiki is not the only beach on Oahu. 


You can visit the North Shore if you want to explore more of Oahu’s beaches. Here, you can find Sunset Beach and the Bonzai Pipeline. When you visit the Oahu North Shore, you might also have the chance to see other tourist attractions, especially if you book a tour with Go Tours Hawaii.


A North Shore stop is offered in Go Tour’s Hawaii hidden gems excursions to Waimea Botanical Garden and the Byodo-in Temple. You can also have a photo and turtle spotting opportunity on the North Shore with their Dole Pineapple Farm tour


To know more details about these excursions, you can visit the Go Tours Hawaii website at


  • Not booking your Oahu tours ahead of time  

Oahu is an island with many tourist attractions, and choosing what to visit can be very difficult. However, if you plan to go to Oahu’s most popular attractions, such as Pearl Harbor, it is best to book your Oahu tour even before you visit. 


As mentioned above, Oahu welcomes millions of visitors every year; thus, walk-ins may not be accommodated. If you are worried about where you can book an Oahu excursion, Go Tours Hawaii got you covered with their Pearl Harbor Tours and many Oahu day tours.


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  • Underestimating the food selections

You are mistaken if you think Oahu is all about beaches, bustling streets, and exciting activities. This island also boasts a wide variety of food selections. Thus, your Oahu tour would not be complete without tasting the island’s delectable dishes.

Craving for authentic Hawaiian cuisine? You are in the right place. You can find many spots in Oahu that offer luau, a Hawaiian feast typically accompanied by entertainment. Here you can taste Hawaii’s most popular dishes such as Poi, Kalua Pig, Lomi Lomi Salmon, Poke, and so much more. 


If you are uncertain where to experience a luau, you can always refer to Go Tours Hawaii for assistance. We offer Oahu’s most authentic luau, and you can choose between our classic, splash, and celebrity options. More details about this can be found at


But aside from Hawaiian dishes, you can also taste other countries’ food and delicacies. From American, Japanese, Chinese, and even Italian, Oahu will surely have that for you. So, going on an Oahu tour will be perfect if you are a foodie.


Have fun in Hawaii with Go Tours Hawaii

Going on a Hawaiian vacation should be fun and exciting, not filled with anxieties and hassles. So if you are looking for a way to achieve a relaxing getaway, try checking out Go Tours Hawaii.


We are a local Hawaii tour operator specializing in Oahu Tours. Let us take you on an unforgettable Oahu vacation you will remember for a lifetime. For more information about us, what we do, and the list of our tours, you can visit our website at