Attractions & Dining
Recommended Oahu Attractions
Located in the center of Oahu’s most famous attractions, Paradise Bay Resort is a leisurely drive to Waikiki, Diamond Head, Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and The North Shore. The iconic beaches of Kailua, Lanikai, Sunset, Pipeline and Waimea Bay are also a short drive away. At Paradise Bay Resort, our concierge staff is happy to help plan the perfect itinerary for your visit to the island of Oahu. There is so much to see and do only a short drive from our resort!
Some of Oahu’s Top Attractions (with approximate distance and driving times from our resort) includes:
- Waikiki Beach (18 miles, 33 mins)
- Diamond Head (20 miles, 33 mins)
- Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial (20 miles, 35 mins)
- Polynesian Cultural Center (18 miles, 34 mins)
- Ala Moana Shopping Center (16.4 miles, 30 mins)
- Kualoa Ranch - Horseback riding (6 miles, 13 mins)
- Valley of the Temples Byodo (2 miles, 6 mins)
- Historic Kailua Town (10.5 miles, 20 mins)
- North Shore and Banzai Pipeline (29 miles, 45 mins)
- Historic Haleiwa (37 miles, 57 mins)
- Waimea Bay and Valley (31 miles, 50 mins)
- Dole Plantation (30 miles, 42 mins)
- Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve (26.4 miles, 50 mins)
- Bishop Museum (12.5 miles, 23 mins)
- Iolani Palace (15 miles, 33 mins)
Lost with all the choices? Our knowledgeable concierge staff will be able to assist you in planning the perfect itinerary to explore the best of Oahu during your stay at the Paradise Bay Resort.
OAHU’S GREAT EATS
From local hole-in-the-walls to some of the most renowned restaurants in the world, Oahu has a dining experience for every taste. On Oahu you can eat like a local in small neighborhoods like Kapahulu or Haleiwa or dine in high style at some of Hawaii’s finest restaurants in Waikiki and beyond.
Hawaii locals love to eat and Oahu offers a variety of local favorites and farm to table restaurants. Located in a variety of off-the-beaten path locations from Honolulu to Haleiwa, you'll never go hungry. Wherever you go, you’ll discover the ethnic diversity of Hawaii in these distinct local dishes:
Consisting of two scoops of rice, macaroni salad, and everything from Korean barbecue, chicken katsu, beef teriyaki, or mahimahi, the plate lunch is a staple of local food. From mom and pop shops to local chains, you won’t have to look far to find the perfect plate lunch.
For big appetites, try a “loco moco,” which is a hamburger steak and egg over rice, covered in gravy. You can find loco moco’s throughout the islands.
“Pupu” is the Hawaiian term for appetizer, and every local restaurant from Waikiki to the North Shore offers a wide range of creative pupu platters to dine on, from poke dishes (seasoned cubes of raw fish) to sushi.
No matter what island you’re on, grab a shave ice to cool off. These finely shaved snow cones are served with colorful flavors on the top with a choice of ice cream or azuki beans on the bottom. You’ll find fine shave ice shops throughout Oahu but the most famous include Matsumoto’s Shave Ice on the North Shore, Waiola’s Shave Ice in Kapahulu and Island Snow in Kailua Town near Kailua Beach.
Treat your sweet tooth to a hot malasada (a Portuguese doughnut). Although Leonard's Bakery in Kapahulu is popular, ask any of our staff and they can tell you their favorite bakeries on Oahu to find these fresh and tasty treats.
Following are some of our staff’s top picks for dining options within driving distances from the Paradise Bay Resort:
- Haleiwa Joes Haiku Gardens
- Buzz’s Original Steakhouse
- Baci Bistro
- Zia’s Caffe
- Fresh Catch
- Heeia Pier Deli
- Whole Foods Market
Head over to Oahu’s Windward side to the Kailua Town farmers’ market on Thursday nights (5 pm to 7:30 pm) for extraordinary eats including locally caught ahi (yellowfin tuna) dinners, rare tropical fruit jellies, guava wood smoked locally raised pork and a North Shore-grown tomato bar.
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