Best Things to do in Ko Olina Oahu

Are you planning a trip to Oahu and plan to stay in a Ko Olina resort? Find out the best things to do in Ko Olina Oahu that are super convenient for people staying there.

Are you staying in Ko Olina and want to know what is close by?

You’re in luck! There are so many great Ko Olina attractions and plenty of options all around you.

Ko Olina in Hawaiian means “fulfillment of joy.” This place on the west side of Oahu is filled with so many adventures that truly will bring your entire family joy.

Keep scrolling to find out some of the best things to do in Ko Olina, Hawaii!

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Ko Olina Activities FAQs

Is Ko Olina worth visiting?

Ko Olina is one of the best places to visit in Oahu. There are so many fun things to do, including lagoons, beautiful beaches, and many awesome adventures too. Ko Olina is a family-friendly place to visit as well.

Which Ko Olina lagoon is the best?

Lagoon 4 is open to the public and is a very popular Ko Olina sightseeing place to visit. The lagoons are one of the great Ko Olina things to do, so be sure to visit at least one!

What is in Ko Olina?

There are plenty of beautiful beaches, luaus, and lagoons, as well as a golf course, adventure course, and many other fun things to do in Ko Olina. Read below to find out all the best things to do in and near the Ko Olina resort.

Best Things to do in Ko Olina

Here are the best things to do in Ko Olina! Each of these fun activities will be either in Ko Olina or in the neighboring towns, so you can easily find things to do near you during your trip to Oahu. 

1. Beach

Ko Olina Beach Park is a great family-friendly beach where you can swim, relax, and enjoy your time in the sun. This beach doesn’t have very many waves, so it is great for little kids or beginner swimmers.

Image of sunset on a rocky beach on Oahu
Sunset at Ko Olina Beach Park on Oahu.

Paradise Cove Beach is located in Kapolei and is right by Ko Olina. This is another great beach for families to relax and enjoy their day out in the sun. Paradise Cove has some great snorkeling options too!

2. Mermaid Caves

With just a seven-minute drive from Ko Olina, you can go experience the mermaid caves on Oahu. The caves are stunning and quite the adventure.

Image of a woman wearing a bikini standing in blue water inside a cave with a skylight.
Mermaid Caves on Oahu

It can be tricky to get there, so you might want to join a tour so you will be safe and know exactly where to go.

3. Ko Olina Lagoons

One of the most popular things to see in Ko Olina is the lagoons. There are four different lagoons, all close to one another. They are privately owned, but each has public parking all day long. Sometimes parking is tough to find, so if you stay at the resorts in Ko Olina, take a short walk instead!

Playing at the lagoons is one of the top things to do in Ko Oliina Oahu with kids.
Lagoon #2 in Ko Olina.

Be sure to read beforehand what is and isn’t allowed on the lagoons to make sure you follow the rules and keep this a safe place for everyone to enjoy.

4. Surf Lesson

Learn how to surf with a surf lesson from a qualified instructor at Barber’s Point, just 12 minutes away from Ko Olina. This lesson is 1-2 hours, which gives you plenty of time to learn to ride a wave. Everyone needs to try to surf at least once during their trip to Hawaii!

5. Oahu Catamaran Cruise

Enjoy seeing some dolphins and whales during this Oahu Catamaran Cruise. Sail right from the Ko Olina Marine Adventure Center, and have fun snorkeling and seeing all the west side of the island has to offer. Along with the cruise, you’ll also get to have a delicious Hawaiian buffet.

6. Snorkeling

Enjoy a few hours of snorkeling right from Ko Olina. This Catamaran Sail will take you to one of the best snorkeling spots close and provide you with all the equipment you need to snorkel, and will include lunch.

Snorkel with some turtles and exotic fish. You might see some dolphins and whales while you are aboard the boat.

7. Luau

There are plenty of great luaus at the Ko Olina Resorts or close by to choose from. The Fia Fia Luau at the Marriott’s Ko Olina Beach Club is a great family-friendly luau with plenty of kid activities.

Image of hula dancers at the Ka Wa'a Luau at Aulani Resort
Ka Wa’a Luau at Disney Aulani Resort. Photo credit: Marcie Cheung

At Aulani, enjoy another great family luau, the Ka Wa’a Luau. This luau includes a pre-show along with the luau show and a delicious dinner the family will all love.

You will also love the Famous Paradise Cove Luau. Learn the traditional cooking practices, along with a show you will never forget!

8. Golf

Ko Olina has a famous resort golf club that any golfer will love to explore during their vacation in Hawaii.

Image of an Oahu golf course with a waterfall.
Ko Oliina Golf Club

Whether you are staying at the resort or not, anyone can come and golf at this club! It has an 18-hole course, including many amazing water features you won’t find anywhere else.

9. Dolphin or Whale Watching Tours

You will see incredible whales in the Hawaii ocean during the winter with whale watching tours. Whale watching tours are one of the fun things to do in Ko Olina and all of Hawaii! 

Dolphin tours are another experience that kids will definitely want to do. With this dolphin-watching tour, snorkel at two different locations and swim with the turtles, fishes, and some rays.  

10. Zipline

If you want a thrilling adventure during your trip to Oahu, go on a ziplining tour! This tour is in Kapolei and has six different ziplines to enjoy. The entire family will have tons of fun with this activity!

Image of a woman wearing a red tank top ziplining in the jungle in Hawaii.
Try ziplining on Oahu.

You have to be at least six years old to enjoy these ziplines. You’ll also have an expert guide who will take you on an adventure of a lifetime. You will zip through the jungle and see amazing views of Hawaii.

11. ATV Adventures

Another exciting adventure to do near Ko Olina is an ATV Tour. These tours are at the Coral Crater Adventure Park, which is only 12 minutes away from the resorts in Ko Olina.

This will get your adrenaline pumping and will be a fun and dirty experience! Enjoy driving through the course or take the passenger seat and enjoy the ride.

12. Coral Crater Adventure Tower Aerial Challenge Course

Also located at the Coral Crater Adventure Park is the Aerial Challenge Course. This obstacle is challenging yet exhilarating all at the same time! There are 18 different elements to create this course, all on a 50-foot tower.

Enjoy a climbing wall, rope, and ladder, along with a free fall and many more adventures. You have to be at least six years old and over 4’6 in order to go on the tower. This is a great older kids activity that teens will love too!

13. Laser-Guided Stargazing Tour at Ko Olina

This is one of the cool things to do in Ko Olina at night. Go on a tour with a NASA Ambassador Astronomer and see the planets and stars in the sky with this Stargazing Tour. The stars are already stunning in Hawaii, but this tour will light them up even more.

You will see stars that you cannot see without a telescope. The guide will talk about Hawaiian culture in relation to the stars. You can see the rings of Saturn, other galaxies, and many more amazing stars.

14. Wet N Wild

Kids will love to zoom down slides, relax in a lazy river, and go on some thrilling rides. This is a great place for families and couples. There are plenty of activities that will fit everyone’s wants and needs here at Wet N Wild.

You can enjoy floating along the lazy river or the kid’s playground and pool area for younger kids. Older kids will enjoy going down the many slides and adventure water exhibits, including the Shaka.

15. Paradise Helicopters Tour

Fly over the Koolau mountains and experience the beauty of Hawai from above on the Paradise Helicopter Tour. From the Sacred Falls to Pearl Harbor, you will go sightseeing all from Ko Olina! This tour lasts an hour and will show you all Hawaii has to offer.

16. Hike

There are a few gorgeous hikes close to Ko Olina. At the Ko Olina Beach Park, there are a few walking trails if you are looking for something simple and easy. Barber’s Point Lighthouse is another easier hike and is only 15 minutes from Ko Olina.

Image of a lighthouse and homes on the ocean.
Barber’s Point hike on Oahu.

Ma’ili Pillbox is also 15 minutes away from Ko Olina and is a bit more challenging. This is a two-mile hike that will take you to some of the World War II bunkers.

While there are not too many hikes in Ko Olina, there are plenty of great hikes along the North Shore.

17. Sunset Cruise

This Sunset Cruise takes you on the ocean to watch the sunset while you eat a delicious dinner. If you are traveling with your spouse, this will be the perfect romantic thing to do in Ko Olina.

Enjoy some ribs and ahi, along with plenty of drinks, including wine and beer. This cruise is on a smaller yacht and is definitely a great option if you are traveling without kids.

Best Things to do in Ko Olina Wrap Up

Ko Olina is a beautiful place to stay on Oahu, and there are so many amazing things to do during your stay here. Enjoy any of these activities, and your trip will be one you will never forget!

Looking for more things to do on Oahu? Check out my guide to Disney Aulani Resort, best areas to stay on Oahu, the best luaus on Oahu, my North Shore Oahu guide, and tips for Kualoa Ranch!