The best things to do at night in Oahu range from dancing at nightclubs and dining on local fare to watching firework shows and embarking on dinner cruises. But if you want to do something extra special, you might want to book a helicopter tour in time for sunset to soak up some of the most magical views Oahu has to offer.

At Honolulu Helicopter Tours, we offer helicopter flights of 18 to 60 minutes to some of Oahu’s most stunning attractions. During the flight, you’ll catch a glimpse of Oahu in its entirety, and we’ll introduce you to some of the best things to do with your free time. Below, we detail six of the most popular things to do at night in Oahu, whether you’re looking to relax after a day in the sun or embrace Hawaii’s Aloha Spirit.

Best Things to Do at Night in Oahu

From embarking on a dinner cruise to taking to the skies in time for sunset, here are six of the best things to do at night in Oahu.

1. Sunset Dinner Cruise

Hawaii’s oceans attract tourists in their droves all year-round. While the beaches are best enjoyed when the sun is shining, some of the best boat tours depart in time for sunset. There’s nothing quite like the view of the sun’s pink and orange hues bouncing off the ocean and landmarks such as Diamond Head. Views aside, many sunset dinner cruises provide live entertainment and 5-course surf ‘n’ turf dinners.

2. Watch the Fireworks

Fireworks at night in Honolulu, Oahu

If you’re looking for free things to do at night in Oahu, you’ll be glad to know that it doesn’t cost a cent to marvel at Waikiki’s weekly firework show. Courtesy of the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort, the free firework show takes place every Friday at 7:45 pm. You can catch this 3–5-minute event at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in front of the Hilton Hawaiian Village.

3. Stock up on Souvenirs at Duke’s Marketplace

On top of being one of central Waikiki’s best-known shopping destinations, Duke’s Marketplace is open until 11 pm every day, making it a hotspot for those who enjoy searching for late-night bargains. At this open-air flea market, you’ll find locally made products that include clothing, artwork, and jewelry that can’t be found elsewhere. If you’re a self-confessed shopaholic, browsing Duke’s Marketplace is easily one of the best things to do at night in Oahu.

Duke's Marketplace in Honolulu, Oahu

4. Discover the Nightlife

Many of Hawaii’s locals and daytime beachgoers embrace the ‘Aloha Spirit’ at night in some of Waikiki’s best bars and nightclubs. With so many venues to choose from, finding one that plays your preferred style of music won’t be a problem. Popular places include NextDoor, The Republik, The District, and Buho Cocina y Cantina.

5. Attend a Luau

Beach party luau at night in Oahu

Discover the culture and heritage of Hawaii by attending a luau, which is a Hawaiian party with food and traditional entertainment. There are lots of luaus throughout Oahu, but one of the most popular ones takes place at the Paradise Cove Luau.

6. Ride a Helicopter at Sunset

Hawaii has no shortage of vantage points for stunning sunset views, but you can’t beat the vista from a helicopter. Within the space of an hour, you could get to know all of Hawaii’s most iconic attractions during a helicopter flight, and watching the sun dip below the horizon makes the perfect finale.

More Ideas on Things to Do at Night in Oahu

As you can see from above, there’s a diverse range of exciting and unique things to do at night in Oahu that extend far beyond just indulging in the island’s nightlife (though we highly recommend hitting up a few bars and clubs). Whether you want to buy souvenirs, embrace the local culture, or watch a firework show, you won’t struggle for things to do when the sun goes down on this paradisiacal island. Do you like the sound of watching the sunset from the sky? There’s no experience quite like it! Contact us today to learn more about our Oahu helicopter tours.