From WWII memorials in Pearl Harbor to Polynesian cultural sites in Honolulu, the Hawaiian island of Oahu is packed to the brim with incredible tourist attractions. Now, you can save big on your next visit thanks to Go Oahu. By packaging admission fees together, it offers savings of up to 55 percent on entry to 31 of the island’s best museums, tours, and activities. Take a look below at the different types of the Go Oahu pass and how each one works to make your vacation budget go further.
How Does it Work?
Go Oahu offers two different kinds of passes: the standard All-Inclusive pass and the Build Your Own pass (see below for more details). Your first step is to decide which one best suits your requirements, and then pay for it online via the Go City website. During the purchasing process, you’ll be able to state how many adult passes and how many children’s passes you require – you’ll need one for each family member.
The digital pass will then be sent directly to your e-mail address. You can either print a hard copy or download the free Go City app and use the pass directly on your smartphone. Your confirmation e-mail will include instructions for both options. As soon as you have your pass, you’re good to go. Simply take it with you when you visit your chosen attractions and present it at the gate instead of a ticket.
The All-Inclusive Pass
The All-Inclusive Go Oahu Pass is the most popular option. You decide whether you want a one, two, three, five or seven-day option, then pay a one-off price and get free admission to as many of the 31 included attractions as you can visit in the number of sightseeing days you choose. If you choose a three, five or seven-day option, you’ll also get admission to one of six premium attractions. The sightseeing days do not have to be consecutive. The pass is activated when you use it at the first attraction, and after that, you have two weeks to use up your chosen number of days.
The basic premise of this is that the more attractions you visit, the more money you’ll save.
The Build Your Own Pass
The Build Your Own Go Oahu Pass is a great alternative for those that want to explore the island at a more relaxed pace. Instead of cramming as many attractions as you can into a set number of days, you can cherry-pick from a list of 34 attractions and visit them over a period of up to 30 days. As long as you choose two or more, you’ll receive a 20 percent discount on the total gate price at checkout. Your dollar saving depends on the price of the attractions you choose. For example, Battleship Missouri at Pearl Harbor has a gate price of $29, so you’ll save $5.80; whereas The Dolphin Encounter by Sea Life Park has a gate price of $148.09, giving you a saving of $29.61.
Examples of Included Attractions
If you purchase a three, five or seven-day All-Inclusive pass, you’re entitled to free admission at one of six premium attractions. These range from romantic options like the Sunset Dinner Sail on Makani Catamaran to adventurous activities like the Oahu Hidden Gems Tour and Snorkeling with Turtles. These premium attractions are all unforgettable experiences with a high price-tag for standard visitors. To make sure you get the one you want, it’s advisable to make a reservation as soon as possible after purchasing your Go Oahu pass.
The 31 regular attractions are available to all Go Oahu holders. Some of them are tours and experiences – for example, a Voyaging Catamaran Tour, a Hanauma Bay Snorkel or a USS Arizona Memorial Narrated Tour at Pearl Harbor. Others are fixed sites such as the Honolulu Museum of Art, the Bishop Museum and Iolani Palace. With so many different options to choose from, there’s something for everyone whether you’re interested in the island’s natural wonders or its fascinating cultural heritage.
Go Oahu Benefits
There are many benefits to purchasing with Go Oahu:
- After paying the once-off fee for the pass, you won’t have to pay at the gate of any of the included attractions. This is great for budgeting ahead of time, and also means that by the time your vacation arrives, you’ll feel like you’re sightseeing for free.
- Because you don’t have to purchase a ticket at the gate, most attractions allow Go Oahu holders to skip the queue – saving you time that’s better spent on having fun.
- If you purchase an All-Inclusive pass, there are no limits to the number of included attractions you can visit (other than time and your own energy levels).
- The pass is valid all day, with no limitations during peak times or school holidays.
- If you plan your sightseeing days carefully to get the most out of Go Oahu, you can save some significant cash. Real customer examples include a three-day pass holder who visited eight attractions for a total saving of $305; and a seven-day pass holder who visited 18 attractions for a total saving of $526.
- In addition to the pass itself, you’ll receive free planning tools including a 30+ page guidebook, a printable map of the island and a bus map. The guidebook includes detailed information about each attraction, including opening hours and whether or not you need to make an advance reservation. It comes in two formats – an online version that’s optimized for your smartphone and a printable PDF version for offline use.
- Go Oahu also entitles you to additional discounts at various dining, shopping and entertainment outlets.
Things to Consider
Although there’s no catch to the Go Oahu offer, there are a few things to consider:
- The number of days that the All-Inclusive pass is valid for is determined by calendar days, not 24-hour periods. This means that if you activate a three-day pass in the evening, you’ll only have two more days left to make the most of it. For this reason, it’s always best to activate the pass first thing in the morning.
- Although the pass covers standard admission to each attraction, you may have to pay extra for special exhibits or upgrades.
- Children’s Go Oahu passes are valid for kids aged three to 12. Most of the included attractions do not charge for children aged two and under, but if they do, you’ll have to buy standard tickets for them upon arrival.
- Some attractions (usually tours and experiences) require an advance reservation. These are clearly marked in the guidebook, so make sure to read it carefully when planning your trip.
- Go Oahu passes can only be used by the person in whose name they are booked. They are non-transferrable and cannot be re-sold.
- While forward planning is great, don’t book your pass too far in advance. You must start using it within one year of the date of purchase or it will expire.
How to Get a Go Oahu Pass
The easiest way to buy your Go Oahu Pass is online, via the Go City website. Prices start from $79 for an All-Inclusive, one-day adult pass. If you’re already in Oahu and you’re having trouble ordering your pass online, you can purchase it in person from one of two local addresses. These are the Waikiki Grand Hotel and the Polynesian Cultural Center, both located in Honolulu. Be aware that the Polynesian Cultural Center is closed on Sundays and only sells three-day adult options. Finally, all Go Oahu passes carry a Risk-Free Guarantee.
This means that you have 30 days to return non-activated passes for a full refund.