Anyone travelling to Hawaii is required to have a government Safe Travels account and self-quarantine for 14 days. Some travellers may be exempt from quarantine with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of departure.

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Visit the true tropical paradise of Hawaii’s most populated island, which has the state’s sprawling capital in the south and world-class surfing on the long North Shore.

On the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, Honolulu is the center of activity. It’s where you can enjoy white-sand beaches and high-end shopping only blocks apart. Just west of Honolulu, find memorials to those who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor bombing and World War II counterattacks. Continue on to Waipahu to visit a Hawaiian plantation village or enjoy golf and shopping.

An hour’s drive from Honolulu, the North Shore features 8 miles (13 kilometers) of beach, from Hale’iwa to Waimea Bay, Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach. Visit in winter to watch international surf competitions. In summer, snorkel or dive at Pūpūkea Beach or simply relax on the North Shore sands, enjoying a picnic or spectacular sunset.

Stay at the Turtle Beach Resort, which has easy access to North Shore beaches. The resort offers luxury accommodations and extensive outdoor activities from mountain biking to surf school. Learn to dance the hula, make a lei or play the ukulele.

On the eastern shore, find scenic beaches, generally with smaller waves. Beaches near Kailua are great for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Some offer beach access for the disabled. Near the area of Kāne’ohe experience peace and tranquility in a botanical garden. Makapu’u Beach has glorious shoreline views. Hike to vistas above the working lighthouse here to spot whales and passing ships.

O’ahu has much more to offer in addition to beaches and surfing. Rent kayaks, outrigger canoes or paddleboards to enjoy gentler waters. Mountain bike, ride a horse or hike on jungle trails to reach lookout points with stunning views. Explore plantations or spy on sea turtles. Play golf on well-kept courses and shop at high-end boutiques or outlet stores. Or, simply relax with a treat of tropical shave ice.

Reach O’ahu by flying into Honolulu International Airport and then get around the island using a rental car, moped or motorcycle, taxis or the public transport system called “TheBus.” O’ahu is a popular vacation and honeymoon destination offering a pleasing mix of city and countryside, relaxation and excitement, modernity and history. Come see why visitors from around the world enjoy “the gathering place” of O’ahu.

Top Hotels in Oahu

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $195 per night from Nov 2 to Nov 3

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Queen Kapiʻolani Regional Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Diamond Head.

4.2/5Very Good! (2,021 reviews)

"Everything is very clean, the bathroom is clean, the bed is comfortable, we chose the balcony that allows you to see the beach, 2 blocks from Waikiki beach near restaurants and below the hotel is dominos, one block is the public transport stop 30 min from the airport. I hope to return one day after ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep. 15, 2020

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Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
3 out of 5
2280 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $76 per night from Nov 7 to Nov 8

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center. Waikiki Beach and Honolulu Zoo are also within ...

3.1/5 (1,500 reviews)

"The staff is very friendly and helpful and it's inexpensive."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 18, 2020

Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $353 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is on the boardwalk, just steps away from Royal-Moana Beach, International Market Place and Waikiki Beach. Royal Hawaiian ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,132 reviews)

"Hospitality was tremendously exceptional. Thanks alot from the depths of my heart. Blessings to you"…"

Reviewed on Jun. 28, 2020

Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Vacation Rentals in Oahu

The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
3 out of 5
205 Lewers St, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $217 per night from Oct 29 to Oct 30

Located in Waikiki, this condominium resort is within a 10-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and Ala Moana Center are also ...

4/5Very Good! (1,039 reviews)
taycation

"Did a staycation for one night. The staff was beyond amazing and it felt like we had the whole hotel almost to ourselves. Can’t wait to stay here again."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 14, 2020

The Imperial Hawaii Resort at Waikiki
Kuhio Banyan Club
Kuhio Banyan Club
2 out of 5
2310 Kuhio Avenue, Suite 140, Waikiki, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $91 per night from Nov 1 to Nov 2

Located in Waikiki, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center. Waikiki Beach and Waikiki Beach Walk are ...

3.3/5 (1,178 reviews)

"Clean and great location. I've sated here a couple times and I've never been disappointed. I definitely recommend this hotel."…"

Reviewed on Jul. 13, 2020

Kuhio Banyan Club
Marriott's Ko'Olina Beach Club
Marriott's Ko'Olina Beach Club
4 out of 5
92-161 Waipahe Place, Kapolei, HI
The price is CA $471 per night from Nov 9 to Nov 10

Offering direct access to the beach, this Kapolei condominium resort is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ko Olina Marina and Paradise Cove Beach. ...

4.3/5Excellent! (721 reviews)

"Marriott's Ko'lina Beach Club was great. It is very beautiful, right on the beach. Two good restaurants on the premise. Check in with your activity booth, they give restaurant and activity coupons."…"

Reviewed on Mar. 20, 2020

Marriott's Ko'Olina Beach Club
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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