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Oahu

Travel Guide
Oahu Island showing forests, landscape views and rainforest

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.

Where to stay in Oahu

Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $231 per night from Aug 15 to Aug 15
Located in Ala Moana, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Center. Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach are ...
4.1/5Very Good! (2,320 reviews)
"Friendliest staff and service. Awesome location on the island. Would definitely stay again."

Reviewed on Jul. 22, 2021

Ala Moana Hotel
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $438 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, steps from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach, and Royal Hawaiian Center. International Market Place ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,218 reviews)
"The convenience of everything around us. It was kid friendly and the property was lovely . The staff was so helpful and friendly. Beautiful beachfront property and easy access to the beach"

Reviewed on Jul. 23, 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $452 per night from Aug 22 to Aug 22
Nestled on the beach, this Waikiki resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo, and Ala Moana Center. Diamond Head and Na Ala Hele Manoa Falls ...
4/5Very Good! (5,552 reviews)
"It’s such a large property that you could easily get lost. It’s well maintained."

Reviewed on Jul. 24, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
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Stay Condominiums Waikiki
Stay Condominiums Waikiki
3 out of 5
2408 Prince Edwards Street, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $136 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 23
Located in Waikiki, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Waikiki Beach, Royal Hawaiian Center, and Honolulu Zoo. Hawaii Convention Center and Ala ...
3/5 (332 reviews)
"Decent place to stay, in a pretty gross area."

Reviewed on May 8, 2021

Stay Condominiums Waikiki
Royal Kuhio
Royal Kuhio
3.5 out of 5
2240 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is CA $256 per night from Aug 25 to Aug 25
Located in Waikiki, this condo building is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk. International Market Place and Waikiki Beach ...
4/5Very Good! (53 reviews)
"I love this place! staff were very friendly and everything was close from the hotel. parking is on site free parking and even Wifi is free too. The one thing I was disappointed was closed a pool due to Civid. Except that, I'd like to come back again for the next visit!"

Reviewed on Jul. 20, 2021

Royal Kuhio
Ocean View Studio With Queen Bed, AC, and Free Wifi!
Ocean View Studio With Queen Bed, AC, and Free Wifi!
Honolulu, HI
Located in Ala Moana, this condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Ala Wai Yacht Harbor, Hawaii Convention Center, and Ala Moana Center. Ala Moana Beach ...
5/5Exceptional! (1 review)
Great stay
"Would repeat"

Reviewed on May 4, 2021

Ocean View Studio With Queen Bed, AC, and Free Wifi!
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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