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Oahu, HI

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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.

For more details on interesting local attractions and activities, check out our thngs to do in Oahu page.

Where to stay in Oahu

Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is $174 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
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! (2,341 reviews)
"Awesome place"

Reviewed on Jul 30, 2021

Ala Moana Hotel
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $249 per night from Aug 8 to Aug 8
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! (1,212 reviews)
"Five star"

Reviewed on Jul 31, 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 $317 per night from Aug 29 to Aug 29
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! (5,532 reviews)
"I like how everything is there, from ABC Store to LV. Beaches and food truck within reach. Pools and lagoons with rental water rides just right there. What was not pleasing was the room. My impression of Hilton is that it is high end. However the first room we were looks dated. I don't mind none ..."

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

Hilton Hawaiian Village 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.
Kuhio Banyan Club
Kuhio Banyan Club
2 out of 5
2310 Kuhio Avenue, Suite 140, Waikiki, Honolulu, HI
The price is $118 per night from Aug 26 to Aug 26
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 (1,227 reviews)
"Great unique spot if you’re trying to stay away from the crowds of hotel tourists but unfortunately no parking"

Reviewed on Jul 27, 2021

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 $439 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Offering direct access to the beach, this Kapolei aparthotel is next to a golf course and within 1 mi (2 km) of Ko Olina Marina and Paradise Cove Beach. Ko Olina ...
4.3/5Excellent! (758 reviews)
"Beautiful setting, villas are lovely, well equipped, all you need for an unforgettable family vacation. Service is marvelous, housekeeping very attentive to needs. Highly recommend this resort for families."

Reviewed on Jul 25, 2021

Marriott's Ko'Olina Beach Club
Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston Waikiki Sunset
3 out of 5
229 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is $239 per night from Aug 16 to Aug 16
Located in Waikiki, this beach condo building is within a 10-minute walk of Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Beach. International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center ...
3.8/5Good! (2,168 reviews)
"The staff were extremely friendly, professional and helpful"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2021

Aston Waikiki Sunset
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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