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

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is $269 per night from Sep 4 to Sep 5
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 outdoor pools, and 9 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff in our reviews. ...
4/5 Very Good! (4,574 reviews)
"Everything was wonderful.. I just wish they would have credit me 1 day because the room smelled like fish because someone cooked and didn’t air it out. They tryed to deodorize but it still smelled like fish. Hello lady’s."

Reviewed on Aug 7, 2022

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
5 out of 5
2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI, 96815
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $275 per night from Aug 24 to Aug 25
Stay at this 5-star luxury resort in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 2 outdoor pools, and 2 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the bar in our reviews. Popular ...
4/5 Very Good! (1,710 reviews)
"During my stay i was upgraded for free with VIP access from expedia. The staff were very friendly and accommodating. This hotel deserved 5stars. We will definitely stay here again."

Reviewed on Aug 9, 2022

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
4 out of 5
2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is $299 per night from Aug 21 to Aug 22
Stay at this 4-star beach resort in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 3 restaurants, and a beach locale. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the clean rooms in ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (1,908 reviews)
"Amazing Property Great Views . Walk outside the Lobby an the Ocean is right there"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa
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, 96815
The price is $143 per night from Aug 23 to Aug 24
Stay at this aparthotel in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, 5 restaurants, and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the WiFi and the convenient parking in our reviews. ...
3.3/5 (1,384 reviews)
Bargain stay
"Great location, friendly and accommodating staff. Worked great for our stay Would go there again!!!"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Kuhio Banyan Club
Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston Waikiki Sunset
3 out of 5
229 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is $185 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 3-star beach condo in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, a fitness center, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the comfy rooms in our reviews. Popular ...
3.8/5 Good! (2,353 reviews)
"Unfriendly staff. Great location"

Reviewed on Aug 8, 2022

Aston Waikiki Sunset
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
3 out of 5
201 Ohua Ave, Honolulu, HI, 96815
The price is $179 per night from Aug 30 to Aug 31
Stay at this 3-star family-friendly aparthotel in Honolulu. Enjoy free WiFi, a sauna, and onsite parking. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious ...
3.5/5 Good! (2,072 reviews)
"We love the Aston Waikiki Banyan. We always go here everytime we go to Hawaii!"

Reviewed on Aug 4, 2022

Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
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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