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O’ahu Island Holidays

Spend a morning on the beach and an afternoon strolling boulevards lined with luxury boutiques on this tropical island, home to Hawaii’s capital and famous beaches.

Stroll along white-sand beaches then shop for luxury goods on O’ahu. The most populated of the Hawaiian Islands is home to the capital, Honolulu, a cosmopolitan city with shopping, fine dining, big business and beaches. Visit memorials to those killed in the World War II bombing of Pearl Harbor just west of Honolulu and then continue to Waipahu. The former plantation town is today known for its golf courses, shopping and outdoor plantation museum.

Find some of the best beaches on the North Shore of O’ahu, an hour’s drive from the capital. Visit Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay and Hale’iwa along a 13-kilometre (8 mile) stretch. When it’s too cold to swim and the waves too rough in winter, come to watch the big international surf competitions that take place here. In summer, Pūpūkea Beach is a family-friendly beach great for snorkelling, swimming and diving.

Turtle Beach Resort offers luxury accommodation close to the North Shore beaches. Try traditional activities such as lei making, hula dancing and ukulele jams.

The waters on the eastern shore of O’ahu are generally calmer than the rest of the island and some beaches are wheelchair accessible. Go windsurfing and kite surfing around Kailua or hike to the lighthouse above Makapu’u Beach and enjoy views back across the shoreline. Stroll through the botanical gardens near Kāne’ohe to discover some of the native flora and fauna. 

Explore further out to sea in kayaks and canoes or learn to paddleboard in shallower waters. Away from the beaches there are jungle trails where you can go horse riding, mountain biking and hiking.

Play golf on world-class courses. Discover bargains in outlet fashion stores or splurge on a designer handbag in the luxury boutiques in many of the island’s resorts. 

Fly into Honolulu International Airport and then make your way around O’ahu by moped, motorcycle, hire car or taxi. You can also use “TheBus”, an affordable public transport system. Explore the beautiful natural scenery on marked trails across the island.

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Pacific Beach Hotel

Pacific Beach Hotel

2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu
of 5, from 3,228 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

The 2-tower Pacific Beach Hotel is across the street from Waikiki Beach. Nearby attractions include Honolulu Zoo and Waikiki Aquarium, just 3 blocks away, and the Hawaii Convention Center is within 2 miles.

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

2424 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu
of 5, from 2,018 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Across the street from sheltered ocean waters and a sandy beach, this resort hotel is 5 blocks from Kapiolani Park, the Honolulu Zoo and the Aquarium, and within a half-mile of Ala Wai Golf Course.

Hawaiian King 506 by RedAwning

Hawaiian King 506 by RedAwning

417 Nohonani St, Honolulu
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Waikiki, this condo is within a 15-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center and Honolulu Zoo. Waikiki Aquarium and Ala Moana Center are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Queen Kapiolani Hotel

Queen Kapiolani Hotel

150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu
of 5, from 2,008 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Overlooking Kapiolani Park and Diamond Head, across from Honolulu Zoo, this 19-story Honolulu hotel is located less than a block away from Waikiki Beach.

Hawaiian Monarch by Hawaii Ocean Club

Hawaiian Monarch by Hawaii Ocean Club

444 Niu Street, Honolulu
of 5, from 2 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

Located in Waikiki, this condo is within 1 mi (2 km) of Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Center. University of Hawaii at Manoa and Honolulu Zoo are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu
of 5, from 6,155 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

With lush gardens, ponds, and waterfalls, this 22-acre Honolulu destination resort is fronted by several acres of Waikiki Beach; offers views of iconic Diamond Head Crater; a weekly Polynesian extravaganza includes traditional dance and fireworks.

Ala Moana Hotel

Ala Moana Hotel

410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu
of 5, from 1,564 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Adjacent to the expansive Ala Moana Center shopping mall, this 2-tower hotel is across the street from the Hawaii Convention Center and 1 block from the family-friendly Ala Moana Beach Park.

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