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Oahu
Travel Guide

Oahu Island which includes landscape views, rainforest and forests

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.

Where to stay in Oahu

Ala Moana Hotel
Ala Moana Hotel
3.5 out of 5
410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$252 per night from 27 Jun. to 27 Jun.
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! (2,266 reviews)
"Friendly"

Reviewed on 14 Jun. 2021

Ala Moana Hotel
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$595 per night from 15 Jun. to 15 Jun.
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, steps away from Royal-Moana Beach, Waikiki Beach and Royal Hawaiian Center. International Market ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,170 reviews)
"Everything perfect 👍"

Reviewed on 12 Jun. 2021

Sheraton Waikiki
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$357 per night from 5 Jul. to 5 Jul.
Located in Waikiki, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk, just steps away from U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i and Waikiki Beach Walk. Royal Hawaiian Center ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (2,302 reviews)
"Good"

Reviewed on 13 Jun. 2021

Outrigger Reef 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.
Stay Condominiums Waikiki
Stay Condominiums Waikiki
3 out of 5
2408 Prince Edwards Street, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$163 per night from 16 Jun. to 16 Jun.
Located in Waikiki, this condo is within a 10-minute walk of Waikiki Beach, Royal Hawaiian Center and Honolulu Zoo. Hawaii Convention Center and Ala Moana Center ...
3/5 (326 reviews)
"Decent place to stay, in a pretty gross area."

Reviewed on 8 May 2021

Stay Condominiums Waikiki
Royal Kuhio
Royal Kuhio
3.5 out of 5
2240 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$244 per night from 6 Jul. to 6 Jul.
Located in Waikiki, this condo is within a 5-minute walk of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach Walk. International Market Place and Waikiki Beach are also ...
4/5Very Good! (44 reviews)
"I like the kitchen, the bed was comfortable, what I didn’t like was that I didn’t have a lot of information about room service and such."

Reviewed on 22 May 2021

Royal Kuhio
Charming Studio in Waikiki - 2 Full Size Beds, Free Wi-fi
Charming Studio in Waikiki - 2 Full Size Beds, Free Wi-fi
444 Niu St, 2208, Honolulu, HI
The price is AU$292 per night from 19 Jun. to 19 Jun.
Located in Waikiki, this romantic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hawaii Convention Center, Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. International ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (65 reviews)
Perfect room for a quick getaway!
"Nice view from the window, beds were very comfortable!"

Reviewed on 11 Jun. 2021

Charming Studio in Waikiki - 2 Full Size Beds, Free Wi-fi
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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