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.

Where to stay in Oahu

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2169 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is NT$5,517 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Located in Waikiki, this beachfront hotel is on the boardwalk and within a 10-minute walk of U.S. Army Museum of Hawai'i, Royal Hawaiian Center, and International ...
4.4/5Excellent! (2,303 reviews)
"Excellent"

Reviewed on 2021/9/22

Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is NT$6,764 per night from Oct 2 to Oct 2
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! (5,430 reviews)
"Great property! Great location! Restaurants & shopping onsite."

Reviewed on 2021/9/21

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Sheraton Waikiki
Sheraton Waikiki
4 out of 5
2255 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NT$6,110 per night from Sep 27 to Sep 27
This family-friendly Honolulu hotel is located by the ocean, just steps from Waikiki Beach and Royal Hawaiian Center. International Market Place and Diamond ...
4.1/5Very Good! (1,200 reviews)
"This was my first time in Honolulu Hawaii and I am happy I got the Sheraton wakiki resort it’s beautiful and has a lot of different things you can do. We had a great experience here, I would definitely be back. Also, if you plan to stay here just know everything is so pricey to eat here and have ..."

Reviewed on 2021/9/20

Sheraton Waikiki
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 NT$3,259 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
Located in Waikiki, this aparthotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center. Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head are also ...
3.3/5 (1,253 reviews)
"It is a great place to stay, great price. The receptionists were really nice and explained all my questions. I will definitely be back. Thank you"

Reviewed on 2021/9/21

Kuhio Banyan Club
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
3 out of 5
201 Ohua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NT$3,853 per night from Sep 24 to Sep 24
This family-friendly Honolulu aparthotel is located in a shopping district, within a 10-minute walk of Kuhio Beach Park, Honolulu Zoo, and Waikiki Beach. International ...
3.5/5Good! (1,883 reviews)
"In relation to other 3 star hotels in the area, the conditions weren't great. what we did like was having access to a full kitchen. little things like the baseboards on our floor were ripped out to reveal bare wall. but overall we were only there for 1 night and we were happy during our stay!"

Reviewed on 2021/9/12

Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
4 out of 5
2470 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is NT$19,760 per night from Oct 17 to Oct 17
Located in Waikiki, this beach aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Waikiki Beach, Honolulu Zoo, and Royal Hawaiian Center. Ala Moana Center and University ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (1,418 reviews)
"Convenient area. Great access to the beach. Free parking."

Reviewed on 2021/9/4

Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
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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