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Mention the name "Oahu," and many people will instantly envision a tropical island shining with exotic flora and kissed by bright blue waves; a place where the pace of living is slow and the beaches seem endless. In general, that is a pretty accurate description, but there is even more to Oahu: this Hawaiian island is also home to the capital city of Honolulu, which is every bit as vibrant as any major city on the mainland. The third-largest island in the Hawaiian chain, Oahu is also home to some of the best-known sites in Hawaii, including Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head.

Things to see

Unmatched views

A visit to the lighthouse on Makapuu Point is well worth the two-mile hike out of the city. Makapuu Point Lighthouse was activated in 1909 with the largest lens ever put into service on a U.S. lighthouse. The point is a popular spot for whale watching, and its panoramic views of the ocean are both beautiful and humbling. Lovers of heights shouldn?t miss Diamond Head Summit Trail, which takes visitors up to the mouth of the spectacular Diamond Head crater, as well as the Nu'uanu Pali Lookout, with vistas that nearly encompass the whole island. Homage to the heroes.

Head over to the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center to pay respect to one of the defining moments of WWII and its heroes. The memory of 1,177 sailors and marines lost on December 7th, 1941 lives on in the USS Arizona Memorial, which is accessible via shuttle boat following the screening of a documentary in one of the on-site theaters. As part of this incredibly moving experience, visitors can read the names of all the deceased as well as those of the surviving shipmates who decided to have their ashes interred beside them.

Discovering Oahu culture

Both Honolulu's Hawaii State Art Museum and the Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie showcase local culture and history. The former features the Ewa Gallery, which houses over 150 works tracing Hawaii's visual-arts during statehood, and the Diamond Head Gallery, which offers themed exhibitions. The Polynesian Cultural Center is situated along Oahu's northern shore, and offers a look into the heritage of the Hawaiian isles. In this ?living museum? you can tour traditional-style villages and witness the creation of native arts and crafts.

Where to stay

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach, on the southern shore of Oahu, has been famous for decades as a haven for surfers, but what most people don?t know is that Hawaiian royalty enjoyed surfing there as far back as the 1800s, when the area was a royal retreat. Modern Waikiki is home to several resorts and hotels, including properties by Sheraton, Hilton and Hyatt, as well as historic and independent hotels. Waikiki Beach also hosts a variety of events: from outrigger races to hula dancing and surfing competitions, guests will never run out of things to see and do in Waikiki.

North Shore and Windward Coast

For those looking to get away from the crowds, enjoy the sheer beauty of Oahu's most rugged areas, or try some of the world's most challenging waves, the scenic North Shore and Windward Coast are marvelous alternatives to the streets of Honolulu. Just an hour's drive away from the island's capital, the North Shore offers some of the island's most impressive resorts, such as Turtle Bay Resort, located near Kahuku, which extends over 840 acres. If you?re trying to stay closer to Honolulu instead, Windward Coast's Paradise Bay Resort is an excellent base for kayaking and boat excursions.

When to go

Weather-wise, there is really no bad time to visit Oahu. However, more tourists book their trips between the middle of December and the middle of April, which results in a 10 to 15 percent increase in prices during these months. Regardless, there are plenty of great reasons for visiting Oahu during the busy season. For those coming to catch the waves, it's worth knowing that surfing high season is between December and the end of February. And for those who wish to gaze at majestic ocean life, whales are more frequently spotted between November and March.

Recently booked Oahu hotels

Hotel Last booked Stars Price from
Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
4 minutes ago 3 stars $99
Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
9 minutes ago 3 stars $95
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3 hours ago 3 stars $175
Stay Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
5 hours ago 3 stars $88
OHANA Waikiki West
Waikiki Beach
7 hours ago 3 stars $105
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Waikiki Beach
8 hours ago 4 stars $199
Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach
Waikiki Beach
8 hours ago 4 stars $309
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Waikiki Beach
8 hours ago 4 stars $169
Aulani - Disney Vacation Club Villas 10 hours ago 5 stars $488
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Waikiki Beach
10 hours ago 4 stars $221

Recently Rated Oahu Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Waikiki Beach
3.6 / 5
391 reviews
3 stars $205
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Waikiki Beach
4.2 / 5
780 reviews
4 stars $219
The Modern Honolulu
Waikiki Beach
4.2 / 5
37 reviews
5 stars $269
Ramada Plaza Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
3.6 / 5
34 reviews
3 stars $118
Aqua Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3.3 / 5
343 reviews
3 stars $99
Pacific Beach Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3.7 / 5
411 reviews
3 stars $158
Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort
Waikiki Beach
4.4 / 5
324 reviews
4 stars $298
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Waikiki Beach
4.1 / 5
274 reviews
4 stars $221
Castle Waikiki Shore
Waikiki Beach
4.1 / 5
30 reviews
3 stars $195
Turtle Bay Resort
4.3 / 5
535 reviews
4 stars $279

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Featured Oahu Hotels

From $488

1 Aulani - Disney Vacation Club Villas

5 stars
4.9 / 5 10 reviews

92-1185 Ali'inui Drive Map

4th Night Free

Enjoy New Enhancements at Aulani. A major expansion project is now complete so your family can enjoy more outstanding experiences throughout Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. In the Waikolohe... More

Great family getaway
Perfect vacation - great weather, lots of activities, and Hawaii! The Disney themes are muted - which I liked - not so much in your face (like at the parks or cruise). The service is impeccable....
Apr 22, 2014
From $279

2 Turtle Bay Resort

4 stars
4.3 / 5 535 reviews

57-091 Kamehameha Hwy. Map

Book Now and Save 15%

Del Webb, the real estate mogul and one-time New York Yankees owner, opened Turtle Bay Resort in 1972 and ever since then, it's been entertaining guests with an involving line-up of activities,... More

Relaxing vavation
The resort is really nice. Staff are very friendly. Will definitely recommend.
Aug 31, 2014
From $95

3 Ambassador Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
3.4 / 5 329 reviews

2040 Kuhio Avenue Map

Book Now and Save 30%

Welcome to Ambassador Hotel - A Waikiki Hotel, where our ideal Waikiki location meets exceptional value for Oahu Hotels. You'll enjoy contemporary comfort at our Waikiki Hotel, the perfect choice... More

Nice for the money
Friendly staff rooms are clean great location Rates are very reasonable
Sep 9, 2014
From $235

4 Tiki Moon Villas

2 stars
Not yet reviewed

55-367 Kamehameha Highway Map

Oceanfront Vacation Rentals: Two direct ocean front bungalows, 1 garden view with direct beach access. 2 with set back views of ocean and direct beach access. All bungalows are air... More

From $218

5 Paradise Bay Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 24 reviews

47-037 Lihikai Dr Map

Visit Paradise, the ultimate true Hawaii vacation experience. Enjoy panoramic views of the Ko olau Mountains and breath taking views of Kaneohe Bay, Chinamans Hat Island, Ocean and the neighboring... More

Romantic escape
My husband and I came to this hotel for a week because I had an athletic event in the area, and we loved it! The location was very central and we explored the entire island using the resort as our...
Sep 4, 2014
From $249

6 JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 96 reviews

92-1001 Olani Street Map

Breakfast For 2 Daily Included

A luxurious Island sanctuary away from the cityJW is a luxury offshoot of the Marriott hotel group, and the Ihilani Resort and Spa reflects the company's emphasis on pared-down style, with its... More

Awesome Experience!
The hotel accomodations and staff were excellent. Be sure to have a room with an ocean front view. It is spectacular, and made our trip even better.
Sep 5, 2014
From $149

7 Luana Waikiki

4 stars
4.0 / 5 111 reviews

2045 Kalakaua Avenue Map

Book Now and Save 30%

A hidden gem along Waikiki's most famous avenueThe Luana Waikiki offers accommodations for an exceptional price.  This unexpected gem at the edge of Waikiki's best shopping and dining district... More

Weekend break away...
Staff were very friendly, helpful and the location was fantastic. The room itself was average...but staff + location made up for it.
Aug 12, 2014
From $451

8 Aulani - A Disney Resort & Spa

5 stars
4.6 / 5 23 reviews

92-1185 Ali`inui Drive Map

4th Night Free

Enjoy New Enhancements at Aulani. A major expansion project is now complete so your family can enjoy more outstanding experiences throughout Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. In the Waikolohe... More

Very fun and beautiful hotel and will be coming back soon.
Aug 11, 2014
From $158

9 Pacific Beach Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 411 reviews

2490 Kalakaua Ave. Map

Last Minute Sale - Save 35%

The Pacific Beach Hotel in Hawaii's Oahu is a haven for both children and those who once were children. The three-story, 280,000-gallon aquarium is a big hit, along with the arcade, pool and... More

Wonderful service!
The Pacific Beach Hotel has lovely customer service, the room - oceanfront on the 5th floor was gorgeous! When asking to extend for a few hours since I needed access to a fridge for breastmilk,...
Sep 10, 2014

10 Ko Olina Beach Villas Resort

5 stars
4.6 / 5 18 reviews

92-106 Waialii Place Map

Early Booking Bonus: 7th Night FREE

Vacation in quiet, luxury, beach front seclusion where lush gardens greet you and endless pools absorb you. The Ko Olina Beach Villas offers 270, 2&3 Bedroom oversized Villas, with grand... More

Fun family getaway
Room is very roomy with large kitchen and refrigerator for storing food. We like the lagoon. It's next Aulani so we can hop over to see the characters and eat the food. Staff was helpful and friendly.
Jul 3, 2013
From $199

11 Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 647 reviews

2552 Kalakaua Avenue Map

4th Night Free + Breakfast for 2 Daily

The Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa, located a short distance from Hawaii's renowned Waikiki Beach, provides comfortable, spacious and modern rooms – many with ocean views – amid a striking... More

good room but not big
is a good deal to went to here and have fun to enjoy Hawaii
Sep 4, 2014
From $179

12 Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

4 stars
4.1 / 5 207 reviews

100 Holomoana St Map

3rd Night Free!

Adorned with Asian artwork, the Hawaii Prince in Waikiki is a large high-rise hotel that looks out over the tranquil ocean. Guests are welcomed, island-style, inside the spacious lobby, and... More

My brief stay at the Prince Hotel
I arrived at the hotel and was surprised to see, next to the entry area, were metal cages with luggage and various items inside. The area was not well kept or clean. However the lobby was nice, my...
Aug 27, 2014
From $219

13 Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 780 reviews

2005 Kalia Road Map

Book 7 Nights, Get Last Night Free plus Luau for 2

The Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort boasts 22 acres of roaring waterfalls, huge water slides, fragrant botanical gardens and fine white sand. Local artists Herb Kane and John Young... More

Best hotel ever!
While we were not in the beachfront building, our room was more than adequate with comfortable bed, very clean accommodations. The front desk staff were always glad to assist us in any way. We had...
Sep 12, 2014
From $88

14 Stay Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
2.8 / 5 83 reviews

2424 Koa Avenue Map

Free Wireless Internet Access

Stay Waikiki - Only Boutique Hotel in Waikiki on a Budget Stay Waikiki is a uniquely affordable boutique hotel in the heart of Waikiki. Created with the savvy modern traveler in mind. Located... More

Really nice staff here
Couldn't have asked for nicer front desk staff. The free continental breakfast was good and generous. The rooms are very basic.
Sep 5, 2014
From $198

15 Hilton Waikiki Beach

4 stars
4.2 / 5 153 reviews

2500 Kuhio Ave. Map

Rate includes 7th Night Free

Classic luxury and professional service near the beachThe Hilton Waikiki pairs the amenities and professionalism of a business hotel with the pampering luxuries of a resort. Recently renovated with... More

Good location, average quality
The hotel is conveniently located just a short distance away from Waikiki Beach and has a bus stop just a few steps away. The room we had is average in terms of size and overall quality. I will...
Sep 6, 2014
From $161

16 Vive Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
4.1 / 5 14 reviews

2426 Kuhio Avenue Map

20% Off 5 or More Nights

Newest boutique hotel in Waikiki, 125 rooms, opening June 12, 2013. Contemporary design, Continental Breakfast in the Vive Cafe for all guests. All guestrooms equipped with refrigerator,... More

Lacking Amenities
The Vive hotel is located in a great area, very convenient to the beach. It is very clean because it is a new hotel. The staff is very friendly and helpful. The downfalls are that the rooms are...
May 29, 2014
From $269

17 The Modern Honolulu

5 stars
4.2 / 5 37 reviews

1775 Ala Moana Boulevard Map

Non Refundable Savings

Chic in both aesthetics and service, Polynesian decor characterizes The Modern Honolulu. Neutral colors and themes give the hotel a sophisticated feel throughout, while there is plenty of Hawaiian... More

Great service good location.
Best service I have had at any hotel. I've stayed all over the world at some really nice hotels. The thing that sets the modern apart is their service. Every staff member from the cleaning crew to...
Sep 12, 2014
From $169

18 Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 1188 reviews

2570 Kalakaua Avenue Map

4th Night Free

The Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel in Oahu greets guests with surfboards and citrus shades in its lobby, and bright island decor and natural elements of bamboo and rattan in its guestrooms. Start the... More

Good location but has some issues
Good: Gave us a free upgrade when we requested a single king bed instead of 2 queen beds that was given to us (we have a toddler). That upgrade also gave us a ocean view compared to "partial" ocean...
Aug 25, 2014
From $140

19 Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 100 reviews

2464 Kalakaua Avenue Map

4th Night Free

Million-dollar views for budget-conscious visitorsFor the visitor looking to roll out of bed and onto the sand without breaking the bank, the Waikiki Circle is ready to accommodate. Located across... More

Value In Paradise
My family and I just returned from a week at the Waikiki Circle Hotel. First visit to Hawaii. Excellent location: next to McDonald's, ABC stores on either side, across from beach. Upgraded to a...
Aug 24, 2014
From $298

20 Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

4 stars
4.4 / 5 324 reviews

2169 Kalia Road Map

No Resort Fees

It's easy to believe paradise really does exist at the Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, with accommodations in the Ocean and Pacific Towers allowing full views of the Hawaiian island.... More

Great hotel
Great stay at the hotel. The staff was extremely nice and you can't beat the location. The only thing I would change is the vendors at the small store need to stop offering samples every time you...
Sep 10, 2014