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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
Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
19 minutes ago 3 stars $106
The Modern Honolulu
Waikiki Beach
1 hour ago 5 stars $269
Ala Moana Hotel
Waikiki Beach
1 hour ago 4 stars $179
Stay Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
2 hours ago 3 stars $90
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
2 hours ago 4 stars $199
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3 hours ago 4 stars $199
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Waikiki Beach
3 hours ago 3 stars $160
Hilton Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
4 hours ago 4 stars $205
Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
5 hours ago 3 stars $139
Aqua Waikiki Pearl
Waikiki Beach
5 hours ago 3 stars $126

Recently Rated Oahu Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
OHANA Waikiki West
Waikiki Beach
3.4 / 5
340 reviews
3 stars $128
Pagoda Hotel
Oahu
2.9 / 5
155 reviews
2 stars $99
Turtle Bay Resort
4.3 / 5
941 reviews
4 stars $223
Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach
Waikiki Beach
4.3 / 5
639 reviews
4 stars $289
Sheraton Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
4.0 / 5
575 reviews
4 stars $285
Waikiki Resort Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3.8 / 5
157 reviews
3 stars $158
Aulani - A Disney Resort & Spa
4.6 / 5
23 reviews
5 stars $451
Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
3.4 / 5
478 reviews
3 stars $106
The Modern Honolulu
Waikiki Beach
4.1 / 5
33 reviews
5 stars $269
Outrigger Reef on the Beach
Waikiki Beach
4.4 / 5
548 reviews
4 stars $379

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Featured Oahu Hotels

From $532

1 Aulani - Disney Vacation Club Villas

5 stars
4.9 / 5 10 reviews

92-1185 Ali'inui Drive Map

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 $223

2 Turtle Bay Resort

4 stars
4.3 / 5 941 reviews

57-091 Kamehameha Hwy. Map

Book Now and Save 20%

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

Gem on the North Shore
We live on Oahu but take a three day getaway to Turtle Bay twice a year. Beautiful location, far away from Waikiki. It's like a vacation to another island without the airfare. Quiet and relaxing...
Jul 24, 2014
From $247

3 Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 1258 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

Summer Vaca
My fiance and I spent an amazing 7 nights on the beautiful island of Oahu. We were sold on the Hilton when we saw pictures of the lagoon and location of the resort. The resort in person, was...
Jul 20, 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 $221

5 Paradise Bay Resort

4 stars
3.9 / 5 24 reviews

47-037 Lihikai Dr Map

Pay Now and Save 30%

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

Wonderful to be away from Waikiki
If you're debating whether or not to stay in Waikiki- DONT! We split our time on Oahu between paradise bay and Waikiki and I wish we. Would have stayed here the entire time- location is great to...
Mar 16, 2014
From $451

6 Aulani - A Disney Resort & Spa

5 stars
4.6 / 5 23 reviews

92-1185 Ali`inui Drive Map

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

Nice for a short stay
Enjoyed the experience. I think it would be too much for more than a day or two, but was a fun experience for my kids for a short stay. Nice rooms, nice staff, nice pools and beach. Even still, a...
Jul 22, 2014
From $199

7 Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 1069 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

Ok, but not 4 stars
The staff and all were great and provided excellent service at the hotel daily. When I arrived I expected a more up to date room, but the room was dated and could use some updates. Overall my stay...
Jul 14, 2014
From $309

8 JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 139 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

Had a great getaway!
My girlfriend and I only stayed one night this last time, but it was a good little 'vacation' for us (we both live here on O'ahu). We had a great time at the beach and a great Saturday night...
Jul 15, 2014
From $248

9 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 481 reviews

2424 Kalakaua Avenue Map

Rate includes breakfast buffet for 2 daily

Inhale that quintessentially Waikiki Beach scent of island flowers at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa, where the Hawaiian high-rise meets the infinite horizons of the Pacific Ocean.... More

First Trip with my wife to the Islands
This hotel is a perfect home for vacation. Great location across the beach, great staff available with just a push of a button, wonderful decor on the main floors, great food and many many shops...
Jun 15, 2014

10 Ko Olina Beach Villas Resort

5 stars
4.6 / 5 21 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 Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

4 stars
4.1 / 5 318 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

good enough for 4star
1) good location. 2) shuttle bus is a plus 3) kind staff 4) wifi charge is minus 3) good restaurant..hakone
Jul 9, 2014
From $160

12 Sheraton Princess Kaiulani

3 stars
3.6 / 5 620 reviews

120 Kaiulani Ave Map

4th Night Free + Daily Breakfast for 2

Canoe rides, surfing, discover Hawaiian culture at Waikiki BeachThe Sheraton Princess Kaiulani is a moderately-priced hotel with 1,142 rooms and suites across three individual buildings. Rooms in... More

Ill be back for sure
The overall experience was great. I loved the location. Had a great view. The staff were very friendly and the bed was comfy. O would definatley book the hotel again for my next stay I Hawaii.
Jul 6, 2014
From $199

13 Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 1931 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

dissapointed
First, we were surprised with an additional "amenities fee" of $23/day. The carpet in the rooms was at least 20 yrs old. The housekeeping was barely existent. No hot tub by the pool. "Breakfast" is...
Jun 29, 2014
From $106

14 Ambassador Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
3.4 / 5 478 reviews

2040 Kuhio Avenue Map

Free High Speed Internet

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

Not very good!
We stayed there for two nights. I booked two rooms for my family but they didn't put them together. Room in this hotel is rather old. In additional, there is no enough parking area. The staff told...
Jul 22, 2014
From $205

15 Hilton Waikiki Beach

4 stars
4.2 / 5 251 reviews

2500 Kuhio Ave. Map

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

Holiday - couple
Good location and modern rooms. Internet is only free on the common areas, room cleaning could use some improvement.
May 31, 2014
From $269

16 The Modern Honolulu

5 stars
4.1 / 5 33 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

Good
Location is not very good. But the room is comfort and staffs are friendly helping us. The breakfast in the swimming pool is great.
Jul 22, 2014
From $90

17 Stay Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
2.8 / 5 77 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

Not what it seemed
My experience at the Stay Hotel was an unforgettable one! When I booked it online I looked at the pictures of the rooms and decided that's where I wanted to stay. Upon arriving the first thing that...
Jul 20, 2014
From $379

18 Outrigger Reef on the Beach

4 stars
4.4 / 5 548 reviews

2169 Kalia Road Map

No Resort Fees

It's easy to believe paradise really does exist at the Outrigger Reef Hotel Oahu, with accommodations in the Ocean and Pacific Towers allowing full views of the Hawaiian island. Having undergone a... More

Had a great time at Outrigger Reef on the Beach
Excellent location, great staff, very clean hotel. The hotel's beach is a bit small but the hotel is located a few feet away from two great beaches.
Jul 16, 2014
From $158

19 Pacific Beach Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 589 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

Read the fine print
We were very excited about the location and value of our hotel when we booked it; however, we were surprised to find that the amenities and parking were separately charged, which added almost 400...
Jul 20, 2014
From $179

20 Ala Moana Hotel

4 stars
3.8 / 5 646 reviews

410 Atkinson Drive Map

No Resort Fees

The two towers of the Ala Moana Hotel provide scenic views over the tall city buildings stretching into the distance across the Honolulu skyline, the ocean, or the nearby mountain range. Part of... More

Thanks
very nice stay quiet and peaceful close to the big city life.
Jun 29, 2014