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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
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Waikiki Beach
35 minutes ago 4 stars $204
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
37 minutes ago 3 stars $175
Pacific Beach Hotel
Waikiki Beach
1 hour ago 3 stars $138
Vive Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
1 hour ago 3 stars $161
Park Shore Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
4 hours ago 3 stars $169
Turtle Bay Resort 4 hours ago 4 stars $279
Hilton Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
4 hours ago 4 stars $188
OHANA Waikiki West
Waikiki Beach
5 hours ago 3 stars $138
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Waikiki Beach
5 hours ago 4 stars $199
Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
5 hours ago 3 stars $99

Recently Rated Oahu Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Sheraton Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
4.0 / 5
331 reviews
4 stars $365
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
4.2 / 5
47 reviews
3 stars $175
Waikiki Beach
4.8 / 5
29 reviews
5 stars $520
Hilton Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
4.2 / 5
158 reviews
4 stars $188
Lotus Honolulu at Diamond Head
4.1 / 5
65 reviews
3 stars $199
Imperial Of Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
3.2 / 5
15 reviews
2 stars $125
Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3.8 / 5
30 reviews
3 stars $159
Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
3.4 / 5
335 reviews
3 stars $99
Stay Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
2.8 / 5
88 reviews
3 stars $126
Aston at the Waikiki Banyan
Waikiki Beach
3.7 / 5
99 reviews
3 stars $165

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Featured Oahu Hotels

From $249

1 JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 97 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

Good all around.
As others have said on here the hotel was wonderful. Far from the maddening crowd of Honolulu and it's traffic. Make sure to have GPS to go anywhere, the traffic is bad all over the island. If...
Sep 13, 2014
From $279

2 Turtle Bay Resort

4 stars
4.3 / 5 539 reviews

57-091 Kamehameha Hwy. Map

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

Great location!
We had a great time at Turtle Bay. You can't beat the location. Amenities were good - nice pool and golf course. Food was so-so, and we found it a bit pricey. Much better to drive back on the...
Oct 13, 2014
From $199

3 Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 783 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

Great bargain
The hotel was updated, clean, and close to the beach. It was also walking distance to a ton of restaurants (buffalo wild wings, IHOP, charthouse, etc).
Oct 21, 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 $208

5 Paradise Bay Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 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

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 $451

6 Aulani - A Disney Resort & Spa

5 stars
4.6 / 5 25 reviews

92-1185 Ali`inui Drive Map

Daily Breakfast Included

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

Dreams do come true in this aulani disney resort. We had a great time. Mahalo!!
Oct 3, 2014
From $99

7 Ambassador Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
3.4 / 5 335 reviews

2040 Kuhio Avenue Map

Book Now and Save 35%

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

Great Location For Price
Looking at this hotel's location on a map makes it seem further away from Waikiki Beach than it is. It's a 20 minute walk from there and you are walking down one of the 2 main strips in Honolulu....
Oct 17, 2014
From $488

8 Aulani - Disney Vacation Club Villas

5 stars
4.9 / 5 10 reviews

92-1185 Ali'inui Drive Map

Daily Breakfast Included

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 $179

9 Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

4 stars
4.1 / 5 211 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

Summer Holiday
We were given a room on the 16th floor and had great views over the harbour. The room was clean and spacious with a decent sized bathroom and the beds were very comfortable. It took approximately...
Oct 13, 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

From $109

11 Aqua Palms Waikiki

3 stars
3.8 / 5 341 reviews

1850 Ala Moana Blvd. Map

Book Now and Save 30%

Blending trendy design with authentic Polynesian touches and top-of-the-line amenities, the Aqua brand is a modern answer to the traditional Hawaiian experience. First founded in 2001, Aqua Hotels... More

Stans stay
Its conveniently located with close access to Waikiki beach and dinning experinces. I would expect beter value for money.
Oct 8, 2014
From $265

12 The Modern Honolulu

5 stars
4.2 / 5 39 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

very very clean hotel
stayed there for my honeymoon. it was an excellent hotel. but it is bit off from anywhere. not near to waikiki beach nor ala moana center. and also during my stay, construction was going on for all...
Oct 10, 2014
From $138

13 Pacific Beach Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 412 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

Only fair location only good thing
The bathroom was pretty dirty, not as in a couple of cleanings, buts months maybe even years. I took pictures, it was gross! The bed was clean and comfy, the furniture was old, but dusted. The rug...
Sep 28, 2014
From $79

14 Kuhio Banyan Club

3 stars
2.2 / 5 29 reviews

2310 Kuhio Ave. Map

Kuhio Banyan Club is an all-kitchenette boutique resort located less than 1-1/2 blocks from spectacular Waikiki Beach, the International Market Place, the Royal Hawaii Shopping Center, many fine... More

Good Price for location
The location is alright but there is a club next to it and it gets loud during the night. Hotel is within walking from the beach.
Sep 5, 2014
From $169

15 Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 1190 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

Grand ending to Hawiian Holiday
Being our first visit to Honolulu we were not sure of which hotel to select. We were so happy that the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel was the perfect answer to our holiday needs. The rooms were not as...
Oct 3, 2014
From $188

16 Hilton Waikiki Beach

4 stars
4.2 / 5 158 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

Super family affair
Great customer service! The people who work here are super friendly and try to accomodate you in every way possible!
Oct 22, 2014
From $129

17 Luana Waikiki

4 stars
3.9 / 5 113 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

Ok Hotel.
The Hotel is near all attractions in Waikiki but in my experience nothing was special. The Staff was not bad but they were not great. I did not feel like I was treated with that special touch that...
Sep 30, 2014
From $159

18 Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, a Joie de Vivre Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 30 reviews

342 Seaside Avenue Map

Save 20% on your stay

The freshly renovated,"island-chic" Shoreline Hotel Waikiki, just two blocks from world famous Waikiki Beach, has a prime location that makes its value incomparable. Enjoy a day of sun... More

Great location!
Perfect location to enjoy Honolulu. The free ice tea is great, and it's in great location to see shopping, dinner and beach.
Oct 18, 2014
From $189

19 Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 650 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

Great vacation!
We had a great stay at the Marriott Hotel! It was located in a busy area with a lot to do. The Marriott had great restaurants, a little pricey but delicious! The $30 resort fee a night was really...
Sep 24, 2014
From $126

20 Stay Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
2.8 / 5 88 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

Fancy overpriced hostel, load bar and cheaply "remodel ed
Oct 17, 2014