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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
OHANA Waikiki West
Waikiki Beach
33 minutes ago 3 stars $105
Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
39 minutes ago 3 stars $104
Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach
Waikiki Beach
1 hour ago 4 stars $329
Aqua Waikiki Pearl
Waikiki Beach
2 hours ago 3 stars $86
The Modern Honolulu
Waikiki Beach
2 hours ago 5 stars $279
Aston Waikiki Beach Tower
Waikiki Beach
3 hours ago 4 stars $431
Hilton Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
3 hours ago 4 stars $188
JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa 3 hours ago 4 stars $249
Aqua Queen Kapiolani Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3 hours ago 3 stars $109
Waikiki Resort Hotel
Waikiki Beach
5 hours ago 3 stars $147

Recently Rated Oahu Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
3.6 / 5
75 reviews
3 stars $104
Pacific Beach Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3.7 / 5
409 reviews
3 stars $138
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
4.1 / 5
206 reviews
4 stars $179
Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk
Waikiki Beach
4.4 / 5
42 reviews
4 stars $289
The Equus, an Ascend Hotel Collection Member
Waikiki Beach
3.8 / 5
4 reviews
3 stars $111
Hawaiian Monarch
Waikiki Beach
2.7 / 5
106 reviews
2 stars $81
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Waikiki Beach
4.1 / 5
640 reviews
4 stars $179
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Waikiki Beach
4.1 / 5
273 reviews
4 stars $251
Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach
Waikiki Beach
4.3 / 5
372 reviews
4 stars $329
Pagoda Hotel, a LITE Hotel
2.8 / 5
121 reviews
2 stars $89

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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 $299

2 Turtle Bay Resort

4 stars
4.3 / 5 534 reviews

57-091 Kamehameha Hwy. Map

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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

Where I want to stay on Oahu
I am a returning resident so Turtle Bay is where I wanted to be. I have been staying there several times since it opened as Kuilima. This time my daughter and I stayed in the cottages. They are...
Aug 8, 2014
From $191

3 Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 772 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

Amazing vacation
This was our first time to Oahu and it was the best experience ever! The locals treat so well and go out of their way to make sure you have the best time their. We did quite a few excursions and...
Aug 11, 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 23 reviews

47-037 Lihikai Dr Map

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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 $249

6 JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 95 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

Like a second honey moon
The outstanding up grade to ocean view & over looking the pool was a great supprise for us, I only hope the new owners can show the Aloha you did for us, Aloha & Mahalo
Aug 23, 2014
From $85

7 Ambassador Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
3.4 / 5 325 reviews

2040 Kuhio Avenue Map

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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

Almost Good
I go to Honolulu from a neighbor island for business therefore cost is important. the cost is OK but once you add the "amenities fee" and the parking, I'm then paying 50% more. Not cool that you...
Aug 25, 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 $139

9 Luana Waikiki

4 stars
4.0 / 5 111 reviews

2045 Kalakaua Avenue Map

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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

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 $179

11 Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 640 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
Based on appearance, comfort and location, I picked a great hotel for a first visit to Honolulu. It's across from the beach but that didn't matter much. Everything was convenient. The strip on...
Aug 26, 2014
From $325

12 Sheraton Waikiki

4 stars
4.0 / 5 328 reviews

2255 Kalakaua Avenue Map

4th Night Free + Daily Breakfast for 2

The towering, gleaming Sheraton Waikiki Suites lets you savor so much of what makes Oahu special. It's a centrally-located resort where guests snorkel, encounter dolphins, and admire sunsets... More

Family Vacation
What did you do while you were there? Spent a week at this hotel Was there something missing that would have made your stay more enjoyable? Microwave oven was missing and coin laundry service can...
Aug 23, 2014
From $138

13 Pacific Beach Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 409 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

Nice hotel, great location
This hotel is clean, great location, concierge desk if very helpful and has many options. The Waikiki shopping strip is VERY busy and loud, which echoes up to the rooms. Not enough dining options...
Aug 27, 2014
From $179

14 Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

4 stars
4.1 / 5 205 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

Relaxing break from work
Came to Hawaii for a wedding. Was pleasantly surprised at how nice this place was. My room was on the 17th floor and overlooked the harbor and the ocean. The room was clean and the beds were...
Aug 27, 2014
From $188

15 Hilton Waikiki Beach

4 stars
4.2 / 5 151 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

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 $169

16 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 $279

17 The Modern Honolulu

5 stars
4.1 / 5 34 reviews

1775 Ala Moana Boulevard Map

Non Refundable Savings

The Modern Honolulu is Waikiki's newest luxury hotel, located just steps from one of Hawaii's most famous beaches. Offering a glamorous yet understated take on the lifestyle hotel experience, it's... More

Great location with luxurious minimalism
Friendly staff. Rooms appointed in a manner that blend a Design Within Reach look with a quasi minimalist Japanese aesthetic. Lovely pool area. Young hip crowd in eateries. Would stay here again....
Aug 3, 2014
From $161

18 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 $88

19 Stay Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
2.8 / 5 81 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

Nice staff
Nice place. Helpful staff. Close to the beach. Not the fanciest but good enough for me. I would stay there again.
Aug 13, 2014
From $109

20 Aqua Queen Kapiolani Hotel

3 stars
3.3 / 5 343 reviews

150 Kapahulu Ave. Map

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One of many Aqua Hotels across Hawaii, the Queen Kapiolani Hotel is named for the beloved wife of King David Kalakaua. The spirit of regal patronage lives on in the historic portraits and candle... More

Great family adventure
everything was great about our stay here. what I liked the most was the location which was right at the end of Waikiki. you could either park at the hotel or across the street at the zoo. over all...
May 2, 2014