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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 Place Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
1 hour ago 3 stars $151
Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
3 hours ago 3 stars $118
Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
4 hours ago 3 stars $99
Paradise Bay Resort 4 hours ago 4 stars $221
Aulani - A Disney Resort & Spa 5 hours ago 5 stars $451
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Waikiki Beach
5 hours ago 4 stars $169
Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
6 hours ago 3 stars $99
Pacific Beach Hotel
Waikiki Beach
7 hours ago 3 stars $138
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Waikiki Beach
8 hours ago 4 stars $225
Aqua Waikiki Wave
Waikiki Beach
8 hours ago 3 stars $107

Recently Rated Oahu Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
4.1 / 5
204 reviews
4 stars $179
Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
3.4 / 5
320 reviews
3 stars $99
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Waikiki Beach
4.1 / 5
272 reviews
4 stars $236
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3.9 / 5
1186 reviews
4 stars $169
Embassy Suites Waikiki Beach Walk
Waikiki Beach
4.4 / 5
41 reviews
4 stars $289
Hokele Suites Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
2.8 / 5
104 reviews
2 stars $97
JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa
4.2 / 5
94 reviews
4 stars $249
Kuhio Banyan Club
Waikiki Beach
2.2 / 5
27 reviews
3 stars $86
Waikiki Beach
4.8 / 5
29 reviews
5 stars $595
Pacific Marina Inn Airport Hotel
2.7 / 5
120 reviews
2 stars $119

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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 / 5 534 reviews

57-091 Kamehameha Hwy. Map

Stay 4 Nights In A Villas and Save 30%

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 $175

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 $221

5 Paradise Bay Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 23 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

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 $99

7 Ambassador Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
3.4 / 5 320 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

Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
I loved my time at the hotel. The only issue I had was a double charge for amenities. My online purchase included a $20 Amenities fee; however, when I got to the hotel, they charged me the same...
Aug 19, 2014
From $249

8 JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 94 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

Nice hotel
Nice hotel, friendly staff. It's a little touristy with the Disney hotel next door, but still a fun place to stay.
Aug 14, 2014
From $179

9 Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

4 stars
4.1 / 5 204 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

one year anniversary
We loved our stay at this hotel! Breakfast buffet was amazing a little expensive but worth it if you love breakfast like us! Staff was extremely friendly and rooms were in great condition. Great...
Aug 18, 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 $149

11 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 $138

12 Pacific Beach Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 405 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 $325

13 Sheraton Waikiki

4 stars
4.0 / 5 327 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

Thank you Sheraton Waikiki!
We had a wonderful stay at Sheraton Waikiki! We requested a larger room, which wasn't available, so they upgraded up to a suite! Thank you, Chandra for that upgrade. We purchased the upgrade to the...
Jul 24, 2014
From $169

14 Hilton Waikiki Beach

4 stars
4.2 / 5 151 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 $225

15 Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 639 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

cool hotel
one word: CLEAN. the people working at the waikiki beach marriott were super helpful and we ordered room service which was great.
Jul 28, 2014
From $236

16 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 272 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

Good location, a lot of shops
This hotel has good location. It has many stores on the first floor. In addition, there are so many shopping place close to it. The complimary breakfast buffet is excellent. You can have a nice...
Aug 16, 2014
From $269

17 The Modern Honolulu

5 stars
4.1 / 5 34 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 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 $169

18 Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

4 stars
3.9 / 5 1186 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

We appreciated receiving a room with a view. The staff was very accommodating and friendly. Plenty of food at breakfast, including some HAWAIIAN entertainment. The HOTEL portion of the O package...
Aug 17, 2014
From $151

19 Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach

3 stars
4.2 / 5 41 reviews

175 Paoakalani Avenue Map

Rate includes breakfast

Island living on a budget, one block from the beachEnjoy a welcoming and unpretentious stay with island style at Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach. The hotel offers a selection of views, numerous... More

Lobby was very hot. Dead roach on the room wall.
Title says it all. If it were 100 dollar a night hotel then i probably wouldn't even say anything bad but for 235 a night the hitel was not wirth it.
Jul 7, 2014
From $98

20 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