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Oahu guide

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
Waikiki Beach
18 minutes ago 5 stars $525
Vive Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
39 minutes ago 3 stars $170
Aqua Waikiki Wave
Waikiki Beach
47 minutes ago 3 stars $98
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Waikiki Beach
50 minutes ago 4 stars $152
Sheraton Princess Kaiulani
Waikiki Beach
53 minutes ago 3 stars $134
The Modern Honolulu
Waikiki Beach
1 hour ago 5 stars $279
Waikiki Resort Hotel
Waikiki Beach
1 hour ago 3 stars $124
Pacific Beach Hotel
Waikiki Beach
2 hours ago 3 stars $138
Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
4 hours ago 3 stars $102
Waikiki Parc Hotel
Waikiki Beach
4 hours ago 4 stars $205

Recently Rated Oahu Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Waikiki Beach
4.1 / 5
668 reviews
4 stars $199
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
4.2 / 5
51 reviews
3 stars $159
Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3.8 / 5
104 reviews
3 stars $130
Pacific Marina Inn Airport Hotel
2.7 / 5
129 reviews
2 stars $112
Pacific Beach Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3.7 / 5
439 reviews
3 stars $138
Aqua Palms Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
3.8 / 5
348 reviews
3 stars $109
Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa
Waikiki Beach
4.3 / 5
276 reviews
4 stars $284
Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
3.7 / 5
90 reviews
3 stars $113
Pagoda Hotel, a LITE Hotel
2.8 / 5
126 reviews
2 stars $99
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Waikiki Beach
4.2 / 5
827 reviews
4 stars $189

Featured Oahu Hotels

From $474

1 Aulani - Disney Vacation Club Villas

5 stars
4.8 / 5 13 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 Vacation
The Disney Aulani is on of the best places we've ever stayed. The room was awesome! We would definitely go back. Disney Resorts are the best in the world. You get what you pay for. Even though...
Feb 18, 2015
From $289

2 Turtle Bay Resort

4 stars
4.3 / 5 548 reviews

57-091 Kamehameha Hwy. Map

Stay 5 Nights or More 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

Turtle Bay on Oahu - Great Place
Turtle Bay Resort was the best part of 10 days of island hopping. A relaxed atmosphere with attentive service made for a great vacation.
Feb 10, 2015
From $138

3 Pacific Beach Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 439 reviews

2490 Kalakaua Ave. Map

Stay 4 nights and Save 40%

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

trip with friends
the hotel has an amazing location- right on the beach and bang for your bucks for the it! the place has a weekly brunch of hawaiian food. It makes it easier to grab salad/ plate lunch and bring it...
Mar 1, 2015
From $235

4 Tiki Moon Villas

2 stars
Not yet reviewed

55367 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 conditioned.... More

From $216

5 Paradise Bay Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 26 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

Great place not in Honolulu
This hotel provides complementary breakfast, internet and parking, but does not locates in Honolulu neighborhood. If you're just trying to find a great place on Oahu island, then this hotel is...
Jan 12, 2015
From $434

6 Aulani - A Disney Resort & Spa

5 stars
4.6 / 5 28 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

Grandmother/6 yr old granddaughter trip
Beautiful property, swimming activities were awesome. We loved all the fresh fruit but considering the cost of our stay we felt the food options were limited.
Feb 3, 2015
From $189

7 Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 827 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

The hotel, the location, the staff, everything here was amazing.
Feb 27, 2015

8 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 $199

9 Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 668 reviews

2552 Kalakaua Avenue Map

Rate Includes Breakfast

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

best vacation
hotel was super close to the beach. Walking distance to everything. Pool was always fun for the kids as well! Loved being here!
Mar 2, 2015
From $109

10 Aqua Palms Waikiki

3 stars
3.8 / 5 348 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

Very nice
The hotel and staff are very nice. As in any big city parking is a bit of a challenge. Accessibility is limited. Be careful where you park your rental!
Feb 28, 2015
From $124

11 Waikiki Resort Hotel

3 stars
3.8 / 5 117 reviews

130 Liliuokalani Ave Map

Book Now and Save 30%

Comfortable, island-style hotel near the beach A total overhaul has reinvented the peaceful, tucked-away Waikiki Resort Hotel. A surprising find, the hotel offers more for your money than... More

Work party and date night!
We had our work year end party here and decided to stay the night so as not to drive all the way back to the west side. Rooms are nice and clean and hotel is close to everything. Staff is very...
Feb 24, 2015
From $152

12 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 283 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

Birthday vacay
This hotel was wonderful! It had wonder views, great food, pleasant staff and it was the perfect location. Everything was in walking distance so there was no need for a car! Although I have...
Feb 20, 2015
From $235

13 Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

4 stars
4.4 / 5 330 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 Spot
Great Hotel! Very reasonable price and a great location. Far enough away removed from the hustle and bustle but still within a short walk. Off the main drag so auto and foot traffic is light. Will...
Jan 15, 2015
From $279

14 The Modern Honolulu

5 stars
4.3 / 5 49 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 cool, groovy hotel!
Absolutely loved this hotel. Hesitating to tell anyone else.
Feb 16, 2015
From $336

15 Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk

5 stars
4.8 / 5 72 reviews

223 Saratoga Road Map

Save 25% on your stay

Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk is Oahu's only Forbes Travel Guide Five-Star Hotel. It is one of the first ultra-luxury properties in Hawaii, located just steps away from Waikiki's... More

5 Star Hotel??
I was disappointed that the hotel room was different from its hompage. And we were inconvient to use the bathroom. Though we checked in early and it was not busy season but they arranged us very...
Feb 16, 2015
From $134

16 Sheraton Princess Kaiulani

3 stars
3.6 / 5 404 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

Tiger Cruise
The hotel met our expectation, but didn't accommodate my request for two double beds.
Feb 27, 2015
From $205

17 Waikiki Parc Hotel

4 stars
4.0 / 5 114 reviews

2233 Helumoa Rd Map

Includes Daily Breakfast for 2+Free Parking

Hip, Hawaiian-style hotel with trendy restaurant steps from the beach Step into an urban oasis at Waikiki Parc Hotel. This boutique hotel merges Hawaiian style, grace and hip sensibility.... More

Awesome trip!!
Loved this hotel! It was comfortable, modern, clean and really close to shopping stores and the beach! Will definitely stay here again.
Feb 11, 2015
From $395

18 The Kahala Hotel & Resort

5 stars
4.7 / 5 50 reviews

5000 Kahala Avenue Map

No Resort Fee! Complimentary WiFi!

The Kahala Hotel & Resort is Hawaii's reigning luxury resort, set on a secluded beach just ten minutes from the world class shopping and entertainment of Waikiki. This legendary hideaway resort... More

Celebrating 18 years of marriage
Loved everything about this place! Love the fact that it had it's private own beach and that it wasn't over crowed. The staff was very friendly and helpful.
Feb 27, 2015
From $109

19 Queen Kapiolani Hotel

3 stars
3.3 / 5 352 reviews

150 Kapahulu Ave. Map

Book Now and Save 30%

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

Relaxing Experience
This is the second time we have stayed at this hotel. We love it here it is at the end of the strip of hotels. It faces Diamond Head and a nice park with the beach just across the street. If you...
Feb 4, 2015
From $139

20 Luana Waikiki Hotel and Suites

4 stars
4.0 / 5 119 reviews

2045 Kalakaua Avenue Map

Book Now and Save 30%

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

Suitable for family
My friends and I stayed there for one night. It's very convenient in terms of location. There are many good restaurants within the walk distance. The hotel is very old and the staff are not welcome...
Feb 12, 2015