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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 Rated Oahu Hotels

Hotel Reviews Stars Price from
Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa
Waikiki Beach
4.1 / 5
656 reviews
4 stars $149
Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa
Waikiki Beach
4.1 / 5
281 reviews
4 stars $200
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Waikiki Beach
4.2 / 5
796 reviews
4 stars $209
The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort
Waikiki Beach
4.4 / 5
149 reviews
5 stars $293
Ambassador Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
3.4 / 5
344 reviews
3 stars $85
Hilton Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
4.2 / 5
160 reviews
4 stars $188
Stay Hotel Waikiki
Waikiki Beach
2.8 / 5
92 reviews
3 stars $80
Trump International Hotel Waikiki Beach Walk
Waikiki Beach
4.8 / 5
65 reviews
5 stars $336
Aston Waikiki Circle Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3.8 / 5
101 reviews
3 stars $139
Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel
Waikiki Beach
3.9 / 5
1193 reviews
4 stars $159

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From $431

1 Aulani - A Disney Resort & Spa

5 stars
4.6 / 5 25 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

Anniversary
Dreams do come true in this aulani disney resort. We had a great time. Mahalo!!
Oct 3, 2014
From $255

2 Turtle Bay Resort

4 stars
4.3 / 5 542 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

Honey Moon!
Turtle bay is perfect & Beautiful! I love everything of this hotel.
Nov 29, 2014
From $109

3 Luana Waikiki

4 stars
4.0 / 5 115 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

Great Time
We had a first class experience at the Luana Waikiki, the location was superb. Just blocks from high end shopping and restaurants, we could not have chosen a better place to stay.
Nov 28, 2014
From $282

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 $164

5 Paradise Bay Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 25 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

Not at all what the pictures show.
This is not at all what the pictures show it is on a canal with no nice views of anything the only water you can get to that you would want to get into is the swimming pool. Sits on a brown water...
Nov 21, 2014
From $249

6 JW Marriott Ihilani Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.2 / 5 102 reviews

92-1001 Olani Street Map

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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 pricy hotel
My wife and i really enjoyed it's good location for rest but we ended up going to honolulu every meal to have popular restaurant and surfing. So If you were a traveler who eats hotel food and would...
Nov 30, 2014
From $85

7 Ambassador Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
3.4 / 5 344 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

Really enjoyed the stay
My stay was very confortable and will definitely return to this Hotel in the future.
Dec 17, 2014
From $469

8 Aulani - Disney Vacation Club Villas

5 stars
4.8 / 5 11 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

Enjoy every moment
it was a wonderful trip for the kid. Not much to do for adult. Foods are pricy but not that bad. ABC store is close and very convenient. We stayed for five days. Three days are good enough.
Nov 26, 2014
From $209

9 Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

4 stars
4.2 / 5 796 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

HOLIDAY GETAWAY
this place is of great location, it is close to everywhere. just a few minutes away from the beach. The room is exactly as it appeared in the phone. I've chosen the ocean view. A very nice view of...
Dec 16, 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 $138

11 Pacific Beach Hotel

3 stars
3.7 / 5 416 reviews

2490 Kalakaua Ave. Map

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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

First time going to Hawaii
It was perfect,and would defently stay there again.
Nov 24, 2014
From $149

12 Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 656 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

Better options for less...
It's nice but not worth the price. Pros: comfortable beds, great service, aweseome location. Cons: price compared to others in area, pool is outdated and boring, price.
Dec 8, 2014
From $161

13 Vive Hotel Waikiki

3 stars
4.2 / 5 19 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

Awesome! Highly recommended
The rooms are a little small, and the hotel does' t have a pool ( not needed being in Hawaii). The Staff is awesome, super friendly, complementary breakfast was perfect. The hotel also provides...
Dec 1, 2014
From $139

14 Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach

3 stars
3.6 / 5 80 reviews

400 Royal Hawaiian Avenue Map

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Just steps from pristine white sand beaches and world-class shopping, Courtyard Waikiki Beach is one of the premier hotels in Honolulu, providing rest and relaxation during your island stay. Our... More

Couples getaway
Outside of the couple of roaches and the pigeons pooping on the patio the stay was good. This was the smallest room I have ever stayed in. The staff and housekeeping were very accommodating and...
Nov 26, 2014
From $179

15 Hawaii Prince Hotel Waikiki

4 stars
4.1 / 5 212 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

Great Hotel
This was the first time we visited Hawaii and we chose this hotel. Right Decision. The price is reasonable and quality is great. Friendly staff. nice food onsite. close to the beach. Overall we had...
Dec 16, 2014
From $99

16 Aqua Palms Waikiki

3 stars
3.8 / 5 343 reviews

1850 Ala Moana Blvd. Map

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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

Excellent hotel, excellent location
Me and my boyfriend stayed at the aqua palms for a week while we were in Hawaii for a wedding. For the price, you can't do any better. The location is perfect and right next to the beach and the...
Oct 21, 2014
From $188

17 Hilton Waikiki Beach

4 stars
4.2 / 5 160 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

Great staycation in the city
The hotel is beautiful and our room was clean and comfortable. You don't really even need to go outside the hotel because they have a great pool and Mac 24/7 right downstairs.
Nov 24, 2014
From $200

18 Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 281 reviews

2424 Kalakaua Avenue Map

Awake to Breakfast

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

Great hotel
Great location, great buffet, great staff. Nothing to complain :)
Dec 8, 2014
From $109

19 Aqua Bamboo Waikiki

3 stars
3.9 / 5 92 reviews

2425 Kuhio Avenue Map

Free High Speed Internet in Room

Petite boutique-chic that's near the beachTucked into a quieter area of Waikiki, Aqua Bamboo is only two mini-blocks from Waikiki Beach and several blocks from Honolulu Zoo. It's a favorite of... More

Good value, good location
The hotel staff were very responsive. The location is good, being a block off the beach - not in the high-rise tourist area. Had a garage for rental car, 24-hr wake-up call etc. No internet access...
Oct 26, 2014
From $85

20 Aqua Waikiki Wave

3 stars
3.5 / 5 315 reviews

2299 Kuhio Avenue Map

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Hip escape in the center of WaikikiThe vibrant Aqua Waikiki Wave is a surprising find tucked into the middle of Waikiki. Offering  hip room decor and complimentary amenities like free Wi-Fi... More

Dirty, dated, and overlooking a massive construction site
I'm a super easy, laid back traveler, and this place was sending out red-flags from the start. Rude check-in clerk was throwing hidden fees at me from the start (deposit and daily 'hospitatlity...
Dec 1, 2014