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Oahu Vacations

Your Oahu vacation

Dreaming of sun-drenched sand, mai tai in hand? With more than 130 tropical beaches, you'll discover all types -- from bronzed glamazons to shipwrecked buccaneers. When the tan-o-meter reads "done," buy kitschy souvenirs at the International Market Place, salute historic Pearl Harbor, hike Diamond Head or settle into Waikiki's cornucopia of eateries.

The ultimate Oahu vacation is only a few clicks away. Our insider guide will prime you with Oahu vacation trips, from the best time to go and top 10s, to insider tips from Orbitz travel experts.

Best time to take a vacation to Oahu

  • While mainlanders shovel snow or bake in oven-hot summers, Oahu enjoys a year-round balmy climate with natural air-conditioning from trade winds. Waikiki soaks up the sun most days, while valleys and the lush Windward Coast dazzle with tropical showers and rainbows.

    Oahu travel is at its best when crowds and prices cool: September through November. Or, time your trip for an event like the century-old King Kamehameha Day Parade in June, or Aloha Festivals in September. In November and December, the North Shore heats up with the Triple Crown of Surfing. December also rocks the Honolulu Marathon, one of the world's largest.

Insider tips for Oahu travel

  • Antique Alley

    Why not bring home a hula-dancer lamp, a netted glass fishing float or vintage kimono? Shop real Hawaii here in living color.

  • Le Bistro

    Dine at one of Oahu's best restaurants, hidden in a shopping center on the way to Hanauma Bay. French cuisine pairs with a casual-yet-elegant atmosphere for a perfect evening out.

  • La Mariana

    Drop by Oahu's authentic tiki bar from yesteryear, peppered with sea captains from the neighboring harbor.

  • Malaekahana Beach

    Play the castaway on a secluded, forest-lined Windward Coast beach with an exotic offshore islet, all within easy reach of a hot shower and steak dinner.

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Oahu Vacation Packages

Hotel only $474

1 Aulani - Disney Vacation Club Villas

5 stars
4.8 / 5 12 reviews

92-1185 Ali'inui Drive Map

Rates Discounted 30% Plus 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 Valley pool area guests have even more places to relax, Ka Maka Grotto is a... More

Hotel only $247

2 Turtle Bay Resort

4 stars
4.3 / 5 546 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, from surfing lessons and making your own flower-leis to learning how to play... More

Hotel only $235

3 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. Having undergone a $110 million renovation in 2009, you'll now find historian... More

Hotel only $258

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. All have full kitchens. Located In the North Shore of Oahu. Most with... More

Hotel only $162

5 Paradise Bay Resort

4 stars
3.8 / 5 26 reviews

47-037 Lihikai Dr Map

Book Now and Save 25%

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 sacred Kahouna Fish Sanctuary. Just minutes to Kailua, Lanikai and Kualoa... More

6 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 balconies that assist with views of colorful gardens and the blue of the... More

Hotel only $258

7 Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

4 stars
4.3 / 5 376 reviews

2335 Kalakaua Ave. Map

No Resort Fees

An honored recipient of the Hawaii Tourism Authority's prestigious Kahili Award, the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort offers free daily workshops taught by well-respected teachers of Hawaiian music, art and culture. The 16-story tower of the Outrigger Waikiki has been... More

Hotel only $434

8 Aulani - A Disney Resort & Spa

5 stars
4.7 / 5 27 reviews

92-1185 Ali`inui Drive Map

Rates Discounted 30% Plus 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 Valley pool area guests have even more places to relax, Ka Maka Grotto is a... More

Hotel only $269

9 Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa

4 stars
4.3 / 5 273 reviews

2365 Kalakaua Avenue Map

4th Night Free + Daily Buffet Breakfast for 2

'The First Lady of Waikiki' was constructed at the turn of the 20th century, and the Moana Surfrider lives up to her elegant name as a Waikiki beachfront property. Upon arrival, you'll be treated to a signature Westin elixir, a fragrant flower lei, and a refreshingly... More

Hotel only $179

10 Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

4 stars
4.1 / 5 663 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 landscape that includes native flowers and plants. The resort's two... More

Oahu highlights

  • Waikiki Beach

    Bask in golden-era glamour at one of the world's most celebrated beaches, with Diamond Head as a perfect backdrop. Rent a surfboard right on the sand.

  • Pearl Harbor

    Get lost on a giant battleship; defend Pacific skies in a combat flight simulator and more at four historic sites rolled into one powerful WWII experience.

  • Le Bistro

    Dine at one of Oahu's best restaurants, hidden in a shopping center on the way to Hanauma Bay. French cuisine pairs with a casual-yet-elegant atmosphere for a perfect evening out.

  • North Shore / Haleiwa

    North Shore beaches rage in winter and host the biggest stars of surfing. Check out the scene in any season, topping it off with a shave ice treat and shopping in Haleiwa.

  • La Mariana

    Drop by Oahu's authentic tiki bar from yesteryear, peppered with sea captains from the neighboring harbor.

  • Hanauma Bay

    Snorkel with the fish at this partly submerged volcanic crater, a nature preserve and the centerpiece setting in Elvis Presley's film Blue Hawaii.

  • Malaekahana Beach

    Play the castaway on a secluded, forest-lined Windward Coast beach with an exotic offshore islet, all within easy reach of a hot shower and steak dinner.

  • Diamond Head Summit Trail

    Wind up the interior of an extinct volcanic crater to stellar views on this urban military trail. Funky en-route features include a tunnel, pillbox and spiral staircase.

  • Bishop Museum

    Come for the dog-tooth-edged weapons and royal feather capes, and stay for the spewing replica volcano at Hawaii's most prominent museum.

  • Manoa Falls Trail

    Express your inner Tarzan (or Jane) on this family-friendly, vine-drenched jungle hike to the delicate Manoa Falls, just a few miles outside of Waikiki.

  • Iolani Palace

    Explore the same royal Hawaiian palace that featured electric lights and phones before the White House and Buckingham Palace, with a history equally rich in intrigue.

  • Chinatown

    Visit the grittier side of Old Honolulu with antiquated storefronts, flower lei stands and war-era bars, plus trendy new art galleries, shops and cafés.

  • Byodo-In Temple

    Inner peace begins by ringing the bell at this hidden Buddhist sanctuary, modeled after an ancient Kyoto temple. Feed the koi and visit the giant Lotus Buddha.