Tiny Oahu, just 600 square miles, is the third-biggest island in Hawaii. Nicknamed The Gathering Place, it is also the most populated and the state capital, Honolulu, lies on the south coast. It is the most visited of all places in the Hawaiian archipelago and no wonder – it boasts dozens of idyllic beaches, lush tropical landscapes and volcanoes inland and a bustling nightlife in Honolulu. In short it has something to offer to everyone, whether sunbathing, cultural pursuits or outdoor adventures. Book your flights to Oahu today to discover this exotic island for yourself.
Oahu is best visited in the off-peak seasons of spring and fall, when the airfare to Oahu and room rates are noticeably cheaper and everywhere is less crowded. The summer season runs from June to late August and the weather will be at its driest, but it will be busy and expensive. From December to April is surfing season, another pricey time to book. Temperatures are equable all year round, ranging from the mid-60s to high 80s.
With regular flights to many US cities, finding cheap flights to Oahu, Hawaii is easy and when you book with Orbitz there are plenty of ways to find the best deals.
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Optimal flights to Oahu from US airports include:
Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, also known as Honolulu International, is the main arrival point for travelers flying into Oahu and the only international airport on the island. You can get connecting flights from here to Hawaii’s other islands. A public bus service connects the airport to downtown Honolulu and across the island.
The capital Honolulu is blessed with excellent public transport in the form of a system called TheBus, which has a fleet of more than 500 urban buses covering 110 routes – getting around is easy. Getting around the rest of the island is easiest by car if you are heading for more remote areas, but Honolulu’s TheBus network also runs limited intercity routes to all other main towns. Taxis are plentiful in Honolulu but expensive.
This legendary beach, just a 15-minute drive south from Honolulu, is just one of Oahu’s many stunning beaches. Top up your tan or hit the surf with your surfboard. Or pick one of the many other beaches to go diving or snorkelling and marvel at the underwater marine life and coral reefs.
Take a leisurely stroll around the city’s top landmarks. The Iolani Palace was home to the Hawaiian royal family and is now a museum, while the Aloha Tower is a historic clock tower that is now a top destination for dining and shopping. You can also enjoy the architecture of the City Hall, the governor’s mansion at Washington Place and Kawaiahao Church. Drop into Honolulu Museum of Art, a fine arts museum with 60,000 artefacts. Talking of food, Honolulu is where you’ll find the best Hawaiian cuisine. After dinner check out the bustling bar scene and nightclubs.
No trip to Oahu is complete without a trip to Pearl Harbor, about 30 minutes west of Honolulu. Bombed by the Japanese in 1941, and bringing the USA into WW2, today it hosts a memorial site to the crew of the USS Arizona, which was sunk in the attack on the harbor. The USS Arizona Memorial and Visitor Center is Hawaii’s most popular attraction and it offers a unique opportunity to educate yourself on one of the most pivotal moments in American history.
Kailua Town, on the east coast of Oahu and not to be confused with Kailua-Kona on Hawaii’s Big Island, has become trendy but it has much to offer all visitors. It has breath-taking beaches at the Kalama Beach Park, Kailua Bay and Lanikai Beach. In town, check out the many boutiques and the weekly farmers market, or hike up the Ka’iwa Ridge Trail for great views.
Hawaii is the 50th US state so you don’t need a visa to visit.
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