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Visit the true tropical paradise of Hawaii’s most populated island, which has the state’s sprawling capital in the south and world-class surfing on the long North Shore.

On the Hawaiian island of O’ahu, Honolulu is the center of activity. It’s where you can enjoy white-sand beaches and high-end shopping only blocks apart. Just west of Honolulu, find memorials to those who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor bombing and World War II counterattacks. Continue on to Waipahu to visit a Hawaiian plantation village or enjoy golf and shopping.

An hour’s drive from Honolulu, the North Shore features 8 miles (13 kilometers) of beach, from Hale’iwa to Waimea Bay, Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach. Visit in winter to watch international surf competitions. In summer, snorkel or dive at Pūpūkea Beach or simply relax on the North Shore sands, enjoying a picnic or spectacular sunset.

Stay at the Turtle Beach Resort, which has easy access to North Shore beaches. The resort offers luxury accommodations and extensive outdoor activities from mountain biking to surf school. Learn to dance the hula, make a lei or play the ukulele.

On the eastern shore, find scenic beaches, generally with smaller waves. Beaches near Kailua are great for windsurfing and kitesurfing. Some offer beach access for the disabled. Near the area of Kāne’ohe experience peace and tranquility in a botanical garden. Makapu’u Beach has glorious shoreline views. Hike to vistas above the working lighthouse here to spot whales and passing ships.

O’ahu has much more to offer in addition to beaches and surfing. Rent kayaks, outrigger canoes or paddleboards to enjoy gentler waters. Mountain bike, ride a horse or hike on jungle trails to reach lookout points with stunning views. Explore plantations or spy on sea turtles. Play golf on well-kept courses and shop at high-end boutiques or outlet stores. Or, simply relax with a treat of tropical shave ice.

Reach O’ahu by flying into Honolulu International Airport and then get around the island using a rental car, moped or motorcycle, taxis or the public transport system called “TheBus.” O’ahu is a popular vacation and honeymoon destination offering a pleasing mix of city and countryside, relaxation and excitement, modernity and history. Come see why visitors from around the world enjoy “the gathering place” of O’ahu.

Top Hotels in Oahu

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
4 out of 5
2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥27,267 per night

Located in Waikiki, this beachfront resort is in the entertainment district and within 1 mi (2 km) of Royal Hawaiian Center and Waikiki Beach. Honolulu Zoo and ...

4.1/5Very Good! (17,030 reviews)
Awesome Resort!

"The beach resort was wonderful and all the staff was super nice and professional, and they were always willing to help. We plan on returning some day in the future. Such a great location and fantastic atmosphere. We never had to leave the resort, and we had fun the entire time."…"

Reviewed on Apr 7, 2020

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
3.5 out of 5
175 Paoakalani Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥17,178 per night

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is 1 mi (1.6 km) from Queen Kapiʻolani Regional Park and 2.5 mi (4 km) from Diamond Head.

4.2/5Excellent! (2,223 reviews)

"The room was large and comfortable. Nice views of ocean. But The shower had a high frequency sequel aNd the was bird put all over the lanai which made the enjoyment of the view and fresh air less enjoyable. Overall it was a very good experience"…"

Reviewed on May 28, 2020

Hyatt Place Waikiki Beach
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites
3 out of 5
2280 Kuhio Ave, Honolulu, HI
The price is ¥7,379 per night

Located in Waikiki, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of International Market Place and Royal Hawaiian Center. Waikiki Beach and Honolulu Zoo are also within ...

3.1/5 (1,589 reviews)

"The accommodations were wonderful and the price was very reasonable. The staff was friendly and knowledgeable. I would definitely recommend this place. Specially if you’re looking for a small kitchenette."…"

Reviewed on Jun 22, 2020

Ohia Waikiki Studio Suites

Popular places to visit in Oahu

Ala Moana Center
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Ala Moana Center

4.5/5(2,658 reviews)

You can enjoy some retail therapy with a trip to Ala Moana Center, a popular shopping spot in Honolulu. Discover the area's beautiful sunsets, or seek out its surfing spots.

Diamond Head
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Diamond Head

4.5/5(3,266 reviews)

Make the short climb to the rim of this extinct volcanic crater for spectacular views of Honolulu, the Pacific Ocean and the rugged ranges of Oahu’s interior.

Kailua Beach
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Kailua Beach

4.5/5(2,306 reviews)

With just-right waves and refreshing breezes, this is one of the best beaches on O’ahu to learn how to windsurf or kitesurf.

Royal Hawaiian Center
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Royal Hawaiian Center

4.5/5(1,269 reviews)

You can browse for souvenirs with a trip to Royal Hawaiian Center, a favorite shopping spot in Honolulu. Stroll along the seaside or discover the area's beautiful sunsets.

Honolulu Zoo
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Honolulu Zoo

4/5(885 reviews)

What began as the exotic bird collection of the island’s king is now a park with over 1,200 animals, including several rare and endangered species.

Honolulu Harbor
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Honolulu Harbor

4.5/5(952 reviews)

Explore the waterfront in Honolulu with a trip to Honolulu Harbor. Wander the beautiful beaches and seaside in the area.

Top things to do in Oahu

Catamaran Sunset Cruise
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Catamaran Sunset Cruise

¥5,795
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure
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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling Adventure

¥2,810
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Original North Shore Tour - Snorkel, Waterfall, Paddle
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Original North Shore Tour - Snorkel, Waterfall, Paddle

¥13,935
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Waikiki Atlantis Undersea Submarine Adventure
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Waikiki Atlantis Undersea Submarine Adventure

¥12,601
Per adult
86% of travellers recommend
Keana Farms North Shore Zipline Tour
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Keana Farms North Shore Zipline Tour

¥18,992
Per adult
98% of travellers recommend
Waikiki Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village
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Waikiki Starlight Luau at the Hilton Hawaiian Village

¥12,698
Per adult
76% of travellers recommend