Exploring the amazing island of Oahu just became easier with just a click of a button!
Oahu is the third largest island of Hawaii and one of the most popular islands for tourist to visit. Whether you are dreaming of snorkelling with incredible sea creatures, surfing the waves of pipeline, discovering the history of Pearl Harbour or eating your way around the island there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Top 10 Experiences you must try in Oahu!
Waikiki Beach – One of the most popular beaches in Hawaii, great for water sports, relaxing on the beach and watching the sunset from one of the many catamaran cruises complete with unlimited Mai Tai’s (sign us up!).
Pearl Harbour – Discover the history of the naval base and the attack on the harbour.
North Shore – Take a tour or hire a car to delve into the famous North Shore where you enjoy a bike ride, discover the botanical gardens, Waimea waterfalls, many authentic beaches and towns along the way!
Polynesian Cultural Centre – An incredible Polynesian museum & park allowing you to experience hands on activities and culture of different Polynesian islands. Try authentic Polynesian food while watching a fantastic Luau, followed by an incredible evening show performed by the local Polynesian tribes.
Hanauma Bay – If you love to snorkel this is the place for you! A marine bay formed in a volcanic crater creating a stunning natural pool. The bay features different levels of snorkelling depending on your experience and age. If snorkelling isn’t for you relaxing on the beach and enjoying a refreshing swim is perfect.
Diamond Head – Get your hiking boots out and climb the incredible Diamond Head that overlooks Oahu’s superb coastlines. Diamond Head has many great opportunities for pictures and can be climbed by any fitness levels as there is different viewpoints.
A Traditional Luau – Experience a traditional Luau complete with performances by local Hawaiian’s showcasing their music and hula skills.
Ala Moana Shopping Centre – Shop till you drop at the Ala Moana Shopping Centre which is a short 4-minute drive from Waikiki Beach. Ala Moana shopping centre has over 350 shops and restaurants to visit with designer brands to the beloved “ROSS” which stocks all of your favourite brands at Factory outlet prices!
Dining at the Cheesecake Factory – The most mouth-watering restaurant in Waikiki is a must try! Eat your way through the cheesecake list or try their menu for delicious main meals. This restaurant is extremely popular therefore register your table early to ensure you receive your buzzer ahead of the masses!
Kualoa Ranch – Explore the incredible sites of Hollywood’s blockbuster movie and TV sights all filmed on the ranch. Some of the films include Jurassic Park, 50 First Dates, Hawaii Five-O and Lost. The ranch features props, posters, backdrops and memorabilia from many well known movies and TV shows creating a perfect day tour or half day tour. Making a reservation in advance is recommended as these tours can book out well in advance.
Photo: Traditional Luau
Where to Stay… Honolulu:
Premium – Alohilani Resort
An elegant, modern and sophisticated resort that’s right in the middle of Waikiki’s CBD. Great for individuals wishing to get the most out of their holiday in a relaxing and urban location. This hotel has a range of different room types from ocean view to stunning views of Diamond Head. Alohilani has 2 fantastic restaurants, private cabanas, pools and bars.
Family – Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort
The perfect tropical escape for families of all ages, ideally located within walking distance from the famous Waikiki beach, restaurants and Ala Moana shopping centre. The resort features a botanical garden, Friday night fireworks, Luau, 5 pools, Kids club and a saltwater lagoon.
Budget – Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki
Wanting value for money, the Aqua Aloha Surf Waikiki is the place to be. This hotel has all the comfort necessary for your stay whist remaining close to the main attractions for you to get the most out of your holiday.
Where to Stay… North Shore:
Family – Turtle Bay Resort
This family friendly resort is situated a short distance from Oahu’s North Shore. Try out their 25m waterslide fun for all ages! Turtle Bay Resort features 2 pools, 5 restaurants and Wi-Fi.
Budget – Courtyard by Marriott Oahu North Shore
The ideal budget location only a short minute from the North Shore beach, featuring a large lagoon style pool. This hotel provides you with a variety of options for dining to suit your needs.
Photo: Alohilani Resort, Waikiki
What to drink?
If there’s one cocktail that defines a perfect getaway to Hawaii, it’s the Mai Tai.
A delicate blend of citrus and smoky rum, Hawaii’s Mai Tai’s are both sinfully strong and delightfully sweet. Tourists love to order them and certainly are a go-to drink that Hawaii locals are also unashamed to order!
Watch on to see our recipe for the perfect Mai Tai!
Our top travel tips…
The Best time to visit Oahu
Wanting to dip your toes into the warm salty water, relax on the stunning beaches, feel the breeze on your face from the palm tree? Well your in luck as there is almost no bad time to experience the most popular Hawaiian island. Oahu offers hot weather mostly year-round ranging from 26 degrees to 30 degrees great for swimming, snorkelling and enjoying the outdoors.
Peak time to travel is May to October as this is when you enjoy hot, humid weather conditions. Ideal for a summer holiday full of sun, water activities and adventure.
The off season or otherwise known as the wet season ranges from November through to April, popular for keen surfers as the swell is pumping and conditions are pristine. The wet season also brings a tropical environment full of greenery and cooler weather.
Throughout Oahu many properties will charge a daily resort/accommodation fee, it is best to know about this before you arrive to factor this into your budget. This fee can change at any time so make sure to check with your travel agent as this can sometimes be pre-paid upon arrival to the hotel.
Oahu will use the currency USD (US Dollar)
How to get around
Oahu has an amazing public transport system including buses and trams that are readily available at convenient locations. Be sure to ask the reception at your hotel/resort who can provide you with a timetable. If public transport isn’t your preference, hiring a car is another awesome way to experience the island at your own pace (however remember to stick to the right-hand side of the road).
The best part about a holiday is the fun and enjoyment created, therefore if Hawaii was or now is on your bucket list we hope when the time comes that you have so much fun and absolutely love your time in this beautiful part of the world.
Photo: Waikiki Beach at sunset
May 12, 2020
Hawaii, North America
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