Oahu is the most visited and populated of all the Hawaiian Islands. Here you'll find a huge range of entertainment, arts and cultural pursuits, as well as your fair share of world famous attractions.
Located on the south shore of Honolulu, the world famous neighbourhood was once a playground for Hawaiian royalty. Today, Waikiki is Oahu’s main hotel and resort area and a vibrant gathering place for the 4 million visitors it entertains every year. With stunning views of Diamond Head in the background, Waikiki is one of the best places in Hawaii to learn to surf or paddle a canoe, thanks to its small but long-lasting wave break.
Waikiki restaurants feature everything from savoury Pacific Rim fare to your favorite national restaurants. For those who want to indulge in some fine dining, get a taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine at restaurants like Roy’s Waikiki. This culinary movement combines fresh, local ingredients with the cooking techniques and flavours of the world. Or if you want to eat like a local, take a short drive to the outskirts of Waikiki in the neighborhood of Kapahulu.
You'll discover live music at hotels and resorts throughout Waikiki. Club and bar venues like The Yard House in the Waikiki Beach Walk and RumFire in the Sheraton Waikiki are popular spots for locals and visitors alike. With so many bars, restaurants and venues to choose from in Waikiki, it’s best to check with your concierge or with local weekly guides to see what's happening during your stay.
WEST COAST (LEEWARD COAST)
North Shore (Waimea Bay)
Oahu's Outdoor Adventures
Hawaii's fabulous climate lends itself to a huge range of water sports and land-based activities. Go snorkelling at Hanauma Bay, horseback riding or hike to Diamond Head. Oahu is also an island of magnificent panoramas, encircled by white sandy beaches and capped by towering volcanic peaks - there are more than 20 craters here!
Of course, no visit to Hawaii would be complete without an encounter with the waves: surfing is in the Hawaiian blood. The island's world-class surf breaks play host to international surf competitions throughout the year and excellent surf schools that operate throughout the islands give you the opportunity to catch a few waves.
Shop 'til you drop
Fantastic shopping can be found all around Oahu and Waikiki, but here are some of our suggestions. Ala Moana Center - One of America’s largest outdoor malls, much like an open-air Westfield Shopping Centre. It's easy to get there, just jump on the Waikiki Trolley, only 10 minutes from the heart of Waikiki. DFS Galleria and the Royal Hawaiian Center - Offer a variety of items you can only find in Hawaii, from ukulele and Hawaiian arts and crafts to designer fashion and high-end jewellery. Waikiki Beach Walk - Browse shops like Mana Hawaii and Aloha Army for even more unique gifts. Kalakaua & Kuhio Avenues - Explore a multitude of shops and boutiques as you treasure hunt for the perfect memento to remember your trip. Waikele Premium Outlets - For a great day-trip away from the beach, take the Waikele Center & Premium Outlets Shopping Tour. About 45 minutes from Waikiki, the Waikele Premium Outlets is the only outlet shopping on Oahu. A day tour to the outlests is highly recommend for serious bargain hunters as they do have a luggage store if you need to buy a new suitcase to bring home your extra bounty!
The Infinity Experience
Learn To SurfHawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
Shopping in WaikikiHawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
Makapuu Point LighthouseHawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
Pearl HarbourHawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
Family Fun in Ko OlinaHawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
The North ShoreHawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
The Hawaiian HulaHawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
HoolauleaHawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
Pop Your Top & Hit the RoadHawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson
Pali LookoutHawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) / Tor Johnson