A holiday to Oahu offers bustling, fast paced city life combined with some of the world's most beautiful beaches and breathtaking scenery, head to Oahu.
The most culturally diverse of the islands, Oahu is home to the majority of the population of Hawaii and it's the first stop for more than 80% of visitors. Holidays to Oahu offer a huge amount to see and do, whether it's designer shopping, surfing, snorkelling, visiting museums, nightclubbing or simply lounging on sugar soft sandy beaches. Oahu has more than 125 beaches, ranging from deserted coves to thriving resorts. Waikiki, one of the world's most famous beaches, is known for its surf and lively atmosphere and has a host of busy seafront hotels, while gentle, rolling waves make Waimanalo Beach Park a family favourite.
Kailua and Lanikai Beaches, side by side on the eastern Windward coast with the Ko'Olau mountains as a backdrop, are great for swimming, kayaking and windsurfing. On the north coast Hale'iwa and Waimea are top surfing beaches - the world's greatest surfing competitions take place along north shore, where waves reach a challenging 30ft in winter. Hawaii's capital, Honolulu, lies on the south coast and is home to a vibrant Chinatown, particularly during February's Chinese New Year celebrations, but the Bishop Museum and the 'Iolani Palace, home to the last reigning monarch, Queen Lili'uokalani, are worth a visit on your Oahu holidays.
Looking for some history on your holidays to Oahu? At the USS Arizona Memorial Museum at Pearl Harbour, and on board the USS Bowfin submarine, visitors can learn about the Japanese attack that propelled America into World War 2. The memorial sits above the spot where the battleship was sunk on 7th December 1941. On the USS Missouri, known as Mighty Mo, visitors can see where the peace treaty that ended the war in the Pacific was signed. Beyond Honolulu and Waikiki, Oahu offers life at a quieter pace. A short drive out of town in any direction will bring you to uncrowded beaches and captivating scenery. You can follow the roads that hug the dramatic coastline or head inland to the lush interior. Be prepared to experience deja vu, most of the series Lost was filmed on Oahu.
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.