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.
There are plenty of activities to keep you in shape on your Oahu holidays. Dozens of hiking trails, past extinct volcanoes and waterfalls, offer exhilarating views of the mountains and sea from heights of up to 4,000ft. Alternatively explore on horseback, or take to the skies for a bird's-eye view on a helicopter tour, pre-book able with Bo Voyage. The best snorkelling is at Hanauma Bay (one of only three underwater National Parks in the USA,) and there are more than 40 golf courses, including Ko'olau Golf Course, one of the most challenging in North America. If you are seeking a spot of pampering on your Oahu holiday you will enjoy the choice of spas drawing on ancient Hawaiian healing traditions.