Oahu, also called “The Gathering Place,” is the third-largest Hawaiian island, and is home to the majority of Hawaii’s diverse population, a blend of eastern and western cultures. Plan your Oahu vacation to visit one or all of the island’s five distinctive regions: Honolulu, Central Oahu, the Windward Coast, the North Shore and the Leeward Coast.
Honolulu, the state’s capital and Hawaii’s largest city, is the vibrant epicenter of Hawaii. Here you’ll find everything from Hawaii’s most historic places to the finest resorts, festivals and events, a flourishing arts and culture scene and activities to entertain the whole family.
Honolulu is also home to the world-renowned Waikiki Beach. Oahu’s main hotel and resort area, Waikiki is a vibrant gathering place offering world-class shopping, fine dining, music and entertainment.
Nearby places to explore include the famous Diamond Head crater, a popular hiking destination with panoramic views of Honolulu; the Honolulu Zoo; Waikiki Aquarium; and Hanauma Bay, a great snorkeling spot with lively reefs.
Your Oahu vacation also offers a more rural side, with spectacular scenery and a wealth of discoveries. The peaceful and lush Windward Coast features a range of quiet white sand beaches like Waimanalo and Kailua Beach Park, and the Nuuanu Pali lookout, one of Oahu’s most popular scenic spots with breathtaking views.
Central Oahu delivers insights into Oahu’s plantation past with attractions like the Dole Plantation, famous for the world’s largest botanical maze. You can also tour the historic sites of Pearl Harbor National Monument.
Legendary for its winter waves and professional surf competitions, the North Shore region is home to famous beaches like Waimea Bay, Pipeline and Sunset, the luxurious Turtle Bay Resort and the historic surf town of Haleiwa.
The western Leeward Coast is a collection of rural towns, local beaches and the beautiful Ko Olina resort area, with the luxurious J. W. Marriott Ilihani Resort.
Like a fragrant lei greeting, your Oahu vacation will soothe your senses and welcome you to magical places, friendly faces and smiles.