oahuguideArguably the most exciting of the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu has many different areas to enjoy, from massive waves to big city shopping and nightlife.

 

Pearl Harbor

Learn more about the December 7th attack on Pearl Harbor and pay tribute to its fallen heroes by visiting this National Historic Landmark. Tours of the Pearl Harbor Pacific National Monument, Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, and Pacific Aviation Museum are available for all guests.

Pearl Harbor sunset

North Shore

When most people picture Kauai, the Na Pali Coastline is often the first thing that comes to mind. Steep, ragged cliff edges line blue waters, and although the Kalalau Trail, an 11 mile one-way hike, is a common way to explore the area, an aerial tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters offers a unique (and less exhausting) perspective.

 

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay was the first Marine Life Conservation District in Hawaii, and one of the best places to enjoy an early morning snorkeling session in crystal clear waters. View many of Hawaii’s most colorful marine species, and get there early to avoid large crowds in afternoon hours. Another great way to see this area, in addition to several others, is to take a Blue Hawaiian helicopter tour of Oahu’s best and most scenic sites.

 

Oahu Beaches

Waikiki Beach

Perhaps the most popular beach in the state of Hawaii, Waikiki Beach is a great place to soak up the sun, surf, stand up paddle board and swim. While there will definitely be large crowds at any time of the year, this 2-mile beach is one of the most convenient and picturesque you’ll find on Oahu.

Lanikai Beach

Located in Kailua, this half-mile, white sand beach is what traveling to a tropical island is all about. Soft sand, crystal clear waters and perfect swimming conditions caused by an offshore reef are just some of the best reasons to visit this favorite Oahu beach.

Sunset Beach

Sunset Beach lies on Oahu’s north shore and is famous for big wave surfing during winter months. During summer months, this is a great place for swimming and snorkeling, but beware of the strong rip current. As the name suggests, this is an excellent place to watch a stunning sunset.

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oahu guideOahu Fun Facts

Below are some interesting facts you may not have known about Oahu.

• Name – The Gathering Place

Size – 597 square miles (third largest of the Hawaiian Islands)

• Population – 953,000

Home to Iolani Palace, the only Royal Palace in the United States

Oahu’s highest point is Mt. Ka’ala at 4,003 feet above sea level

Most visited Hawaiian Island

Honolulu is the Capital of Hawaii

 

Oahu Restaurants

Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck

A staple on Oahu’s north shore since 1993, Giovanni’s knows his shrimp. Grab the shrimp scampi, hot & spicy and lemon butter shrimp and a seat under the pavilion and thank us later.

Highway Inn

You can’t come to the Aloha State without trying authentic Hawaiian food. Enter Highway Inn, who has been serving some of the best local food on the island since 1947. Try the Lomi Salmon, Lau Lau and Haupia and enjoy a true local meal in Hawaii.

Leonard’s Bakery

Leonard’s Bakery has been around since 1952, and clearly they’re doing something right. Hawaii’s original malasada bakery, Leonard mastered the art of these Portuguese treats early on, and they’re still going strong today. Expect a long line and a truly delicious taste of paradise.

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