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Where to Stay on Oahu

Where to Stay on Oahu

Oahu appeals to vacationers with its sunny beaches, rich Polynesian culture, outdoor activities, and historic landmarks. The kind of activities you plan to take part in will help you decide where to stay. Whether you’re visiting for the surf breaks or the nightlife, here’s a handy guide to where to stay on Oahu.

Waikiki

You’ll find the widest range of accommodation options—with an emphasis on big, luxe resorts—in Waikiki, Oahu’s hub. As well as easy access to that famous stretch of beach, Waikiki appeals with its swath of restaurants, shops, and nightlife venues.

Kailua

On the windward (eastern) side of the island, Kailua is a scenic area with plenty of natural attractions to explore, including Hanauma Bay and Lanikai Beach. Vacation-home rentals are most common.

North Shore

Home of big-wave surfing and a charming “hang loose” vibe, North Shore offers a breezy, beachy stay best-suited to more casual travelers. There are a few resorts around here, but you’ll generally find more boutique-style lodging and vacation rentals—and a limited choice of restaurants and nightlife.

Koolina

Those interested in water sports may be drawn to Koolina, on the leeward (western) side of Oahu. This area appeals with a wide range of accommodation options, plenty of activities along the coast, and proximity to Pearl Harbor.

Waianae

If you really want to get away from it all, Waianae is a good choice. Here you’ll get to enjoy off-the-beaten-path beaches without the crowds typical of much of the rest of the island, and it’s also the best place to see the sunset. Surfers should make a beeline for Makaha Beach.

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Catamaran Sail and Snorkel from Ko Olina

Catamaran Sail and Snorkel from Ko Olina

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Snorkel at two different Oahu reefs, with transportation between on a 53-foot (16-meter) catamaran in between during this half-day sailing and snorkeling excursion. Keep an eye out for dolphins and whales, sip provided cocktails, and refuel with a Hawaiian-style lunch.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$147.00
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$147.00
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Photo Adventure of The North Shore, Hawaii

Photo Adventure of The North Shore, Hawaii

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Spend the day exploring and photographing the North Shore of O'ahu during this full day of activity from Waikiki. Visit a local coffee farm and learn about the cultiviation of 100% Hawaiian coffee. Then head to Sunset Beach, Banzai Pipeline, and the historic Haleiwa town, as well as Waimea Falls. Round-trip transportation from your Waikiki hotel included.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$119.95
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$119.95

North Shore Biking Adventure

North Shore Biking Adventure

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Travel from Honolulu to the North Shore of Oahu for a full-day tour that includes a bike tour along the Seven Mile Miracle, a world-class surfing destination. Stop at Kualoa Park's Dinosaur Mountain, Turtle Beach, the old town of Haleiwa, and a beach where you can swim and snorkel. Includes lunch, bike and snorkel equipment, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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$199.00
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$199.00
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Majestic Circle Island Eco Tour from Ko Olina

Majestic Circle Island Eco Tour from Ko Olina

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Experience the natural beauty and rich history of Oahu on a comprehensive tour with a small group from Ko Olina. See Famous sights like Diamond Head Crater, and the Hanauma Bay marine sanctuary, and discover hidden gems like the Byodo-In Japanese temple. Explore botanic gardens, stop for a traditional lunch (own expense) and end the day with a deeper understanding of this island and its culture. Avoid the hassles of navigating form place to place and relax as your guide has taken care of the logistics.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$145.13
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Private Snorkel Trip from Oahu on a Yacht

Private Snorkel Trip from Oahu on a Yacht

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There are snorkeling trips, and then there are snorkeling trips on a famous, 46-foot yacht with three bedrooms, three restrooms, a full kitchen, lounging areas, a fully-stocked bar, and a prepared lunch. If you’re up for leaving your luxurious accommodations, follow your guide on a 45-minute tour of a reef and the wildlife that calls it home. After snorkeling, return to the yacht (not boat) and bask in the Hawaiian sun as you sail back to the marina. Snorkeling equipment, lunch, drinks from the bar, and bean bags for lounging included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$1,420.85
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