Oahu at a Glance
Home to the State capital, Honolulu, Oahu is the epicenter of Hawaii and often referred to as “The Gathering Place”. Every year millions of vacationers arrive on Oahu to experience the famous beaches of Waikiki, remember those lost at Pearl Harbor, surf in the footsteps of legends and dine on first-class culinary delights. Oahu is a true pleasure to discover and experience.
Not to be missed Hawaii’s third largest island does not disappoint, with attractions and experiences in every corner. These are five of the Island’s top rated attractions:
- Waikiki: A neighbourhood in Honolulu, Waikiki has been an International beach destination since its first hotel opened in 1901. See our dedicated Honolulu/Waikiki page for more information.
- Diamond Head State Monument: Known in Hawaiian as Leahi, this 760-foot tuff crater is one of Hawaii’s most famous landmarks.
- Haleiwa: Considered the gateway to the North Shore, this historic surf town is home to cool surf shops & boutiques, country cooking restaurants and a surprising amount of art galleries.
- Iolani Palace: The former residence of the Hawaiian monarchs, Iolani Palace is the only official state residence of royalty in the United States.
- Pearl Harbor: The attacks on Pearl Harbor will be remembered as a history-changing event. See Uniquely Oahu to learn more about Pearl Harbor.
Uniquely Oahu Named for the pearl oysters once harvested here, Pearl Harbor is the largest natural harbor in Hawaii. It is the only naval base in the United States to be designated a National Historical Landmark. The horrific aerial attack that took place on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941 resulted in 2,390 casualties and hundreds of others wounded, and drove the US into World War II. Today, Pearl Harbor honors this history-changing event with 5 Pearl Harbor Historic Sites.
Good to know about Oahu Before departing for one of Maui’s award-wining beaches, don’t forget to review these Practical Details:
- Climate: Oahu has an enjoyable year-round climate, with temperatures ranging between 23°C and 31°C. The Leeward Coast (west side) side of the island tends to be drier than the greener Windward Coast (east side).
- City Transportation: In the city, ‘TheBus’ provides affordable and extensive routes for travellers. For many, a car rental is the optimal transportation choice as it allows them to see many areas quickly and conveniently. Car rental agencies are available at the Honolulu International Airport as well as in the main Island cities.
- Accommodation: Oahu is famous for the beach resorts of Waikiki. Outside of these legendary properties there are many accommodations for a wide range of budgets. See Oahu hotels for more details.
- Eating Out: Try homestyle Hawaiian cooking in local villages, or for a real treat dine on Hawaiian Regional Cuisine at Alan Wong’s Restaurant or Roy’s on the Waikiki Beach Walk.
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