Where clear blue waters meet cosmopolitan city living
Also called The Gathering Place, this is the third largest island in the Hawaiian archipelago and home to the state capital, Honolulu. The city is lively and vibrant with a historic Chinatown area, a remarkable volcanic crater now used as a cemetery and, of course, iconic Waikiki beach with its lively, cosmopolitan nightlife. Just west of Honolulu you'll find Pearl Harbour and the immensely touching USS Arizona WWII Memorial.
During the winter months the legendary surfing Mecca of North Shore attracts the best and most fearless surfers in the world.
This place is a thrilling melting pot of diverse ethnicities, cultures and lifestyles. Tour the island's many excellent museums and pay the Hawaii Plantation Village a visit. But that's just the start...
Take surfing lessons at world-class Waikiki
Enjoy laid back horse riding at scenic Kualoa Ranch
Experience one of Oahu's many festivals - there are more here than any other island
Oahu also has more golf courses than any Hawaiian island, offering something for every player and every skill level. There are more than forty public and private links, everything from public to resort courses, all with stunning views.
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Popular tourist destinations on Oahu include Hanauma Bay, Kaneohe Bay, Kailua Bay and gorgeous North Shore. But the island is best known for its cool fusion of eastern and western cultures. The gorgeous Iolani Palace, the quaint town of Haleiwa and iconic Leahi, AKA Diamond Head, combine with great shopping and endless relaxation to deliver the perfect tropical island holiday.
Waikiki was originally the playground of the archipelago's royalty
Pearl Harbour, a respected National Historical Landmark, is simply fascinating
Oahu is famed for its fabulous regional cuisine - treat your palate to some truly unforgettable flavours
Experience all three and you'll begin to get a picture of the way life in this delightful place - part bustling and modern, part an oasis of calm – and its delightful people.
In the late 1800s farming boomed, with people from China, Japan, Russia, Korea, Puerto Rico, Portugal and the Philippines brought in to work the plantations. Their descendants still live on the island today.
Build a sand castle on one of Oahu’s beautiful beaches. Join happy customers at little roadside restaurants for plates of fresh, garlic shrimp scampi. Explore the inside of a real Pearl Harbour submarine in all its claustrophobic weirdness. Meet the friendly dolphins at Sea Life Park. Marvel at the amazing sea creatures in the Waikiki Aquarium and spend a day at Honolulu Zoo. See ancient Hawaiian artefacts at the Bishop Museum and lose yourself in the famous maze at Dole Plantation. Play authentic Hawaiian games. Eat traditional food at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Or see what your resort offers for the 'keiki' – the kids. Hawaiians adore children, it's a culture thing, and there's lots for yours to do here.
Oahu is a popular honeymoon destination with its pristine tropical sand, blue skies, famous lomilomi massage, fine resorts and more than 100 miles of exceptional beaches. You'll love it! There's much more to Oahu than just Waikiki beach though, magnificent as it is. Head for the easterly tip of the island for the glorious Makapuu Lighthouse hiking trail with its amazing sea views. Eat local cuisine in Kapahulu. Picnic on scenic Kailua Beach. Discover talented local artists in downtown Honolulu and Chinatown. And marvel at the stunning Valley of the Temples.
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