• North Shore

Oahu Holidays

Say “Aloha” to Oahu; a lush, mythical landscape blended with modern Hawaiian glamour. From learning to surf at one of the premier surf schools on Waikiki beach, to visiting the USS Arizona, USS Oklahoma and USS Utah memorials at Pearl Harbor, this stunning island has something for everyone. 

From the bustling city lights of Waikiki to laid back surf towns on the North Shore, Oahu holidays will give you plenty to explore. Head to Kualoa Ranch to visit the film sets of more than 50 Hollywood movies including Jurassic Park and for the best views, hike to the peak of Leahi; or Diamond Head, where you’ll be rewarded with jaw-dropping, panoramic scenes over Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean.

Sometimes called 'The Gathering Place', Oahu is home to the majority of Hawaii's population and the tourism hub; as there are more frequent flights from Honolulu to the other Hawaiian islands. Island hop from here within 20-40 minutes and see more of the aloha spirit. Why not stopover in Las Vegas or California en route to Oahu when travelling from the UK? The contrast of the city glitz to the laidback luxury feels like you’re getting two holidays in one.

 

Destination Highlights
  • Learn to surf on Waikiki beach
  • Visit Iolani Palace State Monument
  • Hike to the peak of Diamond Head
  • Get a unique perspective on World War II
  • Horse ride or zip line through Kualoa Ranch
  • Sip on a Mai Tai while watching the sunset

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Turtle Bay Resort

Oahu

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,009 pp

Turtle Bay Resort

Halekulani

Oahu

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,909 pp

Halekulani

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa

Oahu

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,299 pp

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa
Kahala Hotel & Resort

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

Oahu

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,159 pp

The Kahala Hotel & Resort

Time Zone

GMT -11 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 16 hours; flights are indirect via mainland USA

Currency

USD - US Dollar

Visa Information

Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel

Language

Hawaii is the only American state to have two official languages, Hawaiian and English

Health Information

No vaccinations are required for travel to Los Angeles

Learn to surf on Waikiki Beach or hit bigger waves on the North Shore, visit the historic site of Pearl Harbor and pretend you are in you're in a movie at Kualoa Ranch. With so many things to see and do in Oahu, you will want to come back before you've even left.

  • USS Bowfin and Memorial, Pearl Harbor

    Historic sites

    Visit the only official state residence of royalty in the United States at Iolani Palace and the National Historic Landmark, Pearl Harbor where you will learn about the events of World War II in 1941. Hike to the top of Diamond Head crater for panoramic views of Waikiki and the Diamond Head (Leahi) State Monument or the Pali Lookout (Nuuanu Pali State Wayside) where King Kamehameha I won a decisive battle that helped him conquer the island.

  • Hanauma Bay Hawaii

    Hanauma Bay

    Once a volcanic crater, the moon-shaped Hanauma Bay is now a startlingly beautiful cove with lively reefs and colourful fish. Walk down the steep crescent or pay to have a trolley drive you down to the shore, where you can rent snorkelling gear, or use your own, to get fantastic views of the humuhumunkunukuapuaa (the state fish of Hawaii), yellow tangs, trumpet fish and angel fish that live in the clear blue waters.

  • North Shore

    North Shore

    For something a bit quieter and more laidback, head to Oahu's North Shore. See the famous Banzai Pipeline, where the waves curl into magnificent tubes in the winter at Ehukai Beach Park. Swim or snorkel the summer's calm waters or surf the mammoth winter waves of Waimea Bay, made popular by the Beach Boys song Surfin' USA. Plus, check out the remains of the archaeological site of Hale O Lono Helau in Waimea Valley and see the Waihi Falls, at the back of the valley where the falls plunge into a fantastic swimming pond.

  • Kualoa Ranch

    Visit 4,000 acres of incredible natural beauty at this private nature reserve. Go on a movie sites tour and see where Jurassic World, Godzilla, Skull Island and Jurassic Park were filmed as well as more than 50 Hollywood blockbusters. Zip line through the treetop canopy, experience guided Raptor ATV tours, explore the mountain trails by horseback and venture across the ancient fishpond by catamaran to escape to their 'secret' beach.

  • Learning to surf

    Learn to Surf

    When you think of Hawaii, surfing is one of the first things that comes to mind and whether you have never tried it before or an avid surfer, Waikiki is one of the most iconic places to be. The waves are gentle rollers offering a smooth and long wave ride back to shore, so it really is a great place for all the family to enjoy.

  • Anneka

    Commercial Executive

    "For one of the tastiest plate lunches in Oahu, head to Rainbow Drive In to try a local dish called loco moco and why not follow with some colourful shaved ice? There were so many great places to eat while I was here."

Types of Oahu holidays

Green Sea Turtle

Oahu Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
Traditional Luau

Hawaii Cruises

Hawaii Cruises

Frequently Asked Questions

The flight time to the islands of Hawaii is approx. 10 to 11 hours to the west coast of the United States and then a further 5 to 6 hours onwards to the islands. Explore more on a multi centre holiday and island-hop from Oahu to the active volcanoes on Hawaii Island or witness Mars-like landscapes at Haleakala on Maui.

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