On holiday in Oahu, expect verdant, lush and enchanting landscapes begging to be explored, combined with a mix of modern excitement from the island’s buzzy cities and towns.
Oahu is home to most of the state’s population and is the main tourism hub in Hawaii, so there’s plenty to do. Movie fanatics will find the 4,000 acre nature reserve of Kualoa Ranch enthralling as you walk the same paths where blockbuster films such as Jurassic Park, Jurassic World, 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbour, and among many others, were recorded.
Whether you’re seeking sublime nature views, high-adrenaline time spent surfing, glamorous shopping and dining, or culture and history, Oahu Hawaii holidays cater to everyone. That’s what makes a trip to Oahu so versatile as a couples’ and family friendly destination.
Explore historic Oahu
Oahu holidays offer visitors the chance to immerse themselves in the country’s dramatic history. For history buffs, no trip to Hawaii would be complete without a visit to the famous World War II site, Pearl Harbour. As you explore the lagoon harbour memorial, you’ll learn about one of the most pivotal moments in US history. The devastating and bloody attack on Pearl Harbour marked the entry of the United States into the Second World War.
That isn’t where the history lessons stop. To discover Hawaii’s royal heritage, take a tour of the ʻIolani Palace State Monument. This is the only official royal palace in the whole of the United States. Saunter through the regal rooms of the Grand Hall, State Dining Room, Blue Room and Throne Room, as you hear tales of the Hawaiian monarchy.
Pair your trip to Oahu with other Hawaiian islands, such as luscious Kauai, or big West Coast cities like Los Angeles and San Francisco. Speak to our experts today to plan your multi-centre break.
Great sample itineraries
Want to combine your Oahu holiday with a visit to another of Hawaii’s sun-filled islands or elsewhere in the USA? Get inspired by our popular itineraries.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“Leave Honolulu behind for a few hours and hike the Koko Head Crater Trail. It may be a short and strenuous hike but it’s worth it for the panoramic views at the top of the mountain.”
“Allow yourself at least five days to really see everything Oahu has to offer. It’s the biggest of Hawaii’s islands and really has so much to offer.”
Events & Festivals
Festivals and events are wonderful to include during your Oahu holiday, offering a glimpse into the country’s authentic culture and traditions.
Taking place from Friday 6th March to Sunday 8th March, Honolulu Festival is Hawaii’s biggest cultural event. The aim of the festival is to encourage mutual understanding and cultural harmony between the locals of Hawaii and the Pacific Rim region each year.
Every year, thousands of excited spectators visit the festival to experience the three day celebratory extravaganza. Performers from around the world rouse the crowds with their vibrant dance routines and traditional art demonstrations, and observers are encouraged to get involved in the celebrations and revelry.
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