Oahu Vacation Guide

My Oahu Vacation Guide will tell you everything you need to know about planning a vacation in Oahu. Whether you are looking for a romantic Hawaii honeymoon or Oahu family vacations, you will find it here.

Do you know why? Because a vacation in Oahu has something for everyone. Out of all the islands, Oahu offers the most choices.

Choices of what? Well, everything...including:

  • Accommodations--Luxury hotels, Deluxe Hotels, Condos, and Bed & Breakfasts--you will find them all here.

    Chances are, if you are visiting Oahu, you will be staying in World-famous Waikiki at least part of the time because the vast majority of accommodations are in Waikiki...and Waikiki IS a very fun place to stay, hang-out, people watch, shop, eat, etc. Many people ask me what Waikiki is like...well see here for yourself. Waikiki is not just a place...it is an enigma...

  • Food--From inexpensive plate lunches to world-class Pacific Rim Cuisine, pick your fancy.
  • Scenery--From white-sand beaches to lush mountains, let your senses absorb it all.
  • Activities--Experience Hawaii from the deep-blue Pacific Ocean to the top of Diamond Head Crater.
  • Attractions--Oahu is not your typical island paradise. It is a place of important historical significance as well.
  • Lifestyles--See the extreme contrast between metropolitan Waikiki and the rustic North Shore.
  • Beaches--With so many world-famous beaches, you will surely find one that you can call your favorite.
  • Shopping--From bobbing hula girls for your dashboard to an Armani suit, you can get it all here.

My Oahu Vacation Guide will show you the best this island has to offer for your vacation in Oahu. After all, this was my childhood playground as well as my "backyard" for most of my life.

Oahu map

Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and covers approximately 600 square miles. The island is made up of two mountain ranges: The Koolau range on the east (windward) side, and the Waianae range on the west (leeward) side.

It is known as "The Gathering Place" for good reason. Approximately 5 million visitors come to Oahu each year. Close to one million of the total 1.2 million state residents live here, and it happens to be the island that I grew up on.

Diamond Head in Hawaii


Honolulu, the state capitol, is the 11th largest metropolitan area in the nation. This is where world-famous Waikiki is located as well as Hawaii's most known landmark, Diamond Head.



Within a short fifteen minute drive is historic Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Honolulu is also home to Iolani Palace, the only royal palace in the country, as well as Punchbowl, which is the National Cemetary of the Pacific.

Within an hours drive from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu lies the laid-back North Shore and the rural town of Haleiwa.

You will probably recognize many of these spots on the island from such hit television shows as Hawaii Five-O, Magnum P.I. and more recently, Lost.

You see, the great thing about Oahu is the variety that it offers. There is breathtaking scenery with more than 100 world-renowned beaches, as well as world-class shopping, entertainment, and dining. All this is located within a relatively short radius.

Here is what a typical Oahu day could look like...

Makapuu Beach on Oahu





Get in an early round of golf along the ocean, or hike up a lonely trail and watch whales cross the deep blue horizon below.





Kailua Beach on Oahu


Grab a local "plate lunch" and eat it on the beach. Take a dip in the ocean and relax on the sand.



Return to your hotel, and go shopping at the world's largest open air mall.

Imagine seeing this on your vacation in Oahu




Get a mai tai and watch the sun set over the ocean while deciding what type of world class cuisine tempts your palette.



Go out for some great food and live music.

Waikiki at night

Either stroll along the moonlit water's edge, head out on the town, or call it a night...after all, tomorrow is another day in paradise.

Allow me to be your personal Oahu Vacation Guide and let's plan Your Perfect Vacation in Oahu.




Wondering where to stay? Let my Oahu Vacation Guide help you find the perfect place.

Oahu Luxury Hotels

Deluxe Oahu Hotels

Oahu Condos

Oahu Vacation Homes

If you are looking for an Oahu Bed & Breakfast, talk to Brigitte at Be Back Hawaii.


What are the "must-sees" and "must-dos" on your vacation in Oahu? Let me show you.

Oahu Attraction Guide

Oahu Activity Guide

Best Water Activities

Oahu Golf Courses

Hiking on Oahu


With so many choices for food, where are the best places to eat? My Oahu Vacation Guide will give you recommendations on everything from cheap food to fine dining.

Oahu Restaurant Guide


Wondering which beaches to hit during your vacation in Oahu?

Oahu Beach Guide


Looking for that perfect gift from Hawaii for someone? Here's a complete shopping guide.

Oahu Shopping Guide


Here are some sample itineraries for your Perfect Vacation in Oahu.

Sample Oahu Itineraries


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