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O'ahu

Swim with turtles and surf with professionals on Hawaii’s most populated island, home to some of the world’s most famous beaches.

Enjoy world-famous beaches, tiny surf villages, luxury shopping and cocktail bars on O’ahu, Hawaii’s most populated island. Fly into Honolulu, the state capital and O’ahu’s lively south-shore hub. Highrise hotels and boutique shops don’t detract from the city’s beaches, which are some of the most iconic on the island.

Drive west to find Pearl Harbor and a sobering monument to the American soldiers who lost their lives in the Japanese bombing of the U.S. naval base here in World War II. Brush up on more Hawaiian history in Waipahu, which lies further west and features a historic plantation village.

The North Shore, only a 1-hour drive from Honolulu, is a surfer’s paradise. Wave-heavy beaches like Waimea Bay, Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach offer plenty for both surfers and surfing enthusiasts. Visit age-old surfing villages like Hale’iwa. High winter waves bring international surf competitions. In summer, calmer waters let you snorkel and dive along the 13 kilometres (8 miles) of beach. Swim with turtles at Pūpūkea Beach.

For easy access to the North Shore, stay at the Turtle Beach Resort. Here, high-class lodgings are combined with fun activities like surf school, hula class and ukulele lessons.

Beaches with calmer waters line O’ahu’s east coast. Windsurf or kitesurf near Kailua. Take in the vistas of Makapu’u Beach from a cliff-side lighthouse. Visit the botanical garden by Kāne’ohe to find some peace among native plants and wildlife.

Explore the full range of O’ahu’s activities away from its world-famous beaches. Hire kayaks, canoes and paddleboards to explore rivers and streams. Seek panoramic lookout points by mountain bike, on horseback or by hiking along jungle paths. Play nine or 18 holes on one of many picturesque golf courses. 

Fly into Honolulu International Airport and then traverse the island by hire car, moped or motorcycle. Taxis and public transportation, called “TheBus”, are also available. 

Join the many holidaymakers, from backpackers and families to honeymooners, who come to relax and enjoy the many activities that Hawaii’s “gathering place” has to offer.


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'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach NZ$483
Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020
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'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

'Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

2490 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI
     
    4.2 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Absolutely gorgeous hotel. We had an amazing time here. Close to everything and short walk from beach.

    Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort NZ$272
    Reviewed on 23 Feb. 2020
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    Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

    Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

    2005 Kalia Rd, Honolulu, HI
       
      4.1 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      I didn't like that there wasn't a hot tub close to the Rainbow Tower. We switched to the Alii'i Tower and the jets in that one were not working. Other than that we enjoyed everything.

      Turtle Bay Resort NZ$429
      Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020
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      Turtle Bay Resort

      Turtle Bay Resort

      57-091 Kamehameha Hwy, Kahuku, HI
         
        4.4 of 5
        4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Was given the best room in the hotel Room Keurig coffee was the worst ever, told the nice room ladies, and the next day coffee was great

        Queen Kapiolani Hotel NZ$288
        Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020
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        Queen Kapiolani Hotel

        Queen Kapiolani Hotel

        150 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI
           
          4.3 of 5
          4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Great location. Good deal for the price. Very safe. Friendly staff.

          The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts NZ$250
          Reviewed on 17 Feb. 2020
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          The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts

          The Modern Honolulu by Diamond Resorts

          1775 Ala Moana Boulevard, Honolulu, HI
             
            4.3 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Close to beach. Friendly staff. Close to different store.

            Ala Moana Hotel NZ$324
            Reviewed on 22 Feb. 2020
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            Ala Moana Hotel

            Ala Moana Hotel

            410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, HI
               
              4.0 of 5
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              My third stay here in the past 12 months. 10 minutes from downtown, very friendly and helpful staff and the prices always seem very competitive. The only slight negative is that they only have a restaurant for breakfast. No casual lunch or dinner place. However, right across the parking lot is a ...

              Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel NZ$259
              Reviewed on 24 Feb. 2020
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              Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

              Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel

              2570 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
                 
                3.9 of 5
                3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Right on the beach and beautiful views from ocean front rooms!

                Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort NZ$441
                Reviewed on 21 Feb. 2020
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                Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

                Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

                2335 Kalakaua Ave, Honolulu, HI
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Right on the beach and good restaurants. Enjoyed the partial ocean view. A little noisy at night occasionally.

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