Recent Oahu property reviews
"Excellent property; so comfortable and clean. Stayed nice and cool, great owner that made the process very easy. Would stay here again. Great experience!!!"Guest: kristy g. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 20, 2014View listing
"Maggie was a very laid back host and made us feel very welcome in her home. She informed us of what was around the neighbourhood (cafes, restaurants, and markets) and provided us with menus of places to eat close by (as well as a sample of her yummy home made Thai Green Curry). Her dogs Koa & Oreo were absolutely lovely. I could have dognapped them both. The location of Maggie's property is perfect for exploring the Eastern side of Oahu and close enough to Waikiki should you wish to venture into the tourist zone. We stayed in another room that Maggie had to offer in her home - not this one. The room itself had a fridge, coffee maker (including coffee), & our own supplies (cutlery, dishes, & cups/glasses). We had the use of Maggie's kitchen and the front lanai with a view of the canal. We shared the bathroom, with whom I'm not sure, as we never saw anyone else using the bathroom. Thankfully the room had an air conditioner as the room got quite stuffy - there was no airflow. Like many places on Oahu, be aware that the creepy crawlies are outside and sometime inside. :) We enjoyed our brief stay with Maggie and would recommend it as a great location for those wanting to explore the East side of Oahu. Mahalo Maggie!"Guest: M&H Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 31, 2014View listing
"My family of 4 had a wonderful stay at this condo in the Waikiki Shore complex. The 11th floor views are fantastic. The location and views are unbeatable. We especially liked walking next door to the Shore Bird restaurant for happy hour ($3.50 mai tai's!). There is also a Starbucks next door. Everything is a short walk from this location and we didn't need a car. The only thing I might suggest is replacing the twin air mattress with a queen sized one for better comfort if a teenager is using it."Guest: Robert Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 11, 2014View listing
"We just returned from a wonderful vacation in this villa. The layout is perfect for traveling with children and grandparents and it was equipped with everything we needed for our stay. The pack and play, highchair, children's picnic table, and all of the beach toys, beach chairs, and boogie boards were so nice to be able to use and the kitchen has everything you need. The location of this particular villa is the best if you have kids. It is so close to the beach at Lagoon 2 (a 1 minute walk from the villa) and one floor up from the family pool. The adult staying with a napping child in the villa could easily see (from the spacious lanai) the other adults and child in the pool. The Ko Olina area is ideal. Although there are no restaurants at the property, it is a 5 minute walk to the other resorts for dining options. We also enjoyed Roy's and MonkeyPod restaurant (also walking distance). Lagoon 2 is the best lagoon - palapas for shade, never crowded and no waves, which is perfect for the kids. We saw so many fish and turtles in the lagoons and the "secret" beach recommended by the owner, which is all a short walk. The owner, and the property manager she uses, provided us with recommendations on restaurants and activities and they never steered us wrong! We found that the pictures and description in the listing were all accurate and the villa exceeded our expectations. We had an incredible time and can't wait to visit again."Guest: Anne A. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: May 1, 2014View listing
Oahu Travel Tips
Oahu is known in Hawaiian as “the gathering place” for a reason. It’s the most developed of the isles and full of excitement, people to meet and experiences to be had.
In Oahu there’s as much to enjoy outdoors as there is indoors, so no matter the weather, you’re sure to have an amazing time. Days can be filled swimming in the sun-warmed waters offnear any number of beaches, trekking through a forest path to take in views of the mountains or trying the different flavors of the local eateries.
Oahu boasts bustling city life as well as laid-back rural living, so whether you’re looking for a piece of the action or hoping to slow down for a little while, Oahu delivers. In any case, you're sure to feel like you’re spending time in paradise with the amazing tropical climate and shimmering blue water as far as the eye can see.
Things to Do in Oahu
- Makapuu Point Light: If you’re fascinated by lighthouses, check out Makapuu Point Light, which has the largest lens of any lighthouse in the United States. In 1977, it was listed in the National Register is Historic Places. You can also trek along the Makapuu Point trail where you’ll see breathtaking views of Oahu’s southeastern shoreline. The lighthouse itself creates a picturesque scene with its red roof against the blue sea.
- Pearl Harbor: To witness the location of the infamous attack during World War II, visit Pearl Harbor. It’s a lagoon harbor off the coast of the island and the headquarters of the United States Pacific Fleet. In remembrance of December 7, 1941, the USS Arizona and the USS Missouri battleships have been memorialized. Climb aboard to experience what it was like on a ship during the second world war. There’s also a museum providing history and details about Pearl Harbor.
- Polynesian Cultural Center: Experience life like a local at the Polynesian Cultural Center, a living museum in Laie on the northern shore of Oahu. The center is spread over 42 acres where you can see a real luau and thrill over the annual World Fire Knife Dance competition, in which contestants show off their skills with blazing swords. You can also take a canoe ride, see a show and learn about different villages' cultures.
- Pali Lookout: Take the 5-mile drive northeast of downtown Honolulu to Pali Lookout where panoramic views of the Koolau cliffs and Windward coast greet you. The city slowly disappears and nature takes it place, transporting you to a tranquil and serene setting. Gaze around and enjoy the natural sights as stress slowly melts away with each breath of fresh air you take.
- Lanikai Beach: A trip to Oahu certainly means spending time on the beach, and Lanikai Beach is a perfect option. The half-mile shore is considered one of the best beaches in the world. During the weekdays the sand is relatively empty, so there will be plenty of space to spread out and enjoy the water views and warm sand.
- Honolulu Botanical Gardens: Enjoy more of Oahu’s natural beauty at the Honolulu Botanical Gardens, which is open all year long except for Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Stroll through the different settings and appreciate native flowers and plants at the various green spaces: Foster Botanical Garden, Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden, Koko Crater Botanical Garden, Lili’uokalani Botanical Garden and Wahiawa Botanical Garden.
Shopping and Dining on Oahu
- Alan Wong’s Restaurant: Enjoy a true taste of traditional Hawaiian cuisine at Alan Wong’s. The ethnic roots of Hawaii inspire his dishes that feature native flavors and locally grown produce and ingredients. From the meal options to the service and everything in between, you’ll experience life like a local.
- Waikiki Beach Walk: The Waikiki Beach Walk is the largest development in the area to date and has grown into a gathering place for both natives and visitors alike. Here you can experience a multitude of shops, restaurants and on more than 8 acres. There are more than 40 retailers in the open-air, two-level center as well as a variety of tasty eateries where you can refuel and enjoy a meal.
- Royal Hawaiian Center: The Royal Hawaiian Center provides you with 310,000 square feet of space to indulge in a little (or a lot!) of retail therapy. The center boasts more than 110 shops and restaurants in three four-tiered buildings. You’ll find everything from designer labels to adorable souvenirs to help you remember your trip forever. Other shops include craft, jewelry and surf shops.