Recent Oahu reviews
"We have just returned from this paradise. It was a wonderful vacation! Everything is as it is written in the description: the cottage is spacious and private, just 3-5 min walk to the beach. Very quite street. The cottage equipped with everything you might need: washer & dryer, AC, any cooking utencils etc. And all of this is almost new and absolutely clean. I would like to recommend this place to anyone who wants to spend the best holyday in this hawaiian paradise!"Guest: Rybin A. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 16, 2014View listing
"I recently had the pleasure of staying here with my family (old and new!) for a week in the Island Hideaway II. Everything was pristine, from the clean floors and kitchen, to the clean comfortable beds. The beach truly is less than a minute's walk away, you can see it clearly from your doorstep. The particular beach may not be the best for certain activities such as snorkeling and surfing due to lots of coral and low surf, but it is still a beautiful beach with fun swimming, the equipment they allow you to borrow can be put to great use nearby! A perfect beach to relax on with a drink and watch the sunset, and the hundreds of awesome sand crabs scurrying about during high tide especially! David and Ralena were the most welcoming of hosts, and truly made us feel a part of their Ohana. During our stay there were 2 hurricane/tropical storm warnings, during which Ralena brought us candles, flashlights, and batteries as well as making sure we were well-prepared. The storms fizzled out but the genuine concern was much appreciated! They also allowed my day's fantastic wedding to occur on the beachfront, even going as far as to build them an altar and for Ralena to do a special hula dance in their honor. This is not a resort, and is not an experience where you will have your hand held the entire way, nor should it be! This is a beautiful, serene retreat to enjoy the island as the locals do, with respect and admiration for the local wildlife and environment. Could not praise these hosts and/or this location enough, 100% satisfaction :)!"Guest: ZCrews Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 18, 2014View listing
"Every time I come visit Hawaii I stay at this condo, it's been at least the last 4 times since I found this gem. You can find other places in Waikiki that are cheaper but I would recommend bringing in some cleaning supplies and a hazmat suit cause your gonna get cheap. This condo is modern, well kept, very clean and has everything you need to feel right at home and ready to enjoy the aloha spirit all around you. No need for resorts that charge an arm and a leg! They have everything here. Coffee shop, store, swimming pool, jacuzzis, steam room, tennis, kids play area, barbecue community area. Very much feels like a neighborhood and not distant strangers whom no one ever talks to. Stop by Costco, Safeway or SAMs club to get your essentials then use the daily farmers markets in Waikiki to supplement you menu plans with the freshest fruits, veggies, and homemade goodies from the islands. Good to see you this year Cyndie! Love your condo! Will be making reservations for nest year!!!!!"Guest: Shawn K. Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 22, 2014View listing
"This place is great, location cant be beat. The pics showing on the listing right now are actually older and so the place looks even better. The building is RIGHT on the beach and basically in the heart of Waikiki. Jean, the owner, met us the night we arrived (late!) and she is so friendly and hospitable. Perfect views of the Hilton fireworks right from the lanai. If you want to rent a car for a day or two there is an Enterprise rent-a-car in the Outrigger right next door. I've already recommended this place to a few people since, and if a studio fits my needs next time this will be my first pick no doubt."Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: August 21, 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.