Recent Oahu reviews
"Amazing view, beautifully maintained villa, fabulous pools & lagoon, nice retreat from high traffic areas ... would absolutely stay again!"Guest: Katrina E. Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: May 2, 2014View listing
"We had a dream vacation. The house accommodated 9 of us perfectly. We especially liked the kitchen/dining area, porch, and of course the wonderful location on the beach. The kids, body surfed, snorkeled, and found lots of sea glass. A week went by way to quick and we definitely want to come back. Thanks, Rai, you were great to work with."Guest: Jerry G. Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: August 1, 2014View listing
"Karl responded quickly to my emails, as my arrival was only days away by the time I discovered this gem online. The apartment is simple and comfortable with a dining table, fold-out couch, tv/dvd, a kitchen and a washer/dryer. Plus a good sized bedroom and wifi. We ate breakfast then packed our cooler (thanks, Karl) and headed to the beach (with towels and toys provided at the apartment). It took maybe 25 minutes to get to Kailua Beach where it was usually sunny. We rented a car and it was easy to park on the street. My only word of caution is to be prepared to walk up the ramp and steps, which I wouldn't even mention except I was carrying a 40 lb kiddo. So I got some good exercise nightly as I carried her up to bed after a long day out and about. I would stay here again (which we are thinking about!) and I have passed it on to a couple of friends. Mahalo (^_^)/"Guest: Catherine R. Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 8, 2014View listing
"Great corner suite in an excellent location that is close to the beach and restaurants. The unit is well kept and has all the amenities that you may require."Guest: Gary Date of Stay: September 2014 Review Submitted: September 18, 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.