Recent Oahu reviews
"Just returned home from a 10 day stay at this house, and we're already planning out our next vacation back. The house was perfect for my family of 5-- me and my husband and our 8, 6 and 2 year old kids. We visit Oahu every year, but have always stayed at a 4-star hotel in Waikiki. After dealing with the horrible traffic, crowds and ridiculous fees at the hotels, I decided last year that from then on we would rent a house away from Honolulu. This was our first time renting a house, and hands down this is our best vacation yet! The house was quiet, clean, protected by gates that locked, had every amenity that we needed...and the beautiful beach was just a few steps away. Every morning we would quickly eat breakfast and then walk back out to the beach and relax there until lunch. Although shark's cove, waimea and ehukai/sunset beaches were all within walking distance, we felt that the beach out back was better for our family...less crowded (never more than 50-60 people on Ke Iki!) and if we forgot something at the house one of us could just quickly run back to get it. We BBQ'd on the lanai, and relaxed out there when the house got too warm inside (only AC in the bedrooms). Full cable and large flat screen TV was available, as was a washer and dryer. Cathy, the property manager, was a pleasure to work with. Everything that I needed was taken care of right away. I can't explain how much we enjoyed our stay--we will definitely be back!"Guest: Charlene B. Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 22, 2014View listing
"Our family of four, including two teenagers, had a great time here in August. It's spacious and has a great cross-breeze to keep it cool. The beds are comfy, kitchen is great and overall worked really well for us. The unit really is just a stone's throw from the beach, and this was probably the highlight for us. We enjoyed the best snorkelling here, right off the beach, better than anywhere else we found on Oahu apart from Hanauma Bay. The unit had snorkel gear in the storage close which worked well for us and saved $$ in renting. The location is also great, away from crowds in Honolulu/Waikiki and with amazing views along the north shore. Not far in either direction are local towns, restaurants and activities so there's lots to do if you want. North Shore Tacos serves up a great fish and shrimp taco meal. Definitely recommended, we'd return here in a heartbeat. Thanks!"Guest: Murray J. Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 21, 2014View listing
"We stayed here for 15 days and the unit was perfect for us! The view from the lanai is AMAZING, which we miss waking up to every morning. The beaches, hiking trails, convenient stores, water sport rentals, and rec center spots were all within walking distance. Also, we were provided bicycles with locks, a cooler, beach towels, and a parking space at no extra cost, which was awesome! This place is ideal for those who want to experience the more laid back, chill, local lifestyle, with the option to venture out to tourist attractions. The unit is perfect for two people. However, it's definitely possible to squeeze in a third person, as there was an additional couch. Ron and Sue, the owners, are great and wonderful people! Very nice and friendly. They were very accommodating and also suggested many different places to check out during our stay. We'll definitely come back the next time we visit!!!"Guest: Wendi J. Date of Stay: October 2013 Review Submitted: November 10, 2013View listing
"Oceanfront Oasis provided a most beautiful backdrop for an incredible family gathering!! Tommy is "Johnny-on-the-spot" and totally immersed us in personal attention! He was extremely responsive to our needs with the house as they arose. We spent hours in and around the pool and relaxing in the beautiful spa (sometimes beginning around 6AM with the sunrise), just watching the ocean. From the lanai we even were fortunate enough to see whales breaching! We loved the evenings on the lanai with the fire pit on along with the tiki torches, in front of the gorgeous Pacific Ocean! Oceanfront Oasis is in the perfect location with easy access to any activities and sightseeing. This lovely home was perfect for us! Thank you Tommy , Kathy Ireland and all!!"Guest: Mary W. Date of Stay: December 2013 Review Submitted: January 9, 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.