Recent Oahu reviews
"I loved the location of this condo! We had stayed in Waikiki before so were prepared for the noise and busyness but loved being able to see the ocean and the zoo from our lanai and have a 1 minute walk to be on the beach! My only downside (and it's personal preference) is it is small and I don't know if I could have stayed there for more than 4 or 5 days even if it was just my husband and I. But we're both introverts who like privacy. :)"Guest: Hona Lover Date of Stay: June 2014 Review Submitted: June 17, 2014View listing
"This is in a good location and the owners are nice. The apartment is attached to the owner's house around the back. They respected our space. These are not luxury accommodations, but they're comfortable and a good price. The bed and pillows are quite nice."Guest: Tricia Date of Stay: February 2014 Review Submitted: March 6, 2014View listing
"We were very happy with our choice. The house is just as you see. Two bedrooms, one bath, living room and kitchen. Everything you need for your vacation is there. It is just a short walk to the beach, a short drive to the grocery store and a nice quiet neighborhood. The kitchen is fully stocked with pots and pans and the bbq is just outside in the backyard. We made good use out of it. The washer and dryer are a big plus. Less to pack and less to carry through the airport. We did a lot of sightseeing while we were there and the location is not too far away from anything. It took about 30 minutes to get to Honolulu and 30 minutes to get to the North Shore. It is a great location if you are planning to travel around the island. Working with Darla and Laurie was very easy. I had no problem getting questions answered or any help that I needed. We meet them both out on the beach and they are very friendly people. They made sure we had everything we needed. The fresh fruit tray that welcomed us was wonderful!! The Pie they delivered to us was amazing!! This is a great family/child friendly location. We traveled with a 3 year old and he loved staying at the "beach house". We spent several late evenings playing on the beach with him. If you are looking for a quiet, clean house close to the beach, this is it. If I make it back to Oahu, I will definitely be looking them up again. Mahalo!!"Guest: Cherie I. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 24, 2014View listing
"We have recently returned from 9 days in Rob’s very comfortable flat. Everything is just as described, quiet, lovely views from the lanai and also from open balconies at two other sides of the building. Rob has thought of everything from the very well equipped kitchen, lots of storage, very comfortable bed and even beach items if you want to use them. If you bring your iPod you can have your own music (we forgot ours) but the free wi-fi was great. The location was perfect too, being bang in the middle of everything. You can walk to shops, beach or Fort DeRussy Park in one direction or along the canal in the other (energetic types can jog there if they feel the urge, it’s so quiet.) Very handy to bus stops if you don’t have a car - or free parking in the building if you do have one. The building itself is very secure and lifts are good with no waiting. We have rented flats in other parts of the world and sometimes they don’t live up to the blurb, however I’d say the photos here are very accurate as is the description. We felt at home here – recommended!"Guest: Arlene H. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: May 27, 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.