Recent Oahu property reviews
"We stayed at Lihikai in celebration of our son's college graduation. There were a total of four adults on this trip. The house looks exactly like it does in the pictures, only better. The lay-out of this home was well thought-out. The main master bedroom is huge. The second master bedroom is large too and is totally private. The rest of the bedrooms were spacious as well. The kitchen, family room, dining and living room were all in an open space layout. This was perfect for all of us being together while we cooked dinner, watched TV on the big cozy couch , and settled in for the night. The house was clean and well maintained. Plenty of ceiling fans throughout and AC in the bedrooms from 5pm - 7am. The heated swimming pool is the center piece of the home. It is private, yet centrally located within the layout of the home. You can see the pool from just about every room in the house. After a day at the beach, or sightseeing, we would enjoy the pool every night. It was very refreshing and relaxing. There were plenty of pool toys and towels. The house is located in a cul-de-sac in a quiet neighborhood. There were no busy streets to cross to get to the beach. Just walk two houses down to the private beach access and you are at the beach in 2 minutes. The house was equipped with beach chairs, mats, scuba and boogie boards. The beach was beautiful, good sand, no seaweed and not crowed at all. Even had a turtle swim past me in the water. There is also easy access to paddle board and canoe rentals. Nearby places to check-out within walking distance of the house are: Buzz's Steakhouse, Kalapawai Market (great sandwiches), and Island Snow for a tasty treat. Booking this vacation was easy. You are dealing directly with the owner and the property care taker upon arrival. This was the perfect family vacation. A twenty-minute drive from Honolulu Airport and your away from all of the tourists and crowed beaches of Waikiki. It was our own private oasis."Guest: Irene J. Date of Stay: May 2014 Review Submitted: June 2, 2014View listing
"We have stayed in several different Banyan units and, without question, this is ONE OF THE BEST! From the very attractive and comfortable accommodations and unit amenities, to the spectacular ocean, city and mountain views from the 30th floor, this unit is a real gem. Add to that free parking, free internet, free weekly housekeeping, and wonderful and accommodating on-site staff --- it's, no wonder we enjoyed our month-long stay. This was our 2nd trip to unit 3008-T1 and we'll be back again. Our thanks to all of you at C.I.M.Y. for making our stay in your unit a positive experience. See you on our next visit."Guest: Norm and Annette Date of Stay: March 2012 Review Submitted: May 18, 2012View listing
"Hello, my review is late coming. I stayed here in the summer of 2010, but better late than never. I stayed in conjunction with a military PCS move to Hawaii. I came ahead of my Navy husband with my two children. The owner was extremely accommodating and allowed the additional guest, which was very helpful to my situation. We stayed several weeks. The owner moved us to the larger room when it became available at no additional cost. The location was great and I would stay there again in a heart beat. The owners are very, very kind and I remember our stay fondly."Guest: D Date of Stay: July 2014 Review Submitted: July 28, 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.