Recent Oahu reviews
"Please read this review. Don't listen to the negative reviews on this site. We booked this property just shy of a year ago. I was showing my friends where we were headed when I read some reviews from early 2014. I had concerns which I brought up with the manger before arrival based on what sound more like slander from previous guest. He assured us all was well. Long story short we arrived and were SOOO happy with the property. In fact, I just went back and read the other reviews before writing this and laughed again. Enough of that on to the property. It worked out great for our family of 12. The grandparents had a quite side of the house where they could retreat to along with my sister and brother inlaw. Meanwhile we had a blast in the other half of the house. Pool and backyard area was awesome. I didn't think the kids were ever going to get out of the pool. Beach is even more amazing and just a few blocks away. Beautiful white sand and waves were the perfect size for the little ones. Kailua has a variety of shopping and dinning options which is a short drive or nice walk away. We can't wait to come back. Thanks Mark for all your help. Thanks for getting us setup with the discounted dolphin tour. It was amazing and probably wouldn't have done it had you not pointed us in the right direction. It was the highlight of our trip. We can't wait to come back."Guest: Anonymous Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: August 22, 2014View listing
"We returned in 2014 for a second wonderful visit to this Coconut Plantation unit. Beautifully appointed, clean, and comfortable is the best way to describe this beautiful unit. It is exactly as described on VRBO and all visitors will not be disappointed. The kitchen is well appointed with every utensil, appliance, or dish one might need. The towels (including beach towels), linens, and cleaning items are well stocked and of top quality. The owners are so mindful of ensuring that every renter's needs are accommodated that they encourage their guests to advise them of anything that could make their stay even more comfortable. We have found that there has NEVER been anything overlooked by these owners. The patio is located in a mostly shaded and very quiet area and has a wonderful gas grille, a large table with very comfortable swivel chairs, and 2 cozy chaise lounges. The nearest pool and hot tub is only about 100 steps away from the patio. Convenient but away from any pool noise. The golf cart is a wonderful option. We used it daily to go to the beach, restaurants, and shop. It's easier to park than a car. The attached garage is a nice place to keep the rental car under wraps. We enjoyed our stay so much that we booked our return already for 2015. We travel a lot and there are so many vacation options available for travelers in today's world. That we choose to visit this spectacular location owned by attentive and generous owners who have entrusted us with their home is a testament to the character of the owners. This will be our THIRD visit in as many years and we can't wait to return. If you reference our previous Review "Exceeds our Expectations - Part one from 2013" you will see that our accolades are consistent. We feel lucky to visit Hawaii every year and that we found such an amazing "Home Away From Home" in which to stay."Guest: Coppertop Date of Stay: April 2014 Review Submitted: November 11, 2014View listing
"If you love the sight and the sound of the surf 24/7 this is the place to be. No surprises based on the vrbo site. Steps to the beach, turtles to the right on the beach on many days plus had several swims with the turtles just off the beach. The cottage is very comfortable and fully stocked. It was a great location for our family reunion of eight. Many wonderful restaurants in Haleiwa--Opals for Thai, the Grass Shirt for ahi burgers and Haleiwa Joes for a variety of excellent dishes--seafood and meats, Waialua Bakery for fresh baked turkey sandwiches and Bonsai for sushi. If you want to see big wave surfing come when the Volcom competition is held at the Pipeline. We enjoyed many days watching surfers from all over the world. Did I mention the very private beach--maybe 4-6 people walked by the cottage each day."Guest: Creed and Mickie Date of Stay: January 2014 Review Submitted: February 18, 2014View listing
"This is our second stay at this beautiful condo. It is furnished tastefully and very clean. We appreciated having a parking place as most condos on the Gold Coast do not. Also, the in-unit washer/dryer was very useful. It is located in a small building with very friendly occupants - we got to know several people at the nightly beachside gathering for wine and sunset viewing. We walked to several restaurants in Waikiki and had lunch at the Hau Tree Lanai which is just a couple buildings away. The owners are right in Honolulu and are very responsive when questions come up. We will be back next year!"Guest: Marie Date of Stay: August 2014 Review Submitted: November 8, 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.