Finding a Vacation Rental in Waikiki

View from high up with the beach visible and the ocean stretching to the horizon.

View from a Waikiki condo only a two minute walk from the beach. Photo © Jim Bahn, licensed Creative Commons Attribution.

A vacation rental is like a home away from home. They offer the comfort of separate bedrooms with linens, full kitchens complete with cookware and dinnerware, laundry, and an element of uniqueness to your holiday. On O‘ahu, they can be found in the form of high-rise condominiums in Waikiki and Makaha, golf course condominiums of Turtle Bay, neighborhood houses in Kailua and Lanikai, and oceanfront homes all along the coast.

When researching vacation rentals, start with a locale in mind and then search the properties in that area.When researching vacation rentals, start with a locale in mind and then search the properties in that area. In addition to the rate, most rentals will have a cleaning fee and possibly other booking fees. Also take into consideration whether tax is included in the rate. You’ll want to note the minimum night requirement of the rental as well.

A huge selection of O‘ahu vacation rentals can be had at vrbo.com, organized by region and by town to help narrow down your selections. Another major website with a substantial amount of listings is vacationrentals.com. Vacation rentals, luxury rentals, and condos are listed on hawaiianbeachrentals.com, and hawaii-beachhomes.com specializes in vacation rental homes on the beach.

For Waikiki vacation rental listings, check out aliibeachrentals.com and waikikioceanfrontrentals.com. The local Inga’s Realty specializes in Makaha vacation rentals, check out the site at skrrentals.com. If you’re looking for timeshare and vacation rentals in Ko Olina, its best to use a major vacation rental site like Vrbo.

On the windward shore, you’ll find all sorts of studios, bed-and-breakfasts, vacation rentals, and oceanfront homes. Possible sources are lanikaibb.com, having a handful of vacation rentals; kailuabeachhomes.com with luxurious beachfront homes in Kailua, Lanikai, and Waimanalo for extended stays, and lanikailuabeachrentals.com, specializing in Kailua and Lanikai studios, bed-and-breakfasts, cottages, and homes at very reasonable rates.

The North Shore has vacation rental condos at Turtle Bay and studios and homes in the North Shore neighborhoods. Shark’s Cove Rentals, a local operation with an office right across from Sharks Cove, specializes in vacation homes. For condo rentals at Turtle Bay, with accommodations on one of the championship golf courses in The Estates at Turtle Bay development, or check for condo rentals at the Kuilima Estates development.

Once you’ve found your match, the only thing left to do is stock the fridge for the week.


Excerpted from the Seventh Edition of Moon O’ahu.

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