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Plan a Vacation to O‘ahu with Moon Travel Guides

A bustling urban scene and endless natural beauty, O'ahu has it all.

Discover O‘ahu

Big city, big beaches, big fun. While exceptional urban cuisine and a pulsing nightlife might not be the first thing that springs to mind when you think of O’ahu, this island has it all in spades. There’s plenty of history and fine art to keep urbanites feeling at home, and there’s no end to outdoor activities from surfing the bright blue waves to hiking lush verdant mountains to feed your spirit of adventure. That’s truly the best part of O’ahu travel: you can start your day in the city, hit the beach before noon, and be back in town for fine dining before the sun sets.

With 112 miles of coastline, two north-south mountain ranges, bustling historic districts and a vibrant city, from big budgets to small, for leisure travelers to adventure seekers, there’s a best of O’ahu travel for everyone. Find yours.

Quick Planning Tips

  • Waikiki: For first-time O‘ahu travelers and many returning visitors, Waikiki is the perfect home base.
  • Honolulu: Many of the activities in Honolulu, whether sightseeing in the Historic District or hiking in the Ko‘olau Mountains, require at least a half day’s time.
  • North Shore: No matter if it’s summer or winter, rain or shine, the North Shore shouldn’t be missed and can’t be rushed.
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Travel Maps of O‘ahu

Download free, printable maps of O‘ahu for your personal use.

Taken from the pages of our travel guides our maps of O‘ahu cover popular vacation destinations like Waikiki and Honolulu.

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Map of O‘ahu, Hawaii


Map of Greater Honolulu, Hawaii

Greater Honolulu

Get Inspired With Our Most Recent O‘ahu Articles

Here are our four most recent articles to get you started, or dig deeper and browse the latest Moon travel articles for O‘ahu.

Ulua Lagoon, the first of the four Ko Olina Lagoons. Photo © Leigh Meeks/123rf.

O‘ahu’s Leeward Beaches

If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind an hour’s drive across the island, the beaches of leeward O‘ahu offer wide swaths of white sand under clear, sunny skies. As the trade winds blow across the island from east to west, the leeward coast’s waters remain calm and protected. Here are beach highlights, amenities, and the best activities for each.

Surfboard rack on the ocean shore in Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Surfing Lessons and Outfitters in Waikiki

You’ll find surfing is a way of life in Waikiki. There’s a long history here of welcoming visitors to learn how to catch a break and ride the big one that continues on today with several surf schools offering private, group, and customized surf tours for reasonable prices, as well as boards and gear.

A surfer shoots the curl on the North Shore.

Best North Shore O‘ahu Surf Spots

From surf spots best suited to kids and novices to waves best left to experienced locals, here are all the best surf spots on O‘ahu’s North Shore, along with how to get there, hazards to watch out for, and the breaks you’ll find.

Waves lap against the sand at Poka‘i Bay in Wai‘anae, Oahu.

O‘ahu Leeward Surf Spots

Much of the surf on the leeward side breaks over sharp and shallow reef, making it best suited for expert surfers. Scaling rocks and reef to enter and exit the water can be a challenge for newcomers, and the locals are quite territorial when it comes to their surf breaks. Still, with the right attitude, there’s definitely a wave to be had on the leeward coast.