Beautiful views and calm waters make for excellent kayaking in Kailua; you’ll want to make sure you have your camera along in a dry sack. Along with outfitters, guided excursions, and lesson providers, here’s where to go for the best day on the water.
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.
Travel Maps of O‘ahu
Taken from the pages of our travel guides our maps of O‘ahu cover popular vacation destinations like Waikiki and Honolulu.