Aptly named the Gathering Place, O‘ahu is the heartbeat of the Hawaiian Islands. The island is home to almost one million residents, about 70 percent of the state’s total population, and is, by far, the most culturally and socially diverse of the eight main Hawaiian Islands. It is a unique destination where you can experience the comforts and convenience of city life with the natural beauty of verdant mountains and sparkling blue ocean within reach.
Planning Your Trip
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.
O‘ahu Trip Itineraries
- See the Best of O‘ahu in Seven Days
- A Day at Diamond Head
- Honeymoon in O‘ahu: Best Romantic Places to Stay, Dine, and Relax
Recreation in O‘ahu
- The Best Surfing in the Hawaiian Islands (For All Skill Levels)
- The Best Spots for Snorkeling and Diving in O‘ahu
- Golfing in Central and Suburban O‘ahu
- Hiking, Biking, and Bird-Watching in Leeward O‘ahu
- Snorkeling vs. Surfing in O‘ahu: The Importance of Weather
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