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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

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Map of Greater Honolulu, Hawaii

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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.

Hanauma Bay, O’ahu.

Hawaii Itinerary: The Two-Week All-Island Trip

Hanauma Bay has the best snorkeling on the South Shore. Photo © Kevin Whitton.

The Best of O‘ahu in 7 Days

The average stay on O‘ahu is about seven days. With sights and activities on all sides of the island, planning your days will help you take full advantage of your holiday. Let this suggested itinerary to the must-see locales and establishments be a jumping-off point for your travels.

Surfboards on Waikiki Beach. Photo © Kevin Whitton.

Best Surf Spots in Waikiki

Synonymous with surfing, Waikiki is home to a host of excellent surf spots. Whether you are a longboarder, shortboarder, experienced, novice, or first-timer, there’s a number of breaks that suit all abilities. Here are the best of the best for everyone.

Outdoor seating at the Mai Tai Bar on Waikiki Beach.

The Best of Waikiki Nightlife

Waikiki nightlife is wonderfully varied—you’ll find bars and clubs, fine dining and live music, ultra-casual hangouts and high-class venues, so no matter your mood, there’s always somewhere to go. Many of these locations are popular with visitors and locals alike.