Oahu is the heartbeat of Hawaii, brimming with sunshine and overflowing with Aloha Spirit. And yes, there are rainbows after showers, filling the blue sky with colors easily seen all over the island. Oahu, anchored by the main city of Honolulu and the spectacular Waikiki Beach, contains most of Hawaii’s population as well as its tourist and social activity.
The accommodation here caters for all budget levels, although the islands are expensive so expect to pay UK equivalent prices. The area is popular with honeymooners including a huge number of Japanese couples, as tropical weddings are a major business.
Oahu has over 30,000 units in more than 80 hotels and 40 condominiums. Wide choice from opulent luxury beachfront accommodation to basic B&Bs. Rates range from the price of a meal to the cost of a small second-hand car, with the beachfront area being the most popular and expensive. There are a few hotels outside Waikiki plus a handful of camping grounds dotted around the island.
Oahu is a mid-Pacific island, almost on the Tropic of Cancer, approximately 5 hrs by jet from America’s W coast. Hawaii’s international airport (Honolulu) is located here, 5 mls from downtown Honolulu, which is on the S coast of the island. It is midway along the Hawaiian Islands chain.
Oahu has arguably the finest beaches of the Hawaiian Islands and plenty to choose from. Like all Hawaiian beaches, Oahu’s are open to the public. 1-ml-long Waikiki Beach is crowded year-round, receiving 25,000 visitors every day. Some of the E coast’s best beaches are at Kailua and Lanikai: the surf is gentle, the snorkelling is good, and kayaks and surfboards are usually available for rent at the weekends.
During the daytime popular activities include water sports including surfing, snorkelling, scuba diving and sailing. Other activities include hang-gliding, hiking, cycling, tennis and golf. For the tourist interested in culture there are museums and memorials of Pearl Harbor, including USS Arizona Memorial and USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park and several botanical gardens.
There is a Sealife Park, with a wide range of marine shows and exhibits, also Honolulu Zoo (in Waikiki); Sacred Falls State Park, with an 80-ft waterfall.
The nightlife here offers good variety, mostly concentrated in Waikiki and including comedians, Las Vegas-style floorshows, live music , bars and discos; many Waikiki hotels offer in-house entertainment. There is Broadway and off-Broadway shows by Hawaii Performing Arts Company, the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra, and the Hawaii Opera Theater