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Plan your trip to beautiful O‘ahu Hawaii

The beautiful O‘ahu island is part of the Hawaiian island chain and a very popular tourist destination.  Being a volcanic island the lush vegetation and mild tropical climate is something that attracts many travelers from around the world.  Book your trip to the beautiful O’ahu Island in Hawaii.

Best time to visit

Actually any time of the year is good for traveling to Hawaii.  From April to October is basically summer in Hawaii. April and May is an excellent time to visit, and the hotel prices are a little bit lower during these months.  But if you love going during a quieter time, September and October is good options.  If you love to attend festivals, October is a great month to visit.

From November to March is winter.  During the winter months you can expect rain.

Things to do and Places to see

Outdoor Activities include:  whale watching, surfing, paddle boarding, ziplining, hiking, and many more.

Diamond Head

Hawaii’s most recognized landmark is also known as “Le’ahi”, which means “brow of the tuna”. You can hike the historic trail to the top for spectacular views.

Hanauma Bay

A beautifully preserved bay that is famous for snorkeling due to the abundance of marine life and clear water.  If you love snorkeling, you should definitely stop here.

Pearl Harbor

The famous Pearl Harbor World War II (1941 bombing attack) site is a history stop reminder of the war, where you can visit the museums and memorials.

Luaus in O’ahu

A Luau is a celebration of food, music and culture, held for special occasions like a wedding, special birthday or when welcoming honored guests.

O’ahu welcomes all visitors to luau across Oahu each week and there are many places where you can attend.  Just ask your hotel for the closest one to your accommodation and enjoy the festivities (which include loads of food and hula dancing).

Oh yes, while enjoying this Hawaiian tradition, do try the Laulau dish: Meat wrapped in luau (taro) leaves and steamed, traditionally prepared in an imu.  It is very tasty.

Hanauma Bay

Other O‘ahu Hawaii Attractions

  • The Capital Honolulu – offering exclusive shopping venues, museums and galleries. Here you can enjoy world-class dining and obviously the nightlife as well.
  • Iolani Palace a registered National Historic Landmark and the only official royal palace in the United States.
  • The Chinatown Historic District, a neighborhood of Honolulu, known for its Chinese American community, is one of the oldest Chinatowns in the US.
  • Iconic Beaches such as Waikiki – For Hawaiian Beach Safety visit the O’ahu Beach Safety info website.   
  • North Shore which is known for excellent surfing conditions.
Iolani Palace Honolulu
Pearl Harbour Memorial
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Famous TV venue with a history

The Byodo-In Temple

“The TV series Hawaii Five-O and Magnum, P.I. featured several episodes where the temple is incorporated into the plot. The temple and its gardens also appeared in an episode of the ABC series Lost, “House of the Rising Sun” in season one as the home of Sun’s father.

In 2017 and 2018, the Official Best of America television program awarded the Byodo-In Temple at Valley of the Temples Memorial Park, the distinction of Official Best Memorial Temple in Hawaii.

In 2019, National Geographic featured the Byodo-In Temple in ’20 of the world’s most beautiful Buddhist temples‘ while noting its architectural details and inspiring surroundings.” – Website

This beautiful venue is located in the Valley of the Temples.  It is the perfect place to spend a peaceful and relaxed afternoon feeding the fish.  Set against the foothills of the mountain it is also a beautiful place to meditate or if you’re a keen photographer to take fantastic photos.
 
Address47-200 Kahekili Hwy., Kaneohe, Oahu, HI
Byodo In Temple United States

Where to stay at O'ahu Hawaii

Ko Olina

This beautiful 12 mile shoreline that stretches from Pearl Harbor to the summit of the Wai’anae Mountains and west to Nanakuli, is a wonderful destination.

Situated about 29 minutes from the airport Ko Olina is central for many activities.  But more than this it is actually the beauty of this area that makes it the ideal place to book you holiday.

4 Lagoons next to each other

The 4 lagoons are:

  • Mohola Lagoon
  • Honu Lagoon
  • Nai’a Lagoon
  • Ulua Lagoon

There is a network of pathways connecting the 4 lagoons, which is perfect for an afternoon or early morning walk.  Furthermore these 4 beautiful lagoons offer white sandy beaches, perfect for swimming, snorkeling and paddle-boarding.

Resort and Beach Villas

Also including the Marriott Resort, Ko Olina has many beautiful resorts and accommodation options.  Book your trip to beautiful O’ahu, Hawaii.

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The famous Waikiki and Honolulu

In my opinion trip to O’ahu Island will not be complete without a visit to the famous Waikiki beach in Honolulu.

Q:  Is Waikiki and Honolulu the same place?

A:  Waikiki is a district in Honolulu and Honolulu is a city on Oahu Island

Q:  Can you swim at Waikiki Beach?

A:  At Waikiki beach you can enjoy swimming, snorkeling, surfing, boogie boarding and enjoy fantastic beach sunsets.

Where to stay

When booking a hotel room in Waikiki, you will be staying on or near the beach.  Some of the hotels offer spectacular sea view rooms.

Accommodation options near Waikiki in Honolulu (Links to photos and to book)

Nearest airport

Honolulu International Airport (HNL):  Distance from Honolulu Airport to Ko Olina – 29 min (21,4 mi) via I-H-1 W

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Activities at Ko Olina

  • The multi award-winning Ko Olina Golf Club will definitely keep the golf-lovers happy.
  • Just take a leisurely stroll along the beach or spend the day on the beach.
  • Snorkeling in the warm lagoon water is fantastic
  • Do a sunset dinner cruise
  • Visit the Ko Olina Marina
  • Enjoy the shops and many restaurants
  • Relax at Ko Olina’s spas
  • Go on a diving trip or world class deep sea fishing experience

And if you’re spending Christmas in wonderful Hawaii, learn to say Merry Christmas in a fun way – Follow this link.

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