Oahu is aptly called the Gathering Isle: just over 953,000 people live here (75 percent of the state’s population) with about 5 million tourists visit annually. Formed by the volcanoes Waianae and Koolau, it is the third largest of the islands, 30 miles wide and 44 miles long and most importantly 112 miles of coastline. Big things happen on this little island - here are the most popular places to stay.
Popular Oahu Destinations
I LOVE Waikiki – it is not remote or tranquil and hammocks are rare. This tropical paradise is situated on one of the best beaches for surfing or frolicking, rivals Paris for shopping and has some of the best dining in the Pacific. Regardless if you are staying in a budget condo for $99 a night or premiere penthouse for $9,000 –everyone has access to the same slice of paradise.
Ko'olina Resort offers a neighbor island resort experience, which means there are four properties; Four Seasons, Aulani, Marriott and Beach Villas all connected by a meandering beach path. The crescent beaches are safe for young swimmers and ideal for lap swimming. About 45 minutes from Waikiki.
Knows as a surfing mecca there are plenty of other things to do here besides hang ten on a monster wave. VRBO's are the best option for staying near Haleiwa, otherwise Turtle Bay is the best option, twelve miles north. Planning a trip soon? Check out Go North Shore's calendar of events.
Photos: Top and Waikiki, Jack Wolford, Ko'olina, Ko'olina Resort Association, North Shore, Hawaii Visitor and Convention Bureau