The welcoming spirit of Hawaii envelops all who visit it. From the bouquet of flora infusing the gentle breeze to the calming presence of the cerulean Pacific, Hawaii inspires a re-awakening of the senses. While any of the eight main islands offer up a host of unforgettable vistas and activities, the vibrant island of Oahu can serve as the prime jumping off point for your first Hawaiian vacation.
Seize the innumerable opportunities to experience nature and challenge yourself to a new unique activity. Whether you want to spend the day scuba diving or surfing or simply relaxing at one of the countless luxurious Hawaii hotels while enjoying the abundant options for shopping, dining and entertainment in downtown Honolulu, Oahu has it all!
A Bevy of Beaches
It’s no secret that Waikiki Beach is one the world’s most recognized beaches. Year round, visitors flock to the sandy mecca that flanks the bustling city of Honolulu to hit the waves and see the chaotic scene of colorful characters dotting the shoreline. Is that too much, even for you? Head to Makaha Beach on the west side of Oahu near Waianae, far from the tourist scene, and you can experience a hot, quiet, locally prized beach. For pure beauty, take a trip out to Lanikai Beach on the east coast town of Kailua and take in the view of Molokai while lounging in the warm, calm water.
Sensational Snorkeling Adventures
Oahu offers snorkeling adventures for all levels and preferences. Almost everyone who’s planned on going snorkeling in Oahu has included Hanauma Bay, where hundreds of species of fish render the crystal clear water an explosion of color. Kuilima Cove is a great spot to get your feet wet, so to speak, as you begin to get the hang of snorkeling, as it is one of the most sheltered and serene snorkeling locations in Hawaii. Sharks Cove provides a more intense experience with underwater rock formations, diverse marine life and a stunning reef. Caution: the sharp coral warrants wearing shoes at all times!
World Famous Surfing Locales
Oahu’s North Shore is the most recognized surfing destination in the world. At Waimea Bay, home of big wave surfing, you can catch glimpses of top level surfers tearing up gigantic swells, take a leap off of towering rocks into the azure water or learn to surf at a gentler part of the seven mile stretch of coastline synonymous with this unique sport.
A Rich Urban Experience
As a perfect complement to all the outdoor activities, Oahu boasts a fabulous cosmopolitan vibe. Shopping opportunities abound, from humble stands to top-tier designer boutiques, offering something for every shopper and budget. Unique, world-class restaurants and a pulsating nightlife in the form of dance clubs, live music venues and all-around exciting street scene are all conveniently located near hundreds of Oahu hotels and resorts. What are you waiting for? Oahu has everything you could ever ask for in a vacation!