Oahu - Modern Paradise
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Oahu - Where modern life meets tropical paradise! It's where you come to stay in high rise hotels, shop in designer stores, enjoy vibrant nightlife, then rest and rejuvenate on world renowned beaches. Just so you can do it all again. Stroll down Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki and you're on the Rodeo Drive of the Pacific or go shopping at the massive Ala Moana Center a short drive away. If it's time for some sun & surf, head to Waikiki Beach or up to the North Shore to see gigantic waves. All on one Island - Oahu.
World Famous Beaches
From the storied Waikiki Beach to the sands of the North Shore and the World's Best Beach in Kailua.The beaches on Oahu are famous for a reason.
It's not just about the golden beds that cradle you better than any feather mattress. It's the sight of Diamond Head looking down on you as you take a dip in Waikiki.
It's the emerald green mountains that provide the backdrop on the Waimanalo side of the Island or the surf that looks like a wall of water crashing toward the shore. That's what takes these beaches to a whole 'nother level.
Staying in Waikiki? You can walk Kalakaua Avenue and go from one top designer store to the next. Tiffany's. Chanel. Fendi. They're all here along with every other top line. More of a mall shopper? In a few minutes you can be at the sprawling Ala Moana Center.
It's not only the largest shopping mall in Hawaii, it's also the largest open-air shopping center in the world. You could spend a few of your vacation days here, provided your pocketbook lasts that long!
Amazing Nightlife, Hawaii Style
Ready for some fine dining? Both Waikiki & the Ala Moana Center feature top restaurants of every cuisine imaginable. You'll find 3 of Zagat's Top Hawaii Restaurants - Michel's, La Mer & Nobu Waikiki - just a stroll away from your hotel in Waikiki.
As you can guess, there's bars, live music and nightlife in this same district, as well as in Ala Moana Center, too. You can shop, dine and enjoy a great evening's entertainment in the same place! There's always something going on in Waikiki & all over the Island. If your vacation calls for fun after the sun sets, Oahu is your Island!
Find Out About Oahu
Home to the city of Honolulu, the high-rise hotels of Waikiki and the world famous waves of the North Shore, your vacation here will be an exciting introduction to places you've heard about all your life!
Oahu is easily the most populous and modern of all the Islands. That's why the shopping and nightlife options are so much greater. Every week there's a festival, a street party or some other happening somewhere on Oahu. On many weekends there's Sunset on the Beach in Waikiki, featuring live music and a movie, all of it literally done on the beach. The Aloha Festival, 50th State Fair, Honolulu Festival and the Pro Bowl. That's just a sample of what happens here. The activity calendar is always full in Honolulu.
There are more restaurants, nightclubs and bars outside of Waikiki. If you're ready to venture out of the tourist center, there's no shortage of places to check out. Nearby King St holds a lot of bars and restaurants that consistently draw the crowds, including the consistently award winning Chef Mavro's. There's no reason why you can't find out what the fuss is about, too.
The Oahu Outside of Waikiki
There's an entire world outside of Waikiki waiting to show you another whole side to Oahu. There's the world renowned North Shore, best known for the giant waves that attract the best surfers from around the world. For those less skilled with a surfboard, there's still a lot of good reasons to head up here. The North Shore is a throwback to the Hawaii of old, complete with tight two-lane roads, vintage wooden storefronts and the sounds of roosters crowing. Stopping to get a shave ice, usually from Matsumoto's, is a ritual that all follow.
A trip to the town of Kailua is always a good idea. Not just for its namesake beach which has been a repeat winner of the 'America's Best Beach' title, but for the trip alone. To get there from Waikiki you must go over the Koolau Mountains. On the way, make sure to pull over at the Pali Lookout, where you'll get a stunning view of the eastern side of the Island all the way to the ocean. Once you pull yourself away from there you'll have a great time in the small town feel of Kailua, which features many great local eateries and boutique shops.
Up the coast from there you'll come to one of the biggest attractions in all Hawaii - the Polynesian Cultural Center. Definitely reserve a full day for this. You'll get a full immersion in the cultures of not only Hawaii, but Tahiti, Samoa and other South Pacific Islands. There's also a show that is the possibly the best you'll see anywhere of the music and dancing from these societies. It is truly unique.
Isn't It Time to Book Your Oahu Vacation?
Oahu is the bustling center of Hawaii. It's truly a modern tropical center, the only Island that could have a place like the Ala Moana Center or the high-rises of Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. Yet it also holds landmarks that are worldwide icons, like Diamond Head, Punchbowl and Pearl Harbor. Come here and you'll see a Hawaii that has it all.