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About Oahu

 

 

 

Known as “The Gathering Place,” O’ahu certainly lives up to its name. The third-largest Hawaiian island is home to the majority of our state’s diverse population and a true array of cultures, all rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawaiian people. It’s this fundamental contrast between the ancient and the modern that makes discovering O’ahu — from bustling urban life to laid back surfing towns — so enjoyable.

Oahu Resources

These beaches are a true taste of paradise. Whether you’re looking for high adventure on the sea, gentle waves for your first surfing lesson, or a romantic sunset view, The Gathering Place has you covered.

See O’ahu from a different point of view! The island’s year-round pleasant weather is great for helicopter tours, parasailing, paragliding, skydiving and other air-based adventures.

Where do we begin? Hiking, biking, driving, golfing, or riding, you can always hit the ground running on your visit to O’ahu. Don’t forget about crisscrossing the picturesque countryside on horseback or on an all-terrain vehicle (ATV) at Kualoa Ranch!

With endless golden beaches, inviting blue waves and balmy weather, you can play in the water all year long on O’ahu. If you’ve always dreamed of hanging ten on a longboard, Waikiki Beach is definitely the spot to learn!

More than you might have imagined, O’ahu is a rich and romantic honeymoon destination. Few places set the mood like Hawai’i, and the “Heart of Hawai’i” is where you’ll discover the honeymoon you and your beloved have been dreaming of.

There are culinary delights aplenty on O’ahu, where you can eat like a local in smaller neighborhoods like Kapahulu or dine in style at many of Hawaii’s top-rated restaurants in neighborhoods like Waikiki, Kaimuki and Chinatown. 

Experience one-of-a-kind festivals, cultural performances, stage shows, musical events and sports competitions in one of the world’s richest cultural destinations. 

The island’s public transportation system is aptly named “TheBus.” Fares are reasonable, routes are extensive, and there are special visitor passes for multiple day uses. 

The culture of the Aloha State is steeped in the values of kuleana (responsibility) and malama (care). Now that travelers can once again safely enjoy our islands, we are asking you to join in our efforts to help keep our island kama’aina (locals) safe.

Oahu Beaches

Oahu’s beaches are a true taste of paradise—whether you’re looking for high adventure on the sea, gentle waves for your first surfing lesson, a romantic sunset view or a family-friendly swimming spot. While you might already be familiar with world-famous Waikiki Beach and the high-octane winter waves of the North Shore, there’s even more to discover along the island’s 112 miles of coastline. Explore Oahu’s beaches below by region below.

Please note: Our ocean and beach conditions are as unique as the islands themselves, and also change frequently. Visit HIOCEANSAFETY.COM to monitor the surf, wind, and safety reports from public safety officials to stay safe whenever you plan to visit the beach. You can view any current hazard signs and assess current conditions to find the appropriate beach for your visit.

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