Oahu, known as the “Gathering Place”, is the most popular Hawaiian Island destination as it has incredible beauty, history, culture, cuisine and activities.
Check out the world-famous north shore surf breaks of Banzai Pipeline, Haleiwa, Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach along the “seven mile miracle”. The north shore has the beautiful and rustic surf town of Haleiwa, a fun bike path and many spots made famous over the years from TV and movie shoots. Don’t miss grabbing some local grinds at the food trucks and you might also think about playing a round of golf at the Turtle Bay Resort. Turtle Bay also has one of the few beachfront restaurants and bars on Oahu and is worth checking out (Roy’s Beach House and the Point).
The towns of Kailua, Kaneohe and Waimanalo on the windward side of the island have some of the most incredible beaches in all of Hawaii perfect for kayaking, windsurfing and bodysurfing. The white sand and turquoise waters of the Lanikai neighborhood are world famous as is the incredible view of the offshore Mokulua Islands. Adventurous folks can rent a kayak or stand up paddle board to gain access to the small beach on the northern most Mok called Moku Nui.
Ask your host about their favorite restaurant or nightlife hot spot in downtown Honolulu and Waikiki, advice on how to best see historic Pearl Harbor, where to take in a local show or when to go to the local farmers’ market (offering some great organic choices).
Go snorkeling at Hanauma bay and see incredible fish and coral while swimming in a dormant volcanic crater and consider checking out the dangerous shore break and brave body boarders at nearby Sandy’s beach.
Consider heading over to the Ko Olina Resort area to see Disney’s Aulani resort and or taking the scenic H2 highway up to the north shore or the H3 highway through the Ko’olau Mountains on what some consider to be the most beautiful highway in the world.
Some think that Oahu and Waikiki beach started off the american craze of spending their vacation time traveling to far flung exotic places. Once you visit Oahu and see things for yourself, you might understand why it all started here.