When traveling to Hawaiʻi, you are most likely to first land in Oahu, the capital. This sprawling island is full of outdoors activities – adventurous hikes and oceanfront, as well as a bustling nightlife, culinary culture and exploration. You can truly get lost in the beauty of this island and let it guide you across it’s stunning corners, catching sunrises and sunsets along the way.
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Oahu offers perfect stays for everyone’s needs. From very high-end resorts, low-key quaint places to beachside resorts, there is no shortage of accommodations.
The Kahala is situated on a private beach in a residential neighborhood in Honolulu. The Kahala Hotel & Resort has a hideaway feel, although it is only ten minutes from bustling Waikiki. This is Oahu’s lodging of choice for royals, presidents, and celebrities.
Now it is time to explore Turtle Bay on the North Shore of Oahu. This is an amazing escape from the bustling city, which is located just north of the true local surf beaches. The resort is set in a bay that is mind-blowing. The scenery will not disappoint. Here you will find a luxury hotel that was recently remodeled, bar, shops, to the grounds, beach, golf, and pool and not to mention the eye-catching sunsets.
Right in the heart of it all and located right on Waikiki Beach, The Moana Surfrider has a classic, modern and elegant feel. Experience lovely restaurants, views, people watching, local music, and perfect surf amenities. This hotel is a great choice for visitors looking for a slightly upscale resort feel, with amenities and convenience.
Truly a pink paradise, The Royal Hawaiian is a luxury option that is located right on Waikiki Beach. All lit up pink at night, the ambiance effortlessly weaves a historic feel, with indigenous accents and refined luxury.
The Laylow is in a prime spot next to the International Marketplace with all the shops, amazing restaurants, and only two blocks from Waikiki Beach. This hotel attracts a younger crowd, has a lovely rooftop pool, restaurant, shop, and more. If you’re planning on spending most of your days exploring the island, this is a great place to come back to after adventuring all day. The rooms are very comfortable and filled with all the amenities you will need.
Enjoy endless adventures and each with its own charm and art of wanderlust. Oahu is truly like no other destination. If you are looking for a perfect tropical place, adventures in Oahu, Hawaii are amazing! Reach out to our Fora Advisor to get you booked for the perfect stay with all the perks and upgrades!
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All of the beaches around Oahu offer surfing for all levels of experience. Stay on Waikiki Beach to learn and rent a board from local surf shops located right on the beach or head to Sunrise Beach on the North Shore to catch huge waves as an experienced surfer.
Indulge in underwater sea life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and discover endlessly beautiful coral reefs.
Stroll through Waikiki enjoying a variety of shops, restaurants and beautiful hotels. Come out here at night and make sure to check out the street performers.
Sunrise hike up the Lanikai Pillbox with 360 degree views of the entire island. Consider hiking to the Manoa Falls located 15 minutes from Waikiki to discover beautiful waterfalls. Go over to the Mermaid Cave for more adventure and beautiful pictures.
Catch a stunning sunset at Turtle Bay where you can access a public beach to surf or simply view the most incredible panorama.
North Shore Tacos: Delicious tacos paired with a stunning ocean view.
Kona Coffee Purveyors: The best pastries and coffee in town.
Leonard’s Malasada Truck: Amazing pastry truck serving hot malasadas, Portuguese fried dough.
Nalu Health Bar: Amazing smoothies, salads, and wraps bar perfect for a quick and healthy lunch before any adventure.
Paia Fish Market Waikiki: Affordable and delicious fish taco market on a street off of Waikiki.
Beachhouse at the Moana: A lovely hotel serving up delicious food and a view of Waikiki Beach.
Sunrise Shack: Located in several areas around the North Shore, here you can try the freshest smoothie bowls filled to the brim with all sorts of goodness.
North Shore Shrimp Truck: Enjoy a plate of rice & shrimp in three ways while catching the North Shore sunset.
Hanauma Bay is a beautiful white sand beach set into a cove that was created by a violent eruption that blew out one side of the crater, creating the crescent moon-shaped beach that is filled with endless species of beautiful fish, coral reefs, and beautiful marine life. This preserve has about 400 species of fish known to inhabit the bay. The bay is known for an abundance of green sea turtles and known as well for an abundance of parrotfish, yellow tang, angelfish, trumpet fish, parrotfish, butterflyfish, and more. There are not too many shady areas on the beach, so be sure to pack extra sun protection (reef-safe sunscreen) hats, sunglasses, and umbrellas if you plan to hang out on the beach for a while. This is true snorkeling heaven with endless coral reefs to explore.
If you are a real adventurer, you can explore the vast majority of the island in five to seven days.
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