Home to the Hawaiian state capital of Honolulu, Oahu is the third largest Hawaiian island but is also regarded as the most visited. Oahu is the most metropolitan area of Hawaii, with around 85% of the state’s population gathered on the island. The upside of this is that the island is the most lively and atmospheric in Hawaii, with bustling nightlife and glamorous entertainment options.
If it is the city life that you are after, then Honolulu provides the most legitimate metropolitan experience. The city is also home to the exclusive world-renowned Waikiki Beach and its glamorous lifestyle is well known across the globe. The city’s scenery is also much underrated, with some stunning fauna and flora settings.
Nevertheless, for those who wish to enjoy a quieter, relaxing Hawaiian experience, head to the North Shore and take time out to enjoy the beauty and tranquillity of Turtle Bay. To understand the heritage of Hawaii and its fellow Polynesian countries, take a trip to the Polynesian Cultural Centre – the island’s most popular paid attraction to experience the culture of Hawaii, Maori New Zealand, Tonga, Samoa, Fiji, Tahiti, Rapa Nui and the Marquesas.
Oahu is the main tourist island of Hawaii, attracting nearly 70% of the people who visit the islands every year, and the place is crammed with luxurious resorts, restaurants and bars, offering a lively nightlife and all the luxuries and amenities you could wish for, making this the most popular place to book a Oahu vacation rental villa. Even though it is, by now, overpopulated and crowded, it is still a beautiful island with some fantastic beaches, especially those on the north shores which are perfect for surfers, and some awesome cliffs on the windward eastern side of the island.
Honolulu is the biggest city in Hawaii, and has been ever since European sailors realized that it offered the safest in-shore anchorage for thousands of miles, and has long since monopolized trade and tourism. It is the place where all tourists land and end up staying in, usually just east of downtown Honolulu in the world famous Waikiki.
Waikiki, on the south side of the island, was once the playground of the Hawaiian royalty and is today teeming with tourists and holiday makers, offering a vibrant nightlife and many world-class shops, entertainments and restaurants, as well as lots of places with live music. It also has a zoo and an aquarium, as well as the fantastic Waikiki Beach Walk, and also the Waikiki Historical Trail with its many surf board markers detailing the history of the town.
Waikiki is also within thirty minutes of some of Oahu’s best attractions including Pearl Harbour, the Ala Moana Center, an open-air shopping oasis, the Nuuanu Pali Lookout, offering breathtaking views of the sheer Koolau cliffs and the lush east coast, Ioalani Palace, the only official residence of the Hawaiian royalty, as well as the arts district of Chinatown.
If you are interested in surfing, then the legendary North Shore is the place to head to. The surf Mecca of the world stretches for more than seven miles and has two distinct seasons. In the winter it has massive waves which can sometimes swell up to thirty feet, big, glassy, and dangerous, and only for the skilled masters of this adrenaline-charged discipline. This would be the perfect time to come and sit and watch the best of the best do their thing. Also, in the months of November to February there are several big wave internationally renowned surf competitions. In the summer, between May and September, the waves subside, are smaller and gentler, offering a more tranquil atmosphere which is perfect for beginners.
If you book into a Oahu vacation rental villa you will be joining the masses but having the best of the luxurious side of Hawaii, and as such, you are guaranteed a great, hassle-free holiday with everything you could wish for only a moment away.