Oahu

Home to Diamond Head & Pearl Harbor

Nicknamed ‘the gathering place,’ a holiday in Oahu will take you to the third largest island of Hawaii and, with over 75 per cent of the locals living here, the most populated. This volcanic island has a rich history, housing the state capital Honolulu and the timeless memorials on display at Pearl Harbour. With the island taking form in the shape of a diamond, its beauty truly does sparkle as the clear blue waters lap against the crystal sandy beaches across 112 miles of coastline. Say ‘Aloha’ to Oahu and enjoy a holiday experience like no other.

Luxury Holidays in Oahu

If you are partial to some of the finer things in life, experience some of the most exclusive resorts in Hawaii with an Oahu holiday. At Kenwood travel, we put over 30 years of experience to good use to find you your perfect Oahu holiday.

With its clear blue waters, perfect weather, and stunning beaches; imagine yourself basking in the glorious sunshine at the tranquil Turtle Bay. As you hear the calming sound of the sea gently caressing the sandy beachfront, order a cocktail and see if you can listen out for a lone ukulele player strumming away some melodic tunes.     

5 Great Reasons to Holiday in Oahu

  • The fantastic beaches
  • The friendly locals
  • Historical landmarks
  • Some of Hawaii’s best shopping
  • Super surfing for all levels and abilities

Things to do Whilst on Holiday in Oahu

Take a trip to the famous Waikiki, a former playground for the Hawaiian royalty, you will find great beaches with calm waters. A perfect place to learn the ancient art of Hawaii – Surfing!

Meet some of Oahu’s friendliest locals – the dolphins!  At Sea Life Park you can have fun swimming with the dolphins. Here you can have an intimate encounter with some of Hawaii’s amazing sea life.

For the shopaholics out there Oahu island offers you the best shopping in the whole of Hawaii. From the Ala Moana Centre (one of America's largest outdoor malls) to charming boutiques and specialty stores. Take a trip to Waikiki for some authentic Hawaiian arts and crafts shops and markets. Oahu really is a shopper’s paradise.

The culinary skills of the Hawaiian chefs truly are a taste sensation. Get a flavour of Hawaii with some of the freshest island ingredients including fruits and vegetables grown from volcanic soil and freshly caught seafood.

Weather

There are only really two seasons on the Hawaiian Islands and the weather remains consistent throughout the year with only a few minor differences in temperature. The summer months running from May to October see an average temperature of 29 C with the winter months from November to April seeing average temperatures of 25 C. Temperatures do drop the higher elevation you go.

Interesting Facts About Oahu

  • Population – 953,207
  • Area – 596.7 sq. miles
  • Currency – US Dollar
  • Oahu is home to around 75% of the population of the Hawaii State

Oahu Holidays 2024 / 2025

Please avoid disappointment and book early for your 2024 or 2025 holidays. With Kenwood Travel you’ll find bespoke luxury all inclusive holidays, weddings and honeymoons. We have over 45 years' worth of experience and we’re here to help you find your perfect holiday in Hawaii.

Special offers

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The Kahala Resort

5* out of 5 stars

A favourite amongst celebrities, politicians, and royalty. With its world-class amenities and stunning natural surroundings, the Kahala Resort offers an unforgettable Hawaiian experience.

7 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £2,976 per person

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Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort

4* out of 5 stars

Experience the epitome of romance at Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, where you can soak up awe-inspiring vistas of the Pacific Ocean from your accommodation.

7 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £2,287 per person

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OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

4* out of 5 stars

  • Up to 35% Saving

7 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £2,157 per person

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Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

4* out of 5 stars

This famous hotel is a landmark on Oahu Island. Since it’s first opening in 1901, Moana Surfrider continues to greet guests with their distinctively warm and welcoming charm.

7 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £2,182 per person

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Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

4.5* out of 5 stars

Experience the epitome of luxury at the Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa, ideally located just a stone's throw away from the mesmerising Wikiki beach.

7 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £2,115 per person

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Hilton Waikiki Beach

4* out of 5 stars

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7 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £1,964 per person

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Hilton Hawaiian Village

4* out of 5 stars

  • Up to 25% saving

7 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £2,045 per person

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Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

4* out of 5 stars

The Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach boasts an exceptional location, perfectly situated for those seeking to explore the vibrant city and stunning coastline of Honolulu.

7 nights Room Only including Virgin Atlantic flights from £2,156 per person

Top Pick Hotels

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

4* out of 5 stars

The Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach boasts an exceptional location, perfectly situated for those seeking to explore the vibrant city and stunning coastline of Honolulu.

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

5* out of 5 stars

Blending luxury and natural beauty, The Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina is a true Hawaiian gem, situated in one of the most stunning locations in the world.

OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort

4* out of 5 stars

Discover the ultimate island holiday at OUTRIGGER Reef Waikiki Beach Resort, one of Hawaii's most exceptional hotels situated on the pristine shores of Waikiki Beach.

Things to do in Oahu

Iolani Palace

Iolani Palace

The Iolani Palace, constructed in 1882, was once the official residence of the Hawaiian monarchy and today, visitors are invited to experience the palace in all its splendour. Highlights include the crimson and gold throne room, the private suites on the second floor, and the royal tomb. Outdoors, visitors can marvel at the grounds, which are thought to have been a place of worship. At the coronation pavilion, you may be lucky enough to stumble across a live performance by the Royal Hawaiian Band.

Pearl Harbor Memorial

Pearl Harbor Memorial

The Pearl Harbor Memorial is a poignant tribute to the 2,403 lives lost during the surprise attack on December 7, 1941. Central to the memorial is the USS Arizona Memorial, which spans the sunken battleship and honors the entombed crew. Visitors can explore exhibits detailing the events of the attack, the ensuing World War II history, and personal stories of heroism and sacrifice. The site also includes the Battleship Missouri Memorial, the USS Bowfin Submarine Museum, and the Pacific Aviation Museum.

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki Beach

Waikiki has been popular as a holiday destination for centuries. A huge part of this draw is the incredible scenery, powder-soft beaches, and variety of sporting opportunities. Perhaps the most famous beach on Oahu is Waikiki Beach, and it’s quite easy to see why. Along this 3.2 kilometre sandy stretch you’ll find visitors flocking from far and wide to sunbathe, revel in the gentle surf, or simply to take in an unbelievable Hawaiian sunset with the iconic Diamond Head Crater forming a majestic backdrop.

Diamond Head State Monument

Diamond Head State Monument

The Diamond Head State Monument is an iconic volcanic crater offering breathtaking panoramic views of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean. Visitors can hike the historic Diamond Head Trail, which ascends 560 feet from the crater floor to the summit, providing a rewarding experience with stunning vistas. The monument also features interpretive exhibits detailing its geological and military history, as it served as a strategic lookout during World War II. This landmark is a must-see for outdoor enthusiasts and history buffs alike.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

Nestled along the southeastern shore of Oahu, the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is a marine sanctuary renowned for its vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life. Visitors can snorkel in the crystal-clear waters teeming with colourful fish, sea turtles, and other fascinating creatures. The bay's crescent-shaped beach offers pristine sands for relaxation and picnics. Hanauma Bay provides an opportunity to learn about marine conservation while immersing in the natural beauty of Hawaii's underwater world.

Useful information

  • Local time GMT (-10)
  • Currency US Dollar ($)
  • Language English & Hawaiian
  • Location Oahu is an island in the Central Pacific, part of the Hawaiian archipelago
  • Flying time 17 hours & 20 minutes (1 stop)

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