Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu, Hawaii

A guide to Oahu: how to get there and where to stay, what to see and where to sunbathe. The best things to do in Oahu: fresh reviews and photos, places to see, branded entertainment and beaches.

Oahu is the most populous and popular among tourists from the Hawaiian archipelago. The capital of the state is located here Honolulu, where palaces and churches of the 19th century have been preserved, but the main attraction of Oahu, for which Americans and tourists from other countries come here, is beaches and surfing.

Waikiki beaches in Honolulu are considered ideal for beginner surfers – the waves are calm, but enough to learn how to catch them. Beach bars, discos, restaurants and other entertainment – all this is also in abundance on the island. See citypopulationreview for state facts, symbols and history of Hawaii.

How to get there

The domestic flight from Los Angeles to Honolulu will take approximately 5 hours. Flights from other major US cities also regularly arrive at the local airport.

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Among the local resorts, the most famous beach is Waikiki (Waikiki) with a bunch of restaurants, high-level hotels, shops and all kinds of entertainment venues. There are more than 50 beaches on the island, many of them have suitable conditions for water sports, especially surfing. Thus, the beaches of the Windward Coast will please fans of scuba diving, and the beaches of the North Coast (Sunset Beach and Banzai Pipeline) will delight windsurfers. It is blissful to hang out in coastal waters without any extra physical effort on the beaches of Lanikai, Ala Moana and Sandy Beach.

Attractions and attractions in Oahu

Landmarks of Honolulu : the residence of King Kalakaua and Queen Liliuokalani (538-1471), the Hawaii State Capitol, the Honolulu Academy of Arts with one of the best collections of Asian art in the United States. Paradise Park – tropical bird park, Valley of the Temples cemetery, Polynesian Cultural Center with an ethnographic museum.

A new, but already very popular excursion to Oahu is a trip on a submarine at a depth of 30 m. During the excursion, travelers, thanks to panoramic windows, will be able to explore about 10 hectares of coral reefs. The cost is 120 USD.

Diamond Head

A natural reserve in the suburbs of Honolulu is the Diamond Head volcanic cone (“diamond head”), formed as a result of the eruption of the Koolaw volcano. Diamond Head Crater is approximately 200,000 years old, and according to Hawaiian legend, Pele, the goddess of fire, lived here. The mountain got its present in the 19th century after a group of English sailors found ingots of a shiny stone at the bottom of the crater, which they mistook for diamonds. However, in fact it was calcareous spar, reflecting the sun’s rays and illuminating the crater from the inside as if with thousands of diamond facets… From the top of the crater, a magnificent panorama of Honolulu opens up.

Oahu, Hawaii