Oahu is a great vacation destination for honeymooners, families, or anniversaries. Sunny skies prevail and the water is a balmy 80 most of the year. It is not short in activities or adventures. You can kayak to remote islands, swim with wild sea creatures, surf with some of the world’s best surfers or spend a day reading a book on the beach. There is literally something for everyone!
The first thing you will need to decide upon when vacationing in Hawaii is which Oahu resort to stay at. The island is divided into four shores: south, north, west, and east. The south shore has the most Oahu resorts while the east shore is has the least. The west shore is home to Honolulu, a bustling city for these relatively low key islands. If you are planning a surf vacation, then you cannot miss the north shore. Although, timing will be key as the north shore can be relatively calm depending on the time of year.
Most of the Oahu resorts are found on the south shore around Waikiki. Here you will find the most tourists, swimming pools, and spas! If you do not plan on staying in a resort here, visiting it while spending time on Oahu should not be missed! Surfing can also be relatively good in the fall while the north shore is sound asleep.
Below is a list of Oahu resorts you should consider when planning a trip:
- Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort and Spa – If you are coming to Oahu for a beach vacation, then look no further. The Moana Surfrider is your hotel. Its historical charm and old world feel makes you feel as though you’ve gone to Europe. Although, the rooms have been modernized for a comfortable stay. There is not an Oahu resort with a better beach location right on the best part of Waikiki. From your resort window, you will see sunbathers, surfers, and snorkelers all enjoying the crystal clear water.
- Turtle Bay Resort – If you’ve come to Oahu for a surf vacation, Turtle Bay is a perfect resort for you. Its one of very few accommodations on the North shore (some of the island’s best surfing) and is an outstanding resort with nearly 5 miles of beachfront property. The North shore is peaceful and idyllic. It’s a place to relax and get closer to nature.
- Vacation Rental by Owner (VRBO) – The East side of Oahu is lacking in resort options, but boasts of many water adventures. If you are traveling with a group of friends or family, a vacation rental could be a great option as there are a lot of condos and homes for rent. The East shore has stunning beaches, more restaurants and shopping than the North shore, and great kayaking adventures.
- Outrigger – The Outrigger is a great option for an Oahu resort as it is centrally located on the South shore. Its pool and lounge area makes up for its lacking beachfront property (a very small beach area) and the resort has some of the best restaurants on Waikiki.
Whichever Oahu resort you choose, you should rent a car to drive around the island. Each shore is special and offers something different!