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Your First Trip to Oahu

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Your dream vacation is yours to create. Home to the majority of Hawaii’s population, the state capital of Honolulu and world famous Waikiki, Oahu is often the first stop for visitors to Hawaii. Because this is such an active and vibrant island with so much variety, there’s no shortage of things to do here.

Flights arrive at Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Hawaii’s major airport and the entry point for most of Hawaii’s visitors, roughly 20 minutes from Waikiki. All major domestic carriers and many international carriers serve Oahu, so you can get here from just about anywhere. You’ll find the majority of hotels and resorts in Waikiki, but you’ll also find three renowned Oahu resort areas on the North Shore, the Leeward Coast and in the Kahala area of east Honolulu.

Once you’ve checked in, you’ll want to experience all that Oahu has to offer. Marvel at Oahu’s spectacular natural wonders like Leahi (Diamond Head) and Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve. Take your first surf lesson in Waikiki then attend a luau at sunset and watch authentic hula. Explore Hawaii’s rich history and culture at the Iolani Palace, King Kamehameha Statue and Kawaiahao Church, all within a block of each other. Then indulge in a taste of Hawaii Regional Cuisine and the best of Hawaii’s nightlife. Or if all else fails, spend the day tanning on one of Oahu’s beautiful beaches. Can’t fit it all into your itinerary? Don’t worry. There will be plenty of time on your next visit.

Featured Sites and Attractions

Waikiki, Oahu

Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, Waikiki is now a vibrant gathering place for visitors from around the world.

Waimea Bay, Oahu

Waimea Bay is a legendary surf spot influential in the birth of big wave surfing.

Pearl Harbor, Oahu

Five Pearl Harbor Historic Sites honor this National Historic Landmark where World War II both began and ended.

Iolani Palace, Oahu

The only official state residence of royalty in the U.S., Iolani Palace’s grounds and galleries are now open to the public as a museum.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, Oahu

This Marine Life Conservation District is one of Oahu’s most popular snorkeling destinations.