Your First Trip to Oahu
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.