Ahh, Hawaii. The chain of Pacific islands that the world loves to vacation on and rightfully so. Majestic beauty in the most isolated place on earth, be you a sun or surf worshipper, hiker or resort rat, Hawaii is just the place and Oahu has it all.
Oahu is home to the largest population of all the islands in Hawaii so for first timers, it is a great place to get a feel for the island lifestyle while also getting the buzz of city life. With a rich history in arguably one of the most beautiful places on earth, Oahu has something to offer every kind of traveler. This week, I’ll start with some of my fave recommendations that work for couples, backpackers and families alike!
In order to get around the island at your leisure, renting a car is a must and Discount Hawaii Car Rental can help! Offering the best cars and rates on the island, DHCR is my number one choice in getting your island wheels within your budget and at convenient locations!
New to Honolulu is the beautiful and chic Alohilani Hotel. With a prime location right on Waikiki Beach, the Alohilani offers breezy style with luxurious undertones. From the instagrammable infinity pool and cabanas to the stunning Diamond Head and Ocean view rooms, rooftop tennis courts and batting cages, the Alohilani offers really unique amenities to its guests.
The Alohilani has 5 on site dining experiences to satisfy every appetite. For morning buffet style dining, try out Lychee and from grab n’ go eats, O Bar. For pool side nibbles and cocktails, check out Swell, pool side. If you’re looking for a delicious Japanese fusion meal, head up to Morimoto or on the lighter side, try out Momosan for ramen and a Kirin Beer Frosty!
You can’t go to Hawaii and miss out on a Luau but let me tell you, there is something even better located near the North Shore! The Polynesian Cultural Center, opened in 1963, this living museum showcases polynesian culture in a beautiful, interactive setting. Featuring a walkable and lush set of villages, visitors can learn about Hawaiian, Fijian, Samoan, Tahitian and Tongan cultures while picking up a few skills as well. Want to learn to hula dance, play the Ukulele or play island drums? You can do that and so much more at PCC as well as stay for a vibrant show on the lagoon and of course, an extravagant luau complete with stadium show.
Stick around and so some shopping, have some dole whip and also have a vegan, gluten free crepe at Delice Crepes! There’s no shortage of food or fun at PCC
Spending some time in the North Shore? Then you have to be sure to stop into the world famous Matsumoto Shave Ice. Located in an adorable shopping area with tree covered courtyard, Matsumoto has been serving up their signature shave ice since 1951. A great little stop to beat the heat!
Now if you’re looking for a great way to see the island from the water, take a dinner sunset cruise with Star of Honolulu. Serving up delicious eats and cocktails while you cruise the shores of Honolulu, reaching Diamond Head at sunset, it’s an idyllic way to end any day on Oahu. Top notch entertainment, good food and lots of fun!
*Special thanks to the Oahu Visitors Bureau for their assistance in making this a great trip!