A Travel Guide to Oahu

I am in no way an expert, but after visiting this incredible place a few times, I've learned a lot about this Island. Here is my simple guide to this paradise. See my Instagram Spots in Oahu blog post for photo ideas!


Places to Stay

  • Alohilani Resort

  • The Royal Hawaiian

  • Prince Waikiki

  • Beach Villas at Ko Olina

  • Turtle Bay Resort

  • Grand Waikikian


Things to Do

  • Cliff jump at Waimea Bay

  • Trek up the Lanikai Pillbox Trail

  • Snorkel at Hanauma Bay

  • Drive through Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

  • Go shopping in Waikiki

  • Visit Pearl Harbor

  • Sunbathe at Lanikai Beach

  • Check out the Dole Plantation

  • Watch for Sea Turtles at Turtle Bay

  • Say a prayer at Byodo-In Temple

  • Hike Moana Falls


Where to Eat

  • Rainbow Drive-In (Hawaiian)

  • Kens Fresh Fish (Seafood)

  • Senia (New American)

  • Genki Sushi (Sushi)

  • Leonards Bakery (Malasadas)

  • Marugame Udon (Udon Noodle)

  • Haleiwa Joe's Haiku Gardens ( Seafood Grill)

  • Mother Bake Shop (Bakery)

  • Waiahole Poi Factory (Hawaiian)

  • The Beach House by 604 (American)

  • Duke's (Seafood)

  • Fatboys (Hawaiian)

  • Maui Mikes (Chicken Joint)

  • Snow Factory (Dessert)

  • Queen Street Cafe (Hawaiian)

  • Chubbies Burgers (Burger Joint)

  • The Sunrise Shack (Cafe)

  • Ono Seafood (Poke)



TheBus is the cheapest option while staying in Honolulu, but I personally wouldn't recommend it. Renting a car is ideal if you plan on exploring the island since both Uber and Lyft are pretty expensive modes of transportation on the island. If you are planning on taking public transportation throughout the trip, you may want to consider taking an Uber to and from the airport (since you can't ride TheBus with luggage).


When to Visit

Obviously, Oahu is a tropical island so it's warm all year round but, there are definitely things to consider. Personally, my favorite times to visit are early spring or early fall. Not only is it cheaper, but it is less busy than in the summer or winter.


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