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Destination guide

Seaside paradise at O'ahu holiday homes to rent

What better place for a getaway than the destination nicknamed 'The Gathering Place'? Not only is Hawaii's most populous island a tropical utopia, it's also home to its capital Honolulu where you can see historic sites like Pearl Harbor and Iolani Palace, and enjoy some fantastic shopping and dining. If you're looking to shred some waves, check out the North Shore for O'ahu vacation rentals, or hang out at Waikiki Beach, probably the most famous in the world. In fact, all over the island, you'll find gorgeous beaches, quirky coastal towns and epic hikes around ancient ruins, tropical jungles and extinct volcanoes.

Things to do

Sightseeing near holiday rentals in O'ahu

The North Shore beaches are a prime locale for surfers, and especially experienced ones (these waves run big), while Waikiki Beach offers 8 different sections, suitable for all tastes. Get some retail therapy at the Ala Moana mall, or tickle all of your senses at the Polynesian Cultural Centre, which has a massive multi-sensory theatre. Learn some American history at the USS Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor. And if you can tear yourself and the kids away from the beaches, try another water experience on the slides and rides at Wet'n'Wild Hawaii. Then you can send your heart racing with some tropical adventures like ziplining and ATVs at Kualoa Ranch.

Activities

Things to do near holiday homes in O'ahu

You'll find some bumpin' nightlife around O'ahu vacation rentals, especially in its densely populated areas. Head to Kalakaua Avenue and Kuhio Avenue in the Waikiki Beach district, for shopping, eating and clubbing, or enjoy some beachfront dancing and authentic Hawaiian music at a local bar. Laze on the beach, play in the waves, hike up a dormant volcano and get schooled in Hawaiian history when you visit ancient stone temple ruins. And, of course, there's the iconic luau, a traditional Polynesian gathering where you can get social, watch sacred dances and feast on some delicious lau lau, which is pork or fish wrapped in taro leaves.

Weather

Climate during your stay in O'ahu holiday homes

One of countless awesome things about O'ahu is the weather. Hot and sunny days happen year-round, with temps averaging in the high 20s, and very little rain. There's slight variation depending on which side of the island you book O'ahu vacation rentals. The western and southern sides are hotter and drier than the cool, moist wind that blows on the north and east. During December and January, the North Shore's massive waves are awe-inspiring, but keep in mind this is also high season for the whole island. And all over O'ahu, the Pacific Ocean is comfortably warm for swimming, surfing and snorkelling.

Family friendly

Family-friendly attractions near O'ahu holiday homes

Kids will love the attractions of O’ahu. Holiday homes are available near places like the Polynesian Cultural Center, a cultural attraction with shows and tours of island culture, and Sunset Beach, a beach known for its population of sea turtles. Kids will also like Sea Life Park Hawaii, a kid-friendly park with sea life exhibits and shows with dolphins and penguins.

Good for couples

Romantic holiday homes in O'ahu

O’ahu has beautiful locations for a couple’s retreat. Holiday rentals can be found near places like Manoa Falls, a giant waterfall accessed by secluded hiking trails among tropical vegetation, and Nu’uanu Pali, a clifftop lookout point with panoramic views of the landscape. You’ll also like the Byodo-In Temple, an elaborate Buddhist temple with manicured grounds and meditation sites.

Where to stay near Oahu?

Our 2021 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 4,627 holiday rentals near Oahu. From 130 Resorts to 2,759 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Oahu for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.