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.


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.


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.

Natural highlights

A dynamic landscape formed by ancient volcanoes

The island of O'ahu has 2 mountain ranges that were formed by volcanoes, but don't worry as they are long extinct. There's the Koolau range to the east and the Waianae range to the west. You'll want to hike at least 1 of them, where you'll be treated to breathtaking views from soaring peaks that plunge into lush tropical valleys. You might even wander into a rural area with a farm or rugged beach full of sea turtles. Humpback whales mate in the southern and western waters of O'ahu, and all around the island there are dolphins, tropical fish and colourful coral.

How to get there

Travelling to and around Oahu

The nearest airport is in Honolulu, HI (HNL-Daniel K. Inouye Intl.), located 9.1 mi (14.7 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you might consider flying into Kapolei, HI (JRF-Kalaeloa), which is 12.3 mi (19.8 km) away.

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 O'ahu?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 5,041 holiday rentals near O'ahu. From 947 Houses to 2,834 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near O'ahu for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in O'ahu?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in O'ahu. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Waikiki: 2,510 holiday rentals
  • Honolulu: 3,422 holiday rentals
  • Ilikai Hotel: 270 holiday rentals
  • Haleiwa: 791 holiday rentals
  • Diamond Head - Kapahulu - St. Louis: 1,837 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in O'ahu! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in O'ahu?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in O'ahu with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Honolulu: 3,422 holiday homes
  • Haleiwa: 791 holiday homes
  • Kapolei: 871 holiday homes
  • Kahuku: 647 holiday homes
  • Laie: 616 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in O'ahu?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in O'ahu. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Banzai Pipeline: 939 holiday rentals
  • Kalihi Ice Ponds: 4,229 holiday rentals
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa: 3,516 holiday rentals
  • Diamond Head State Monument: 2,797 holiday rentals
  • Polynesian Cultural Center: 825 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around O'ahu listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.

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