Visitor Info & Top Things to Do on Oahu
Known as the "Gathering Place," Oahu is Hawaii's most populous island; and many believe it the perfect representation of paradise. Oahu is primarily defined by the state capital of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and the world-famous Waikiki Beach. These areas host thousands of tourists daily.
But Oahu is so much more than Honolulu or Waikiki - it may well be the most beautiful of all the major islands. You simply have to know where to go to experience the beauty that is Oahu. Plan, book, and go with GuideofUS Oahu!
Everything you need to know about Oahu is here in one convenient place:
Oahu Top Attractions
Popular Oahu Things to Do
Truth be told, nearly all of Oahu is worth a visit. However, some sights and attractions are significantly more popular because they offer an experience that truly captures the essence of Oahu. Breathtaking Sights, Must-See and Do, the Best of Oahu... no matter what you call them, you absolutely must witness these attractions first-hand. Whether you're up for some surfing, kayaking, whale watching, skydiving, hang gliding, or a relaxing dinner cruise, we've got you covered.
Best Beaches on Oahu
Oahu Beach Guide
There's no doubt about it- Oahu beaches are some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and we've decided to rate our top ten in our Oahu Beach Guide.
Since Oahu is one of the older islands in the chain and is well developed, it has a plethora of beaches available to visitors. And no matter what your idea of the perfect Oahu beach experience maybe, you'll surely find it.
There are beaches full of drama with crashing waves while others are calm and tranquil. Some Oahu beaches are nice all year round while others fade away in the winter months, leaving nothing but rocks behind.
Best Things to See on Oahu
Oahu Sights Guide
To say Oahu is brimming with amazing things to see and points of interest is a massive understatement. Nearly anywhere you go on Oahu, you're bound to find something fascinating.
Take the kids to the Honolulu Zoo at Kapiolani Park, snorkel the breathtaking Hanauma Bay, or snap some photos at Chinaman's Hat. Our Oahu Things to See Guide will help you identify the top things to see.
Best Hikes on Oahu
Oahu Hiking Trails Guide
One of the best ways to explore Oahu's natural wonders is on foot; you can stop and admire whatever catches your eye, take amazing photos at your leisure, and explore at your own pace.
In our Oahu Hiking Guide, we cover some of Oahu's top trails. Luckily, Oahu hiking trails offer something for everyone.
All you need to experience Oahu's best hiking trails are some good shoes and a sense of adventure. See you along the trail!
Updated Oahu Travel Map Packet
Updated with a new printable high-resolution map of Oahu. Includes most major attractions, all major routes, airports, and a chart with Oahu & Honolulu estimated driving times.
PDF packet now additionally includes an Oahu Beaches Map.
-File size is 2.2 MB as a print-ready PDF document
Oahu Regions Guide
Oahu, also known as 'The Gathering Place,' is made up of two separate but overlapping volcanoes, known as a volcanic doublet. Its asymmetrical butterfly shape is formed by two mountain ranges: the Waianae Range in the west and the Ko'olau Range in the east. Slicing through the center is the flat Leilehua Plateau. Recent (geologically speaking) volcanic eruptions in the southeastern portion of the island which formed the Diamond Head, Koko Head, and Punchbowl craters can be blamed for Oahu's uneven shape.
Not sure which area to visit? Wondering which part of the island would be the best fit for you? Then explore Oahu from afar here- learn about the many things to do, the sights, and diverse attractions in each region of the island.
Oahu Visitor Information
Our Top Oahu Travel Tips
Oahu may not be the largest island in the state, but it is definitely ranked first in population. Nearly 960,000 people share Oahu's 600 square miles of mountains and beaches - that's a full three-quarter of the state's population. Almost half live in the bustling city of Honolulu and nearby resort town of Waikiki. Oahu is also the most visited of all the Hawaiian islands, at approximately 4.5 to 4.7 million visitors annually - that's approximately half of all the visitors to the state each year.
Oahu is third in size among its fellow islands in the Hawaiian chain, which consists of eight major islands and 124 islets. The archipelago is made up of numerous volcanic islands in the central Pacific Ocean stretching in a 1,500-mile crescent from Kure Island in the northwest to the Big Island of Hawaii in the east, encompassing an area of 6,459 square miles. The eight major islands at the eastern end of the chain are, from west to east, Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, and the Big Island of Hawaii.