Destination guide

Island paradise at O'ahu vacation home rentals

O'ahu is the heart and soul of the Hawaiian Islands, brimming with hula, ukuleles, swaying palms, sun-kissed beaches and any other Hawaiian cliché you can think of. However, it's also the nucleus of the idyllic archipelago, boasting the state's buzzing beachside capital Honolulu, known for its thrilling nightlife, top-notch restaurants and lux boutiques. Here, you can while away your days exploring the city's offerings, snorkel beside a sea turtle, hike among the island's natural green grandeur or simply do what many other visitors do each year – kick back on a beach with a fruity cocktail, while contemplating a surfing lesson.

Things to do

Attractions near O'ahu vacation rentals

A vast volcanic tuff cone, Diamond Head is Hawaii's State Monument, and one of the island's best-known natural wonders. A 0.75-mile hike takes visitors up to the crater's rim, where they can admire far-reaching views over Waikiki and the glittering Pacific Ocean. Easier to get to but requiring an equal amount of energy is Honolulu's historic Chinatown. Tantalizingly scented by traditional noodle and dim sum eateries, the streets are home to lively bars, artsy galleries and bustling markets pedaling antiques and handicrafts. West of the capital is Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. Accessible only by water taxi, the moving memorial sits above the battleship's sunken hull, and honors those killed in 1941.


What to do near O'ahu vacation homes

O'ahu is jam-packed with things to do, and unsurprisingly many activities revolve around the water. As well as those all-important hours spent basking on the beaches, here you can swim in the azure blue, catch the surf or be enchanted by shipwrecks and colorful marine life while diving or snorkeling. Those seeking big city hijinks should consider one of the vacation rentals in O'ahu's Waikiki neighborhood in Honolulu. Alongside a famous beach and energetic nightlife, it's home to some excellent restaurants and a who's who of designer stores. For those that prefer to be at one with nature, the island's verdant landscapes can be explored on foot, on horseback or by helicopter tour.


Local weather for your stay in O'ahu vacation homes

Whichever vacation rentals in O'ahu take your fancy, you can rest assured the weather will be blissful wherever you stay. The island enjoys an enviable 278 days of sunshine a year, and even when the sun isn't shining it'll still be warm. O'ahu's climate doesn't vary much throughout the year, with average highs of 80-90 and average lows of 65-75, with the occasional light shower in the summer and heavier rain fall reserved for winter. While the island is situated in the tropics, both hurricanes and tornados are extremely uncommon, so it shouldn't be a concern.

Natural features

Lush rainforest, majestic mountains and golden beaches

Draped in rich rainforest and gilded with over 120 beaches, O'ahu has long held a reputation for its striking tropical beauty. Spanning 44-miles long and 30-miles across, the island isn't so large that it can't be explored by hire car, however, so if your vacation rental in O'ahu is situated away from a certain attraction it doesn't necessarily mean you'll miss out. The island is home to 2 shield volcanoes, known as the Waianae and Koolau ranges, with the highest point being Ka'ala – a huge verdant mountain, which stands at a dizzying height of 4,003 feet above sea level.


Best beaches near O'ahu vacation homes

O’ahu has stunning beaches for sunbathing, recreation, watersports, and relaxation. Vacation homes are available near places like Hanauma Bay, a nature preserve with a sandy beach and a native population of sea turtles, and Lanikai Beach, a relaxing beach with white sand and calm waters for children. Waimea Bay, an unspoiled sandy beach with big waves and high-profile surfing competitions, is perfect for adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts.

How to get there

Traveling 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 center. 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.

Food and drink

Island cuisine in O'ahu

O’ahu combines the best of homegrown recipes with international cuisine influences that give it a distinctive food culture all its own. Some of the most popular local dishes are chicken katsu, chicken long ride, adobo, kalua pig, poke, and pipkaula, as well as shave ice, a type of snow cone with interesting flavors. The rich and diversified culinary heritage of the island is best experienced in the restaurants near your vacation rental.

Can I find a vacation rental around O'ahu?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 5,086 vacation rentals near O'ahu. From 941 Houses to 2,887 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near O'ahu for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Honolulu: 3,550 vacation rentals
  • Waikiki: 2,616 vacation rentals
  • Eastern Honolulu: 261 vacation rentals
  • Kapolei: 872 vacation rentals
  • Hauula: 631 vacation rentals

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

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

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in O'ahu:

  • Honolulu: 3,550 rentals
  • Kapolei: 872 rentals
  • Hauula: 631 rentals
  • Haleiwa: 769 rentals
  • Waialua: 545 rentals

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

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

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in O'ahu. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Diamond Head State Monument: 2,911 rentals
  • Polynesian Cultural Center: 797 rentals
  • Banzai Pipeline: 905 rentals
  • Pupukea Beach Park: 930 rentals
  • Ko Olina Marina: 2,607 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.

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