Oahu Travel Guide

Oahu Travel Guide

Noe DeWitt

Spurred by an influx of investment from the Asia-Pacific region, Oahu has seen a construction boom and a vibrant, growing economy in recent years. Ch... Read More

Spurred by an influx of investment from the Asia-Pacific region, Oahu has seen a construction boom and a vibrant, growing economy in recent years. Chefs who began experimenting with the island’s organic bounty from local farms in the mid-2000s have inspired an entire food movement across the state, and a group of creatives have opened stylish boutiques that are influencing a new generation of island trendsetters. But the old Hawaii—that idea of a fun, kitschy, 1950s spirit that brings to mind sipping mai tais by the pool at the Royal Hawaiian—is still here, in the grand old hotels lining Waikiki and the slow-paced, rural charms of the North Shore. Oahu travel most often begins in Honolulu, Hawaii's capital city, President Barack Obama's birthplace and home to Pearl Harbor. There's plenty more to see, however, along the dirt roads that lead toward the island's inland valleys and its coastline of pristine, secluded beaches. The mix of old and new is what Oahu is getting right these days—and why now is the perfect time to see what’s been happening.

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Best Time To Go

Tropical Oahu remains consistently warm year-round, though rain showers are more common in the winter months (November to March). Near its coastline, temperatures average 90 degrees during the summertime, and even in the rainy winter months it rarely dips below 75 degrees. At higher, inland points the climate is slightly cooler and more misty.

Transportation

Although much of Waikiki (the tourist hub of Oahu, where most hotels are located) is walkable, you’ll want to rent a car to explore off-the-beaten-path beaches, hiking trails, and the North Shore. Every major car-rental agency has a branch or two in Honolulu. Otherwise, Uber is just as popular here as in any other metropolitan area in the U.S.

Weather

August is the hottest month, with an average high of 89°F (31°C). February is the coldest month, with an average high of 80°F (26°C).

Know Before You Go

The best hotel deals can be found in the fall, between summer vacation and the holiday season. It’s also when the island tends to be quieter and the weather is at its best—a little cooler and less humid than summer, with minimal rain. If you do choose to visit in high season (mid-December to April), book accommodations well in advance.

Language

English

Electric

Type A (two-prong plug) or Type B (three-prong plug)

Currency

United States Dollar ($)

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