Oahu Travel Tips

Here you will find travel tips and information to help you have an enjoyable Aloha stay in the Hawaiian Islands, from what items you can bring into the Islands, transportation, accommodation, things to do, attractions to adventurous tours.

Tour Map of Oahu Island

Explore Oahu by region: HonoluluWindward CoastNorth ShoreLeeward CoastCentral Oahu.

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Island Highlights

- Waikiki: Once a playground for Hawaiian royalty, this historic hot spot is now a gathering place for the world.
- Pearl Harbor: This National Historical Landmark features five historic sites memorializing the December 7, 1941 attack.
- North Shore: During the winter months, this legendary surf mecca attracts the best surfers in the world.
- Iolani Palace: The only official state residence of royalty in the United States and home to the Hawaiian Kingdom’s last two monarchs.
- Hawaii Regional Cuisine on Oahu: Get a taste of some of Hawaii’s most famous Hawaii Regional Cuisine chefs on Oahu.


Getting to the Oahu Island

Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on Oahu is Hawaii's major airport, serving as the entry point for most of Hawaii's visitors. All major domestic carriers and many international carriers serve Oahu, so you can get here from just about anywhere. There are also direct flights from the U.S. mainland to Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island, but for the most part, you may need to connect through Oahu (Honolulu International Airport, HNL) to get to the neighbor islands including Lanai and Molokai.

There are daily ferry services from Lahaina Harbor in Maui to both Manele Bay in Lanai and Kaunakakai Harbor in Molokai.

Flight times from Honolulu International Airport (HNL), Oahu to:

Kauai - Lihue Airport (LIH): 30 minutes

Maui - Kahului Airport (OGG): 30 minutes
Maui - Kapalua-West Maui Airport (JHM): 30 minutes

Molokai - Molokai Airport (MKK): 20 minutes

Lanai - Lanai Airport (LNY): 25 minutes

Hawaii Big Island - Hilo International Airport (ITO): 50 minutes
Hawaii Big Island - Kona International Airport (KOA): 45 minutes

Staying in Oahu

Finding accommodations is easy in Hawaii. Choose from historic hotels, luxury resorts, charming vacation rentals, bed and breakfasts, hostels and rental condos. Anytime of the year is a good time to visit Hawaii. Summer, between April and November, is warmer and drier (average temperature is 75˚-88˚ F) while winter, between December and March, is a bit cooler (68˚-80˚ F). Trade winds keep things comfortable year-round.

Traveling in Oahu

To really experience all that Hawaii offers, you should consider car rental. Reserve your rental vehicles well in advance because quantities can be limited on some islands. Many visitors also enjoy taking bus tours to conveniently explore the Islands. Shuttles, taxis and public transport are available on most islands.

Explore Oahu by region: HonoluluWindward CoastNorth ShoreLeeward CoastCentral Oahu.

Useful Phone Numbers: 
- The area code for the state of Hawaii is (808)
- Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau: (808) 923-1811
Marriage License and Civil Unions: (808) 586-4545
- Honolulu International Airport Visitor Information: (808) 836-6413
- Agriculture Inspection: (808) 832-0566
- Camping Permits (State Parks): (808) 587-0300


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Memberships and Certification

 Hawaii Tourism Authority

Certified Hawaii Tourism Authority 'Destination Expert'.

A member of Hawaii Visitors & Convention Bureau and the Hawaii Tourism Authority.

 Hawaii Visitors and Convention Bureau

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