Spending a Week in Oahu, Hawaiʻi

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  • USA

  • Hawai'i

  • Oahu

  • Adventure Travel

  • Beaches

  • Domestic Travel

  • Food & Wine

  • Nature Escapes

  • Tropical Vacations

  • Hiking

  • Island

  • Waterfalls

Advisor - Spending a Week in Oahu, Hawaiʻi
Curator’s statement

When traveling to Hawaiʻi, you are most likely to first land in Oahu, the capital. This sprawling island is full of outdoors activities – adventurous hikes and oceanfront, as well as a bustling nightlife, culinary culture and exploration. You can truly get lost in the beauty of this island and let it guide you across it’s stunning corners, catching sunrises and sunsets along the way.

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Where to stay in Oahu, Hawaiʻi

The Moana Surfrider

In the heart of Waikiki Beach, a low-rise original with lush oceanfront gardens and outdoor restaurants.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

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  • Breakfast daily.

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Turtle Bay Resort

A revamped North Shore favorite, with an emphasis on showcasing Hawaiian culture, cuisine and the beautiful coastal scenery.

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  • $100 resort / hotel credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

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The Kahala Hotel & Resort

On gorgeous grounds just outside Waikiki, this historic hotel has an award-winning restaurant and quiet stretch of beachfront.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Things to do in Oahu, Hawaiʻi

Spending a Week in Oahu, Hawaiʻi - Things to do


All of the beaches around Oahu offer surfing for all levels of experience. Stay on Waikiki Beach to learn and rent a board from local surf shops located right on the beach or head to Sunrise Beach on the North Shore to catch huge waves as an experienced surfer. 


Indulge in underwater sea life at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and discover endlessly beautiful coral reefs. 

Explore Waikiki 

Stroll through Waikiki enjoying a variety of shops, restaurants and beautiful hotels. Come out here at night and make sure to check out the street performers.   


Sunrise hike up the Lanikai Pillbox with 360 degree views of the entire island. Consider hiking to the Manoa Falls located 15 minutes from Waikiki to discover beautiful waterfalls. Go over to the Mermaid Cave for more adventure and beautiful pictures.  


Catch a stunning sunset at Turtle Bay where you can access a public beach to surf or simply view the most incredible panorama.

Eat & drink in Oahu, Hawaiʻi

Spending a Week in Oahu, Hawaiʻi - Eat & drink

North Shore Tacos: Delicious tacos paired with a stunning ocean view. 

Kona Coffee Purveyors: The best pastries and coffee in town. 

Leonard’s Malasada Truck: Amazing pastry truck serving hot malasadas, Portuguese fried dough.  

Nalu Health Bar: Amazing smoothies, salads and wraps bar perfect for a quick and healthy lunch before any adventure.  

Paia Fish Market Waikiki: Affordable and delicious fish taco market on a street off of Waikiki.  

Beachhouse at the Moana: A lovely hotel serving up delicious food and a view of Waikiki Beach.  

Sunrise Shack: Located in several areas around the North Shore, here you can try the freshest smoothie bowls filled to the brim with all sorts of goodness. 

North Shore Shrimp Truck: Enjoy a plate of rice & shrimp in three ways while catching the North Shore sunset.

Day trip in Oahu, Hawaiʻi

Spending a Week in Oahu, Hawaiʻi - Day trip

Hanauma Bay is a beautiful white sand beach set into a cove that was created by a violent eruption that blew out one side of the crater, creating the crescent moon-shaped beach that is filled with endless species of beautiful fish, coral reefs and beautiful marine life. This preserve has about 400 species of fish known to inhabit the bay. The bay is known for an abundance of green sea turtles and known as well for an abundance of parrotfish, yellow tang, angel fish, trumpet fish, parrot fish, butterfly fish and more. There are not too many shady areas on the beach, so be sure to pack extra sun protection such as hats, sunglasses, and umbrellas if you plan to hang out on the beach for a while. This is true snorkeling heaven with endless coral reefs to explore.

Need to Know

If you are a real adventurer, you can explore a vast majority of the island in five to seven days.

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