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 O'ahu is a destination of many contrasts, variety, and abundance: an island of traditional culture and modern history, of luxurious resorts and manicured pineapple fields, of world-class dining and sensational surfing. O'ahu offers the best of many worlds. Here you'll find a sophisticated town vibe with entertainment, museums, festivals, and shopping, and you'll also find the relaxed and rejuvenating appeal of quiet beaches and the countryside. With the warmth of aloha and the unique beauty of island scenery, O'ahu is an island to explore and discover; a place to play and indulge. Let O'ahu's magic work on you. You'll soon understand why O'ahu is "The Heart of Hawaii."

A ribbon of roads unwind before you and O'ahu reveals its treasures, one after another. As you explore, allow yourself to savor the unique character of the island. There is so much to see and do on O'ahu!

In addition to Waikiki, the island of O'ahu has much to offer. Its beauty rivals neighboring islands with its dramatic mountain cliffs, aqua blue-coral bays, beautiful beaches, and deep valleys teeming with rich flora and fauna. Discover O'ahu's striking contrasts from a tropical playground to an urban island fantasy.


WAIKIKI: Welcome to Rodeo Drive with an island twist. Couture meets culture, live Hawaiian entertainment, Hawai'i Regional Cuisine, oceanfront fine dining, surf lessons, aloha wear, lu'aus, and the famous sands of Waikiki Beach. Known for its world-class hotels, vibrant nightlife, great shopping and dining, Waikiki continues to be steeped in history and its cultural roots. Enjoy Waikiki’s trendy cosmopolitan vibe from global chic and local crafts; haute cuisine and plate lunches; surfing and waterfall hikes; to hip clubs and hula lessons. Waikiki offers something for everyone. Immerse yourself.

LEEWARD COAST: Less than 30 miles from Waikiki, the quiet Leeward Coast is an ideal place to swim with dolphins and watch surfers and sunsets. Nestled between the 4,000 foot Wai'anae Mountain Range and the Kaua'i Channel, the Leeward Coast is a collection of small towns, royal historic sites, world class beaches, and the 43-acre resort area and marina of Ko 'Olina with its golf courses, seven lagoons, and the newest Disney resort, Aulani.

WINDWARD COAST: Less than an hour from lively Waikiki and below the green ramparts of the Ko'olau Mountains, the Windward coast of O'ahu is home to some of America’s best beaches, lush botanical gardens and valleys, white powdery sand, offshore islands, and crystal blue waters. Take a drive out to a perfect outdoor paradise for kayaking, horseback riding, lounging, hiking, golfing, and discovering native flora.

CENTRAL OAH'U: Heading north from Honolulu, the fertile central valley of O'ahu still bears remnants of its plantation past. Charming historic towns dot the landscape up through the center of the island between bustling Honolulu and the wide sweep of the dramatic North Shore. Some of O'ahu’s best attractions lie in Central O'ahu. This rural area of O'ahu encompasses the historic battleships and memorials of Pearl Harbor, the pineapple fields and one of the world’s largest mazes at Dole Plantation, Plantation Village, the Hawaiian Railway, and the state’s largest flea market at Aloha Stadium.

NORTH SHORE: The North Shore is home to the world-famous Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and Sunset Beach, known for their epic winter waves and international surf competitions. Charming and rustic surf towns, quaint shops, and the cultural treasures of the North Shore are yours to discover. O'ahu’s North Shore is exciting, refreshing and at the same time infused with a laid-back country feel. Feel exhilarated and relaxed all at once on O'ahu’s legendary North Shore.

HONOLULU: Honolulu is a unique and vibrant blend of museums, art galleries, eclectic dining options, the financial district, and bustling Chinatown. Historic landmarks abound within walking distance. Cuban cafes and Eurasian hotspots tantalize the taste buds, while the rich arts and culture scene enliven the mind. Be inspired.....come join the scene.

Tradition and culture are preserved and treasured on O'ahu. O'ahu offers a multitude of cultural attractions and events suitable for even the most discriminating tastes. Whether your tastes are classical or contemporary, sophisticated or down-to-earth, world renowned or culturally local, O'ahu's arts and culture rival the best in the country.

Hawaiian ancestry lives on in heiau (temples), colorful lu'au, music and, of course, hula. The unique royal history is captured in museums, palaces, churches, festivals, and historic sites across the island. Even international trade, tourism, and surfing have made an indelibile mark on O'ahu, leaving the island with structures, landmarks, art and attractions that draw visitors from around the world. A melting pot of diverse people, cultures, and  delicious flavors, O'ahu is a world in itself - a world to discover and treasure.

For more information or reservations for
O'ahu, "The Heart of Hawai'i,"
contact a Lighthouse Travel
Certified O'ahu Master Specialist.



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