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Oahu is known for its beautiful beaches and sunny weather as well as historic sites and lush, tropical landscapes. Explore the island's many attractions and activities from Waikiki and downtown Honolulu to the verdant and tropical north shore and the scenic windward side. With close access to exceptional dining, shopping, entertainment and adventures, staying in an Oahu condo provides everything you need for a luxurious and memorable Hawaii vacation.
Things To Do
Oahu offers a range of activities on land, sea and air including historic sites, great hikes, and fascinating adventures. Visit the iconic Waikiki Beach to take a surfing lesson, ride in an outrigger canoe or sail on a catamaran. History lovers will enjoy a visit to Pearl Harbor to see the USS Arizona Memorial and interesting exhibits at the new Visitor Center. About five miles from downtown Honolulu is the Nuuanu Pali Lookout with sweeping views of the windward shore and also informational plaques about the famous battle that took place there leading to victory for the warriors of King Kamehameha I.
Golfers have many great courses to choose from on Oahu including the Ala Wai Golf Course in Waikiki, two exceptional courses to the east in Hawaii Kai and two more to the west in Ko Olina and Makaha. On the eastern shore is Olomana Golf Links which is President Obama's favorite course with great views of the furrowed Koolau mountain range, and also the Pali Golf Course with expansive views of the windward shore. Turtle Bay Resort on the north shore is home to two championship oceanfront golf courses, and nearby is the municipal Kahuku Golf Course.
Explore the shops and restaurants fronting the shoreline of Waikiki and in downtown Honolulu, go snorkeling in Hanauma Bay, and learn about Hawaii's many marine species at the Waikiki Aquarium. Take a tour of Honolulu's many historic sites and visit Bishop Museum to see ancient Hawaiian artifacts. Children will enjoy the Pineapple Garden Maze at Dole Plantation in Wahiawa with a labyrinth of paths to navigate. Plant lovers will also enjoy Senator Fong's Plantation & Gardens as well as Koko Crater Botanical Garden.
The North Shore of Oahu is lined with pristine beaches including the famed surfing spots of Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach. When the water is calm the north shore beaches offer some of Hawaii's best snorkeling and scuba diving spots. Visit charming Haleiwa town for great restaurants, fun shops to explore and delicious shave ice!
The northern part of the island of Oahu is also a great place to tour the backcountry on horseback or stroll through a native botanical garden at Waimea Valley and enjoy a refreshing swim beneath Waimea Falls. The Polynesian Cultural Center in Laie on the northeast shore is one of Oahu's most visited attractions and fun for the whole family with Hawaiian-style entertainment including fire dancing. Dillingham Airfield on the north shore offers opportunities for glider rides and skydiving which are great ways to see the unique landscapes of Oahu from high above. There are also numerous companies on Oahu offering helicopter tours over the island.
Oahu is known for its spectacular beaches from Waikiki and Hanauma Bay on the south shore to the picturesque beaches of the windward side and the famed surfing beaches of the north shore. Snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking, surfing and stand up paddle boarding are all popular activities at Oahu beaches.
Waikiki Beach spans for three miles along the southern shore with golden sand and vibrant activity fronted by high rise resort hotels, shops and restaurants. Just to the east is Hanauma Bay which is one of Hawaii's most popular snorkeling spots, located in a submerged volcanic crater that is home to a fascinating variety of sea life amidst the coral reefs.
Take a drive up Oahu's windward (eastern) shore to see Waimanalo Beach set beneath the furrowed Koolau mountain range. Just to the north is the water sports playground of Kailua Bay and the idyllic Lanikai Beach with powdery white sands, crystal clear water and scenic views of the Mokulua Islands offshore. All around the island of Oahu you will find memorable beaches great for everything from water sports to long beach walks and quiet relaxation.
Oahu is home to many top chefs as well as great local-style food from the south shore's Waikiki and downtown Honolulu to the north shore's Haleiwa town and Turtle Bay Resort as well as Kaneohe and Kailua towns on the windward shore. For Hawaii Regional Cuisine cooked by one of its founders check out Alan Wong's in Honolulu where the kalua pig is pit-roasted and fresh seafood is emphasized in innovative dishes. Another famed local chef is Roy Yamaguchi whose flagship Hawaii Kai restaurant called Roy's serves up amazing food from his signature open kitchen where you can watch the artistry of the chefs.
The Waikiki shore is lined with exceptional restaurants with great ocean views. In the evenings you will find live music at many of these venues including the restaurants at the Royal Hawaiian Center where you will find many dining choices. Also check out the Waikiki Beach Walk with more than a dozen restaurants. For some exceptional local-style food including gourmet plate lunches to take to the beach visit Kakaako Kitchen on Ala Moana Blvd. in Honolulu.
Charming Kailua town on the windward shore of Oahu has a very walkable downtown district with some exceptional restaurants. To the north you will find fine dining at Turtle Bay Resort and many places to eat in Haleiwa town including great pizza, seafood, Mexican, sushi and Italian. Shrimp trucks, shave ice, plate lunches and traditional Hawaiian luau feasts with hula dancing are all part of the Oahu food scene.
Shopping on Oahu is diverse and exciting from downtown Honolulu's Chinatown and Waikiki on the south shore to the north shore's charming Haleiwa town and the windward shore's Kailua and Kaneohe towns. There are several large shopping malls on Oahu including Ala Moana, the largest with nearly 300 shops and restaurants.
In Waikiki the Royal Hawaiian Center has more than 100 merchants, and more than 50 shops can be found along the Waikiki Beach Walk. Fronting the Waikiki shore you will find souvenir shops and art galleries as well as designer fashions and fine jewelry. Downtown Honolulu has many interesting shops including the thriving arts scene and eclectic shops of Chinatown. Kailua town on the windward side has a nice downtown area with a variety of upscale gift shops as well as department stores. A multitude of shops can be found in nearby Kaneohe including the Windward Mall.
Renting a car is recommended when staying in an Oahu condo so you have easy access to the island's many beaches and attractions from Honolulu to the windward side and north shore. Most of Oahu's major towns can also be reached on the public transit system known as "TheBus."
Weather and Ocean Conditions
Oahu is known for its ideal vacation weather with temperatures typically ranging from about 70 to 85 degrees F. throughout the year. Rain and wind conditions vary throughout the Island with the north and eastern shores are generally a bit wetter and cooler than the southern and western shores, and winter months see more rain than summer. Hawaii's cooling trade winds blow predominantly from the northeast and bring moisture-laden clouds that typically rain onto the mountain slopes of the north and east shores creating verdant landscapes.
Ocean conditions change through the days and season with northern swells arriving in winter and south swells sometimes coming in summer bringing high surf in these areas. In general the southern shores are quite calm and great for water activities, and the north shore waters are often calm as a lake during the summer months providing exceptional snorkeling and other water adventures. Some beaches provide more protection from the open ocean than others so you can check ocean conditions and find a suitable area. Visit lifeguarded beaches and ask the lifeguards about the safest areas to enjoy the water activities of your choice.
Oahu condos are a great accommodation choice for your Hawaii vacation. From beachfront resort condos to high-end luxury condominiums, staying in an Oahu condo rental allows you to enjoy all of the comforts of home along with the luxuries of resort living. Waikiki condos put one of the world's most famous beaches at your doorstep. Within walking distance of Waikiki are condos in the prestigious neighborhoods of Diamond Head and Kahala where you can enjoy the serenity while still being close to the excitement of Waikiki. Also on the south shore are condos in the upscale Ko Olina Resort area with expansive ocean and mountain views.
From a North Shore Oahu condo you have easy access to pristine beaches, Haleiwa town and Waimea Valley. Turtle Bay Resort condos on the north shore provide the ultimate in relaxation with long beach walks, swimming and snorkeling, or just relaxing in the serene surroundings far from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu.
Browse through our Oahu condo rental listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. Our goal at Hawaiian Beach Rentals is to provide you with a with an unforgettable place to stay on your Oahu vacation. We take pride in having the largest selection of high-quality Oahu condos and we stand behind our product, making sure only the best Oahu properties are listed on our site. If you have any questions about our Oahu condo rentals or which area is best for your Hawaii vacation please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you. See below for an over view of some of Oahu's finest condo resorts.
Oahu has a rich and storied past beginning in ancient times and extending through the era of the Hawaiian monarchy, early explorers, American missionaries and the sugarcane and pineapple industries to the rise of Honolulu as a financial center for the Pacific region. The last half century has seen the modern tourism development making Oahu a vacation destination for visitors from all around the world. Many historic structures can be seen in downtown Honolulu including Iolani Palace, Kawaiahao Church and the Mission Houses Museum. Bronze surfboards with informational plaques mark the route of the Waikiki Historic Trail providing information about important landmarks and people of Oahu's past.
Overview of Some of Oahu's Finest Condo Accommodations
Outrigger Waikiki Shore is one of the rare condo rentals on Waikiki Beach offering spacious, apartment style accommodations, many with expansive ocean views from the west shore to Diamond Head. Right next to the Waikiki Beach Walk with an abundance of shops and restaurants. Guests have access to the pool and fitness center next door at the Outrigger Reef on the Beach hotel which has two exceptional restaurants and nightly Hawaiian-style entertainment. Studios have a kitchenette while suites have a full kitchen All units have a washer and dryer and free WiFi.
Aston Waikiki Sunset enjoys a central location in a quiet residential area about one block from Waikiki Beach. Suites have complete kitchens as well as private lanais, with one or two bedrooms and views of Honolulu, the ocean or Diamond Head. Swimming pool, free WiFi and a business office with Internet access.
Waikiki Banyan is one of the most popular condo resorts in Waikiki and close to restaurants, shop and attractions. A few blocks away is Kapiolani Park, and the Waikiki Aquarium as well as the zoo. Amenities include on-site management, upscale lobby, recreation deck, swimming pool, lounge chairs, two hot tubs, a sauna, play equipment, tennis and basketball courts, a putting green, grills for barbecuing, on-site coin laundry and a small restaurant.
The Wyndham at Waikiki Beach Walk condos in the heart of Waikiki offer various amenities including a lounge, fitness center, bar, free high-speed internet (WiFi), a restaurant and a pool. Condos have kitchenettes. Close to many shops and restaurants, with the beach just a five-minute walk away.
The Waikiki Beach Condominiums are located in a 23-floor building with 100 one-bedroom units that have well-equipped kitchens including an oven, refrigerator, four-burner stovetop, dishwashers as well as cookware and tableware and coffee/tea makers. The building offers free parking and has a rooftop swimming pool with great Honolulu views as well as a sauna, barbecue area and exercise facility. The beach is a 20-minute walk away. Condos also have dining and sitting areas, sofa beds, washers and dryers, cable TV and WiFi for a fee. Many shops located close by including the International Market Place just three blocks away.
Royal Waikiki Condos are close to Kuhio Beach Park along the Waikiki shore as well as the shops and dining at the Royal Hawaiian Center. The building has an outdoor pool as well as a fitness center and sauna, barbecue grills and an arcade/game room. Rooms have kitchens with refrigerators, microwaves, cookware, dishes and utensils. Daily housekeeping is offered. Condos open to balconies. Also nearby is the Ala Wai Golf Course, Kapiolani Park and the Waikiki Aquarium.
Castle Waikiki Shore Beachfront Condominiums include studios as well as one and two bedroom suites with kitchenettes or full kitchens as well as washers/dryers and wide lanais (balconies), most of which provide ocean views. This is one of the few condo properties right on Waikiki Beach with very close access to great shopping and dining as well as the vibrant nightlife of Waikiki. Also close by is Fort DeRussy Park with a lawn and shaded areas nice for picnics.
The Aston Waikiki Beach Tower is located just across the street from Waikiki Beach. Condos feature gourmet kitchens, private lanais, air conditioning and washer/dryers. The building has a fitness room and also a recreation deck with a jet spa and pool. Close by is the International Market Place and also the Royal Hawaiian Center with great shopping and dining. Also close by is Kapiolani Park as well as Waikiki Aquarium.
Outrigger Regency on Beachwalk offers boutique one and two-bedroom condominiums with contemporary elegance. Condos have gourmet kitchens with refrigerators, ceramic stovetops, microwaves, dishwashers, coffeemakers, toasters, cookware and tableware. Room also have a flat screen television, free high-speed WiFi and a balcony to relax in the tropical breezes. Other amenities include air conditioning, an in-room safe, Located next to the popular Waikiki Beach Walk with lots of great shops and dining options.
Outrigger Reef on the Beach includes the Ocean Tower and Pacific Tower in Waikiki. Amenities include free high-speed internet, artful interiors and lobby, newly remodeled, Diamond Head views, fitness center, Serenity Spa Hawaii, wedding services, sitting area with library, Kani Ka Pila Grille poolside restaurant featuring nightly live entertainment, Ocean House Restaurant, beachfront Shore Bird Restaurant & Beach Bar, resort shops, cultural activities, port cochere, and new pool and pool deck. Just steps from the Waikiki Beach Walk for great shopping and dining.
Please browse through our listings in the following condo rentals on Oahu.
In Honolulu are the Waikiki Grand Hotel, Ala Moana Hotel, Waikiki Landmark Condos, Waikiki Mirage, The Ilikai Hotel, Trump International Tower Waikiki, Discovery Bay Resolution Tower, Moana Lani Suite in the Nauru Tower, The Waikiki Watermark, Hokua Panoramic Paradise,, Ilikai Marina Condos, Alii Nalu at Nauru Tower, Chateau Waikiki, Wyndham Vacation Resorts Royal Garden at Waikiki, The Bamboo Waikiki, Aston Pacific Monarch, Outrigger Regency on Beachwalk and The Royal Kuhio.
In the Ko Olina area are Ko Olina Beach Villas Resort - Beach Tower & Ocean Tower. In Makaha is Makaha Beach Cabanas. In the Hauulu region are Punaluu Sunrise, Royal Hawaiian Beach Front Luxury and Punaluu Oceanview. In Turtle Bay is Kuilima Estates at Turtle Bay East and also Kuilima Estates at Turtle Bay West as well as Turtle Bay Resort. In Punaluu is Pats at Punaluu.
In Waikiki are the Trump International Hotel Waikiki, Waikiki on the Sand, Allure Waikiki Condos, The Ilikai Hotel, Aston Waikiki Sunset, Aston Waikiki Beach Tower, Aqua Palms Waikiki, Wyndham Royal Garden at Waikiki, Waikiki Skytower, Aston at the Waikiki Banyan and Waikiki Park Heights. In the Diamond Head area is the Diamond Head Beach Hotel.