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Oahu is an ideal luxury vacation destination with beautiful beaches, excellent weather and everything you need for a relaxing Hawaii vacation. Enjoy serenity and tranquility in your top-quality accommodations and spend your days exploring the island from verdant mountain settings to the scenic coast where you can relax to the sounds of the waves rhythmically lapping at the shoreline as you doze off beneath the shade of a palm tree.
Oahu Activities and Attractions
Oahu abounds with opportunities for adventure on the land, in the ocean, and also above it all on helicopter and airplane tours. Go snorkeling or scuba diving, ocean kayaking, stand up paddle boarding or enjoy a seaside stroll. You can even explore the undersea world on a submarine excursion. Golfers will enjoy exceptional golf courses all around Oahu including two in Hawaii Kai on the south shore, Ko and Makaha courses on the west side and Turtle Bay Resort on the north shore. Set beneath the east side's green and furrowed Koolau mountains is the Olomana Golf Links (President Obama's favorite course), and also the lush and tropical Pali Golf Course. History lovers will appreciate a visit to Pearl Harbor in Honolulu to see the USS Arizona Memorial as well as Battleship Missouri. At the Bishop Museum in Honolulu see ancient Hawaiian artifacts and learn about Hawaii's past. Visit Waikiki Aquarium to see fascinating close-up views of the marine life that inhabits Hawaiian waters. Head north to explore historic Haleiwa town which is considered the "gateway to the north shore." Go horseback riding, hiking or biking at Waimea Valley where you can explore botanical gardens and swim beneath a waterfall. The Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu's northeastern coast offers Hawaiian-style entertainment with themed cultural villages, interactive exhibits and an IMAX theater. Helicopter tours are an exhilarating experience bringing you close to thundering waterfalls and majestic mountains, also flying over historic attractions like Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head State Monument. Airplane flightseeing tours are another great way to get a birds-eye view of the spectacular island of Oahu.
Oahu's Best Beaches
Visit the iconic Waikiki Beach on the south shore to take an outrigger canoe ride, sail offshore on a catamaran, or just relax on the beach and see people from all over the world. Benefit from the local knowledge by taking a surfing lesson, or try stand up paddle boarding. Head east to Hanauma Bay to snorkel in a submerged volcanic crater amidst myriad colorful tropical fish and other marine life. Scenic beaches on Oahu's east shore include miles of uninterrupted sand along the Waimanalo coast set beneath the scenic backdrop of the Koolau mountain range. Just to the north is Kailua Bay, a mecca of water sports activities, and nearby is the lovely Lanikai Beach, considered one of Hawaii's prettiest beaches with powdery white sand, crystal clear waters and the picturesque Mokulua Islands offshore. On Oahu's north shore you will find a string of pristine beaches including world famous surfing spots like Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach and Waimea Bay. During the summer months these north shore waters are typically as calm as a lake providing some of the island's best snorkeling and scuba diving opportunities.
Fine Dining On Oahu
Exceptional fine dining can be found all around Oahu. Roy's Hawaii Kai on the south shore is the original restaurant of famed Hawaii Regional Cuisine chef Roy Yamaguchi and features his trademark open kitchen as well as ocean views. For upscale Thai cuisine visit Chef Chai in Honolulu's trendy Kakaako region with fashionable decor, exemplary service and a one of a kind Thai fusion menu. Stage Restaurant at the Honolulu Design Center offers a cosmopolitan aesthetic with an eclectic mix of furnishing from around the world complemented by artwork and fashionable lighting creating an interior design marvel. Serving a contemporary Asian-American Cuisine, Stage One emphasizes fresh, locally-grown ingredients for modern culinary innovations, and they have more than 500 labels on their wine list. Alan Wong's in Honolulu creates such Hawaii Regional Cuisine delicacies as pit-roasted kalua pig, Kona lobster and nori-wrapped tempura ahi. In Waikiki dine and enjoy live music at the Waikiki Beach Walk or the Royal Hawaiian Center. Champagne brunch and dinner are outstanding at Hoku's at the Kahala Hotel & Resort with ocean views and exceptional Euro-Pacific cuisine. They serve up a lavish Sunday brunch with unlimited champagne, an innovative dinner menu with an atmosphere of sophistication including avant-garde dinnerware and impeccable service creating a premier dining experience (collared shirts required). On the north shore savor the "sea to table" cuisine served by Paakai restaurant at the Turtle Bay Resort. The menu emphasizes fresh, local fish and a variety of other seafood delights including Kauai prawns, lobster and sea asparagus accompanied by entertainment. Charming Kailua town on the east shore has a variety of nice restaurants including Buzz's Original Steakhouse just steps from Kailua Beach. With a surf-themed decor and impressive koa wood bar it's a great place for prime rib or seafood. The island of Oahu draws some of the world's top chefs and you will find dozens of truly exceptional restaurants to satisfy any palate.
Upscale Shopping On Oahu
For upscale shopping in Waikiki visit the boutiques of Luxury Row where you will find top names in international fashion like Yves Saint Laurent, Chanel, Tiffany & Co. and Gucci. Visit Honolulu's Ala Moana Shopping Center for designer boutiques like Burberry, Dior and Balenciaga as well as anchor stores Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus set amidst koi ponds and native landscaping. In the prestigious Kahala area visit the Kahala Mall with more than 100 shops and restaurants including an Apple Store and the contemporary clothing shop Ohelo Road. Chinatown in downtown Honolulu has also has interesting shops to explore and is known for its lively arts scene. Aloha Tower Marketplace is located at Honolulu Harbor beneath the historic Aloha Tower with shops, restaurants and entertainment venues. Kailua town on the east shore has some lovely boutique shops and art galleries in a very walkable downtown commercial district. Historic Haleiwa town on the north shore also offers fun exploring for shoppers with art galleries and gift shops in the plantation era buildings that reflect Hawaii's heritage.
Getting Around on Oahu
A rental car is recommended when staying at an Oahu luxury rental so you have easy access to the island's many great restaurants, shops and attractions from Waikiki and downtown Honolulu on the south shore to the north shore's beautiful beaches and the lush landscapes of the windward side. Taxis are available on Oahu, and trolleys run in the Waikiki area. Most major populated areas of Oahu can also reached on the public transit system known as "TheBus."
Oahu Weather and Ocean Conditions
Oahu weather ranges from about 70 to 85 degrees F. throughout the year with rain and wind conditions varying a bit on the different sides of the island. The north and eastern shores of Oahu get more rain and typically have slightly cooler temperatures than the south and west shores. Oahu sees more rain during the winter months than summer though conditions are generally very pleasant all year around. Trade winds blow from the northeast bringing moisture-laden clouds that typically rain onto the mountains of the east and north shores creating green and lush landscapes. When rain showers do arrive they typically pass over fairly quickly revealing sunny blue skies and rainbows. Ocean conditions vary each day though typically the north shore will have the calmest waters during the summer and the south shore will have the calmest waters during the winter months. For swimming and ocean activities visit Oahu's lifeguarded beaches, obey all posted warnings and ask about the conditions on that day for the activities you choose.
Oahu Luxury Vacation Accommodation Information
Welcome to the ultimate in Oahu luxury vacation rentals. Hawaiian Beach Rentals has assembled this collection of Oahu villas and luxurious homes in exquisite locations with extravagant amenities and beautiful natural surroundings. Enjoy a private hot tub, a spa or sauna amidst lush landscaping and unique architecture. Listen to the waves lapping at the shore from the comfort of your seaside lanai. Luxury Oahu vacation rentals provide many amenities and no detail is too small in the design of these estates. From Oahu beachfront homes to private villas, you will enjoy all of the comforts of home along with the luxuries of a resort accommodation in paradise. Oceanfront Diamond Head homes and Kahala luxury rentals provide access to all of the excitement of Waikiki and Honolulu while allowing you the privacy and serenity of one of Oahu's nicest neighborhoods. Enjoy the waves of Waikiki, the history and culture of Honolulu, and live music nightly just a short distance from your private refuge. Stay in a beachfront Kailua luxury vacation home if you would like to enjoy an oceanside house near Kailua Beach Park, often named as one of America's "best beaches" and popular for kayaking, snorkeling and long beach walks. Enjoy one of Oahu's most prestigious neighborhoods in your Lanikai vacation home near the immaculate white sands of the renowned Lanikai Beach with the scenic Mokulua Islands offshore. From a North Shore luxury vacation home you have easy access to some of Oahu's finest beaches and famous surfing spots, great snorkeling and scuba diving, championship golf courses, air tours and stunning scenery. Our goal is to provide you with an Oahu luxury rental for your dream Hawaii vacation. Browse through our listings to get an understanding of the different amenities and property features we offer. We take pride not just in having the largest selection of high-quality Oahu luxury home rentals, but also in the fact that we stand behind our product making sure only the best of the best Oahu properties are listed on our site. If you have any questions about our Oahu luxury vacation rentals or which area is best for your Hawaii vacation please give us a call and we will be happy to assist you.
Oahu has a rich history that spans from ancient times through the eras of the Hawaiian monarchy, whaling, missionaries and large agricultural enterprises like sugarcane and pineapple. Downtown Honolulu is home to numerous historic buildings including the restored Mission Houses Museum, Kawaiahao Church and the regal Iolani Palace. Guided tours of Iolani Palace offer a memorable glimpse into the lives of Hawaiian royalty. In Waikiki you can follow the Waikiki Historic Trail which is marked with bronze surfboards providing historical information about important historical and cultural sites. The Nuuanu Pali Lookout is a five-mile drive from downtown Honolulu and was the location of one of King Kamehameha's famous battles. Historical plaques at the mountaintop site commemorate the event, and the Lookout also provides sweeping views of Oahu's eastern shore including Kaneohe and Kailua.