Compared to the rest of the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu is known for its big city lights. In Honolulu—the state capital—you’ll find high rises and nightclubs, museums and shopping malls, and a city which has arguably the best dining in the state. Down the coast at Waikiki Beach, the shoreline pulses with a tropical energy where surfing, sailing, and basking in the sun are all a part of the island routine.
For all of its urban pleasures, however, Oahu still has rural adventures. Spend the night dancing in a big city nightclub only to wake up in the morning and hike to a waterfall. Shop in the fashionable stores of Honolulu, or buy crafts from an artisan on the side of the road. Dine on award-winning Pacific Rim cuisine, and then indulge in shave ice on the island’s North Shore.
On Oahu, you can share the beach with the world’s best surfers, snorkel with sea turtles along the windward coast, or walk through fields which are carpeted in pineapple. You can re-live history on the ships of Pearl Harbor, experience cultures from across the Pacific, or simply sit lie on the beach and work on your tan. Oahu is known as “the Gathering Place”, and it’s an island where the non-stop beat of the city is perfectly matched with the rhythm of the tropics.