Oahu, known by locals as the Gathering Place, is an island of colourful contrasts. Northern Oahu is unspoilt with lush, rugged terrain, ancient sites and nature reserves, while the south east is a cosmopolitan, glitzy playground of the Pacific. Waikiki and Honolulu offer the full tourist experience with state of the art shopping malls, vibrant nightlife, pristine sandy beaches and plenty of attractions. Both resorts are near the historic site of Pearl Harbor and easily accessible for day trips. On the island’s fabled coastlines, visitors can enjoy some of the best beaches, swimming, snorkelling and the most spectacular sunsets in the United States.
Those travelling to Hawaii on a budget can find simple, affordable accommodation in the main resorts of Waikiki and Honolulu. Waikiki has some of the best restaurants, shopping and the hottest nightlife on the island. The resort is also home to beaches, Waikiki Aquarium, Honolulu Zoo and Diamond Head State Monument.
If you prefer a more urban vibe, downtown Honolulu is a modern city with towering skylines, an historic Chinatown, and some of the most striking architecture in Oahu. The sheer volume of rooms in the city means you can almost always discover cheap hotels in Oahu if you book early.
Visitors seeking a peaceful, authentic experience should consider hiring a car in Oahu. Traditional towns and villages of the north and east coastlines like Waialua, Kawela Bay and Kaneohe have several hotels and inns.
Travelling between April and June, or September to early December helps to keep costs low. Rooms are plentiful in the main resorts, beaches and local attractions are less crowded and the weather is still hot. Keep an eye out for offers on holidays to Oahu on dealchecker.
Step away from the beachfront to discover budget Oahu hotels in Waikiki and Honolulu. If you move a few blocks from the beaches, it’s possible to find luxury hotels at competitive prices during mid and low season.
For a more laid-back Hawaiian experience, travel off peak to the east or north coast of Oahu. There are fewer hotel rooms available, but the sandy shores, natural beauty and sunsets are stunning. Demand is high, so be sure to book up early.