East meets West at “The Gathering Place.” Oahu is the third largest Hawaiian island and the capitol of Hawaii. About two-thirds of Hawaii’s diverse population call Oahu home, creating a multicultural tapestry rooted in the values and traditions of the Native Hawaiian people. On Oahu you can experience metropolitan amenities in Honolulu and famous Waikiki Beach, and explore the timeless history of Pearl Harbor’s memorials and the architecture of Iolani Palace.

A surfer and traveler’s paradise, Oahu is known for epic waves and the best nightlife of all the islands. In Honolulu, sample craft breweries and fine dining by night, and world-class shopping and cultural events by day. Then after a breathtaking hike atop Leahi (Diamond Head), head to the North Shore to explore historic Haleiwa Town, pineapple fields, waterfalls and snorkeling. After all that adventure, don’t forget to unwind on the sands of the island’s beautiful beaches! Bringing together culture, luxury, and scenic beauty, Oahu definitely earns its nickname of “The Gathering Place.”

Ultimate Choice Featured Resorts

Ultimate Hawaii Vacations books accommodations at all resort destinations on Hawaii. Resorts with the Ultimate Choice designation are our top-recommended resorts for the island. Our extensive research and our own personal travel in Hawaii has given us the experience to recommend the following Ultimate Choice Featured Resorts.

Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa★★★★★

OVERVIEW Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa is a family resort paradise with a touch of Disney magic—where the whole family can enjoy amazing adventures, both together and on their own. Adults, teens, and kids each have their own special places here, and there’s plenty of family fun, too. Experience the greatest pools in all of Hawai‘i. Stroll … Continue reading Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort★★★★

OVERVIEW The Hilton Hawaiian Village® Waikiki Beach Resort is situated on 22 oceanfront acres of Waikiki’s widest stretch of beach, amid lush tropical gardens and fragrant flowers. Hilton Hawaiian Village® offers the perfect mix of exceptional resort accommodations and classic Hawaiian hospitality. Discover a diverse, international selection of restaurants. The resort’s beachfront Super Pool is … Continue reading Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

Marriott Hotel Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa★★★★

OVERVIEW Discover Marriott’s beautiful Waikiki Beach hotel just steps from the sparkling water and sandy beaches of the Pacific Ocean.  Boasting more than 50,000 square feet of function space, our Waikiki Beach resort’s location is ideal for your next event.  Enjoy their beachfront hotel’s daily Hawaiian culture activities set on land once occupied by Queen Liliuokalani! ACTIVITIES … Continue reading Marriott Hotel Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

Outrigger Reef on the Beach★★★★

OVERVIEW Located on the silken sands of Oahu’s world-famous Waikiki Beach, Outrigger Reef on the Beach offers an exceptional value for your next visit to Hawaii. Experience the genuine warmth and hospitality that define the aloha spirit throughout their Family-friendly accommodations. This oceanfront Waikiki Beach Resort places you in the heart of this world-class vacation destination. Shop the … Continue reading Outrigger Reef on the Beach

Turtle Bay Resort★★★★

OVERVIEW The number one of only two resort destinations on Oahu’s Fabled North Shore and with almost five miles of beachfront, Turtle Bay is the perfect place to take in the azure beauty of Kawela Bay, Bay View Beach Lawn and, of course, Turtle Bay. Only 55 minutes from the energetic pulse of Honolulu and Waikiki … Continue reading Turtle Bay Resort

Twin Fin Hotel★★★★

OVERVIEW Everything about the Twin Fin Hotel is fun and full of life–from the modern-Hawaiian beach theme in the lobby (surfboards and all) to the vibrant tropical colors of our guest rooms. Simply put, this is one of Waikiki’s most popular hotels. We’re directly across from the most scenic section of Waikiki Beach, so you … Continue reading Twin Fin Hotel