Certainly the most popular island in Hawaii is Oahu where Honolulu & Waikiki Beach is located

Oahu in Hawaii
Oahu in Hawaii

The island of Oahu is of course one of the most famous of Hawaii where most tourists go on vacation. Because right there is Honolulu and the famous Waikiki Beach that you should visit.

Oahu in Hawaii is a dream for tourists

Hawaii, the youngest of the 50 American states, is a special attraction for tourists from all over the world because of its cultural aspects, its international flair as well as the tradition of the Hawaiians and its scenic beauty. Hawaii has more than 130 atolls and islands, most of which are no longer inhabitable.

Only eight of them are populated, including Oahu, of course. As one of the largest islands in Hawaii, it is also called a “gathering place” because of the meeting of old and new cultures. The capital of Hawaii Honolulu is on Oahu, which is an economic metropolis with over 900,00 inhabitants.

Length of the island:
39 miles

26 miles

Over 1 million

What is the capital:


What is the time difference there

The time difference is 11 hours, who gets up in the morning at 8:00 AM in Germany, for him in Oahu would be 9:00 PM the evening before. Depending on the season, this can even be 12 hours once. So this is already a lot and you should be prepared for it. There is no other city, or even country where you have even more time difference than there. Therefore, you should always make the journey in stages to reduce jet lag.

Time difference:
Between 11 to 12 hours

Should you plan a stopover there:
Yes, this is recommended e.g. in Las Vegas
From there it is only 6 hours flying time

It is a great vacation spot in Hawaii

With the contrasts of the modern metropolis of Honolulu, the historical buildings and monuments such as Pearl Harbor but also the never-ending sandy beaches as well as the mountain ranges in the east and west of the island, Oahu is a vacation spot with a variety of experiences and recreational opportunities for tourists. This is why the island is so popular with tourists. You can do a lot of things there and you won’t get bored.

What is so special there:
Great mix of modernity and tradition

Oahu map
Oahu map
Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach

You can find great beaches and surf locations there

For beach lovers and sun worshippers, the up to 111 miles long sandy beaches, which also include the famous “Waikiki Beach” with its dreamlike location, are ideal for relaxing. In the so-called winter, the emergence of gigantic waves is guaranteed, so that the bathing beaches also offer great conditions for surfers.

How long are the beaches there:
111 miles

Can you go surfing there:
Yes, of course

What you should know about the Waikiki district

Waikiki is a district of Honolulu, used to be one of the favorite places to stay for the royal family of Hawaii. Since Hawaii is a state of the United States, American English is the official language in Oahu. For the locals, Old Polynesian idioms is the vernacular. Especially for tourists this part of town is very interesting because there are most of the beach hotels.

Did the royal family live there in the past:
Yes, they lived in Waikiki

Are there also beach hotels:
Yes, very many ( but expensive )
You should therefore stay in the second row

Pearl Harbor
Pearl Harbor
The entrance to the Honolulu Zoo
The entrance to the Honolulu Zoo

Oahu attractions that you must see

Among the sights on Hawaii with a historical background are “Pearl Harbor“. The harbor, which served as a naval base for the U.S. during World War II, was named a national monument to commemorate the 1941 Japanese air raids that claimed the lives of over 2,000 people.

Further for tourists, the Waikiki Aquarium is a popular destination, as is the Honolulu Zoo. Another landmark located in downtown Honolulu is the Iolani Palace, which was the seat of Hawaii’s last royal family from 1882 to 1892. Furthermore, a special attraction for tourists is Diamond Head. With its height of 761 feet, this tufa crater allows from its summit, a beautiful view of Honolulu to Waikiki.

This is what you should see in Oahu:
Pearl Harbor
Waikiki Aquarium
Honolulu Zoo
Iolani Palace
Diamond Head

Diamond Head
Diamond Head
Iolani Palace
Iolani Palace

The landscape is breathtakingly beautiful

In terms of landscape, the western areas are rather dry, while towards the east the green and humid sections increase. For hobby as well as sports surfers, the North Shore beaches of Oahu with their length of more than 6.8 miles are a popular meeting point, especially in winter, for sporting competitions or to pursue their passion for surfing.

Rather Dry

Much green and also humid

Weather, climate and best time to travel to Oahu

Besides the mild winter on Oahu, which lasts from November to April with 69 to 77 degrees, the summer as the second season lives up to its name with more than 91 degrees. Due to the mild trade winds and an average humidity of 53 percent, the summer months are very pleasant. The rainy season is between November and January, but the rest of the year, the island offers an ideal climate for beach vacations, as well as for sports activities and with fantastic sunsets, even the romance does not come too short.

Temperatures in winter:
Between 69 to 77 degrees

Temperatures in summer:
84 to 91 degrees

When is the rainy season there:
November to January

How to reach the island at all

The best way to get to Oahu is of course by plane. Because exactly there is the Honolulu International Airport and there are many direct flights from the American mainland, for example from Los Angeles, or Las Vegas. You fly about six hours by plane and then you have already arrived in paradise.

Flight time to Oahu:
About 6 hours

Hawaiian plane
Hawaiian plane

Hotel prices and where to stay

As already mentioned, Hawaii is one of the most popular destinations in the whole world. That is, every tourist would like to have vacationed there once in a lifetime. Therefore, the accommodation prices there are also correspondingly high. In principle, you pay there as much as in New York and there is not much difference. The hotels with direct beach location at Waikiki Beach are always the most expensive. Therefore, you should rather choose a hotel, for example, in the second row to the beach which are then cheaper.

Do not stay directly on the beach

What does a hotel night cost there:
Between 150 to 250 US dollars

Our opinion

Now you have learned a lot about the beautiful island of Oahu. As a rule, most tourists go there because it is the most famous. You can find there great beaches, hotels and also many sights you can see. Of course, the weather is also important there and it is warm all year round and you can vacation there at any time of year.

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