Oahu is the most-visited Hawaiian island, and most of its resorts are concentrated in Honolulu on that most famous of beaches, Waikiki.
Near the beach a busy urban area has grown up, packed with high-rises and shopping opportunities. But Waikiki Beach itself is still lovely and has a beautified walkway, and a long undeveloped stretch leading toward Diamond Head.
Families take note: Waikiki offers a great chance for kids to learn to surf, and even kids as young as eight can try.
Only a few resorts or hotels have a spot on Waikiki Beah, itself. Many others are just across the road or a short walk away.
Click to explore the 22-acre Hilton Hawaiian Village Resort, the landmark Moana Surfrider, and more Waikiki Beach Resorts/ Hotels.
The North Coast of Oahu -- about an hour's drive-- is a very different Hawaii, known for beautiful beaches, and for surf; surfing competitions are held here in winter. There are few resorts and little development.
Turtle Bay Resort is a unique Oahu resort: alone on the beautiful north coast with 880 acres, five miles of beach, five different bays, pool with waterfall and slide, on-site snorkeling, horse riding, surf lessons.
Ko Olina - West Coast
Ko Olina is a resort area and marina about 20 minutes from the airport, and 45 minutes from Waikiki. The JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa at Ko Olina has had a choice spot in this area for the time. Its new neighbor, Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa -- opened in 2011 and has a lovely spot on a gentle lagoon, an amazing complimentary kids' club, and its own 7-acre themed valley and volcano with lazy river, waterslides, and snorkeling pool.