A Tropical Paradise Awaits You in Oahu Hawaii
Oahu, Hawaii … also known as … ” The Gathering Place.” Welcome to the Island of Oahu in the U.S. State of Hawaii
This island is 3rd largest of the Hawaiian island chain. It also has the greatest population of all the Hawaiian Islands with close to one million people. Here is a very short but informative glimpse at Hawaii’s third largest island. A brief travel guide to Waikiki Beach Oahu Hawaii.
The largest City of the islands is Honolulu and it located on the Island of Oahu. Over 75% of the islands inhabitants reside within the city limits.
As well, one of the most visited and popular tourist destinations in the world is within the city limits. Undoubtedly, because of its popularity and exposure, most of us have heard of – Waikiki.
Shores of Waikiki Beach Oahu Hawaii
Most visitors planning their holidays here end up staying in Waikiki. This is where most major hotels are situated and where most of the dining, shopping and entertainment takes place. Waikiki Beach is simply beautiful and stretches for approximately 2 miles. It is a perfect place to take that morning jog, walk, bike or swim. I have always enjoyed getting up early in the morning and taking a walk along the seaside and watching the sunrise.
Taking in the early morning peace and quiet, enjoying the sites and smelling tropical fragrances from the flowers and trees is one of my favorite things to do while enjoying holidays in Hawaii.
There is a beautiful 500 acre public park called Kapiolani at the far end towards Diamond Head, making Waikiki a wonderful family holiday destination.
Surfing is a Must Do When Visiting the Island
One cannot experience a true Hawaiian vacation with stepping onto a Surfboard and trying your hand at surfing! Waikiki beach is perfect for the beginner surfer with gentle waves to accommodate the most timid.
There are booths set up on the beach with qualified instructors just waiting to Hang 10 with you!
I have always loved the Islands of Hawaii. In fact, this was the first place my parents took us on vacation overseas from British Columbia, Canada. I still have the old postcards I purchased in Hawaii when I was just a young boy!
Surfer Legend Duke Kahanamoku Statue Waikiki Beach
Duke Kahanamoku is the most celebrated name in surfing. Born in 1890, Duke held Five Olympic Gold Medals for swimming, became a Hollywood actor and hero in his native land of Hawaii. Duke loved surfing and was responsible for its popularity growth in the early 1920’s. He is fondly remembered for his humor, sportsmanship and amazing swimming ability. He died in 1977 at 68 years of age.
His statue has become a landmark fronting Waikiki beach.
Why Do Most People Visit Hawaii?
Well, for starters …
Spectacular Scenery … Tropical Sunshine … Beautiful Beaches … Warm Friendly Locals
Who could ask for anything better! The climate, well it is pretty much perfect all year round. It has some the most favorable weather you will come across. There really are no extremes and it pretty much stays constant throughout the year.
Temperatures average at 75°F and 85°F with light winds. The ocean temperature is comfortable ranging from 76°F during the winter months to around 82°F in the summer. Just lovely!
Places To See and Things To Do in Oahu Hawaii
Gorgeous View from the Top of Diamond Head Crater
I simply cannot mention everything there is to do while staying on the island, but I will give you a quick run-down on some of the major attractions worth seeing while visiting Oahu. Here are a few of some great things to do on the island along with some handy website links for each attraction listed below for your convenience:
- Waikiki Beach Surfing … a must do for family members of all ages.
- Diamond Head Crater … hiking trail to the lookout 760 ft. summit with spectacular views.
- Atlantis Submarine … experience the thrill and sites in a real submarine!
Be sure to check out our exciting adventure and photos taken on the Atlantis Submarine Ride in Oahu we enjoyed a few years back!
Interactive Map … Click on the icon, zoom in & out, get directions, export and so much more!
- International Market Place … an island tradition shopping market in Waikiki for over 50 years.
- Aloha Tower Marketplace … famous landmark, cruise terminal, shopping, entertainment and more.
- Ala Moana Shopping Center … a shopper’s paradise!
- Hanauma Bay … protected Marine Park, beautiful for family snorkeling.
- North Shore … experience the north shore, catch the world surfing championships!
Lighthouse Park Oahu Hawaii
A wonderful outing and easy to get to is the Lighthouse Park. Enjoy a stroll around the grounds of the lighthouse while at the same time soaking in the amazing coastal scenery in all directions. A great way to spend an afternoon and depending on the time of year, the perfect location for spotting migrating whales in the sea as well!
I never get tired of the Islands and always enjoy traveling to Hawaii when ever the opportunity presents itself. We are lucky living on the west coast of Canada, making it just a 5 hour flight to the Islands from the mainland. If you haven’t visited, then I definitely recommend Oahu or any of the other beautiful Hawaiian Islands to be included in your travel holiday plans in the future.
Have you visiting the Hawaiian Islands? If so, what island did you visit and what did you like best? If not, what island would you like to travel to in Hawaii?
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Update June 2013
Hawaii Continues to Set Tourism Records
Hawaii still remains one of the top travel destinations in the world, with over 23,000 people flocking to the islands daily. Many are repeat visitors, like ourselves, returning year after year to the tropical paradise in the Pacific! Thanks to etalktravel for the above report!
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Did You Know …
“Waikiki in Hawaiian stands for “Sprouting Water”and is one of the most visited and famous of beaches in the world.”