Oahu is more than just the home of Hawaii’s state capital, Honolulu. It is a happening luxury vacation spot unlike any other. Whether you want to explore historic Chinatown, Lolani Palace and Pearl Harbor, or see the Punchbowl, a cemetery in a crater. Discover turtles and mythical big wave surfing on North Shore, or take a cruise past the lively Waikiki, where surfing was born. Oahu is full of intriguing and fascinating places where you can learn to surf, go whale watching, and eat at a luau. You’ll be spoilt for choice picking between the best farm to table restaurants and world-class shopping destinations.
The stunning landscape of Oahu.
You will find every modern luxury in Honolulu, from fabulous food to epic entertainment, serious shopping and sensational spas. To see everything that Honolulu has to offer, book luxury transport to take you all over the city. Rent a Ferrari from JN Exotics to see the city in opulent style. Or if money is no issue then hire a helicopter for your sightseeing trip. Blue Hawaiian Helicopters will whisk you up into the air to see Oahu from a whole new perspective. If you would rather see Honolulu from then sea, then charter a luxury sailing vessel from Makani Catamaran, which also makes an exciting place to entertain with a full wet bar available.
A dramatic sunset off the Oahu shoreline.
Honolulu’s south shore is home to the world-famous Waikiki, where Hawaiian royalty used to play. This historic neighbourhood is the center of entertainment and activity in Honolulu for the luxury traveller. Kayak in the waters off Waikiki Beach, or use its calm waters as the perfect excuse to learn how to surf with Hawaii Surf Guru, or shop in the main fashion hubs of Kalakaua, home to Luxury Row and Kuhio Avenues, where you will find everything from real Hawaiian crafts and surf shops to couture boutiques, high-end jewellery and flagship designer stores. Stroll along the Waikiki Beach Walk for truly unique souvenirs. Shopping here is so good that you might want to pack an extra bag. At night the area comes alive with live Hawaiian music and busy bars. Walk to the Waikiki Shell in Kapiolani Park or to the Kapiolani Bandstand to experience live performances and local events. Listen to some live music at RumFire in the Sheraton or jive with some jazz at Lewer’s Lounge in Halekulani Hotel. For the hottest clubs and nightlife seek out the happening spots in Downtown Honolulu and Chinatown, where the best DJs and local bands go to play.
Relax amongst the shady trees lining the beach.
Honolulu has some impeccable spas to choose from. The award winning SpaHalekulani is a wellness center specialising in relaxation and restoring balance to the body and mind. Let their Polynesian therapeutic techniques wash away all your stress, preparing you for another lazy day on the beach. The uplifting Ihilani Spa combines fantastic modern spa treatment s with friendly Hawaiian hospitality. As the sun sets on yet another relaxing day, why not try a Hawaiian tradition? Going to a luau is one of the quintessential experiences of visiting Hawaii. You will dine under the stars on delectable kalua pig cooked in an oven in the earth, served with poi (taro starch) and haupia (coconut pudding), while being serenaded with live music and entertained with lively hula performances. Try the Royal Luau at The Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki for an elevated version of the tradition. If you want to eat like a local then stake out neighbourhoods like Haleiwa and Kapahulu for local street fare. Or if you would prefer to dine in luxury then check out Hawaii’s finest restaurants. Oahu has some of the best chefs in the world, all with their own restaurant offerings. Dine at the famous Alan Wong’s Restaurant, or at Roy Yamaguchi’s, which serves up interesting Hawaiian fusion cuisine. Chef Mavro, the founder of the new farm-to-table movement in Hawaii, uses the freshest locally grown produce to create intensely flavorful dishes. Your taste buds will not disappointed by the flavors that Hawaii has to offer.
The gorgeous golden sands of Lanikai Beach.
After experiencing some of what Honolulu has to offer the luxury traveller its time to sample Hawaii’s other main attractions, the beaches. Visit Lanikai Beach, which was ranked as the world’s best beach by Conde Nast in 1996. This pristine white sand beach glimmers in the sunlight, and it will cast its spell on you. Relax in this idyllic paradise or rent a kayak from Twogood Kayaks to the two tiny islands offshore called the Mukuluas. Another beach worth a visit is Kailua Beach, which is renowned as a hot spot for watersports, as the waters are so warm that you don’t even need a wetsuit. You can rent sailboats, canoes and kayaks here from Kailua Beach Adventures. For a boutique water sports experience have private lessons from Sammy’s Aloha Watersports, they can instruct you in everything from kitesurfing to paddle boarding. Not to be missed is the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve, one of the best places to snorkel in Oahu. This stunning marine park lies between two dormant volcano craters and has crystal clear, shallow waters that are perfect for viewing the abundant colorful marine life that lives there. Take a snorkelling tour around the nature preserve with Pure Aloha Adventures, who will show you the best places to see the reef and snap some underwater shots of your fun to take home. The more adventurous should not miss this opportunity to dive this fantastic underwater paradise. Hanauma Bay Dive Tours are perfect for beginners, whereas more experienced divers will love the dives offered by Living Ocean Scuba.
After all the activity of exploring Oahu’s beautiful beaches you will want to relax in luxury back at your own private villa rental, where you can truly feel at home in this exotic gem in the Pacific Sea.
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