The 20th largest island in the US, Oahu, Hawaii, is about forty-four miles long, thirty miles wide, and has a 227 mile long, crystal blue and white sandy shoreline. A result of two shield volcanoes, Wai'anae and Ko'olau, a valley known as a saddle between the two, Oahu is twenty-five million years old. Over five million visit Oahu for good reason - a vacation in Hawaiian is a step into splendor. Rather than sqeezing you and your family into an over-priced hotel, lodging in vacation rentals such as houses, condos or apartments gives you the space you want and however little or great of privacy no vacation can do without.
A great vacation starts whit great accommodations. Being a world renowned vacation destination, Oahu, Hawaii, features a plenty of lodging facilities. There are many condos, houses, apartments, villas, all these rentals offering great amenities, so booking a room or property on your taste is not really hard, even if you don't made reservations on time. Still, in the peek season, when all beach resorts are crowded, finding quality accommodations can be a problem, so its advisable to book your room before you arrive on the island. Any citizen in the US must tour the USS Arizona Memorial. He or she will gain a deeper understanding of history, a profound sense of patriotism, and reverence for those who died in the war. The USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park show what it was like in those vessels. Try out an interactive aviation simulator at the Pacific Aviation Museum. Pearl Harbor can never be understated in its significance to the US. When in Oahu, Hawaii, a quick stop can be just as valuable as anything else in this paradise. In Hawaiian history, Kamehameha the Great united Hawaii under his rule. From Nuuanu Pali Lookout, you can see the land where a great battle had taken place, amid the Koolau Mountains. Monarchial rule ended in just about all of the US, but, in Oahu, the only royal palace on US soil, Laloni Palace, is open for curious visitors. Extinct volcano and city of Honolulu, both have views from the National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific at Punchbowl Crater. 33,259 soldiers are buried here. To learn more about natural and Polynesian history, visit the Bishop Museum, which was founded in 1889 and is the largest museum in the state. Take a trip to each city or area in Oahu, where you'll find many attractions, such as in Waikiki. Waikiki Aquarium holds the state fish: the humuhumunukunukuapuaa. Duke Kahanamoku, considered the "father of modern surfing", won Olympic medals at the turn of the century and starred in many films, thus popularizing the sport. His statue welcomes visitors. In the Windward Coast, Sea Life Park has dolphins dancing, sea lions singing, and penguins performing, which can easily delight and amuse. Oahu's North Shore is the location of the visitors' favorite attraction: the Polynesian Cultural Center, which includes seven Pacific Island villages on forty-two acres, featuring an authentic luau, "Horizons", Hawaii's largest evening show, Hawaii's only canoe pageant, and an Imax theater. Head to Central Oahu and get lost in the Dole Plantation's 1.7 miles of gardens. Visit the SS Arizona Memorial, Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum and Park, and the Pacific Aviation Museum. On the Leeward Coast, surf on the wave pool at the twenty-nine acre Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park. Once sacred, where dead souls jumped to meet their ancestors, Kaena Point views Waianae Coast to the south, Mokuleia north, and the Pacific. It can only be reached by hiking. Much much more will attract you in heavenly Oahu, Hawaii Islands.
For all the time you aren't sipping a daiquiri by the blue sea or surfing along the tall waves in winter, there are events, restaurants, and shops which will complete the ideal vacation. Events can fall under many categories: crafts fairs, art exhibits, plant shows, culinary events, ethnic and cultural events, family-centered events, all sorts of festivals and parades, fundraisers, Hawaiian cultural events, sporting races and tournaments, lectures, musicals, concerts, theatre, and more. Restaurants can be as comfortable as you want: cheeseburger and casual; or as fine a dining experience: lobster and Pino Noir; or more exotic: luau, palm trees, Pacific views, and poi. Shopping runs the gamut. Some shopping areas are the International Market Place, King Kalakaua Owners, King's Village Waikiki, Royal Hawaiian Shopping Center, Waikele Premium Outlets-shops dot the island, so with a little searching, your bags will be filled in no time. Oahu, Hawaii, is many things. But above all else, it is a haven for the dreamer. Those who imagine the clear blue water will see their dream in reality. Those who imagine riding the crest will get their chance (and be taught how to). Those who believe in America will tour history. To paraphrase a quote about Hawaii: you don't find Hawaii; Hawaii finds you. All the water sports you expect: surfing, boating, fishing, sailing, parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing, whale-watching, snorkeling, scuba diving, and simply soaking up the sun by swimming and dying on the white beaches. No golfer is left out. Tennis encouraged. Hiking, bicycling, eco-touring, horseback riding, and many other land activities will keep on the rhythm of a dynamic vacation. And when the day is done, Oahu's spas have their hands waiting to massage you. Oahu and its vacation rentals are quintessential Hawaii. And lodging on Oahu, equally if you choose to rent one of the many luxurious condos, houses, or apartments, is a great experience because all accommodation facilities have great amenities. White sands, along seemingly drinkable, blue waters, green everywhere, high mountains and volcanoes, local, alive culture, WWII not forgotten - Oahu is one of the many places in the world you must see before you die, but is also unique; so much so, that memories will linger long afterwards and the want to return may be to great to resist. And to keep its uniqueness, vacation rentals such as houses, condos and apartments are the way to go to meet your high standards and expectations of a dream vacation in Oahu, Hawaii.