Oahu: Travel Tips

The third largest of the Hawaiian Islands, Oahu boasts spectacular scenery, from breathtaking mountain ranges to turquoise-blue bays, coupled with cosmopolitan pleasures such as fine shopping and dining. Whether you’re after seclusion, sophistication, or both, Oahu offers you endless possibilities.

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Getting To Oahu

Oahu enjoys the best weather of the Hawaiian islands, with temperatures in the mid-80s throughout the year. High season (when crowds flock to Waikiki) is mid-December to early March, and again from June to early September when families come to visit.

Mainland flight times

  • 6 hours from Seattle, San Francisco, or Los Angeles
  • 7.5 hours from Denver
  • 11 hours from Newark

Inter-island flight times

  • Oahu to Maui: 37 minutes
  • Oahu to Big Island: 40 minutes
  • Oahu to Kauai: 37 minutes

Staying In Oahu

Oahu, home of world-famous Waikiki Beach, is the most-visited Hawaiian Island. But Waikiki is only part of the allure. From Diamond Head crater to Pearl Harbor, Iolani Palace to the Banzai Pipeline, you'll find unique attractions plus fine restaurants, shopping, golf courses, and nightlife.

Must-see sights

  • Diamond Head
  • Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona Memorial
  • Waikiki Beach
  • Chinatown

Things to do

  • Find gorgeous leis at a great price in Chinatown, but bring cash. Most stores in Chinatown don’t accept credit cards.
  • For the kids (or the kid in you), find a shave ice stand and try a true taste of Hawaii.
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Traveling In Oahu

Classic Vacations offers a variety of transportation options throughout the Islands in order to make your Hawaii vacation truly spectacular. While limousines are a fun and private way to see many of the sights on the Islands, shuttle transfers and rental cars are also available on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.

While traveling in Oahu we recommend :

  • Rent a car as some of the sights are far apart.
  • TheBus (Oahu’s bus transportation system) takes you around the entire island for $1.50.

Things to Know


  • The US dollar is the currency of Hawaii, as it is throughout the United States.
  • ATMs are found everywhere in Hawaii.
  • Credit cards are accepted at most places, making it unnecessary to carry large amounts of cash.

Time Difference

  • Hawaii follows Hawaii Standard Time and does not observe daylight savings time.
  • When the clock is turned ahead on the mainland (March to November), Hawaii is six hours behind Eastern Daylight Time and three hours behind Pacific Daylight Time.
  • When clocks are turned back, Hawaii is five hours behind Eastern Standard Time, two hours behind Pacific Standard Time.

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