7 Ways to Make a Vacation With Friends Unforgettable on Oahu

Ever dreamed of being with your best friends and family in a tropical paradise with the ocean at your feet? Watching the sunset on the Pacific while lounging on white sand beaches? Waking up to the sound of ocean waves crashing against the shore? Sounds like a scene from a movie, right? Nope, just a normal day on Oahu. With the right rental you can have this day and night from your own piece of tropical paradise.

Oahu, home to the state capital, Honolulu, is one of the best vacation spots in Hawaii. There is enough sightseeing, hiking, and beaches to keep you busy for your entire trip. Lets take a look at just a few things to keep in mind while you plan your vacation on Oahu.


Arnold Palmer Golf Course

The Arnold Palmer Course at Turtle Bay is a must for any golfer taking a vacation on Oahu. Often considered the best golf course on Oahu, it is right along Hawaii’s north shore, close to the legendary Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and Sunset Beach. This is a professional 18 hole course that makes its way through tropical Hawaiian forests, rivers and wetlands to provide an unmatched golfing experience. Don’t forget this treasure while you plan your stay in Hawaii.


Lanikai Beach

Spend your days relaxing in the sun on world famous beaches. Oahu is home to Lanikai Beach, known for its expansive white sand beach and amazing water. The near by off shore reef keeps the waters calm all year long. For the adventurer in you, a short kayak trip away are the Twin Islands. Both of which are home to a bird sanctuary.


Hiking & Photography

Oahu is a great spot for the outdoor enthusiast in you. Hiking trails ranging from easy to experienced means there are plenty for people of all skill levels to enjoy. Photographer in the group? The Koko Crater Arch makes for some truly memorable photos. One of the most revered hikes on Oahu, The Lanikai Pillboxes (Ka’iaw Ridge Trail) is known for its combination of ease and breathtaking views of Kailua and Lanikai.


Diamond Head State Monument

A must see while while in Oahu is the Diamond Head  State Monument. Formed over 200,000 years ago from a volcanic eruption, this monument offers an unparalleled 360 degree view of Oahu. The hike to the bunker is under a mile, while not considered difficult, it is not casual and you should plan accordingly. The bunker at the summit was built in the 1900’s and originally used as a strategic lookout for the military. It has since become a popular tourist spot while some areas are still closed off to the public.


Manoa Falls

The tropical forest surrounding Manoa Falls is enough to consider, while you plan your stay in Hawaii. To reach falls as remarkable as this you usually have to traverse steep hills, large rocks, and overgrown vegetation. Besides the last 100 feet being slightly more challenging, this trail is one of the more maintained and manageable on Oahu. This gorgeous location has been used to shoot several scenes from the television series “Lost” and the movie “Jurassic Park”. Watching the water cascade 150 feet down Manoa Falls should be right towards the top of your list of things to do on Oahu.


Snorkeling/Scuba Diving

Scuba diving or snorkeling is a great way to top off a vacation on Oahu. Stay close to shore on a snorkeling adventure and observe local fish and coral in there natural habitats. A scuba dive with friends is a truly unforgettable experience. Swim underneath the surface of the Pacific Ocean to depths you never imagined you could. Experience the peaceful quiet you can only find underwater and meet sea creatures you otherwise never could.


Pearl Harbor

If you haven’t already visited, Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial are high on the suggested list of things to do on Oahu. See the location of the infamous attack that directly brought us into World War II and pay tribute to the sailors, Marines and civilians that lost their lives. The USS Arizona Memorial was originally built in 1962 and is directly over the wreckage of the sunken ship so it is only accessible by boat. There are other stops in the Pearl Harbor Historic Sites such as the Pacific Aviation Museum and the Battleship Missouri Memorial so be sure to make a day out of it.

While you plan your stay in Hawaii one of the first things you should consider is lodging. Hawaii, specifically Oahu, is a very popular vacation destination, and the hotels can prove it. If you want to enjoy your vacation to the fullest you know that a hotel is not the best option. Who wants to vacation on Oahu with friends just to split up to your own rooms at the end of the day and watch cable? A luxury vacation rental can ensure you get the most out of your vacation, day and night. Feel the comforts of home while enjoying this tropical paradise. Chef in the group? All of the luxury rentals in the Moana Blu Collection feature a fully stocked kitchen and outdoor grill. While the hotels on Oahu provide great service, you are still one of thousands that need to be served. With a luxury vacation rental you can be sure you are getting personal service. Pick the right one and you can enjoy a secluded beach for your vacation. Who doesn’t want that?

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