Oahu Honeymoon Guide

Say ‘aloha’ to Oahu, home to Hawaii’s capital city of Honolulu, the famous beach suburb of Waikiki and the world-renowned surf beaches of the North Shore.

Oahu offers all the ingredients you need for a magical honeymoon experience and romantic getaway.

What to do and see in Oahu

Oahu's mix of golden- and white-sand beaches typically sit amid swaying palm trees and razor-sharp black lava cliffs.

Gently shelving into sparkling turquoise waters, they are perfect for swimming and snorkelling in summer and wave surfing in winter.

Explore the reef and calm, turquoise waters of Hanauma Bay (photo), part of the Koko Head Regional Park and considered the best snorkeling spot on O’ahu.

Sheltered beneath the volcanic Ko’olau range in the stunning south-eastern corner of O’ahu, Hanauma ‘Curved’ Bay is bisected by a beautiful coral reef, teeming with all manner of fish. Great for beginners, as even in waist deep water you can expect to see dozens of species of reef fish.

Or head to Makaha Beach for clear water, underwater caverns, arches and tunnels. Expect to see schools of taape, octopuses, eels, green sea turtles, dolphins and occasionally manta and eagle rays. Another good spot for snorkelling is Kapiolani Beach near Diamond Head.

Watch the sun rise over an empty beach, try an early morning session of Tai Chi in Kapiolani Park, paddle a kayak to the secluded Mokulua Islands or take a waterfront tour on roller blades along the boardwalk at Waikiki.

Visit ancient sites to see the spiritual influences that shaped Hawaiian culture or explore stylish Waikiki on foot for endless options of shopping, dining and entertainment.

Pamper your body at one of Oahu’s traditional spas, with a range of body treatments and massage options including Hawaiian lomilomi, aromatherapy, shiatsu, Thai and hot stone – often included as part of your honeymoon resort package.

Oahu offers a choice of natural and cultural attractions for inquisitive couples celebrating a romantic honeymoon holiday, including…

Nuuanu Pali Lookout – Discover one of O’ahu's finest views at the sheer Koolau cliffs, perched 900m above the Oahu coastline at the site of the battle of Nuuanu where, in 1795, Kamehameha I won the struggle to unite the Hawaiian islands under one rule.

The Waikiki Aquarium – Discover more than 500 marine species and participate in friendly interactive exhibits and education programs aimed at celebrating the unique aquatic life of Hawai’i and the tropical Pacific.

Halona Blowhole – Near Hanauma Bay, foamy waves flow through a lava tube and spew 18m into the air.

Sea Life Park – Experience Hawai’i's most diverse array of close-up marine animal encounters: watch dolphins dance, sea lions sing and penguins perform in this amazing sea park.

Go nose-to-nose with dolphins in a dolphin swim adventure, swim next to a ray, hand feed and play with a sea lion and photograph rays, turtles and sharks in the huge one million litre ‘Reef Tank’.

Polynesian Cultural Centre – Get an insight into the culture of different Polynesian communities by watching pageants, ceremonies, Polynesian song and dance revues and tribal tattooing demonstrations at this 17ha Cultural Centre.

Take a canoe ride on the freshwater lagoon that winds through seven authentically recreated South Pacific Islands. Discover typical villages of Fiji, Hawaii, New Zealand, Marquesas, Samoa, Tahiti and Tonga.

Meet friendly villagers in each area and watch skillful artisans make tapa cloth from the inner bark of the mulberry plant and pound taro roots into poi. The Cultural Centre is located in Laie on the north shore.

Iolani Palace Museum – Take a guide tour of the former home of Hawaii’s last reigning monarchs from 1882 to 1893, when Queen Lili’uokalani was overthrown by the US military in a coup that changed Hawaii for ever.

Honolulu’s Chinatown – Browse for a jade memento or south sea pearl in bustling Chinatown’s hodgepodge of temples, lei makers, antique dealers, shops, herbalists, restaurants and bars. Watch a dragon procession, make an offering at a Buddhist temple, view an art exhibit and later enjoy Chinese cuisine before dancing the night away at a smart nightclub.

USS Arizona Memorial Museum – Ride a US Navy boat out to the shrine and look down on the sunken wreck that lies 2m below. The USS Arizona was one of several US battle ships sunk by Japanese bombers during its surprise attack on Pearl Harbour in December 1941.

Onshore – in probably one of the most significant war memorials in the world – watch a documentary film and view artifacts and exhibits explaining the tragedy.

Bishop Museum – Discover millions of artifacts, documents and photos of Hawai'i and other Pacific cultures at Hawaii's museum of natural and cultural history. See restored outrigger canoes, royal feather capes, Polynesian drums, historic surfboards and a 15m-long whale skeleton.

Learn how Polynesian seafarers navigated across the Pacific, watch interactive presentations and exhibits, control a volcanic eruption, pilot a deep-sea rover and see lava melting demonstrations. Watch quilt making, hula dancing, lei making and weaving.

Dole Plantation – Search for six secret stations on the way to solving the mystery of the “World’s Largest Maze” (as featured in the Guinness Book of World Records). Then, take a ride on the Pineapple Express for a 20-minute train tour on the history of the pineapple, agriculture in Hawai’i and the life of James Dole.

Stroll through the Plantation Garden to see a wide variety of fruits, flowers, vegetables and native plants.

Things to do in Oahu

Oahu offers a range of outdoor activities for active couples celebrating a honeymoon or enjoying a romantic getaway.

Snorkelling – Explore the reef and calm, turquoise waters of Hanauma Bay, part of the Koko Head Regional Park and considered the best snorkeling spot on O’ahu.

Sheltered beneath the volcanic Ko’olau range in the stunning south-eastern corner of O’ahu, Hanauma ‘Curved’ Bay is bisected by a beautiful coral reef, teeming with all manner of fish. Great for beginners, as even in waist deep water you can expect to see dozens of species of reef fish.

Or head to Makaha Beach for clear water, underwater caverns, arches and tunnels. Expect to see schools of taape, octopuses, eels, green sea turtles, dolphins and occasionally manta and eagle rays. Another good spot for snorkelling is Kapiolani Beach near Diamond Head.

Scuba diving – Oahu offers several great dive spots. On the east side of Oahu, the reefs around Maunalua Bay, Hawaii Kai and Hanauma Bay are popular dive spots.

Check out Anglers Reef (more a wall) for slipper lobsters, octopus and a variety of eels; the Koko Craters, a chain of rounded ledges about 10m deep, for a variety of reef fish and green sea turtles; and for a wreck dive head to Corsair Wreck, the only genuine of its kind on the east shore.

On the North Shore explore the Three Tables, a popular site that offers interesting boulders, lava tubes, a plunging wall and some coral. Expect to see parrotfish, tropicals, octopus, eels and occasionally rays, turtles and sharks.

The West Shore offers the calmest water and the most consistent clear visibility making it the most popular for boat dives. Check out Makua Valley Ridge, Black Rock Arches and the Makaha Caverns, a great spot for beginners.

For those who love wreck diving, head to the wreck of the Mahi, south of Waianae and one of the most well-known wrecks in Oahu. The Mahi, an old minesweeper, spans more then 50m and attracts manta and eagle rays, green sea turtles, schools of vibrant fish, eels and the occasional white tipped shark.

Surfing – For a perfect wave, head to Oahu’s North Shore – a legendary surfing mecca that attracts the best surfers in the world. These beaches stretch for more than 10km along the coast and play host to the world’s premier surfing competitions including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing.

Three of the North Shore’s most famous surf spots include Waimea Bay, birthplace of big wave surfing; Banzai Pipeline (Ehukai Beach), a break just 50m to 100m off the beach over a shallow reef making this one of the most dangerous surf spots in the world and home to the Rip Curl Pro Pipeline Masters; and Sunset Beach – the long wave-breaks here are the setting for the O’Neill World Cup of Surfing, the second contest in the Vans Triple Crown of surfing.

The winter months between November and February are the best times for surfing with massive waves up to 10m. For body surfing head to Sandy Beach, one of the best body surfing beaches on O’ahu, less than two kilometres north of Hanauma Bay.

Read more about surfing the North Shore of Oahu

Hiking – Hike the steep track up to the summit of Diamond Head (228m), an extinct volcanic cone, for a magnificent 360-degree view that takes in the south-eastern coast to Koko Head and the leeward coast to Barbers Point. Located in a volcanic crater above Kapi'olani Park and Waikiki Beach, the distinctive Diamond Head is one of the best-known landmarks in the Pacific.

Try also to visit the ridge-top Nu’uanu Pali lookout (366m) with its sweeping vista of windward O’ahu. From the lookout you can see Kane’ohe straight ahead, Kailua to the right and Mokoli’i Island and the coastal fishpond at Kualoa Regional Park to the far left. It’s fairly bracing: at times the winds are so strong you can sometimes lean against them!

Golfing – For golf lovers don’t miss the Ko’olau Golf Club, a Dick Nugent-designed 18-hole, par 72 course and known as one of the world’s most challenging and spectacular golf course.

Situated on eastern Oahu and carved out of a magnificent tropical rainforest on the windward side of the Ko’olau Ridge mountain range, Ko’olau encompasses three distinct climate zones and features winding ravines, extreme elevation changes, huge sand bunkers and breathtaking views of cascading waterfalls. Considered the toughest course in Hawaii, Ko’olau’s spectacular setting will inspire you from beginning to end.

Driving – Rent a car and take a leisurely coastal drive around the island. Oahu is rimmed with sandy shores perfect for a refreshing swim or secluded picnic.

Some to check out include: Sandy Beach, with its huge waves for super body surfing; Makapu'u, its black-cliff backdrop famous for a cameo in the film From Here to Eternity; Kailua Beach, located in a pretty residential area; and Chinaman's Hat, an islet off of Kualoa Beach near the village of Kaawa.

Shopping – Best buys include Kona coffee, colourful Hawaiian sarongs, shell leis, kukui nut items, jewellery and handicrafts will all help to bring back the memories of your Hawaiian holiday once you’ve returned home.

Best beaches in Oahu

Honeymoon couples are spoiled for choice when it comes to choosing the best beach on Oahu.

Oahu boasts more than 130 beaches, including the legendary Waikiki Beach, Ehukai Beach – home to the famous Bonzai Pipeline surf break – and the postcard-perfect beaches of Lanikai and Waimea Bay.

Oahu’s best beaches, include…

Kailua Beach

(East Oahu) – Discover one of the best beaches in Hawaii, a 4km-long strip of soft golden-white sand that shelves into crystal clear water.

Kailua is perfect for swimming and a host of other beach activities: go snorkelling, catamaran sailing, windsurfing, kite-boarding, kayaking, boogie boarding and, when the wind and waves combine, surfing.

Fringed with palm trees and sand dunes and backed by the scenic Kooloau Mountain range, Kailua is Oahu 's premier windsurfing beach.

Although a local favourite at weekends, Kailua Beach rarely gets crowded, as it fronts a residential area and there are no hotels or condos nearby.

Located on the windward shore of east Oahu, the beach also features a 14ha recreational area known as Kailua Beach Park. Here you can find lifeguards, toilets, showers, a volleyball court, picnic tables, barbecues, food kiosks, an open-air café, a bike path and windsurfer and kayak rental shops.

Best of all, Kailua Beach is only a 30-minute drive from Honolulu, making it easily accessible.

Lanikai Beach

(East Oahu) – Curl your toes into the gorgeous soft white sand of this 2km-long picturesque beach and sparkling lagoon.

Protected by an offshore reef, the calm turquoise waters provide excellent year-round conditions for sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and swimming.

For many Hawaiians, palm-fringed Lanikai is arguably the best beach in Hawaii and the perfect spot to sunbathe and enjoy scenic views across to the bird sanctuaries on the twin offshore islands of Mokulua.

Paddle a kayak or sail an outrigger canoe across to the Mokulua Islands and go snorkelling among colourful reef fish. Or climb up to Lanikai ridge for stunning views overlooking the beach and offshore islands.

There are no facilities here, just off-street parking and a couple of shops that provide lessons and rent out windsurfers and catamarans.

Located in a quiet and exclusive residential neighbourhood just 3km south of Kailua Beach Park, Lanikai is less crowded than other Oahu beaches even though it’s just 30 minutes away from Honolulu.

Waimanalo Beach

(East Oahu) – Choose your spot on this vast 6km-long beach of gorgeous fine white sand located at the southern end of the 30ha Waimanalo Bay Recreation Area.

Fringed by native trees with scenic views of the coastal mountain range and out to Manana Island, this beach is equally great for sunbathing, savouring a barbecue picnic or simply soaking up a great view.

Sea conditions are best for strong swimmers, boogie boarders and body surfers. Facilities include toilets, showers and a lifeguard service.

Kualoa Beach

(East Oahu) – Backed by the vast green expanse of Kualoa Beach Park and the spectacular rugged peaks of Koolau Ridge, Kualoa Beach offers sheltered year-round swimming with scenic views to the bird sanctuary of Mokolii islet (known as Chinaman's Hat).

Kick a soccer ball around, play Frisbee, sunbathe or go for a walk along the narrow strip of gorgeous white sand that was once a sacred spot for Hawaiian rulers. Facilities include toilets, showers and a lifeguard service.

Makapu’u Beach

(East Oahu) – Discover one of Hawaii’s best beaches for body surfing – a stunning 300m-long golden sand beach sandwiched between black lava rocks including the black cliffs of Makapu'u Point, marking Hawaii's easternmost tip.

Summer conditions are generally good for swimming and diving, while high surf, a fierce offshore break and strong undertow make this beach hazardous in winter. Small surfboards are permitted but regular board surfing is banned here by state law.

Facilities include toilets, showers, picnic tables, barbecues and lifeguards.

Ehukai Beach

(North Shore) – Ehukai Beach is a broad white-sand beach that is home to probably the best-known surf spot in the world – the famous Bonzai Pipeline.

The Pipeline attracts surfers from all over the world during winter when enthusiasts can expect waves up to 8m high and exploding tubes rolling over the shallow lava reef and sand bar.

During spring and summer, swimming is good over the sandbar while the surf is excellent for body and board surfing.

Located near Pupukea and fronting the grassy Ehukai Beach Park, facilities include toilets, showers, picnic tables, barbecues and lifeguards.

Malaekahana Beach

(North Shore) – Fringed by towering wind-swept trees, this almost 2km-long white-sand beach offers solitude and tranquillity among the wooded shoreline and good swimming in the turquoise sea when calm.

Go snorkelling and body boarding or try beachcombing this often deserted beach. Swim out to the wildlife sanctuary at nearby Goat Island or wade across at low tide to spy green sea turtles and sea birds such as the wedge-tailed shearwater.

Malaekahana bBeach borders a 15ha state park with camping for those with a permit, but offers no facilities, only natural shade.

Pupukea Beach Park

(North Shore) – This 32ha beach park offers two beautiful and wide white-sand beaches known as Shark's Cove (with rarely a shark in sight) and Three Tables. Both beaches offer great snorkelling and diving between May and October when the seas are calm.

Three Tables is good for snorkelling around the reef in about 3m of water, with excellent diving outside the reef in up to 10m of water around ledges, arches, lava tubes and among a variety of colourful marine life. Strong winter currents combine with rough waves to create dangerous conditions. There are no facilities or lifeguards in this area.

Sunset Beach

(North Shore) – This 3km-long crescent of golden sand is renowned for safe swimming in summer, while winter often brings huge 6m-high waves that are perfect for expert surfers.

Pick a spot to sunbathe, relax in the shade beneath palm trees, people-watch on the 60m-wide beach, stroll among rock pools looking for colourful shells or snorkel the nearby reef surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters.

Waimea Beach

(North Shore) – Discover one of Oahu 's most dramatic beaches, a small crescent of golden sand that plunges steeply into a bay of crystal clear blue water.

Gentle summer waves provide excellent swimming, snorkelling and diving conditions while winter brings huge 9m waves crashing onto the beach. Relax on the beach, snorkel the nearby reef or climb the huge rock on the south side of the beach before plunging into the warm waters.

Beach facilities include toilets, showers, picnic tables, barbecues and lifeguards, as well as restaurants and shops in nearby Haleiwa town.

Waikiki Beach

(South Shore) – Stroll or jog the famous 3km stretch of soft white sand known as Waikiki Beach.

Connected by a boardwalk, Waikiki beach runs from the Hilton Hawaiian Village to Kapi'olani Park, along the way changing names and personalities. From north-west to south-east: Kahanamoku Beach offers calm waters, Fort DeRussy Beach has the best windsurfing, Gray’s Beach is a favourite for swimmers, Central Waikiki is the place to be seen, Kuhio Beach Park is where the surfers hang out.

The best snorkelling is toward Diamond Head at Sans Souci Beach, and Kapiolani Beach Park is an ideal spot for picnicking and is less crowded than the other sections.

Backed by hotels and resorts, Waikiki is the perfect place to learn to surf and to rent boogie boards, kayaks, snorkelling equipment and beach umbrellas. Other facilities include picnic areas, toilets, showers, barbecues, food kiosks and nearby restaurants and shops. A man-made beach, the sand for Waikiki came from Molokai Island.

Ala Moana Beach

(South Shore) – This wide, man-made 1.6km-long crescent of golden sand fronts Mamala Bay and is flanked on one side by the banyan- and palm-shaded lawns of the 30ha Ala Moana Beach Park.

Located to the south of Waikiki Beach, the calm waters offer year-round swimming protected by offshore black lava rocks. Go body boarding and surfing in the deeper waters close to the park or swim in the calm central section of the lagoon.

Facilities include picnic areas, toilets, showers, tennis courts, a yacht harbour, food kiosks and nearby restaurants and shops.

Hanauma Bay

(South Shore) – Framed by twin black lava headlands, this pretty, tree-lined, golden-sand beach is extremely popular with locals and offers a sheltered cove to snorkel and dive among an amazing variety of protected marine life.

The 600m-long beach curves into a nearly circular bay, the remains of a one-time volcanic crater. Snorkel the shallow 3m-deep inner bay or dive through a ‘slot’ in the reef to swim offshore with sea turtles and sharks.

Sunbathe, people-watch or choose from several coastal hiking trails that lead to lookouts for stunning panoramas overlooking the bay. At the Marine Education Centre, don’t miss watching the video presentation that educates visitors about the marine sanctuary.

Facilities include toilets, showers, a grass volleyball court, barbecue grills, picnic tables, food concessions, lifeguards and snorkel, mask and fin rentals. Note: Alcohol and smoking is prohibited in this park.

Sandy Beach

(South Shore) – Located on the southeast corner of Oahu and blessed with a consistent beach break, Sandy Beach is one of the island’s best bodysurfing and boogie boarding beaches.

From the safety of the wide, 350m-long, golden-sand beach, watch experienced boogie boarders make riding the waves look easy, but only swim when the ocean here is calm.

When the surf is running, these waters are treacherous due to the shore break and rips; in fact, lifeguards make more rescues at Sandy than at any other beach on Oahu. Facilities include toilets, showers and lifeguards.

Ko Olina Lagoons

(West Oahu) – Protected by rocky barriers, these four man-made white-sand beaches offer perfect year-round swimming in a calm lagoon.

Fringed by trees, manicured gardens and shady picnic areas, the beach offers facilities including toilets, showers, lifeguards and various creature comforts at the beachfront resorts.

Makaha Beach

(West Oahu) – Framed between the dramatic black lava rocks of Lahilahi and Kepuhi points, this soft crescent of golden sand provides excellent swimming and boogie boarding conditions in summer, and monstrous waves for surfing in winter.

The beach is home to the Hawaiian Buffalo's Big Board Surf Classic, where surfers ride the waves on old Hawaiian-style 3m-long wooden boards.

Pick a spot to sunbathe, swim the north edge of the beach under the watchful eye of lifeguards or dive the offshore channel. Facilities here include showers, toilets and lifeguard services.

Where to stay in Oahu

Oahu offers an excellent choice of accommodation options to suit most honeymoon budgets, but especially along Waikiki Beach and Honolulu, including the following 5-star resorts…

The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki Beach
Location: Waikiki, Honolulu
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD1085 per room
Description: Perfectly positioned at the gateway to Waikiki and fronted by Luxury Row shopping, The Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach offers stylishly-appointed studios along with residential accommodations and penthouses, all of which provide unparalleled views of the Pacific Ocean. Resort amenities include an elevated infinity pool above Waikiki with private cabanas and The Ritz-Carlton Spa, which offers customized treatments that highlight traditions from different cultures. BLT Market, the resort’s signature restaurant, offers modern, American-inspired cuisine from Executive Chef Johan Svensson for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The menu changes daily and is influenced by the best of the season’s bounty sourced from the local purveyors and Hawaii growers that supply Honolulu’s freshest farmers’ markets. The acclaimed Sushi Sho is also opening its first location outside of Japan at the resort, led by Keiji Nakazawa, Tokyo’s most influential sushi chef, famed for his mastery of the techniques of the ancient Edo sushi masters. Waikiki International Marketplace Shopping Center is 200 metres from The Ritz-Carlton Residences Waikiki, while Waikiki Beach Area is 300 metres from the property. The nearest airport is Honolulu Airport, 11 km away.

Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina
Location: Ko'Olina Resort, Kapolei
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD856 per room
Description: Located on Oahu’s sunny west coast, this Hawaiian luxury beach resort includes restaurants, bars, swimming pools and lagoons with water sports. Guests can enjoy a game of tennis or golf then relax in the on-site spa. Offering free WiFi, Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina features guest rooms with a 65-inch flat-screen HDTV. All rooms include a Four Seasons Bed with your choice of plush, signature or firm mattress topper, twice daily housekeeping, a private balcony, a deep soaking tub and a walk-in glass shower. Guests can enjoy 24-hour in-room dining at Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina. A fitness centre is also available. Ko Olina Marina and Ko Olina Golf Club are just 5 minutes’ drive from Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina. The Arizona and Battleship Missouri Memorial at Pearl Harbor are 27 minutes’ drive away from this resort. Honolulu International Airport is less than 30 minutes’ drive away.

Location: Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD789 per room
Description: Located on Waikiki Beach overlooking Diamond Head, the Halekulani hotel boasts 3 restaurants, a live jazz lounge and a day spa. A spacious lanai is provided in each guest room. Free WiFI is available throughout the property. All guest rooms include a luxurious en suite bathroom with plush bathrobes, premium toiletries, marble vanities, deep soaking tub and a separate glassed-in shower. A flat-screen TV and MP3 docking station are also provided. The oceanfront, internationally-awarded La Mer restaurant, open daily for dinner, features fine French cuisine utilizing fresh, local Hawaiian ingredients. Orchids restaurant offers seafood specialties for breakfast, lunch and dinner as well as a sumptuous Sunday brunch. Oceanfront casual terrace dining and nightly entertainment is available at the landmark A House Without a Key restaurant. The Spa Halekulani offers a complete menu of treatments incorporating traditional Polynesian rituals. Massages, facials, body therapies and beauty services are offered. The Halekulani is 35 minutes’ drive from Honolulu International Airport. The Halekulani is 35 minutes’ drive from Honolulu International Airport.

Royal Hawaiian
Location: Waikiki Beach, Honolulu
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD545 per room
Description: This historic, flamingo-pink Spanish-Moorish beachfront resort is set in lush tropical gardens facing the sands of central Waikiki, within the Royal Hawaiian Center on Kalakaua Avenue. The luxury resort offers a fitness centre, full-service spa, private beach access and rooms with flat-screen TVs and free Wi-Fi. Offering basic high-speed WiFi and iPod docking station, each room is equipped with a refrigerator. Decorated in tropical colors and themes with airy windows the rooms also feature views of the garden or ocean. Guests at The Royal can swim in one of two outdoor pools or relax on the beach. The resort also features a hot tub and water sports rentals. Daily cultural activities are also available to guests. The Mai Tai Bar features tropical cocktails and nightly entertainment with views of Diamond Head. The Azure Restaurant serves seafood and Surf Lanai is open for breakfast and lunch. Guests can also enjoy coffee in the lobby. The Royal Hawaiian is one mile from the Honolulu Zoo. The International Market Place is within a 5-minute walk of the resort.

Kahala Hotel & Resort
Location: Kahala, Oahu
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD960 per room
Description: On a private beach in Honolulu, this luxury resort features 4 restaurants, a full-service spa, and a private lagoon with resident dolphins. A free shuttle to Ala Moana Shopping Center is provided. A 40-inch flat-screen TV and iPod docking station are featured in each Hotel Kahala room. Most include a large bathroom with robes, a deep-soaking tub and separate shower. Every elegant room is decorated in warm colors. On-site activities include free surfing lessons and Hawaiian cultural classes. The Kahala Hotel and Resort also offers daily walking tours. Free access to the outdoor pool, state-of-the-art fitness center and saunas is provided to all guests. Kahala Spa features 10 private treatment rooms, massages and beauty services, and an open-air relaxation space. Dining options include award-winning cuisine, offering a diverse blend of cultural influences. The Veranda features nightly entertainment from Tuesday to Saturday, 7:30pm to 11:00pm. The Honolulu Zoo is 4 miles from this oceanfront resort and Honolulu International Airport is a 20 minute drive away.

Turtle Bay Resort
Location: Kamehameha Highway, Kahuku
Rating: 5-star
Ave nightly price: AUD559 per room
Description: On 5 miles of beachfront on Oahu’s North Shore, this upscale resort offers 2 championship 18-hole golf courses designed by Arnold Palmer and George Fazio. All guest rooms offer ocean views. Cable TV, compact refrigerator and a gourmet, single-serve coffee maker are available in each air-conditioned guest room at Turtle Bay Resort. Modern casual Hawaiian décor and subtle-colored linens are provided. Restaurants include the sandy-floored Ola Restaurant offering modern Hawaiian cuisine. Local, organic ingredients are featured in the seafood dishes at Pa’akai and the North Shore Kula Grille. The poolside The Point Bar & Grill offers cocktails and light bites. Lei Lei’s Bar & Grill, overlooking the golf course, is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The Lobby Lounge features grab-and-go options for breakfast. Surfer, The Bar offers local beers, cocktails and live music on select evenings. Nalu Kinetic Spa offers massage therapy, body treatments and beauty services. A fitness center features group exercise and yoga classes, and personal trainers are also available. Two hot bathtubs and a water slide are available for guest recreation. Horseback riding, Segway tours, helicopter tours, snorkeling and stand up paddle boarding, surfing and scuba instruction are on site. The Polynesian Cultural Center is 4 miles away. The Honolulu International Airport is 37 miles from Turtle Bay Resort.

Best time to honeymoon in O’ahu

The best time to visit Honolulu and the island of O’ahu is anytime from April to October, when the temperature is high but still comfortable due to the cooling effects of the trade winds.

The hottest months are August and September, when temperatures may reach 33°C (91°F).

Hawaii is a year-round destination, with comfortable temperatures even in winter, although you can expect more rainfall.

Honolulu and the island of O’ahu experience a tropical climate, with a hot season from June to October and a relatively cool season from December to March.

For more climate info: Oahu Weather Guide

Getting to Oahu

Oahu, known as 'The Gathering Place', is home to Hawaii’s capital city of Honolulu.

The most convenient route to Oahu is by air to Honolulu International Airport (HNL), also known as Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, located about 5km (3mi) northwest of Honolulu's central business district on the southeast coast of Oahu.

Oahu is the third-largest of the Hawaiian islands, a chain of volcanic islands in the North Pacific Ocean, around 3860km (2398mi) from mainland USA.

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Getting around

It's best to hire a car, easily available from the airport. Traffic drives on the right. Taxis, public buses and bicycles are also available.

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Latest update: Oahu Honeymoon Guide: 13 January, 2023