Oahu Island Guide

Welcome to Oahu, the Heart of Hawaii! 

Located at 21°28′N 157°59′W, Oahu has a total land area of 596.7 sq miles and a population of over 970,000 people. 

From deep cultural explorations into ancient Polynesia at the Polynesian Cultural Center to the urban delights of contemporary Honolulu, famed surf spots on the North Shore to world-renowned Pearl Harbor on the Leeward Coast, Oahu is an infinite opportunity to experience the diverse character and history of Hawaii.

Here, you can try your hand at ancient games played by early Hawaiians; get wet and wild in the ocean via water slide; dive into Hawaii’s dramatic naval history and re-live the Day of Infamy; explore the political intrigue and opulence of Iolani Palace; breathe deeply in the Valley of the Temples; taste the islands’ sweet agricultural heritage; and delight in spine-tingling ghost stories on the Honolulu City Haunts.

End your day feasting on fresh island cuisine as your cruise along a golden shoreline and dance into the evening. Or, be mesmerized by a spellbinding stage show in the heart of Waikiki at the Magic of Polynesia.

With so many fascinating things to see and discover, little wonder that Oahu is called the Heart of Hawaii. And, the choices are so varied, the island is at once exhilarating and serene, sobering and hilarious, urban and ancient – truly a place of complexity and delight.

Popular places to visit on Oahu 

  • Pearl Harbor
  • Waikiki 
  • Diamond Head 
  • Hanauma Bay 
  • Downtown Honolulu
  • North Shore 
  • Kailua Bay