Oahu Hawaii Travel Guide 2021 | 11 Tips for THE BEST Oahu Vacation

From where to stay, to where to eat, to our favorite Oahu beaches, here is our ultimate guide to an Oahu, Hawaii vacation. Let us show you around the island!

After living on Oahu for two years (we call Maui home now), we love to go back to explore and find new things to do. Oahu is our playground, let us show you our favorite sights and get you comfortable with the Gathering Place.

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Oahu, Hawaii Guide’s 11 Tips to an Excellent Oahu Vacation
00:00 Intro
00:35 Fun Fact on Honolulu, Hawaii
01:14 #1 Popular Oahu Beaches
02:43 #2 Where to Stay
04:05 #3 Escape from Waikiki
05:09 #4 You Don’t Need a Rental Car
05:58 #5 Rain Makes Rainbows (Best Time to Visit Oahu)
06:41 #6 Most Popular Oahu Sites to See
08:07 #7 Where to Eat on Oahu
09:32 #8 Oahu is the Best Island for Hiking
10:15 #9 Slow Drive the North Shore
11:16 #10 Don’t Skimp on Windward Oahu
11:55 #11 Learn to Surf at Waikiki Beach

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  1. I have a lot of allergies. Do you have any suggestions for eating safely while visiting? Specifically, do most restaurants cook with vegetable oil (soy), or is canola popular? Are there many vegetarian options available? Are the ingredients listed on most restaurant menus or should I avoid food trucks?

  2. Loved your comment about the rail .. don't ask! 😂😂 Good for you guys for living here a few years and learning to pronounce words correctly..

    My big pet peeve when outsiders pronounce Honolulu like Hana. Mahalo for pronouncing it properly to tell the visitors!

  3. Watching your videos, visiting the website and signed up for your newsletter! Going over at the end of July for our 10yr anniversary & son’s 7th birthday.

    Do you recommend snorkeling for our kids (7 & 3), that do not know how to swim? Also, surfing for me, without knowing how to swim either? Would love to try surfing, but also want to stay alive!

    Lastly, what are your thoughts on a convertible car va regular car for 2 kids in car seats in the backseat?

  4. Since you guys lived on both islands, which island did you like living on most? I'm debating moving to Maui instead of moving back to Oahu. I lived in haleiwa and waialua (north shore) for over 2 years.

  5. family is going in 2 months so I figured I need to start watching some tips videos, especially ones updated to pandemic times. flight will be from the dc area.

  6. Love your videos, really helpful for planning our August trip. Is is possible to do our 8 day trip without renting a car? Not really comfortable with driving if I don't have to and I live in New York city so used to subway and Uber..

  7. Thank you Erica and Jordan for these wonderful videos. I am heading back to my home away from home at the end of September with my fiancé and her two kids college age. I have been so blessed to be able to visit Hawaii at least 15 times since I was 8yo, turning 54 this year. Anyhow just purchased your O’ahu travel guide. Can’t wait, thank you again

  8. There's a reason Oahu is known as The Gathering Place, as it offers so much to attract- and keep- the attention of locals and tourists alike. … Oahu is primarily defined by the state capital of Honolulu, Pearl Harbor, and the world-famous Waikiki Beach. These areas host thousands of tourists daily.

  9. What would you recommend for a short visit time? We're only going to get 2 days on the island (staying 7 in Maui then going to Oahu). Planning Pearl Harbor early on the first day, and that's about all I got.

  10. Your videos helped me a lot on my recent trip from NYC, thank you!

    One question though, how do you get your drone shots? I brought mine and was too afraid of flying anywhere because of all the rules/laws with flying over beaches, people, and obv national parks.

  11. Hi, we are going to Oahu this June. And we're still debating on to get a rental car or not.. you guys mentioned Hui, I'm just paranoid of things getting fully booked with last minute plans and regret not reserving in advance. Does Hui ran out of cars to rent for the day? We would love to save some money especially we will be staying in waikiki anyways. Also great videos! Thank you!!!

  12. Hi! I’m at Kauai right now but I want to go to Oahu tomorrow or the next day of tmrw, do I need to go take the COVID 19 test again? And do I need to go test every time I fly somewhere? Thank you

  13. We just arrived in oahu yesterday, was worried about the rental car situation because we had one place cancel on us, but we got one! 🙂

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