Hawaii

5 reasons to visit Oahu, Hawaii

5 reasons to visit Hawaii (O’ahu) with your family

Thinking of taking a family vacation? Look no further than the island of Oahu in Hawaii.  It has plenty of beaches to relax on, a modern city with everything you need and plenty of history and culture.

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The view from Diamond Head

1. The Weather

Whilst the island has a dry and wet season, temperature wise, it really doesn’t vary much compared to other parts of the world. I visited in off-peak times with my husband and young son, and still found the weather suitable for swimming. This means minimal packing and getting around in bathers and shorts all day.

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Beautiful weather in O’ahu (Hawaii)

2. The Beaches

You are absolutely spoiled for choice with swimming here.  There are LOTS of places that are suitable for swimming with kids. See my post on Best Swimming in Oahu with Kids.

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Beach on the Windward Coast of O’ahu (Hawaii)

3. The Landscape

The landscape is usually what makes a holiday special for me, and Oahu does not disappoint.  From the beautiful lush green of the inner island, to the blue and turquoise beaches on the coast.  It’s impossible to take a terrible photograph here.

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Hanauma Bay

4. The Shopping

To be honest, I’m not really into shopping, however I thoroughly enjoyed dedicating a day to it here.  I checked out the Royal Hawaiian Center and the Aloha Stadium swap meet and market place.   I loved window shopping at the boutique stores at Waikiki Beach.  Whilst a bit too expensive for my wallet, there are lots of high end stores in Waikiki such as Chanel, Gucci, Yves Saint Laurents and Hugo Boss.

5. The History

Oahu is well known for its unfortunate involvement in World War II.  Make sure you visit the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbour and take a ferry out over the harbour to view the sunken USS Arizona.  Oahu also has a royal residence in the Iolani Palace, which was home of King Kamehameha III and his descendants until the late 1800’s.




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