Where Should We Stay On Oahu – Hawaii? Best Vacation Rental to Stay In On Oahu?

September 19, 2007 by
Filed under: Oahu, Oahu Activities, Oahu Rentals, Vacation Planning

We’re coming over late november this year( 2 couples for the 1st time) & not quite sure what part of Oahu to stay at ( Looking at Condos or house rentals). We are surfers (Longboarders) but the girls will want to spend some time sight-seeing, shopping etc. Bearing in mind the time of year, where would you suggest to stay that would be close to beaches – not too far from shops. We’re not fussed with huge crowds. Looking forward to your response. Kind regards.

Hi! Well, the waves on Oahu are big on the North Shore in November – are you looking for BIG waves? There is only one hotel-condoon the North shore – that’s the Turtle Bay Resort. Other than that, there are hundreds of house rentals – in some really nice areas.

… however, the shops are mostly in Waikiki, which is on the south shore. the island is not big – if you stay out of traffic you can go from one to the other in an hour or less. Traffic is bad commuters hours INTO Honolulu in the morning and out of honolulu in the afternoon. You could stay at the halfway point of Kailua maybe .. but I think you would be happier either on the North Shore or in Waikiki.

Hi Lisa. I am currently looking at home rentals for the week on Oahu. I have found homes at Waimanalo, Haleiwa and Makaha that looked good but I have no clue what might be best for our family. What is the best side of the island to stay on? We have 2 children, age 17 & 12. My daughter will be interested in soaking up the sun and my son will be interested in boogie boarding, swimming, etc. My husband and I are interested in a relaxing and seeing the sights! I know we can easily drive to any location we want to see but where would be the best location to STAY?

In your situation, I would stay in Waimanalo. You’ll be right in the middle of the other two places, close to everything, and both of your kids will be happy. Plus, Waimanalo is really a great beach. You can’t really go wrong outside of Waikiki, but Waimanalo is probably the most right out of the three you mentioned. Have a great time! Lisa


10 Comments on Where Should We Stay On Oahu – Hawaii? Best Vacation Rental to Stay In On Oahu?

  1. Mel on Mon, 14th Sep 2009 4:29 am
  2. Hi there, We are going to Oahu middle of Oct to celebrate my 40th. Looking for somewhere to stay with our 2 and 3 year old daughters. We can’t make up our minds about Waikiki! Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thanks so much,

  3. Lisa on Tue, 15th Sep 2009 12:50 am
  4. Hi, head over to my home page and download my ebook about Oahu, in it I have posted my favorite hotels in Oahu and places to stay. http://www.hawaii-lisa.com/

  5. K on Mon, 26th Apr 2010 8:27 pm
  6. I’m currently working on a family vacation for 11 adults on Oahu end of Oct/start of Nov. for a week. My mom hates touristy/crowded areas, is there a better side of the island to stay on that is slightly more secluded or less populous? We are looking at rental houses all over but I’m not sure how to narrow it down.

  7. Lisa on Tue, 27th Apr 2010 4:04 am
  8. Stay anywhere outside of Waikiki. You might want to look into the north shore or Kailua or Lanikai.

  9. Jan on Sat, 22nd Jan 2011 10:37 pm
  10. We are looking to head to Oahu to celebrate a 50th wedding anniversary in July. We range from ages 6 to 16 for kids. Where is the best location for swimming and relaxing on the island, especiialy for my 6 year old?

  11. Lisa on Tue, 25th Jan 2011 5:04 am
  12. I like the baby beach on Waikiki beach – it’s a guarded area of the beach by a big wall. I also like Kailua and Lanikai to play in the sand, although it drops off quickly.

  13. susan anderson on Mon, 7th Feb 2011 6:27 pm
  14. after a week of conference in waikiki, 4 of us would like a beachfront (hope hope) cottage on the north shore. we’d like to walk to little shops and restaurants and will have a car for day trips. any recommendations?

  15. Lisa on Wed, 9th Feb 2011 3:34 am
  16. when will the conference be? because in the winter, there are high waves on the north shore – I’m assuming you’ll want to swim?

  17. donna kraakman on Sat, 13th Aug 2011 4:58 am
  18. Hi Lisa;
    I found a condo in Makaha and was wondering what your though would be. We plan to rent a car and do day trips, but would like to stay away from the busy city. Do you think It would be a good location? We have 3 teenagers who like to snorkel, surf (not big waves – beginners) and beach comb? Is there shopping etc. around there ?

  19. Lisa on Mon, 15th Aug 2011 2:32 am
  20. Makaha is the far west side. You will save money staying there, but everything will be kind of far away and there won’t be the shopping and activities that you would see closer to Waikiki. Personally, I wouldn’t choose to stay in Makaha but that’s my personal preference. Tons of people do it and love it.

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