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The Hawaiian Islands | Oahu

Aloha and welcome to the island of Oahu, where dreams are real and just waiting for you to experience them.
Oahu has a unique rhythm, filling the air with sweet fragrances, exotic flowers, music and language; exhilarating one moment, tranquil the next. From sparkling beaches and dazzling nightlife to lush rainforests and secluded valleys. Adventure, history, romance, discovery. Oahu awaits you. Ready to inspire and rejuvenate you.

The perfect day on Oahu. Pack a cooler with drinks and a picnic, and make sure you have your swimsuit, towels and sunscreen with you. Its time to explore this beautiful island.

Head east from Waikiki through Kapi'olani Park. Follow the road that goes around the front of Diamond Head. As well as being Hawaii's most recognizable landmark, it has a couple of scenic overlooks where you can watch the surfers along the South Shore. Travel on through Kahala and Hawaii Kai to the rugged east coast of the island.

Enjoy some fantastic snorkelling at Hanauma Bay before you continue on past the Blow Hole and Sandy Beach to Makapu'u, a perfect place to stop and enjoy sights of the real Hawaii. Mark Twain said that Hawaii is 'the most beautiful fleet of islands. The mountains plunge from the sky into the sea and on a clear day the palette of colour is breathtaking. If you are an accomplished body surfer, you will definitely enjoy the challenge of Makapu'u Bay.

Continue towards the North Shore and Hale'iwa, a little town on Oahu's North Shore that's filled with galleries, antique shops and great restaurants. The road hugs the coastline most of the way. There are parks, picnic stops, scenic overlooks and waterfalls for miles. This may be the most scenic drive on the island. Where the mountains touch the sea is always a special place.

If you're looking for golf, there's a fantastic course at Turtle Bay Resort, but you may want to save that for another day. A little further is Sunset Beach - if the surf is up here, it's awe-inspiring.

It's time to head back to Waikiki, and what better way to end your perfect day on Oahu than taking a romantic walk along Waikiki Beach to watch the moon rise over Diamond Head.

Waikiki has so many fabulous restaurants, offering a vast array of cuisine that no matter what your taste, you are sure to find something to suit your mood and palate. If you still have some energy left after such a busy day, there's certainly plenty of nightlife in this cosmopolitan resort.

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