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Why You should Visit Oahu on your next Family Vacation

 

Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head Crater

Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head Crater

There are so many reasons why you should visit Oahu on your next family vacation! Here are a few of the reasons that keep us coming back again and again:

 

Travel Tip Oahu

PLEASANT WEATHER

 

Hawaii’s year round warm climate makes it a popular destination any time of the year. You will find locals in pants and jackets in the winter but the temperature rarely drops below 16 ˚C (60 ˚F) and averages 19 ˚C to 31 ˚C (66˚F to 87˚F) throughout the year. . So when it is convenient for your family, Hawaii’s tropical paradise is waiting. But do keep in mind, it does tend to be more crowded around holidays and the busy season is December through March and again in the summer months. Our family has been in January and in March over spring break and although you see lots of tourists (that is a huge part of their economy) we wouldn’t consider it too busy!

 

Surfboards for Rent

Surfboards for Rent

AMERICAN “COMFORTS” IN PARADISE

 

For the inexperienced traveler, Hawaii is paradise still within the borders of the United States. Domestic flights only require picture ID. English and Hawaiian are the official languages and while locals will great you with “Aloha” (hello/goodbye/love and several other meanings) and “Mahalo” (thank you), you will find that English is spoken everywhere. It is also very easy to rent a car and navigate the roads. Try to stay away from hitting the highways at rush hour if you can). Furthermore, anything you may have forgotten you can easily obtain. Honolulu is a big city, there is no need to pack for every little emergency because you can grab it at any grocery, shopping or ABC store on every corner. While there are many Hawaiian Foods you should try, there are typical American comfort foods available everywhere!

Sandcastle Building in Honolulu

Sandcastle Building in Honolulu

FAMILY FRIENDLY ACCOMMODATION

 

If you have young children or traveling as a larger group, multiple hotel rooms are not ideal. In Hawaii, there are plenty of one and two bedroom condos with full kitchens, whether rented privately or direct from a hotel chain. These are a great alternative to a small hotel room and only slightly more expensive!

Walking Kalakawa Ave

Walking Kalakawa Ave

STROLLER FRIENDLY

 

The roads and sidewalks are stroller friendly in Oahu, as are most buses. We travel with our Bob but any stroller will be able to navigate the sidewalks and side streets.

One of our many sand castles on waikiki beach

One of our many sand castles on waikiki beach

NATURAL PLAYGROUND

 

The beautiful beaches on Oahu provide a giant playground to occupy young and old for days! From building sand castles on the beach, snorkeling tours or surf board lessons, it’s a day your children won’t soon forget. If you don’t like the crowds on Waikiki beach, head towards the Diamond Head and the beaches are much less crowded.

the Honolulu Zoo

the Honolulu Zoo

DON’T LIKE THE BEACH? DON’T WORRY!

 

If you tire of the sand, the water, the shopping or the people-watching on Waikiki beach, consider a drive around the island and stop at one of the many beautiful viewpoints along the highway. Don’t miss the big surf on the North Shore and make sure to grab a pineapple ice-cream at the Dole plantation! If you don’t want to rent a car you should still try to take a daytrip to the Polynesian Cultural Centre , or visit the Waikiki Aquarium, the Honolulu Zoo, or open up the newspaper and see if Kalakawa ave has a parade while you are visiting. Hiking to the top of Diamond Head to watch the sunrise is also a “must-do” for visitors.


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Waikiki Beach Rainbow

Waikiki Beach Rainbow

THE SPIRIT OF ALOHA

 

The “Aloha” feel, It’s almost unexplainable, but there is just something about visiting this paradise that makes you feel instantly welcome and relaxed. When listening to the ukulele, you can’t help but get caught up in their way of life!

Want More? Check out:

Why Oahu is the Best Island to visit for First Timers

15 Things to Do in Oahu.

Do you have any great “MUST-DO” activities for families visiting Hawaii? Feel free to share in the comments!

Mahalo!

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Lindsay is the Editor and Head Writer of Carpe Diem OUR Way. She wears many hats including mom, wife, freelancer, GM for a manufacturing company and soccer player. Lindsay is spontaneous, loves travel, photography and very recently discovered she loves to write.

16 thoughts on “Why You should Visit Oahu on your next Family Vacation

  1. Sharon

    This site was… how do you say it? Relevant!!

    Finally I’ve found something which helped me.
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  2. Meg Jerrard

    Thanks for this! I’m all for the American comforts in Paradise – we love getting out into nature and trekking, hiking, exploring, though then we like to retire to comfort int he evening, so Oahu definitely sounds like a good spot for us from this perspective. Thanks!

  3. Valerie

    I didn’t realize that the Dole plantation was on Oahu, some pineapple icecream sounds so good!! We haven’t been to Hawaii yet since we have been trying to visit places that may be more tricky when we have kids. we are saving Hawaii for in the next couple years :)

  4. Michele TravelwithMrsT

    My daughter and I loved Oahu; we visited on a full-day-excursion when vacationing in Maui over Thanksgiving one year! Both my kids were in high school when we visited–both islands were very teen-friendly–with snorkeling and ATV-ing our favorites on Maui!

  5. Nancy

    After living on Oahu for quite a few years I can’t resist mentioning how so many travelers avoid Oahu because they feel its overpopulated, over rated, over the top commercialism, and feel its just a big city on a small island. That’s not quite true, sure it is busy but you never have a problem finding a good restaurant or something to do. If you have kids this is the best island to come to, they are never bored like they can be on the outer islands. There’s a zoo in Waikiki, not to mention the safe beach and plenty of other kids to get to play with. If you want some quiet, just head over to North Shore or take them to Sea Life Park. And, with kids you can still get good food they would like at a cheap price with plate lunches.

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