The island of O’ahu has been the favourite of tourists for over a century, discovered in the early 1900’s by the Americans from  California, especially the Hollywood film set.

Waikiki, immortalised in so many movies and TV shows like Hawaii 5 O , images of white sandy beach lined with resort hotels , especially the world famous Royal Hawaiian, the Pink Palace to tourists around the world, all set against a backdrop of waves rolling in with surfers, outrigger canoes and Diamond Head . So many people can visualise it and actually even today you can see this scene with the main difference being there will be a lot more people in the view. Waikiki has so much to offer the holiday maker aside from just sun, surf and sand , it is a truly metropolitian resort city . In downtown Waikiki one can experience cuisine that offers a myriad of ethnic flavours reflecting the flow of immigrants to the Hawaiian Islands over the last 100 years. The resurgence in authentic Hawaiian dishes  alongside Japanese, Korean, Chinese, Filipino, traditional American and now the fusion masters like Roy Kamaguchi and his collection of  Roy’s restaurants around the island but even the celebrity driven brands like Morimoto and Nobu have joined this vibrant food scene.

The beautiful sunsets at Waikiki have ensured that beachside and rooftop cocktail bars serving up exotic cocktails are a must do stop at the end of day before venturing on to dinner .

Waikiki and Downtown Honolulu also offer a dynamic nightlife with sophisticated bars and clubs for those who want to party a little later.

Waikiki is the perfect base for those looking for an action packed holiday with easy access to sightseeing adventures like Pearl Harbour, boat trips and a submarine allows one time on the water and under the water exploring the reefs ,tropical fish and ship wrecks .

Shopping is always high on most people’s list and Ala Moana is just a short trolley ride away offering hundreds of shops and department stores with sale time exceptional. Prepared to travel a little further for a bargain then the outlet shopping at Waikele Premium Outlet centre is a must do and really easy on the shuttle service from Waikiki.

One day must be devoted to a trip around the island , hire a car and head for the North Shore , the home of big wave surfing and if it is winter time the 30ft waves might be rolling in , so viewing the big wave surfers at Waimea Bay will definitely get people excited or perhaps you may see a world premier surfing competition at one of the beaches of this 7 km surf coast. The Polynesian Village offers another great stop to see villages from 7 South Pacific countries displaying and high lighting their fascinating cultures.

If snorkeling is a must you could enjoy the Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve with it’s sheltered cove and amazing array of marine life  the best viewing on the island .

Waikiki and O’ahu are the perfect locations for couples and families seeking the holiday where the weather is very reliable , the food and cocktails are amazing and they will never have nothing to do as entertainment and activities are around every corner .

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Flying time: approx. 9 hours from Auckland, New Zealand (dependant on airline) to Honolulu, Oahu.

Local Time: 10 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT).

May to October average 29.4 degrees celcius, whilst November to April averages 25.6 degrees celcius. Evening temperatures drop approx. 12 degrees. November to March are the wettest months.

Entry requirements:
* Valid passport for at least 6 months beyond the intended period of stay (NZ passport holders)..

* A valid return or onward air ticket and sufficient funds.
*An ESTA Visa of approx. US$14 must be paid by New Zealand or Australian passport holders, visit www.cbp.gov/esta

15-20% on meals
US$1 per bag for porters
US$1 per night for housekeeping
US$2-US$5 for car valets

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