Oahu - Oahu visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Oahu' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Hawaii.
Welcome to this map and guide to Oahu (O'ahu), the third largest island in Hawaii. 'O'ahu' means 'Gathering Place', and the vast majority of visitors to Hawaii will spend some time on Oahu. This interactive Oahu map is a guide to the island. On the map are pins showing the different beaches, parks and other places of interest. Select a map pin and you will be presented with a 360° panorama of that place along with some local and travel information. This Oahu guide is one of the most comprehensive collection of panoramic images from Oahu on the internet, so weather you want information about Waikiki, the North Shore of more secluded parts of Oahu, this guide will help you find it.
Oahu is the most populous of all the Hawiian islands, and contains the state capital, Honolulu. It is famous for the beaches around Waikiki, surfing along the North Shore and Pearl Harbour. Oahu is a maximum of 44 miles long and 33 miles wide made by two ancient shield volcanoes, Waiʻanae and Koʻolau, with a broad saddle, forming the Oʻahu Plain joining them. The highest point on Oahu is Mt. Ka'ala in the Wai'anae Range (1,220 m).
Most tourists come to Oahu to relax on the beaches, with most not venturing far from Waikiki in Honolulu. Most of the hotels on Oahu are found around the Waikiki area. Other important sights on Oahu include Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Kāne'ohe Bay, Kailua Bay and North Shore. In addition to this, Oahu acts as the gateway to the rest of the Hawaiian Islands with flights departing regularly for places Hawaii Island, Maui, Lanai, Molokai and Kaui.
Beaches of Oahu
Oahu has over 100 beaches and beach parks, and at times it can feel like almost the whole island is encircled by beach and sand. This guide covers many of them. The most popular beaches, aside from Waikiki, include Ala Moana Beach, Hanauma Bay, Lanikai Beach, Kailua Beach, Sunset Beach, Sandy Beach and Waimanalo Beach. Below are lists of some of the beaches found in various parts of Oahu:
North Shore and Surfing Beaches: If surfing and diving is your thing, then head for the beaches that line the North Shore of Oahu. In the summer months many of these offer excellent swiming and snorkeling, and during the winter high surf brings out the boards with Oahu offering some of the best surfing in the world. The most famous of the dozens of surfing beaches along the North Shore include Mokuleia Beach, Alii Beach, Laniakea Beach, Waimea Bay, the Banzai Pipeline at Banzai Beach and Sunset Beach.
Windward Shore on Oahu's East Coast: The beaches and beach parks along the east coast of Oahu are not as popular as either Waikiki or North Shore. While they may not have as many facilities, this is compensated for by relative quiet and the dramatic backdrop of the Koolau Range, wildlife reserves and good swimming. Those to look out for include Malaekahana Bay, Laie Bay, Hauula Beach and Kahana Bay, as well as the various beaches around Kaneohe towards the southern end of the island.