Known as "The Gathering Place," Oahu is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands but home to two thirds of the state's population. Here you can learn how to surf, explore the infamous North Shore, walk the streets of Waikiki, and so much more.

If you're planning on visiting Oahu, pack your swim suits, tank tops, shorts and slippers (of course!) But, there are also a few items that you should Pack for Paradise that will come in handy on the island of Oahu:

Snorkel Gear

If you've already invested in a quality set of snorkel gear, you'll definitely make use of it on Oahu.

Hanauma Bay and Sharks Cove are just a few of the many places that you can visit to see some of Hawaii's marine life.


Oahu's North Shore is home to big wave surfing in the winter.

Bring your towels, hats, and snacks and snag a spot on the beach to watch annual surf competitions (binoculars will allow you to get up close to the action!)

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Sheraton Waikik

Sheraton Waikiki

Of all Waikiki Beach hotels, one towers above the rest... the Sheraton Waikiki is a modern monument to traditional Hawaiian hospitality. This Oahu hotel is perfect for families seeking Hawaii activities, couples in search of romance, or weary travelers seeking a rejuvenating escape. The Sheraton Waikiki is your gateway to Hawaii's favorite playground, Waikiki Beach.

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Royal Hawaiian

The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort

The Royal Hawaiian opened in 1927. With its rich history, strong ambassador loyalty, and connection to Hawaiian culture, this historic Honolulu hotel is spectacularly located on the famed Waikiki Beach. A member of Starwood Hotels and Resorts’ Luxury Collection, Royal’s indigenous experience embodies Hawaiian history and charm.

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Moana Surfrider

Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa

"The First Lady of Waikiki" first opened its grandiose doors on March 11th, 1901. Over one hundred years later and countless renovations and refurbishments in-between, the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa remains the premier destination for Waikiki travelers.

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Princess Kaiulani

Sheraton Princess Kaiulani

The Sheraton Princess Kaiulani offers a glimpse at Hawaii's royal past in the heart of Waikiki. This Oahu hotel graces the former estate of Hawaii's last princess... offering Hawaii vacation value just steps from world-famous Waikiki Beach, plus unlimited shopping, dining, and nightlife options.

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