This January I was able to spend 10 days in Oahu with my high school friends, and it was SO amazing! I had only been to Maui out of the Hawaiian islands, but Oahu is now my favorite of the two! There is so much to do and see on the island! It’s definitely necessary to have a rental car so you can see all the sides of the island. As far as Covid restrictions, make sure and look up current regulations on the Hawaii government website, but when I went the requirement was proof of vaccination, or a negative covid test if you are unvaccinated. Most of what we did was based on recommendations from local Hawaiian friends and frequent travelers of Oahu.
WHERE TO STAY:
We stayed in Waikiki since it was central to everything and there are plenty of shops and restaurants within walking distance. Waikiki beach has beautiful water but is always pretty over crowded, so we chose to drive to different beaches most days and explore the island! We rented an Airbnb condo that was a 3 min walk to the beach. However, if I were to go back I may choose to stay on the east side of the island and rent a house with a group or something! The Four Seasons on the west side was also beautiful.
WHAT TO DO:
There is so much to do in Oahu, 10 days felt like hardly enough time! We mainly explored different beaches, did some hikes, and did one sailboat excursion.
WHERE TO EAT:
There are so many amazing restaurants and food trucks on the island! All of these places had great gluten free options as well. We made breakfast and sandwiches for lunch most days at our Airbnb but did dinner out every night! Here are some of our favorites:
It was the best trip visiting my friends who I don’t get to see very often, and exploring all that Oahu has to offer! I definitely hope to come back someday! We got to do some photoshoots for portfolio building while there, but it would be a dream to shoot a wedding or engagement session there!