Oahu Island Travel Guide U.S.A: Tourism in Oahu, Chinatown, Honolulu, Waikiki, Leeward Coast
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Oahu Island Travel Guide U.S.A. Tourism in Oahu, Chinatown, Honolulu, Waikiki, Leeward Coast. Welcome to Oahu. Variety is the spice of life, and nowhere else in Hawaii can you find the variety that infuses this island. Oahu, aptly nicknamed “The Gathering Place,” is an unparalleled melting pot ripe with many cultural influences. As Hawaii’s most populated island, Oahu is diversity personified. Here urban and rural communities exist side by side, offering visitors and residents the best of both worlds. Visit the well-known Oahu beaches offering plenty of activities and then trek to the pristine and secluded tropical beaches surrounded by waterfalls, lush greenery and mountain hiking paths. Snorkel at the well-known Hanauma Bay, frolic with dolphins, or take a deep-sea fishing trip. Play a few rounds at some of the most coveted golf courses in the world, surf Waikiki where the sport of kings originated, or hike up Diamond Head for world-famous views. During your pleasantly cooled evenings, take a short cocktail cruise around the South Shore, eat at one of Honolulu’s five star restaurants, try an Oahu luau, or enjoy one of the many evening events, from intimate local music shows to entertaining Broadway plays. Whatever your island passion may be, Oahu can accommodate. Oahu is the political and economic heart of Hawaii, the location of the capital of Honolulu and home to nearly 900,000 residents. Oahu has a land area of 607.7 square miles and 112 miles of coastline. Situated just below the Tropic of Cancer, Oahu is 2,390 miles west of San Francisco, California and one of the most remote spots on the globe. Oahu is the 3rd largest island in the chain of 8 major Hawaiian Islands, but it is home to 75% of the state’s total population. Oahu’s temperatures stay mild year round between 68 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit (20-29.4 C). Winter months (November to April) are a bit cooler with more frequent precipitation. Cooling trades work wonders to keeping the island pleasantly comfortable. Visitors love the warm temperature of the coastal waters, which average around 76 to 78 degrees (24.4-25.5 C). Oahu is home to two monumental mountain ranges, the Koolau Mountains, which reach along the northeastern side, and the Waianae Mountains which lay to the west.