Get Inspired / USA / Pacific Islands / Hawaii Sizzling O`ahu has it all! Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / USA / Pacific Islands / Hawaii Sizzling O`ahu has it all! story by: Inspire Magazine Imagine a holiday island escape that effortlessly combines white sand relaxation with big city pizazz. Walk six metres from pristine azure waves to dine in world-class restaurants. Or have a surf lesson before hitting the shops to pick out an evening dress equal to anything you've seen on a catwalk. O`ahu has it all, and it manages to present the scintillating diversity of the ultimate holiday island with impeccable polish. Have a special night out with silver service one night and then chow down at a shrimp shack the following day. These shacks and trucks have become a culinary institution on O`ahu, and the drive along Kamehameha Highway presents lots of opportunities to try a range of crustacean delicacies. If it's a nice day pull up at the bright yellow truck with the surfboard menus advertising garlic shrimp, coconut shrimp and believe it or not, popcorn shrimp. The food's great and the ocean view is the perfect appetiser. The undoubted centre of resort life on O`ahu is Waikiki, and with good reason. The beach is splendid, the water crystal clear and the aloha welcome genuine. Spend the morning tanning and swimming before escaping the midday sun to spoil yourself rotten with fantastic shopping. Kalakaua Ave is often referred to as the 'Rodeo Drive of Waikiki', Ala Moana is the world's largest open-air shopping centre and the impressive savings at Waikele Premium Outlets are only a short drive away. At sundown you'll find Waikiki jam-packed with venues to suit all tastes. If you're looking for a loungy spot with live music and wonderful sunsets try Rum Fire, for everything else from hula dancers to Nashville just walk the boardwalk and listen out for the tunes. You could spend your whole holiday wandering less than a couple of blocks from your hotel and still have a wonderful time, but venture to the island's North Shore for a day and you'll discover international surfing's holy grail. During winter truly massive waves of over nine metres test the world's bravest, but time your visit between May and September for calm shores. Hot tips: November and February are best for big wave surfing on the North Shore. From May to September it can be very calm, which is perfect for swimming. www.islandgrocery.com delivers groceries to your condominium, you can even arrange essentials before you arrive. Book a Pearl Harbour tour early – it’s popular and sells out weeks in advance. Ask us about your FREE HOT Discount Shopping Passport for Ala Moana Centre. > Click here for Cheap Flights to Hawai`i or HOT Hawai`i Holiday Deals Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist 17 hotel hacks for 2017 Read more Add or remove from Wishlist The 6 best stopover destinations en route to Europe Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.