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Oahu is home to the world-famous beaches of Waikiki and the North Shore, places where dreams come to life on a daily basis. The Hawaiian island of Oahu is defined by lush green mountains, a rich multicultural vibe, sandy coves lapped by turquoise water, and some of the best fish tacos you’ll ever have. These are the best Oahu Airbnbs to stay close to the action without getting caught up in the flow.
1. House with hills view in Kaneohe Bay
An optimized Hawaii experience isn’t based solely on the beach. Oahu is home to some of the state’s, and indeed the country’s, most verdant and beautiful mountains. This gorgeous property keeps you near the shores of Kaneohe Bay but away from the tourist lines, swapping crowds for green hills, with the peace of knowing you’re lounging poolside in a gated neighborhood.
Two guests, one bedroom
Price: $207 per night
2. Bright and airy Kailua home for 14 guests
If traveling to Hawaii with extended family or several friends who want to stay waterside, this spacious home off Kailua is a great option. You’ll awaken to the sound of the waves each morning, with plenty of space for kids to sleep away from the parents. The large living space is perfect for game nights, social hours, and preparing meals for larger groups. Each bedroom opens to a private yard, though the beach is just steps away.
14 guests, four bedrooms
Price: $695 per night
3. Waikiki studio with incredible views
Waikiki is the center of the party on Oahu, with shopping, nightlife, and every take on dining — from fish tacos to filet mignon — a short walk away. This studio apartment is in the center of it all, an ideal way to experience Oahu’s most famous strip at an affordable rate. Two of the United States’ most famous beaches, Queen’s Beach and Kuhio Beach, are just beyond the building. Your balcony view will afford the luxury of plotting a spot on the sand in advance, overlooking not just the beach but the tropical greenery that Waikiki is known for.
Two guests, studio
Price: $160 per night
4. Beautiful condo on Waianae Beach with best views on Oahu
You haven’t really seen the sunset until you’ve seen it from the balcony of this incredible beachside condo. Surf breaks are right outside, along with boogie boarding, long beach strolls, and plenty of nature gazing. Turtles, dolphins, and many varieties of birds are known to drop by, and, if you’re visiting in the winter, block off some time for whale watching from the balcony.
Four guests, one bedroom
Price: $195 per night
5. Coffee farm stay in Valhalla studio
Cookie-cutter tourist experiences are easy to find on Oahu. Far rarer is something that none of your friends or family have done before. Try this coffee farm stay on a 7.5-acre tropical coffee farm, tucked away near the North Shore. The property owners call it a “secret garden cottage,” and it certainly feels like it — the property couldn’t possibly be more lush and green. Legendary surfing and fish tacos are just up the road at the North Shore, though you could also just chill here and sip coffee (or wine) in the gazebo.
Three guests, studio
Price: $185 per night
6. Surfer garden retreat on the famous North Shore
Surfers come to the North Shore to experience some of the fiercest waves in the world. Even if you don’t partake, walking the shoreline and watching the surfers in action is an experience in itself. This garden retreat just off the beach is a cozy guesthouse that’s away from the action but within walking distance of it, ideal for a relaxing vacation.
Three guests, one bedroom
Price: $250 per night
7. Well-trimmed beach bungalow on Ke Iki beach
Combine the perfect beach — Ke Iki, known for the North Shore’s best sunset — with a well-trimmed beach bungalow whose hosts are accustomed to the musings of the beach-going wayfarer, and you have the Ke Iki beach bungalows. This bungalow is outfitted with a cozy living space opening to the palm-lined beach, world-class surf, and coastal culture right outside the door.
Four guests, one bedroom
Price: $466 per night
8. Marina-front home with private pool in Hawaii Kai
Sometimes you just have to go all out. In Oahu, there’s no better place to do so than with this luxurious marina-front home. The property has a sparkling pool overlooking Koko Head Crater, room for 13 guests with space to chill, and an amazing reflection of the morning’s sunrise beaming off the hills. Diamond Head, Honolulu, and Waikiki are a short drive north; though if you do decide to venture out of the neighborhood, we suggest heading the other direction and cruising the eastern coastline. Surf, more fish tacos, and the stunning views of Oahu’s rugged coastline await.
Thirteen guests, five bedrooms
Price: $1,500 per night
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