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Home to the majority of the Hawaiian population, you’ll discover breathtaking sights, awesome adventures, and gastronomic delights in Oahu. The Daniel K. Inouye International Airport, formerly known as Honolulu International Airport (HNL), on the island of Oahu is Hawaii’s main airport, and it’s highly likely your flight to the state will most likely land there first. From there you can easily travel to any other Hawaiian island. But with so many things to see and do on Oahu, you shouldn’t be in a rush to leave! One of the best ways to explore the wonders of Oahu is by hiring a car. Car rentals on Oahu with DriveNow are the easiest way to get a head start by beating the crowds and long waits at the taxi stands. Once you’ve landed, you can jump into your car hire in Oahu straight away! Let us take you on a journey with this quick guide on things to do, where to eat, and places to stay on this remarkable island paradise!

Things to do in Oahu

With some of the most scenic spots in all of North America and plenty of intriguing attractions to see, you won’t be short on things to put on your to-do list. Here are a few of the high points in case you’re trying to narrow things down a bit!

Visit Pearl Harbour

One of the most famous historical sites in Hawaii, Pearl Harbour now stands as a museum and memorial area where you can visit and learn about the attack on 7 December 1941. Let the expert guides, who are professional storytellers, take you on a tour to experience an iconic memorial that is just above the wreckage of the battleship USS Arizona.

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Explore the iconic U.S. naval base of Pearl Harbour and visit the memorial of the USS Arizona.

Surf at White Plains Beach

Located on the southwest of Oahu, White Plains Beach is perfect for beginners due to the slow and gentle surf waves year round. This is an awesome spot to learn how to surf, as you can find lessons and rent gear in the area. Board rentals are about $US5 per hour, so it’s very affordable, which is great for families. It is also an area that is easily accessible for everyone, especially when you have Oahu car hire at your disposal!

Snorkel at Shark’s Cove

Swim among the colourful fishes and corals, or spot some sea turtles when you snorkel at Shark’s Cove. Located at the world famous North Shore of Oahu, Shark’s Cove is brimming with marine life and landscape (no sharks included!). The shallow waters and rocky bay area is filled with little sea caves where fish swim, and there are many small tide pools for children to waddle in.

Where to eat in Oahu

With so many awesome activities all around, you’re bound to work up both a thirst and an appetite. Here are a few of the best options that are worth hopping in your Oahu car rental for!

Helena’s Hawaiian Food

For a simple and authentic meal, head over to small eatery Helena’s Hawaiian Food on North School Street. Here you can taste traditional local favourites like kalua pig which is cooked in an imu (underground oven pit), pipikaula short ribs, a signature dish of Helena’s that is marinated and smoked to tender deliciousness, and lau lau, a classic dish of steamed pork wrapped in taro leaves. Now run by Helena’s grandson, her homemade dishes will make you go yum!

Helena’s Hawaiian Food
Authentic and delicious, Helena’s dishes are a treat for anyone visiting Oahu
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Alan Wong’s

Serving regional Hawaiian cuisine, Alan Wong’s on King’s Street offers a plethora of impeccable dishes. A must-try signature dish is the ginger crusted Onaga, which is a long tail red snapper covered in ginger, accompanied with miso sesame vinaigrette, mushroom, and corn. Alan’s menu is inspired by the various ethnic cultures that make up the people of Hawaii, combining diversity and local ingredients from the farms of the land. Make sure to book a table a few weeks in advance as it’s very popular!

Waiola Shave Ice

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Cool down with some Waiola Shave Ice during your holiday!
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After an activity in the sun, cool down and satisfy your sweet cravings with shave ice from Waiola Shave Ice on Waiola Street. Even if you don’t have a sweet tooth, you’ve just got to try this Hawaiian treat while you’re on Oahu. This little shop serves shave ice with a range of toppings such as azuki beans, mochi balls, and tropical syrup flavours you can choose from!

Places to stay in Oahu

With a massive collection of beachy resorts and other great accommodation options, there are plenty of sweet spots to call home during your Hawaiian holiday. And, with car rentals on Oahu at your disposal, no exploration location is too far away. Here are a few spots that might tickle your fancy when it comes to finding a place to stay in Oahu.

Waikiki Beach

Stay at one of the most famous beaches in the world. Waikiki Beach is populated with everything from luxurious premier brand resorts with amazing ocean views right through to cosy budget accommodations to suit every family or individual. Lots of great shopping and restaurants await you here at Waikiki, not to mention a nightlife scene filled with fun luaus you won’t want to miss!

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The legendary Waikiki Beach is filled with hotels and restaurants to suit all sorts of fancies

Kahala Resort

Located near Waikiki on the southeast of Oahu, the Kahala Resort is the only hotel within the area and undeniably one of the top luxury resorts in Hawaii. It offers guests spacious bathrooms, panoramic ocean views, and an immaculate secluded beach. The Kahala Resort has even hosted U.S. Presidents and Hollywood celebrities who wanted to get away from their busy lives and experience the undisturbed bliss of Hawaii.

North Shore

Filled with beautiful landscapes and pristine beaches, the North Shore is popular but less crowded than other parts of Oahu. Though there are a limited number of accommodation options, the sights are spectacular. The Turtle Bay Resort is the area’s only resort that is right at the beach. There are a few restaurants at the hotel, but if you’re in for some attractions while you’re on the hunt for food, you can take a short scenic drive in your Oahu car hire to Haleiwa to discover the town’s restaurants and cafes.

Leeward Coast (Ko Olina)

The Leeward Coast district is located on the coastal side of the Waianae Mountain Range and is quite the opposite from the busy area of Waikiki, which is only about a 30 minute drive away. This side of Oahu features gorgeous areas to relax and unwind in, with lagoons to swim in and spas to spoil you. This area is also a close 30 minute drive in your Oahu rental car to Pearl Harbour if you’re planning to visit the memorial site.

Turn to DriveNow for Cheap Car Rental in Oahu

Oahu is not just another island with beaches; it is a haven filled with magnificent terrains, historic sites, and an ancient blend of diverse cultures, not to mention a multitude of festivals that include the Honolulu Festival, Prince Lot Hula Festival, the Hawaii Food and Wine Festival, and Sony Festival to name a few. With so many events happening on Oahu, you’ll want to be able to navigate the island with ease. You can do this by jumping in your DriveNow hire car in a jiffy.

Booking is so easy with DriveNow, as our reservations team is based in Australia and there to help you with all enquiries you may have about car rentals on Oahu. Our hassle free booking system is a breeze to use, so you don’t have to stress about finding a set of keys when you land on Oahu. Just pick them up at the airport and jump straight in!

We have also partnered with some of the best brands from around the world to offer you a wide selection of cars with the best prices to suit families and individuals, so you can head to cultural sites or take a scenic drive straight from the airport if you’re pressed for time. And don’t think our amazing services are reserved just for car hire in Hawaii. You can also get great deals on car rentals at San Francisco Airport (SFO), Los Angeles Airport (LAX), and other popular US destinations. Don’t let the long taxi waits hold you back from any of your holiday plans and just DriveNow!

Why Use DriveNow for Car Hire in Oahu?

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What are you waiting for? Let the enchanting island of Oahu and cheap, easy car rental take you on a Polynesian journey filled with cultural landmarks, beautiful landscapes, and gastronomic delights!

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