Oahu - The Gathering Place

Map of OahuOahu or Oʻahu, known as “The Gathering Place”, is the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands and the most populous of the islands in the U.S. state of Hawaii. The state capital, Honolulu, is on Oahu’s southeast coast. Including small close-in offshore islands such as Ford Island and the islands in Kaneohe Bay and off the eastern (windward) coast, it has a total land area of 596.7 square miles (1,545.4 km2), making it the 20th largest island in the United States. In the greatest dimension, this volcanic island is 44 miles (71 km) long and 30 miles (48 km) across. The length of the shoreline is 227 miles (365 km). The island is the result of two separate shield volcanoes: Waiʻanae and Koʻolau, with a broad “valley” or saddle (the central Oʻahu Plain) between them. The highest point is Mt. Ka’ala in the Waiʻanae Range, rising to 4,003 feet (1,220 m) above sea level.
Oahu AquariumOahu AquariumAcross from Kapiolani Park at Waikiki, the Aquarium, founded in 1904 (the third oldest public aquarium in the US), contains a world-famous collection of brilliantly colored tropical fish. It is situated next to living reef on the Waikiki shoreline.
Honolulu Zoo
The Honolulu Zoo is one of the most exciting place to children.
After concrete and crowds, the zoo takes you to another world.  There are benches and shade everywhere, and the flora and fauna are definitely different from the temperate United States.
If you are traveling with children, the zoo is a must-see and is affordable for families.
The Honolulu Zoo is located within walking distance from just about anywhere in Waikiki.
Diamond Head
The famous Waikiki landmark recognized around the world.
Called Mt. Leahi in Hawaiian, it was nicknamed Diamond Head when early explorers found olivine crystals here and mistook them for diamonds
Hanauma Bay

Oahu’s most popular snorkeling spot!
Hanauma Bay is sunken volcanic crater ringed with 2,000 feet of golden sand and open to the ocean on one side.
-Rental for snorkeling is available

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