Oahu is blessed with a temperate climate. Year-round, you're pretty much guaranteed sunny skies. The temperatures typically range from 21 degrees (not bad!) to 30 degrees (awesome!). Annually, the island receives less than 25 inches of rain; the rainiest months are November through January, so consider planning your trip around these weather patterns. Ocean temperatures vary but range between 25 degrees in the cooler winter months and 27 degrees in the summer.
2. Soft adventure
There's no shortage of soft adventure options on the island. From snorkelling, diving and surfing to kayaking and outrigger canoeing, Oahu's climate and mostly calm waters make for near-perfect conditions for light outdoor activities. Note: before engaging in any water sports, be sure to check the water conditions for that day. Most beaches post daily surf and tide updates.
Prefer turf to surf? Hike Diamond Head. Situated on the southeast coast of the island, Diamond Head is one of the most famous volcanic craters in the world. The 1-3/4-mile hike is moderately intense and will take about an hour and a half to complete. The best time of day to hike is early in the morning; you'll avoid big crowds and the intense sun. The trail is not shaded so don't forget to wear a hat and sunscreen and bring water to keep yourself hydrated. Once you reach the top, the panoramic views of Waikiki Beach are worth the effort!
3. Great accommodations
Oahu has so many great hotels, it won't be hard to find something just right for you. If beachfront is essential, Waikiki Beach is lined with options like the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach, where the rooms are large and spacious and feel like an apartment, or the two 30-story towers of the Sheraton. These oceanfront hotels offer stunning views, not only of the beach but of Diamond Head, which dominates the skyline along the south coast. If you're looking for something more budget-friendly, Honolulu is full of other hotels that are just walking distance from the beach. The Aqua Palms and Spa, for instance, is off-beach but it's on track for an affordable boutique hotel experience. If luxury in a low-key environment is more your style, consider the JW Marriott Ihilani Resort & Spa in Ko Olina, located a short drive from the hectic pace of Waikiki. This high-rise hotel offers stylish, spacious accommodations in an elegant, family-friendly setting. The rooms feature every comfort from a state-of-the-art air purification system to deep soak tubs.
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