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Top 10 Oʻahu Guidebooks

Our Picks for the Best Guidebooks to Help You Plan Your Oʻahu Trip


More people visit the island of Oʻahu each year than any other island in Hawaii. Unfortunately many spend their entire vacation in Waikiki, rarely leaving the area bordered on the east by Diamond Head and on the west by Pearl Harbor. Oʻahu has so much more to offer ranging from the pineapple fields of Central Oʻahu to the high surf of the North Shore to the beautiful beaches of Windward Oʻahu.

1. Driving and Discovering Hawaii: Oʻahu

Winner of the American Airline /Hawaii Visitors and Conventions Bureau Travel Journalism Award for "Best Hawaii Guidebook", Driving & Discovering Hawaii: Oʻahu is by far the most detailed and complete guidebook to the island of Oahu ever produced.
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2. Oahu Revealed: The Ultimate Guide to Honolulu, Waikiki & Beyond

Continuing in the fine tradition of their books on the Big Island, Kauai and Maui, Andrew Doughty and Harriett Friedman have produced what soon may be considered the definitive guidebook on Oahu. With excellent maps, pinpoint driving directions and honest evaluations of activities, dining and lodgings, this book is a must for visitors to Oahu.
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3. Oahu Trailblazer: Where to Hike, Snorkel, Surf from Honolulu to the North Shore

An all-in-one adventure guide for independent travelers, Trailblazer covers all of the island's well-known attractions, plus the hidden spots that most visitors miss. Included are both nature's wonders and wild places, along with Oahu's wealth of museums, aquariums, historic sites, unique gift shops, outdoor markets, and developed parklands. The book covers 114 hikes and strolls: waterfalls, botanical gardens, ancient sites, ridgetops, stream valleys, rain forests, and miles of beach hikes, plus city strolls in Honolulu, Chinatown, Waikiki, the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor, and Haleiwa on the North Shore.

4. Oahu Restaurants And Dining With Honolulu And Waikiki

This comprehensive guide to the "special" restaurants and dining spots on the Island of Oahu is an essential for food enthusiasts, travel adventurers, and culinary vagabonds. Inside the authors take us on a tour of over 190 establishments ranging from posh formal dining venues to hole-in-the-walls. Each member of this personal A list gets a full page write-up loaded with information designed to empower the reader. Rounding things out enhancements appear covering interests like "Family Friendly" and "Old Haunts" with cultural background provided by "Island Cuisines" and "Hawaii Glossaries" Together this data rich collection covers the Oahu dining scene like nothing has ever done before.

5. Moon Handbooks: Oahu: Honolulu, Waikiki, and Beyond

Taking over the helm of this excellent series from the late J.D. Bisignani, Robert Nilsen has written an excellent guide to the island of Oahu, in the fine tradition of Moon Handbooks. Whether you're interested in beaches, diving, hiking, paddling, and camping, or the history, people, culture, customs, and art of Oahu, this book is a must read.
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6. Dk Eyewitness Top 10 Travel Guides Honolulu & Oahu

Whether you are traveling first class or on a limited budget, this Eyewitness Top 10 guide will lead you straight to the very best Honolulu has to offer. Dozens of top 10 lists - from the top 10 beaches to the best places for Hawaiian and Pacific Rim cuisine - provide the insider knowledge no visitor should be without. Includes hundreds of color photographs that really give you a flavour of the place, plus detailed maps.
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7. Lonely Planet Honolulu Waikiki & Oahu

Written from a decidedly British point of view, Lonely Planet Oahu is an easy to read and very informative guide to Hawaii's Gathering Place. The book includes 25 maps, including full-color maps of Honolulu and Waikiki as well as an extensive section on Oahu history.
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8. Frommer's Honolulu, Waikiki & Oʻahu

Excellent guide to the island of Oʻahu by the author of Frommer's Hawaii 2008 guidebook. The book features extensive information on lodging and restaurants as well as everything one needs to know about the island's best beaches, plus water sports and fun activities for the entire family.
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9. The O'ahu Snorkelers and Shore Divers Guide

Published by the University of Hawaii Press, this fine book guides you to twenty-six of Oʻahu's best snorkeling and diving sites that will enrich and enhance your underwater adventures. Detailed driving directions to each location are included as well as helpful maps showing onshore facilities and many offshore features you'll want to explore.
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10. Hidden Oahu: Including Waikiki, Honolulu, and Pearl Harbor

Unwilling to settle for chain hotels and standard tourist restaurants, veteran travel writer Ray Riegert seeks out unique inns, restaurants, and local spots that reflect the spirit of Hawaii. The author offers suggestions for after-sundown fun at over 30 nightclubs and 11 authentic Hawaiian music revues. He tells where to find the best beaches: 30 in all, including 21 with surfing, 18 with snorkeling, and 14 with camping. Also featured are recommendations for a variety of dining choices.
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