Forty-four miles long, thirty miles wide, 227 miles of shoreline-the island of Oahu, Hawaii, is the 20th largest island in the US. Oahu's two shield volcanoes, Wai'anae and Ko'olau, shaped a valley, a saddle between the two. The island is twenty-five million years old. And five million people visit Oahu each year. An endless summer of vibrant sun, sweet breeze, white sand, crystal clear water, and flourishing tropical nature await your wonder and calm. Vacation rentals like houses, villas, apartments, cabins, cottages and condos are advantageous for staying in Oahu, because your accommodations are of your choosing and always the very best.
Five major beaches will blow your senses away in East Shore: Makapu'u Beach, Waimanalo Beach, Lanikai Beach, Kailua Beach, and Kualoa Regional Park. Towering 600 feet on the cliffs overlooking Makapu'u Beach and Sea Life Park is the US Coast Guard lighthouse. Between cliffs and jagged rocks, Makaup'u Beach sits on a slope, with large tide pools, ideal for those in search of marine life. With horse stables, vegetable and other agricultural farms, Waimanalo is a quiet town, having four miles of pristine beaches. As a member of the National Healthy Beaches Campaign (NHBC), certified by the Laboratory for Coastal Research at Florida International University, Waimanalo Beach has fulfilled sixty environmental and service-based criteria and files monthly reports. Not only is this beach nature's crown, but it is open for the visitor's enjoyment. If you trust Conde Nast, then the fact that Lanikai Beach has been rated #1 in the US will pique your interest. Lanikai Beach is that image of a Hawaiian Beach running through a vacationer's dream. Sister to Lanikai Beach, Kailua Beach has a boat ramp, comfort station, and rental equipment. This one mile long picturesque beach is ideal and safe for swimming, canoeing, kayaking, snorkeling and all around water sports. Kualoa Regional Park is home to not only exquisite beaches, but you may recognize areas of its main attraction, the Kualoa Ranch. Tours run daily, by horse, foot, bus, and ATV. Some of "Jurassic Park" was shot in Kualoa Ranch. Visible from Kualoa Regional Park, Chinaman's Islet can be reached by kayak or sailboat. Lodging on East Shore brings you up close to the pride of Oahu's beaches. If the East Shore doesn't have the event you are looking for, the rest of Oahu does. Some types of events you will find are local and eclectic art, crafts, culinary events, wine tastings, Hawaiian and other ethnic and cultural events, music festivals, concerts, parades, lectures, workshops, plays, surf competitions, and more. Just like the events, if you rent one of the many available condos, apartments, cabins, villas, cottages and homes, restaurants, malls, and stores-generally the entire island-is a tad bit more accessible. Imagine every kind of ethnic food available. Oahu has it: Hawaiian, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Chinese, Korean, Pacific Rim, Italian, French, Mediterranean, vegetarian, Mexican, pizza, seafood, steak, Continental, bar, ice cream, yogurt, and dynamite menus, fusing some of the above. For shopping, you may need to leave East Shore and make your way to Honolulu, where there are major shopping centers with brand names you know. Otherwise, East Shore is more isolated; isolated, but with the morning red sunrise, shimmering blue water, white as sugar sand and tropical flowers and plants. A trip to Oahu is a trip to Hawaiian paradise. The sports and leisure you seek you get. Loads of fun are to be had from surfing, kite surfing, parasailing, jet skiing, water skiing, sailing, kayaking, canoeing, on- and off-shore fishing, whale-watching, snorkeling, scuba diving, hiking, biking, eco-touring, horseback riding, and reclining on your back, basking in the blind sun, mellow breeze, and moderate heat. After a day of surfing and shopping, a massage may be what the doctor orders. All the knots built up from the weary world outside of Oahu are relieved under the rub and aromatherapy of your masseuse. To paraphrase a quote about Hawaii: you don't find Hawaii; Hawaii finds you. One look from the window of your plane as you arrive will set the tone of a wonderful vacation. The lodging and accommodations of your vacation rentals like condos, homes, villas, apartments, cottages or cabins are superb, which should begin your exploration of one of the greatest vacation destinations in the world, East Shore, Oahu, Hawaii.