Postcard beauty, world-famous beaches, and skyscrapers that rival a backdrop of green mountains. Island time is closer than you think at The Gathering Place.

Oahu is the third largest island in Hawaii, but certainly the most populated. That’s not to say exploring a secluded beach or strolling through the rainforest isn’t possible. Venture outside the city of Waikiki and its suburbs, and you’ll discover quietude and serenity, which are passionately defended by locals who love it just as much as you do.

Who’s to say you wouldn’t enjoy the city, too? When looking for Oahu points of interest, simply follow those glimmering high rises and join them in watching the sunset over Waikiki Beach. After dark, island culture and entertainment really shine. The inviting melting pot of American, Polynesian, Japanese, and other cultures blend more fervently at night, so enjoy a multitude of fusion restaurants, strike up new friendships over colorful cocktails, and rub elbows with locals at a luau.

When the sun rises again, the things to do in Oahu increase exponentially. Walk where Hawaiian royalty did at Queen Emma’s Summer Palace. This island in the Pacific has had immeasurable influence on the shape of the world today, and nowhere is that more evident than at the USS Arizona Memorial, commemorating Pearl Harbor.

There’s so much to do on your Oahu vacation that you may actually struggle to find time for those world-famous beaches, but some serious time on the sand is worth it. Here, there’s a beach for every taste and preference: surfers find their Zen on the 30- to 40-foot waves of the Banzai Pipeline at Ehukai Beach Park, resort lovers flock to Waikiki Beach, and thrill seekers scale cliffs to arrive on secluded Halona Beach Cove. Which will you choose?

Speaking of choice, that’s exactly what our Oahu vacation packages are all about. Pick your favorite and let The Gathering Place say aloha to you.