Best Airbnbs in Oahu from Waikiki to the North Shore [2021]

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Aloha! Looking for the best Airbnbs in Oahu? You’ve landed on the right page. We reviewed the vacation rental listings on Airbnb, read the reviews and checked the photos to compile this list of well located houses and apartments with excellent amenities. 

Whether you’re looking for a chic penthouse suite in Waikiki or a sprawling house with beach front on the North Shore you’ll find your perfect stay among these wonderful properties in Oahu. So get ready to book so you can move your trip planning onto booking activities and deciding what to pack. Oahu is waiting!

Waikiki

Booking an Airbnb in Waikiki offers those taking a vacation on Oahu the ultimate in freedom and flexibility. The properties listed here have kitchen facilities for self-catering, yet are just steps away from shops, restaurants and beaches. As well as the amenities within the apartment, guests also have access to the swimming pools and other shared facilities of each complex. The following properties are all located in Waikiki’s most popular areas.

“Ali’i” Studio – 2 beds, sleeps 4

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This sleek, modern studio is within a stone’s throw of Waikiki’s famous beach, as well as being just a block from a range of restaurants and shops. Free allocated parking, a full kitchen and your own private outdoor lanai are included. Inside, the studio has WiFi, air-conditioning and cable TV. Shared amenities at the apartment complex include a pool, sun deck, laundry room, bar and restaurant.

Marbella Lane – 2 beds, sleeps 4

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Marbella Lane is a spacious apartment with a large balcony, located in a peaceful yet central part of town. There are sweeping views over the area from this fifth floor property, and guests can walk to everything Waikiki has to offer. Kahahamoku beach is just steps away, and popular with sunbathers as well as surfers, swimmers and paddle boarders. The facilities of the Ilikai Hotel are right here on site, with two pools, eateries, a beach gear rental shop and more on the ground floor of the building.

Direct Oceanfront @ Waikiki Beach Tower – 4 beds, sleeps 8

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This seaside apartment is ideal for those who want to immerse themselves in Hawaiian beach life, as it offers panoramic views over the ocean from all aspects. Facing Waikiki beach, the suite has a fully equipped kitchen plus two bedrooms. Various amenities are provided, including beach chairs, WiFi, beach towels, PlayStation 4, bodyboards, washer and dryer. Guests can also use shared facilities including swimming pools, a terrace, fire pits, BBQs, pool table and exercise equipment.

Should all the above options be fully booked, why not check out more Waikiki Airbnbs here

Diamond Head

Home to some of the best airbnbs in Oahu, Diamond Head is a more tranquil part of Waikiki. Staying here offers guests stunning views over Diamond Head and the Oahu coastline, as well as easy beach access. The area is just a short stroll from all the amenities of Waikiki, including restaurants, shops and entertainment.

Best view studio – 1 bed, sleeps 2

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This stunning condo offers unparalleled views over Diamond Head, Kapiolani Park and the ocean – from the attached, furnished balcony as well as from within. Kuhio and Queen’s beaches are just steps away. The stylish, air-conditioned studio offers WiFi, coffee maker, washing machine and workspace, plus access to a shared swimming pool.

2 minutes walk to Waikiki Beach – 2 beds, sleeps 4

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Close to Diamond Head, this comfortable apartment has two bedrooms, each of which has its own attached bathroom. The property is very close to Waikiki Beach, and comes complete with a parking space. Other useful, family-friendly facilities include washing machine, dryer and a dishwasher. In the quieter part of Waikiki, this apartment is perfect for those who want to relax on vacation while enjoying the Hawaiian surf, dining, sunsets and nightlife.

 

Waikiki Beach penthouse – 3 beds, sleeps 6

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Bright and breezy in style, this top floor penthouse apartment is the only two-bedroom condo in the Waikiki Grand. A car is not required as you’re so close to the beaches, restaurants, entertainment and shops – but secure, covered parking is included anyway. Perfect for families, the apartment comes complete with beach equipment like towels, chairs, snorkels and a cooler. There is also a laundry, swimming pool and restaurants on site.

Looking for things to do when you arrive in Oahu? Check our guide to Oahu’s best activities – boat tours, snorkeling, plus more 

 

North Shore

Head to the North Shore of Oahu to sample a more relaxed take on the Hawaiian beach lifestyle. This laid-back area is hugely popular with surfers, and famous for its beach breaks and breathtaking sunsets. Find out more in this guide to Oahu’s North Shore. This area is definitely one of the best for anyone seeking beach house rentals in Oahu.

The Haleiwa Wave House – 1 bed, sleeps 2

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This pristine beach house is positioned within the peaceful North Shore beach community of Haleiwa. Newly built, this stunning vacation home comes with its own private lanai for outdoor relaxation. The open plan living area includes a well equipped kitchen with full-sized appliances, coffee maker and dishwasher, while the bedroom is separate. A luxuriously oversized shower, bath and beach towels, WiFi, beach chairs, cable TV and cooler complete the perfect package.

Sunset Beach House – 4 beds, sleeps 5

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Does your vacation dream involves beachfront living? Then check out this stunning Airbnb on the North Shore of Oahu. Also in tranquil Haleiwa, the home offers coastal, contemporary style. Direct beach access is shared with neighboring duplexes, while the front yard, parking space and outdoor shower are exclusively for your use only. A kitchen with dishwasher makes self-catering simple and there is also a TV, WiFi and a washing machine.

Haleiwa Beachfront – 3 beds, sleeps 6

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If magnificent coastal views plus access to restaurants and other local amenities add up to the perfect holiday, then this beachfront home in Haleiwa might be just right for you. Managed by an Airbnb superhost, the house is decorated in neutral tones with pops of teal and offers WiFi, workspace, TV and three bedrooms.

Should all the above options be fully booked, why not check out more North Shore Airbnbs here

Downtown Honolulu and Ala Moana

If you like to be close to the action, then booking an Airbnb in the Honolulu downtown or Ala Moana areas might suit you best. This area offers lots of shopping and dining options, and is also the epicenter of Hawaii’s famous street art scene.

Spacious Downtown Hideaway – 2 beds, sleeps 4

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This generously sized apartment has full length windows that offer guests sweeping views over Honolulu and mountains. It is centrally located, yet even comes with a parking spot. The complex also has a hot tub and pool. Inside, the air-conditioned apartment has a washing machine, well-equipped kitchen with dishwasher, TV and WiFi plus a dedicated work area.

 

Yacht on the Beach – 4 beds, sleeps 6

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This unique vacation rental on Oahu is situated close to the Ala Moana mall and the fashionable Kaka’Ako district. Being moored in Kewalo Basin harbor, the boat is also very close to Honolulu’s famous beaches. The compact accommodation offers hot water, WiFi, air-conditioning, flatscreen TVs and full kitchen with Kuerig coffee machine and pods. This cozy property certainly makes for a one-off vacation experience.

33rd floor – panoramic views – 2 beds, sleeps 5

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This newly renovated condo enjoys an elevated position, so guests can really savour those beach views by day and sunset vistas each evening. Both the apartment itself and the complex offer some superb facilities. Inside luxuries include granite countertops, STARZ movies, fine Egyptian cotton linens and a 50 inch Smart TV. The complex also provides ice machines, a laundry, tennis courts, BBQ area, hot tub and pool. A parking space and beach equipment are also supplied.

Ko Olina and west side

The western side of Oahu is perfect for those seeking a restful setting – as well as any wildlife fans. Protected seals and turtles are resident in this area, while the beaches offer holidaymakers the chance to surf, sunbathe, swim and snorkel.

Makaha Dream – 1 bed, sleeps 2

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Stay at this luxury apartment close to Mount Lahilahi and you can watch turtles, seals and surf from your private balcony. The Hawaiian Princess complex also offers a range of amenities, including a beachfront lanai, swimming pool, table tennis, hot tub and tennis court. A fully equipped kitchen, air conditioning, WiFi, workspace, TV and washing machine make for a comfortable, relaxing stay.

 

Million dollar view – 1 bed, sleeps 4

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The Hawaiian Islands are famed for their coastline, and this lovely condo overlooks one of the nicest of all. Guests who stay here can enjoy surfing, paddle boarding, bodyboarding and snorkeling in this lovely tropical setting. Inside the condo is everything you need – including washer/dryer, Smart TVs, WiFi and workspace. There is also access to a shared pool, BBQs and a hot tub.

Ko Olina Beach Villa – 4 beds, sleeps 8

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This generously sized villa offers almost 1,700 square feet of space. There are three master bedrooms complete with king or twin beds and private bathrooms. A modern, fully equipped kitchen has modern appliances including a dishwasher and coffee machine, while air-conditioning and heating ensure a comfortable environment in all seasons. There is also parking, a beach bar, pool and gym on site for the use of guests.

Windward Coast

Choose to stay in the Windward Coast area if you prefer a natural, peaceful setting for your vacation. Highlights of this area include the Valley of the Temples, Kahana Bay, Kualoa Ranch and Mokolii Island. Kailua town and beach make the perfect base for a vacation on the Windward Coast.

Nani Hale (Kailua) – 1 bed, sleeps 2

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This beach studio in a serene setting is convenient for the town of Kailua as well as the local coastline. It is ideal for active couples or solo travelers, being close to walking and running trails. The space comes complete with air conditioning, King size bed, TV and kitchenette. There is also an outdoor seating area for dining or relaxing al fresco, as well as outside shower and parking.

Hale Nanea – 3 beds, sleeps 6

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Close to Kailua beach is this special vacation home that can accommodate up to six in comfort. There is plenty of space inside and out, and the list of amenities offered includes a dishwasher, WiFi, washing machine, dryer, air conditioning and TV. Free parking is available on the premises, and there is easy access to the LikeLike and Pali highways and H3 Freeway. The property is also convenient for the Mid Pacific Country Club and Buzz’s Steak House – favorites of former president Barack Obama.

Villa Frangipani (30 day stay) – 6 beds, sleeps 8

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We really have saved the best until last with Villa Franigpani. This Hawaiian villa dates from 1938, and there are nods to Balinese style throughout. A particular highlight is the private pool, set among lush, tropical gardens. There are four bedrooms, four bathrooms plus an outdoor shower. This property is available for stays of 30 days or more, and sleeps up to eight guests in style and comfort.

Airbnb rules in Oahu

There are strict rules in force throughout Hawaii regarding vacation rentals, and thus an agreement exists between Airbnb and the local government. The idea is to assist those Hawaiian residents who rely on their rental income, while clamping down on illegal properties. For guests, this ensures that Airbnbs are listed in a clear and legal way. To this end, rentals in some areas can only be booked for a minimum stay of 30 days – such as the very last property listed in this guide.

Which Oahu airbnb will you choose?

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As you can see, Oahu offers a huge and exciting range of accommodation options. Whether you would prefer a high-rise apartment with panoramic city and coastal views or a tranquil villa close to local wildlife or world-class surfing beaches, booking the right property can make your stay on this tropical island a truly memorable one. Just make sure you book in good time to secure the perfect Airbnb in Oahu, Hawaii.

 

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