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February 24, 2022
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Jenny Espinosa

Visiting Oahu: Oahu Travel FAQs - 2022

In this Oahu Travel Blog article, we cover just a few of the top questions you may have prior to visiting Oahu! So here it is; ‘Oahu Travel FAQs – 2022!’

These are unusual times so with restrictions being put in place and lifted with little notice, please confirm the operating hours before visiting any of the tours, venues or attractions mentioned in this article. 

Now that you have decided to take your vacation of a lifetime and travel to Oahu, it’s time to answer some question you may have about your visit. Of course, we cannot answer all your questions, but we will provide you with insight on some of the top questions we hear most often. Should you have any other questions about visiting Oahu, please fee free to contact us! We are happy to assist you.

Some top questions we are asked often:

‘Are there still Covid-19 Travel restrictions in place?’
‘What is the best wat to get around Oahu?’
‘What should I pack?’ 
‘I heard dining out is EXPENSIVE on Oahu. How can we save money dining out?’
‘Do we need to rent car on Oahu?’

O.k., here we go!

Q: Are there still Covid-19 Travel Restrictions in Hawaii?
A: This is a very important topic, and yes, at time of publication (February 2022) there are Travel Restrictions for Hawaii. Because the restrictions and requirements are evolving, it is best to visit the official Hawaii Travel Website for the latest information and updates here

Q: We have heard is it very expensive to dine out on Oahu and in Waikiki, how much should we expect to pay for our meals?
A: It is not much more expensive to eat here on Oahu than in many other major cities. Of course, Waikiki, Honolulu and other areas of Oahu have some very nice restaurants, some with beachfront dining, amazing views and yes, more expensive dining options. However, there are many, many dining options that are both affordable and very tasty! 

You can find many dining options offering a wide range of cuisines including Hawaiian, Mexican, Italian, American, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Sushi and others. There are AMAZING dining options to be found away from the main streets throughout Waikiki and Honolulu, in smaller locally owned Restaurants, Food Tricks and Food Kiosks. Often you can find complete Lunch options from $6.95 to $12.95 (and more, of course) as fantastic Dinner options for $9.95 to $19.95 – and higher.

There are also a number of wonderful Food Courts in Waikiki and just a short walk from our hotel – each of these Food Courts offer a wide variety of food options; compete meals, desserts, drinks, cocktails, etc.

You will also find some quick ‘grab-n-go’ food options at the very popular, ‘ABC Stores’ located throughout Oahu. The ABC Stores offer fresh cut fruit, sandwiches, cold and hot prepared meals, Musubi (you’ll find out), a variety of drinks. These are very convenient food options and are reasonably affordable.

Q: Should we rent a car for our visit to Oahu? 
A: Yes, the cost of a rental car for your vacation can represent a big part of your vacation budget. You do have many options for getting around Waikiki and Honolulu. You can walk, which is very enjoyable and lets you discover so much of Waikiki and Honolulu. There is Uber and Lyft, Taxi’s, Public Transportation, the Waikiki Trolley is a great option, and there are a variety of Rental Scooters to choose from as well.

But you are on vacation and there is so much to discover around the island of Oahu, so if your budget allows it, we recommend a renting a car for at least a portion of your time you are visiting Oahu. There are so many beautiful places you can discover with a rental car that you may not be able to enjoy otherwise, including; Many of Oahu’s beautiful beaches, the North Shore, the town of Haleiwa, Ko Olina and many of the wonderful Oahu activities like, Pearl Harbor, Hiking, Kualoa Ranch and much more. 

Q: Is public transportation easily accessible on Oahu?
A: Oahu has a great bus transportation system, called, ‘TheBus’ – and as of February 2022, TheBus offers a one-way fare of $2.75. They also offer 3 a 1 Day Pass for $5.50 and a Monthly Pass for $70.00. You can access these plans with the Holo Card here.


Q: What are the BEST things to do on Oahu?
A: Wow, that’s a big question! You can visit Oahu for a lifetime and still not see the entire island and enjoy all it has to offer. You can imagine you must be very selective of how you use your time to see and enjoy as much as possible during your visit. Much of what you plan to do while on Oahu will need to be based on how much time - how many days - will you be visiting.

Our best suggestion is to arrive on Oahu with a good idea of what you want to do and see. It is best to allow for a day or 2 of 'open time' where you will just fill your time with activities you may not have considered during your planning phase. Trust us, there will be plenty to fill your time!

This is also a good time to remind you that just being on Oahu is fulfilling. The island breeze, the people, the atmosphere is unlike anywhere else, so please be sure to schedule some down time to just lay on the beach and take in the Island and all it has to offer.

Now, for actual 'Things to do on Oahu' - here is a very short list of the most popular attractions and activities you may wish to add to your list to consider for your itinerary. If you have any questions or comments about any of these activities or attractions, feel free to contact us!

  • Waikiki Beach: O.k., let's get the obvious out of the way!  Waikiki Beach is just a few short blocks from our hotel. Plan to sit on the beach to enjoy a sunrise or sunset or a day swimming or learning to surf.
  • Pearl Harbor Memorial: This is an amazing memorial and one of Oahu's top attractions.
  • North Shore: There is so much to do, see, eat & experience on Oahu's North Shore, including Shark Diving, watch giant waves (during the Winter months), visit the town of Haleiwa and shop and dine at some great restaurants, visit Laniakea Beach - better known as 'Turtle Beach' and there is so much more.
  • Hike: Oahu has numerous enjoyable Hikes from easy beginner level to more difficult for experienced hikers.


Q: What type of clothes should we bring?  Does everyone just wear shorts and flip flops all day and night?
A: First, we do not use the term ‘flip flops’ in Hawaii…if you want to fit in with the locals, call them ‘Slippahs’.  Just a friendly locals tip. Now for the rest of your clothes.  You want to be comfortable, so you will most likely be spending a lot of the daytime in your swimsuits and beachwear.  

You will want to have a couple of changes of ‘nice’ beachwear to wear out to lunch and casual dinner. You will need a couple of changes of beachwear that you go to the beach with and swim in the beautiful water as well.  

You will find that you will want to have a great beach bag or tote to carry an extra pair of clothes, water, Reef Safe sunscreen, a snack, and other items.  Your Beach Bag/Tote will be a constant companion during your visit.  The nights on the island can be a bit chilly so it is a good idea to bring a light, casual jacket and pair of long pants.  

If you plan to enjoy dinner at one of the nicer restaurants, it is a good idea to bring a nicer change of clothes.  If you find yourself needing any type of clothing that you may have forgotten back home, you will almost certainly find it here at one of our many shops.

Q: How far is Ambassador Hotel Waikiki from top Oahu attractions?
A: Our Oahu Hotel is centrally located in Waikiki, just blocks from Waikiki Beach and many restaurants, shopping and other activities in Waikiki. The following are distances and drive times to some of the other top Oahu Attractions you may be interested in:

•    Polynesian Cultural Center: 34 miles/54 minutes
•    Ala Moana Shopping Mall: 1 mile/4 minutes
•    Kualoa Ranch: 22.6 miles/36 minutes
•    Dole Plantation: 25.3 miles/41 minutes
•    Town of Haleiwa: 32.7 miles/48 minutes
•    Honolulu International Airport: 8.5 miles/16 minutes
•    Diamondhead Crater: 2.6 miles/9 minutes
•    Pearl Harbor: 11 miles/21 minutes
•    Hanauma Bay: 10.5 miles/20 minutes
•    Lanikai Beach: 16.3 miles/38 minutes
•    Downtown Honolulu: 3 miles/11 minutes
•    Nuuanu Pali Lookout: 9 miles/20 minutes
•    North Shore: 33 miles/46 minutes
•    Ko Olina 26 miles: 26 miles/35 minutes

If planning your visit to Oahu is a bit intimidating and if you have any questions that we can answer, please feel free to contact us.

We hope our latest Oahu Travel Blog article; 'Visit Oahu: Oahu Travel FAQs - 2022' has answered a few of your questions or has provided you with insight you find valuable.

Visit our Oahu Visitors Guide for more recommendations for all there is to do, see and experience when visiting Oahu.

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