Oahu – destination 101 for most of the country and potentially the world. But what if you live here? Do you want to be close to your work, a naval base, or adventure? There is plenty of adventure all across our island and it also depends on how engulfed in tourist attractions, crowds, and the city nightlife you want to be.
Many people that moved to Oahu for the adventure and relaxation do so on the North Shore and in cities such as Haleiwa, Mokuleia and Waialua or over on the east shore of Kaneohe and Kailua. These areas are little bit more expensive but they’re closer to the Air Force Base and across the island from Honolulu and Waikiki.
In the center of the island is Mililani. This is the closest to the Air Force Base on the island with several residential neighborhoods, homes and properties up within the hill and valleys to the center of the island. These properties have some the most spectacular views but they certainly don’t have oceanfront property. You’re close to the naval base and about 20 minutes from Honolulu and the airport.
Of course, if you want to be right down town with the tourists, the international marketplace, and Pearl Harbor, you want to live in Pearl City, Waipahu and Ewa Beach. Ewa Beach has plenty of golf courses and oceanfront properties and is close to the airport, shops, restaurants and recreational facilities. This is where you want to be if you’re looking at 5 to 10 minutes from the nearest golf course.
For really getting out, Oahu’s North Shore up along Waimea Bay is probably the most remote (if you can call Oahu remote), and you’re close to the Pupukea-Paumalu Forest Reserve. Beautiful oceanfront properties, a quiet stretch along the Kamehameha highway and about 40 minutes to downtown. There are several parks and recreational spots along this road but not a lot of markets, restaurants and shopping facilities.
At the top of the North Shore is the Kulima Golf Course and the James Campbell national wildlife refuge as well as several beaches, great snorkeling spots and training centers. These home started about $400,000 and ranges to $2 million depending on size and location.
If you’re looking for adventure, Oahu certainly has it all. From skydiving to parasailing, snorkeling and scuba diving, world-class golf and famous rockclimbing, Oahu is one of the best islands to be completely immersed in touristy activities but still stretch yourself on the other side of the island.