By Kelly Stoneman
Snatching the perfect vacation rental on Oahu is an ideal way to fulfill your desire for something special, and often provides more of a “local” experience. It’s definitely worth the effort to get a deeper look at the large variety of offerings on this beautiful island, regardless of whether you’re traveling for your family holidays, an escape with friends, a wedding, or even on business. First time and repeat visitors alike highly recommend alternative options to the usual accommodations, such as hotels and resorts, so keep that in mind when weighing up your options.
Discounted Rental Rates and Activity Combinations
You might have the idea that they are high on both price and style when you think of rental properties on Oahu . In terms of style, this can be true, however, during the off season prices are usually negotiable and most homes are discounted, especially in the current economy.
There are many agencies that offer the additional option of combining your ideal rental accommodations with activities, travel guides, insider tips, and even car rental. Book these things in a package deal wherever you can; rare will be the time that you do not save a hefty chunk of cash by doing so.
Additional Oahu Travel Tips
When selecting your travel agent, it’s important to be sure you are dealing with a local company . This ensures you’re sourcing info from those who truly know the island and all it has to offer. While there are many companies located over the world, you may be surprised to find that many of their agents have never even visited Oahu. Each different part of the island offers its own individual charm, and they can differ vastly!
HONOLULU – Home to abundant Historic landmarks, museums, Chinatown, the financial district, and a mix of dining options and art galleries unrivaled in the rest of Hawaii, it is unsurprising that Honolulu is the state capital, and a rich arena of arts and culture to inspire and stimulate the senses. It’s easy to join in and be a part of it, just come on over!
WAIKIKI - The Manhattan of Hawaii, Waikiki is renowned for it cocktail of vibrant nightlife, and both world-class hotels and ocean front fine dining. On top of that, the local culture is known for its surf lessons, live entertainment, luaus, “Aloha wear”, and of course, the Waikiki Beach sands. Immerse yourself in the fun, history and wonder that is Waikiki!
WINDWARD OAHU - If you want to get away from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, this is the place to go. Home to some of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches and the luxury estates of Lanikai, Kailua and Diamond Head, Oahu’s Windward coast also contains some of Hawaii’s finest beaches. The area offers everything for the outdoor enthusiast: kayaking, horseback riding, hiking, surfing (of course!), and much more. Come explore the verdant vales, tropical basins, white soft sand and crystal blue waters!
LEEWARD & CENTRAL OAHU – Central and Leeward Oahu are home to some of the island’s most well-known attractions. Here you will find the battleships, aviation museums and memorials of Pearl Harbor, the Dole Plantation’s pineapple fields and the resort area of Ko’Olina with superb golfing, a marina and beautiful lagoons.
NORTH SHORE - The island’s North Shore is most well known for the surfing at Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Bay and Sunset Beach, home of monster winter swells and many world-famous surf competitions. Both electrifying and laid-back, here you will find rustic surf villages and wide-open spaces with a laid-back country feel.
Finding the Best Deals When it Comes Time to Pay
When the time comes to pay, you get better deals when paying with checks. In general you can save an additional 5% if you simply ask for it! They can save up to 4% in credit card fees, so it’s often a win-win situation.
Damage Deposit for Exclusive Rentals
Ranging from several hundred up to several thousand, both security and damage deposits are required by the majority of exclusive coastline vacation accommodations. Avoiding damage deposit charges is possible in two different ways. First, ask your travel or vacation property agency if there is a travel insurance policy available, which will cost you a fraction. As an alternative, ask to have a hold placed on your credit card, rather than a charge.
Holds on your card are free of charge and will be released within 2 weeks of the end of your stay-if that there hasn’t been any destruction of property of course (but you’d never do that).
Security deposits are deducted from your final balance due, usually 30-90 days prior to arrival on the island.
Remember, by properly researching and examining a variety of options, you are more likely to choose the Maui vacation rental that is best for you. It’s not too hard and can build you up some nice anticipation for your holiday.
You can find most everything you need by looking at travel websites. Most provide photographs, full descriptions, guest reviews and rate information. Of course, if you need any more information you can typically contact the site or an agent by email or telephone. You may well even end up with the vacation home of your dreams!