When travelling to Hawaii the first place that usually comes to mind would be the Waikiki area of Honolulu on the island of Oahu. However, just across the island is an even lovelier area, Kaneohe, that is not only home to the Kaneohe Marine Base but holds some of the most affordable vacation rentals in all of the Hawaiian Islands. If you are envisioning a vacation in a lush tropical paradise, Kaneohe is just the place to explore.

Must See While in Kaneohe

Since many visitors to Hawaii are unfamiliar with the Kaneohe area within the county of Honolulu, there are a number of places which should make the ‘must see’ list when touring Oahu. Among those places are the Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden, the Byodo-In Temple and of course Senator Fong’s Plantation and Gardens. The Hoomaluhia Botanical Garden is on 400 lush acres of some of the most exotic landscapes to be found anywhere in the world. Not only can you view rare and endangered Hawaiian flora but you can hike the trails, camp and join in a number of educational programs.

Then there is the Byodo-In Temple built in 1968 in commemoration of the centennial celebration of the very first immigrants from Japan to Hawaii. It is scaled to replicate the Uji temple in Japan that is dated back almost 1,000 years. And of course, who could resist a guided tour of Senator Fong’s Plantation and Gardens. With daily lei making classes and an up close view of the Exotic Fruit and Nut Garden with over 70 different edible plants from around the world, this is a tour you won’t want to miss. Make sure to call for times as all tours of the grounds are guided.

Reasonable Kaneohe Vacation Rental Prices

One of the aspects of staying in Kaneohe which visitors to Oahu especially like is the fact that vacation rentals are actually quite reasonably priced. For example, a 3/1 vacation apartment can be found for as little as $195 per night and the unit would sleep 6 people comfortably. Some of these Kaneohe vacation rentals have pools and other amenities while others are simply guest houses on the grounds of larger homes which may also be rented at a higher price. 

Vacation rental houses and apartments usually include linens, cookware, microwaves, coffee makers, toasters, dishes and tableware, bakeware, cable TV and some even include internet access. Depending on the location, as some are right on the water, you might even find that some rentals come with boogie boards, beach chairs, coolers and kayaks. Check to see if there is a booking reservation fee or cleaning fee when making the reservation but do remember to book well in advance so that you can get the size and location for the vacation rental you are looking for.

Whether you are simply spending a week or two to visit a family member stationed at the Base or would like to rent an affordable Kaneohe condo as a home base while touring nearby locations or other islands, Kaneohe has what you are looking for. Prices are reasonable, the scenery is truly lovely, there are plenty of places to explore and you won’t lack for anything to keep you entertained.