Must See Oahu Attractions and Landmarks
June 04, 2020
It seems as though everywhere you go in Hawaii, there is a notable landmark or attractions nearby. This is certainly the case on Oahu, where you will find so many iconic sites to visit and explore that you can easily fill an entire vacation just doing that. Of course, there are options for visiting these landmarks and Oahu attractions that will show you many in one single day. Oahu Circle Island Tours visit many naturally formed sites, while historic tours to Pearl Harbor and Downtown Honolulu take you to attractions and sites that have playing a role in Hawaii’s history, and some of these sites are found not far from your hotel, seen while walking on the beach, or venturing a short distance for a fun exploration.
Must see Oahu attractions and landmarks:
Waikiki Beach – chances are that you are staying in one of the many hotels along Waikiki Beach, and you are surely going to have your fair share of time on the sand of one of Hawaii’s most famous beaches.
Diamond Head Lookout – seen from all over Oahu, Diamond Head is found at the south end of Waikiki Beach. A fun and easy hike is to the summit of the crater, with a sunrise hike providing stunning views of the island and the nearby beach.
Halona Blowhole – head south from Waikiki and you will find the Halona Blowhole lookout, where you can also see Halona Cove, Sandy Beach, and have impressive views of the South Shore.
Makapu’u Lookout – found around the South Shore, Makapu’u Lookout overlooks the beach below and Rabbit Island.
Rabbit Island – the iconic offshore island is shaped just like a rabbit’s head and is actually a bird sanctuary.
Waimanalo Beach – if you are looking for arguable the most beautiful beach on Oahu, and potentially the entire island chain, head to Waimanalo Beach.
Kailua – this quaint beach town is home to Kailua Beach and Lanikai Beach, two of the islands most famous places to relax and enjoy a day. The town features shopping and great local restaurants.
Lanikai Beach – drive through Kailua to get to this gem. Famous offshore islands are seen from this beach, where the sand is incredibly soft. Another one of Oahu’s top beaches.
Nu’uanu Pali Lookout – overlooking Windward Oahu, the Pali Lookout is the site of the bloodiest battle in Hawaiian history. Once you hear the captivating history of the lookout and the battle, you will have a brand new appreciation for Hawaii’s long and often tragic history.
Chinaman’s Hat Island – named for its resemblance of a traditional Chinese hat, you can see the island during a drive up towards the North Shore or a day at Kualoa Ranch.
La’ie Point – found close to the Polynesian Cultural Center in the town of La’ie, this scenic point is famous for the offshore islet that had a hole blown through it by a tsunami back in the 1940s.
North Shore Beaches – the North Shore is one of the most famous places in Hawaii and is always a favorite destination. The surf beaches that are found on the North Shore include Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, and Banzai Pipeline.
Dole Pineapple Plantation – if you are heading to the North Shore for the day, this is a stop you have to make. The former site of the largest pineapple plantation on Oahu, Dole is now a top attraction on the island and the place to get delicious pineapple treats.
Downtown Honolulu – the busy city is bustling, and it is also filled with historic sites that have played a central role in the history of Hawaii, including royal palaces, government headquarters, and beautifully constructed buildings.
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