Where to Find the Best Views on Oahu
Where to Find the Best Views on Oahu

When you visit any of the Hawaiian Islands,  you will want to make sure to find the places on your island destination that offer the best views and the most incredible vantage points on the island. In many cases, the places that offer the must see views are roadside lookout points, easy to find and well worth the few minute stop that is necessary to take in the views. Since you are visiting Oahu, the island offers some of the most popular lookout points and views on the island, found on Sightseeing Tours or on a self-guided trek around the island. So, where can you find the best views on Oahu? Let’s find out!

Where to find the best views on Oahu:
Diamond Head
Everyone who visits Oahu knows about Diamond Head, the iconic landmark that overlooks Waikiki Beach, and if you venture to the top, you are rewarded with an unmatched view of Waikiki, Oahu’s South Shore, and even of the island’s deep valleys. These views require a short and easy hike to the summit of the crater, with the best time to head to the top coming before sunrise. The trail is largely unprotected and can get very hot.

Makapu’u Lookout
Found along the South Shore as you make your way to the Windward side, Makapu’u Lookout provides a view of Rabbit Island, Makapu’u Beach, Waimanalo, and the towering Ko’olau Mountains. This roadside lookout point has a few parking space and you can expect to spend just a few minutes here, soaking up a view that is indescribable.

Nu’uanu Pali Lookout,
The Pali Lookout is a stop on a guided Hawaii sightseeing tour, and is probably one of the best views on the island. Located in the middle of the Ko’olaus, views of the entire Windward side are the star of this lookout point, showing you Kailua and Kaneohe, Chinman’s Hat Island, the lush rainforests, and endless views of the Pacific.

Koko Head Crater
Talk about a reward that is well worth the effort. Koko Head Crater is one of the toughest hikes on Oahu, and the view from the summit simply cannot be beat. To get to the top, you must hike up over a thousand train rails that act as the steps for the trail. The higher you get, the steeper the track, thus the harder the hike. And there is no protection from the sun, so proceed with caution, drink plenty of water, head up early in the morning, and be sure to have a camera ready for the incredible views of Hanauma Bay, Oahu’s South Shore, and so much more.

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