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Hiking on Oahu

Take a hike on Oahu and reward yourself with panoramic ocean views and lush mountain scenery. One of Oahu’s most famous landmarks and most accessible hikes is up the slopes of Leahi (Diamond Head). Just minutes from Waikiki, this moderately challenging trail includes two sets of stairs as well as dark tunnels and old military bunkers that open out to stunning panoramic vistas of the Pacific Ocean and Honolulu.

On the eastern tip of Oahu is the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail, which features breathtaking views of the indigo Pacific Ocean and whale watching in winter months. For a more off-the-beaten-path hike, travel to the western tip of the island to Kaena Point. This sacred area offers a dramatic lava shoreline and views of the Waianae coast. For a lush hike not far from Waikiki, take a short drive to Manoa Valley and hike through beautiful rainforests full of bamboo trees and native flora, ending at a beautiful Manoa Falls. In Central Oahu, the challenging Aiea Loop Trail offers phenomenal views of Halawa Valley and the majestic Koolau mountains.

Enjoy a leisurely afternoon stroll with a Botanical Collections Specialist as they take you on a journey through Waimea Valley on the North Shore, highlighting beautiful blooming plants and fruits along the way. This walk is offered on Thursdays at 12:00pm starting at the ticket booth. Discover stunning views as guides help you identify native and exotic plants, showcase the valley’s indigenous birds and lead you to various streams including the beautiful Waimea Waterfall. Back in Honolulu, venture to lush Makiki and go on a tropical forest hike at the Hawaii Nature Center. See and learn about some of the most varied tropical plant life in the Islands as you and your guide trek along this moderate loop hike.

Oahu Travel Tips: Land Safety and Conservation

Oahu Travel Tips: Land Safety and Conservation video
Before you hit the ground running (or walking) on Oahu’s trails, it’s always best to be mindful of your surroundings. Nature conservationist, Ulalia Woodside, is here to help with a few hiking tips.

Hiking and Guides on Oahu

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Hawaii Forest & Trail Oahu
Oahu
Hawaii Forest & Trail
Summary

Let Hawaii Forest & Trail show you an authentic Oahu, utilizing our unparalleled land access and interpretive guiding approach to provoke authentic place-based experiences that illuminate the island’s unique regions through in-depth interactions with our nature and culture. Our Hawaii Oahu tours offer a different perspective.

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Submerging
Oahu
Atlantis Submarines
Beachfront Ticket Office
Hilton Hawaiian Village 2005 Kalia Road
Honolulu, HI 96815
Summary

Atlantis Submarines offers a one-of-a-kind underwater experience off the shorelines of Oahu, Maui, and Hawaii Island, giving guests a close-up view of an array of marine life, exotic tropical reefs and numerous sunken vessels.

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Dolphin Star
Oahu
Dolphin Star
85-374 Farrington Hwy
Waianae, HI 96792
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View wild dolphins on a fabulous eco-tour a world away from Waikiki. Led by our crew of Certified Naturalists you'll enjoy a unique experience, savor a Create-Your-Own Gourmet Burger lunch freshly grilled onboard. Dolphin sightings guaranteed!

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Front_Portside
Oahu
Makani Catamaran
1009 Ala Moana Blvd.
Slip F-1. Kewalo Harbor
Honolulu, HI 96814
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Makani Catamaran is a luxury sailing vessel with a capacity of 80. Offering 4 sails daily. Departing from Kewalo Harbor. With an experienced crew, full wet bar, interior cabin with large screen TV, and surround sound its World Class Sailing at its finest!

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Hawaii Nautical 1
Oahu
Hawaii Nautical
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Come enjoy Dolphins, Sailing, Snorkeling, Whale-Watching, Scuba, Sunset & Fireworks Dinner Cruises, Private Charters and more. Oahu's Ko Olina coast & Waikiki, Kona-Kohala, & Hilton Hawaiian Village with "Port Waikiki Cruises."The captains, crew and family of Hawaii Nautical welcome you aboard!

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Tour 55
Oahu
E Noa Tours
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Personalized, air-conditioned 25-27 passenger deluxe mini-bus sightseeing tours of Oahu's most popular attractions escorted by knowledgeable Hawaiiana certified drivers. Customized charters available. Group and travel agent discounts available.

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Hiking Safety

When hiking on Oahu, be sure to be prepared with these essentials:
  • Good hiking shoes with tread
  • Light pants to keep cool or shorts (but beware that you may get scratches from branches)
  • Light shirt to keep cool
  • Light rain jacket and mosquito repellent (especially if you are going into rainforests or valleys)
  • Backpack with enough water, lunch and sunscreen (depending on length and intensity of hike)
  • Cellphone

For longer, tougher hikes you may want to also include:
  • Work gloves
  • Sweater
  • First Aid Kit
  • Additional water and food
  • Flashlight
  • Compass
  • Map


For safety reasons, DO NOT hike alone if at all possible, but if you must, make sure to tell someone where you are going. DO NOT drink water from freshwater ponds or streams you may encounter during your hike. Avoid entering streams or ponds with open cuts. Stick to the trail and follow trail head markers to avoid getting lost. With a little preparation, your Oahu hike will reap unforgettable rewards. With a little preparation, your Oahu hike will reap unforgettable rewards.

Learn more about the State of Hawaii Trail and Access Program, Na Ala Hele