Want to know about the most amazing Oahu hikes? These are the top 7 Oahu hikes that you cannot leave without experiencing.
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Whether you are planning a trip to Oahu or you are already on Oahu, then you seriously need to consider doing these hikes. As someone who recently visited Oahu for the second time, I am giving you all of the best Oahu hikes that have spectacular views.
You are going to learn about a variety of hikes that each have something unique to offer. For example, you will find hikes with waterfalls, hikes with ocean views, hikes with tidepools, hikes with peaceful forests, and more!
After learning about each of these hikes, you will be guaranteed to have a trip of a lifetime on Oahu and not have to worry about missing out on some of the most beautiful parts of the island.
Best Oahu Hikes
1. Lulumahu Falls
If you are looking for a challenging hike to a BEAUTIFUL waterfall, then you need to make time to hike to Lulumahu Falls. This is no easy hike and you will have to cross multiple streams that require you to step on stones in order to cross. However, the stunning waterfall at the end makes it totally worth it. Plus, you appreciate it much more when you work hard to get there!
All hikes in Hawaii have their own difficulties, so please be cautious when hiking and be sure to only follow the marked trails.
WARNING: Lock your car and do not leave any valuable belongings in your vehicle, car break-ins are very common in the parking lots of hiking trails*
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2. Makapu’u Tidepools
Makapu’u Tidepools hike is one of the hikes that we never got around to doing, however it was recommended to us by a local and is definitely a hike I will be doing in the future.
It is an intermediate level hike and is 2 miles long. The first 20 minutes of the hike is easy because you are walking on a paved trail. However, once you begin the hike down to the tidepools, the hike becomes more challenging and you have to be careful of loose rocks.
As you can see, the tidepools in the lava rock is such a unique site and potentially a great swimming opportunity (if the water is calm enough to get in).
Perfect for photos;)
3. Diamond Head Hike
Address: Diamond Head, Honolulu, HI 96815
I am sure you have heard of Diamond Head if you are traveling to Oahu. For all first time visitors, you absolutely need to hike up Diamond Head. It's basically a requirement if you come to Oahu (one of the most popular tourist activities).
Diamond Head is a volcanic cone that was formed from an eruption that took place 300,000 years ago.
This hike takes about 1.5 to 2 hours to complete and is a fairly easy hiking path. Once you reach the edge the crater, you will find beautiful views of the ocean and Honolulu.
TIP: Go early in the morning so that you can beat the heat and crowd. It gets packed very quickly.
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4. Judd Trail
Judd trail is one of the most peaceful trails you will ever walk on. I’m not kidding when I say it literally feels like the trees are watching you (in the best way possible of course HAHA!). Perfect spot to do some meditation!
Pose with the large trees, hug them, and sit on HUGE rocks. Hikers of all skill levels can enjoy this trail, plus it is a great way to see the jungle side of Oahu.
5. Lanikai Pill Box Hike
We never got around to doing the Pillbox Hike, however I have heard many people speak about how amazing this hike is and the views are stunning. This is definitely on my itinerary for my next visit to Oahu.
It is a fairly short hike, however there is no shade on this hike, so it is recommended that you go in the morning in order to avoid the heat.