I was surprised to discover that Oahu has some fantastic hiking trails. Most people tend to think the neighboring islands offer the sort of trails that get you “away from it all”, but Oahu certainly has its fair share of great trails.
I want to share my top three favorite hiking trails that I recommend visitors try. These three trails are not only scenic and enjoyable, but they also offer very different environments and views that will help you get to know the island much better.
1. Diamond Head – this 1.6 mile hike will definitely get your heart rate up with a plethora of stairs to the top, but you won’t mind after you see the amazing view of Waikiki Beach and Honolulu. Read about my experience and tips for hiking Diamond Head. To get a glimpse of the sights from this trail, see this slideshow.
2. Manoa Falls – this 1.6 mile hike takes you through a lush green jungle to view a 100-foot waterfall. You’ll enjoy the journey as much as the viewing the waterfall on this hike. Before you hit this trail, be sure and read my tips for hiking to Manoa Falls. In the meantime, I hope you’ll enjoy these scenes from the Manoa Falls trail.
3. Makapuu Lighthouse Trail – this 2.8-mile , ocean side hike is best enjoyed around sunrise, in my opinion. This gentle trail offers wonderful ocean views from several vantage points. Before you go, check out my experience and tips for hiking the Makapuu Lighthouse Trail. For a peek at Makapuu Trail, see this slideshow:
So, these are my top three favorite Oahu hikes. Which hikes are your favorites?