Whether you are moving to Oahu, visiting or you’ve lived here for years, hiking in Oahu takes you on adventure you’ve never had before. Here are our 10 best hikes in Oahu.
#1. Lulumahu Falls – This is one of locals and visitors favorite hikes on the islands. Travel through a bamboo forest, a Vista of green mountains, traverse your way over streams and finally to a beautiful waterfall. Once you follow the stream and follow it numerous times you’ll see different sceneries, all indigenous of Oahu.
#2. Diamond Head – This is one of the best hikes on the island and perfect for the entire family. It only takes about 30 minutes to hike to the top and it’s perfect for people of all ages. You get a birds eye view of the entire island in the beautiful ocean. If you’re visiting, this is certainly one to put on the list.
#3. Manoa Falls – This is a somewhat easy but still adventurous hike through a lush bamboo and guava tree forest. The towering 150 foot waterfall at the end will certainly exceed your expectations.
#4. Koolau Summit above Waimanalo – This somewhat difficult height offers hikers a well honored reward at the top. The views are incredible, energizing and picture worthy.
#5. Pali Puka – If were talking pictures, this moderate 1 mile round-trip hike offers the most bang for your buck. In just 20 minutes you’ll be rewarded with a beautiful view of the Windward Coast framed in rock. There’s a sheer cliff drop off and no guardrails so caution is of the utmost priority.
#6. Stairway to Heaven – Close to the Koolau Summit and the Mountain Ridge is 4000 steps. The US Coast Guard originally put up a wooden stairway path back in the 1940s for construction and access to a radio tower. Today, this stairway is closed off and on but something to check into, especially if you’re visiting.
#7. Olomana Hike – This hike starts at 770 Auloa Rd in Kailua. This is an intermediate to difficult hike but the views are amazing in the sense of accomplishment is awesome. This is probably one of the most challenging hikes on the list but the reward is immeasurable.
#8. Upper Makua Cave – This intermediate hike is about 1 to 2 miles and takes one to two hours on a hill on the west side of the island. You travel up to a cave, perfect for mid-day lunch or simply checking out the view of the bay.
#9. Makapu-u Tide Pools – A 2 to 3 mile intermediate and variable time hike, this lighthouse trail recommends hiking down a steep rock cliff to a set of tide pools deep enough for swimming. It is a somewhat dangerous area so you want to keep an eye out on the waves but the tide pools, the view and the sounds are fascinating.
#10. Waimano Falls and Pools – This easy water fall hike takes about 1 to 2 hours and is approximately 1 to 2 miles. The waterfall hike is best attempted after some rain and is of relatively easy hike to a pool deep enough for jumping off and swimming in the warm crystal water. It’s perfect for kids and people of just about any age.
There are dozens more hikes throughout Oahu from easy to advanced, kid friendly to extreme adventurous. These are some of our favorites; what are some of yours?