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Explore Breathtaking Beauty on the Best Hikes on Oahu, Hawaii!



From aquatic adventures to activities on dry land, there is no shortage of things to do on your next Oahu getaway. If you’re looking for a unique underwater experience, sign up to go shark diving. Surround yourself with endless beauty by visiting one of the island’s botanical gardens. Perhaps one of the best ways to take in the stunning scenery of Hawaii is by setting off on hikes on Oahu trails. 

To help you decide which trails to wander, the team at Hawaii Life Vacations has put together a list of trails suited for all ages and skill levels. Some trails are found inside areas that require an entrance fee.

Easy Trails

  • The Waimea Valley Trail is less than two miles and is paved. You will have to pay a fee to enter Waimea Valley, but it’s worth it to take in picturesque views of the Waimea Falls.

  • Try the Diamond Head Crater Tour for a bit of a longer but still relatively easy hike. The four-mile loop trail near Honolulu offers unbeatable views of Honolulu.

  • For water views and the chance to see whales, stroll along the Ko Olina Beach Park Walking Trail. The 4.7 out-and-back trail takes less than two hours to complete.

Moderate Paths

  • Found within the Round Top Forest Reserve, the Manoa Falls Trail is a short hike to the base of Manoa Falls. The area is subject to seasonal closures, so check online for updates.

  • Make your way up the short uphill paved trail to the observation deck and lighthouse on the Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail. The 2.5-mile has several lookouts for those trying to spot whales.

  • Make your way to a waterfall through a rainforest on the Likeke Falls Trail. At less than a mile, this is an excellent option for those visiting with older children.

Hard Trails

  • Pushing through the steep climb is worth it when you look out and take in views from the top of the Koko Head Crater. The 1.6-mile trail is considered challenging, so we recommend only experienced hikers try it.

  • The Kawai Ridge Trail, also called the Lanikai Pillbox Hike, offers views of Kailua and Lanikai. There are some steep sections with no guardrails, so this hike can be more challenging.

  • Rising about 1,800 feet before reaching the peak, the Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail provides hikers with unbeatable views. The 4.4-mile path can be wet and slippery.

Rest Up at Your Oahu Vacation Rental

No matter which of the above hikes you set off on, there’s no better way to unwind than back at your Oahu, Hawaii, vacation rental. At Hawaii Life Vacations, all our Oahu rentals provide guests with a luxurious and tranquil place to call home. See how you can save on your stay by booking directly instead of through third-party sites like Airbnb. Browse our site for the perfect rental, or call 855-447-3685 to learn more.