Oahu sightseeing tour packs a punch when it comes to outdoor adventure. Visitors to the island will find lovely beaches to relax on, delicious local foods to enjoy, and miles and miles of hiking paths to explore within its 597 square miles. We’ve compiled a list of some of the top hikes around Honolulu so you can take in the sights while exploring the island. These trekking destinations are also well suited for Honolulu hikes for beginners.
On your next trip to this beautiful island, make sure to check out some of these diverse Oahu hiking routes.
Diamond Head Hike
The Diamond Head State Monument, one of the island’s most iconic features, is located on the eastern edge of Waikiki’s coastline. The monument, which covers 475 acres of land, has enough to see and do for tourists, including a hike to the summit. The summit trail is only.8 miles long and was created in 1908. It’s a short trek, but it’s still challenging — you’ll gain 560 feet of elevation in that short walk — but the view is well worth the effort. It somewhat makes one of the best choices for Honolulu hikes for beginners.
Waimea Falls Park
Although the climb to Waimea Falls is more of a leisurely stroll than a workout, it is nevertheless breathtaking. You can enjoy a one-mile walk through a beautiful botanical garden after entering the park on a paved road. You are sure to be delighted by a glistening lake and waterfall at the end. Those who are adventitious can even go in for a little swim before trekking back out.
Lanikai Pillbox Hike
While on an Oahu sightseeing tour, head up the Lanikai Pillbox Hike for the greatest views of the surrounding waters. The trail is a short out and back, a little under 2 miles long. The height increase, like those of the other hikes on the list, can be significant. The trek to the top should take approximately 30 minutes, and hikers will want to stay longer to take it all in. While the climb is suitable for families, remember to wear proper shoes as certain areas might be slippery. If you are looking for Honolulu hikes for beginners, you can give it a try.
Koko Crater Trail
Adventurers will enjoy the popular Koko Crater Trail, which is just a short drive from Waikiki. The ascent is a 1.8-mile trail that you should take gently. That’s because the path up is surrounded on all sides by wildflowers. You can also visit the Koko Crater Botanical Garden, which offers even more vegetation and panoramic vistas, at the summit.
Waimano Falls Trail
The Waimano Falls Trail is gorgeous and accessible all year, although it’s best to go when it’s raining. When the pools are full and the waterfall is running, this is the time to visit. You are free to join in but do so at your own risk. The hike is 2.8 miles long and is located near Pearl City. It is rated as “hard” so take your time, wear the right shoes, and bring lots of water for this one, too.