The North Shore is within reach to some of the more beautiful Oahu lookouts. Below are a handful to put on your to-see list for your next island excursion:
Diamond Head Lookout
Diamond Head is easily the most popular landmark on the island. Tourists and locals alike make their way to the east end of Waikiki to snap selfies at the summit of the trail. Shade is hard to come by on this hike, but the end view is breathtaking. From atop this peak you can glimpse the entirety of the south shore, to Pearl Harbor, Kahala and everything in between.
Nu’uanu Pali Lookout
For great views of the Oahu’s windward coast head to the Nu’uanu Pali lookout. From this 1,200-foot pali (Hawaiian for “cliff”) you can find spectacular views of the lush green Ko’olau Mountains and clear blue sea surrounding the towns of Kaneohe and Kailua.
Makapu’u lookout is readily accessible from roadside. Along the Kalanianaole Highway near the island’s south eastern tip this view casts your eyes across the beautiful Makapu’u beach, Kaohikaipu and the famous Rabbit Island (the island resembles the head of a rabbit).
Hanauma Bay Lookout
As Oahu’s premier snorkeling location, Hanauma Bay is home to more than 450 species of fish, many of which reside solely in Hawaiian waters. Before you take the plunge and search under the water take a chance to catch the views above the bay. Hanauma has two lookouts: one located behind their restaurant on the east side, and the other right next to their entrance.
Pu’u Ualaka’a State Park
Pu’u Ualaka’a, also known as Mt. Tantalus, offers unparalleled views of Honolulu. Visit Pu’u Ualaka’a during the day to enjoy a picnic, or come during the evening to watch the sunset and take in the breathtaking Honolulu city lights.