Scenic Oahu Locations

Don’t Miss These Seven Scenic Oahu Locations on your Hawaii Vacation

Most people stay in Waikiki on their Hawaii Vacation. Waikiki offers many fun Hawaii Activities but be sure to go beyond Waikiki and see the rest of Oahu! Check out our list of the best scenic Oahu Locations and let us know what you would add to the list!

1. Diamond Head

Diamond Head is often admired as the backdrop of Waikiki Beach. Hike to the top for views from the 763 ft summit! The 0.75 mile hike takes about 1.5 hours round-trip. Check out our list of the Best Oahu Hikes.

Diamond Head Hawaii


2. Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve offers spectacular views and some of the best snorkeling in the world. If you are going to visit Hanauma Bay be sure to get there early. Hanauma Bay is closed on Tuesdays.

Hanauma Bay Things to do Oahu


3. From Here to Eternity Beach and Halona Blowhole

Halona Beach Cove, also known as From Here to Eternity Beach is small beach cove with a sandy beach. This beach is famous from the movie From Here to Eternity. On the other side of the parking lot from Halona Beach Cove is Halona Blowhole.  Halona Blowhole is a fun place to watch the ocean shoot up through a natural blowhole. You will see these scenic Oahu Locations on the way to Chief’s Luau.

From Here to Eternity Beach Oahu Hawaii Scenic Locations


4. Chinaman’s Hat

Chinaman’s Hat is an island that resembles the hat worn in rural China. The real name, Mokolii means little lizard in Hawaiian. It is a fun place to stop, admire, and take photos. Kualoa Ranch is nearby with many Hawaii Activities such as ATV Tours, Horseback Riding, Movie Tours and Hawaii Ziplines.



5. Laie Point

If you are on the North Shore be sure to stop at Laie Point. The small strip of land is Laie State Wayside Park. It is a beautiful location with stunning views. You may recognize it from the cliff jumping scene in the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall. Laie Point is near the Polynesian Cultural Center and is often a stop on Hawaii Turtle Tours.



6. North Shore Surfing Beaches

Oahu is home to famous surfing beaches such as Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay and Banzai Pipeline. The best time to watch big wave surfing on the North Shore of Oahu is between November and February.

Waimea Beach Things to do on Oahu


7. Nu’uanu Pali Lookout

Located about 15 minutes from Waikiki, the Pali Lookout is a vista viewing point rich in Hawaiian cultural history, legend and folklore. The lookout, known for very high wind gusts up to 80 miles an hour, is atop a 985-foot cliff on the Koolau Mountain Range. The Nuuanu Pali Lookout was the battlefield of one of the fiercest conflicts in Hawaiian history. This is the location where Kamehameha the first fought to unite the islands in 1795. In this battle Kamehameha and his army actually drove the opponents over the sheer cliff and into the densely wooded area below. Nu’uanu Pali Lookout is often a stop on the popular Zen Tour.


Hawaii Discount offers Hawaii Cars Rentals so you can experience the beauty of Oahu at your own pace! If you would rather leave the driving to us check out our Oahu Sightseeing Tours.

What are your favorite scenic Oahu Locations?

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Elizabeth has been blogging about the best Hawaii Activities for over 7 years. She loves sharing the Aloha Spirit.
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3 Responses to Scenic Oahu Locations

  1. Michael Asher says:

    Mahalo for sharing . My wife and I have had the pleasure of visiting all these sites and all of them are truly spectacular .

    • Elizabeth says:

      Thank you Michael! Yes I agree Oahu has many spectacular sights! Which locations you would add to the list?

      • Michael Asher says:

        Aloha Elizabeth. The other places we really enjoyed which goes without saying is Pearl Harbor, Aviation Pacific Museum and the Punch Bowl. We also enjoyed the Byodo Temple, Makapuu Point, Kaena Point and Crouching Lion. The folks at the Aviation Pacific Museum do a tremendous job and from a historical standpoint along with Pearl Harbor serve a great benefit to all of us to remember.

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