Visitors to the Hawaiian island of Oahu, who enjoy spending time outdoors, will find there is plenty to see and do in Honolulu. In addition to numerous beaches and water sports, there are many hiking trails in Honolulu or close by that offer breathtaking views.
Hike to a Waterfall
Oahu doesn't have as many waterfalls as Kauai or Maui. However, the ones it does have are well worth visiting. One of the easiest and nearest to get to is Manoa Falls, located at the end of West Manoa Road. The hike to the waterfall is relatively short--just 2 miles round trip--but it takes you through a rain forest, so bring good walking shoes. Mosquito repellent also is highly recommended. Along the trail you also will pass a stream with a small waterfall and many exotic trees and plants.
West Manoa Road
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822
Snorkeling is a relatively easy activity that requires little energy or knowledge of the equipment. It's also the best way to see teeming fish life. One of the best places to go snorkeling is in East Honolulu at Hanauma Bay. Hanauma Bay is a cove formed from a volcanic crater and a nature preserve designed to protect the delicate marine ecosystem there. While snorkeling, look for butterfly fish, eels and trigger fish. If you're lucky, you may even spot a turtle or the elusive monk seal.
7455 Kalanianole Hwy
Honolulu , Hawaii 96825
Hike to the Top of Diamond Head
Even if you have never been to Oahu, you have probably seen Diamond Head. It's the iconic volcanic crater seen in most pictures of Honolulu and Waikiki. There is a short trail that leads to the top of Diamond Head. It is less than 1 mile long, but the trail can be steep, uneven and there are plenty of switchbacks. There are also some stairs you will have to climb. Bring good walking shoes and sunscreen if you plan to hike Diamond Head. At the top of Diamond Head you'll be treated to spectacular views of Oahu--and Molokai or Lanai on a clear day.
Diamond Head Road, between Makapu'u and 18th Ave.
Honolulu , Hawaii 96816
Article Written By Shiromi Nassreen
Shiromi Nassreen has been writing professionally since 2005. She specializes in travel and outdoor topics, and her articles have appeared in various print and online publications, including "DISfunkshion Magazine" and Matador Travel. Nassreen holds a Bachelor of Arts in theatre studies from Rose Bruford College of Speech & Drama.