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Where to Find the Best Views on Oahu

Where to Find the Best Views on Oahu

Oahu is stunning from any angle, but there are some spots on the island that offer particularly fantastic views. Whether you’re a keen photographer searching for the perfect shot or simply want to see Oahu at its most picturesque, here's where to find the best views of the island. 

Diamond Head

The view from the top of this 720-foot-high (220-meter-high) dormant volcano is well worth the effort it takes to hike to it. You’ll get a panorama of Waikiki spread out below and all the way to Barbers Point and the Waianae mountains.

Nuuanu Pali Lookout

Perched more than 1,000 feet (305 meters) above Oahu, the Nuuanu Pali Lookout offers sweeping views of the sheer Koolau cliffs, lush Windward Coast, and the tiny island of Mokolii, locally known as “Chinaman’s Hat.” Circle Island tours typically stop here.

Helicopter Tours

Soaring over Oahu in a helicopter gives you the chance to see the island from a different perspective. You’ll fly over jagged mountains, teeming waterfalls, and lush valleys, and some companies offer you the choice of a door-on or door-off experience.

Sightseeing Cruises

After you've seen Oahu from above, hit the water to get yet another perspective. Cruising options include riding a catamaran out to snorkeling sites, taking in the sunset on a dinner cruise, and watching Waikiki’s Friday night fireworks from the water.

Makapuu Lookout

Known for its views of Rabbit Island, Makapuu Lighthouse, and Waimanalo Beach, Makapuu Lookout is also one of the island’s best spots for whale watching from December to April. 

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Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall

Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall

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Take the ultimate Circle Island adventure on this guided, full-day, small-group tour from Honolulu. Stop at Diamond Head, the world-famous icon of Hawaii; beautiful Hanauma Bay, a pristine marine ecosystem; Halona Cove Beach, famous for its appearance in the 1953 movie ‘From Here to Eternity’ and much more. Also, check out one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the world, the breathtaking Pali Lookout and the historic Waimea Valley, featuring a botanical garden and waterfall. Lunch and a Honolulu hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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  • 11 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Isle Sights Unseen 45 Minute Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors Off or On

Isle Sights Unseen 45 Minute Oahu Helicopter Tour with Doors Off or On

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Make your Oahu visit even more magical with this 45-minute scenic helicopter ride. Experience the island like you’ve never seen it before, flying above island landmarks including Sacred Falls, Diamond Head, Maunalua Bay, the Ko'olau Mountains, Ka'a'awa Valley, Pearl Harbor, and more. Trips include round-trip hotel and a choice of ‘doors on’ or ‘doors off’ flights.
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  • 45 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet

Oahu Catamaran Cruise: Wildlife, Snorkeling and Hawaiian Buffet

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Sail on a catamaran down Oahu's western coast during this cruise from Ko Olina. Glide through the unspoiled waters on this side of the island in search of dolphins and whales, then dive in for a snorkeling experience in a hidden local spot rich with marine life. Enjoy a Hawaiian buffet, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks, before heading back to shore. Choose from three daily departure times. Round-trip transportation from select Oahu hotels is included.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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Diamond Head Crater Hiking Adventure

Diamond Head Crater Hiking Adventure

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Diamond Head is one of the best-known hiking sites in Hawaii. On this guided tour you will not only summit the famed crater, you'll also learn about its volcanic creation and Hawaiian history as you walk. At the top you will be rewarded with a panorama of Waikiki and the turquoise waters stretched out below, and receive an ‘I Climbed Diamond Head’ certificate.
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  • 3 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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Star Sunset Dinner and Show Cruise

Star Sunset Dinner and Show Cruise

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Take an evening cruise from Honolulu to watch the sunset from the water. Aboard the 'Star of Honolulu,' you can enjoy a welcome mai tai while admiring views of the ocean and coastline from the boat's four decks. A dinner of crab and steak is included, along with a live show and dancing.
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