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Top Hiking Trails in Oahu

By Viator, January 2018

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Tropical rainforest trails and scenic cliffside vistas take travelers beyond the chaos of downtown Honolulu to explore Oahu’s most beautiful natural spots. Enjoy one of the island’s most rewarding outdoor activities with a guided hiking adventure—here are your options for trails around Oahu.
 
Manoa Falls
The 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) Manoa Falls trail through the Manoa Valley rainforest is an easy route accessible to most hikers. Wind past mountain apple and banyan trees, and cross a small stream on this waterfall hike to reach the dramatic, 150-foot (45-meter) Manoa Falls.
 
Diamond Head Crater
This is one of the most popular Oahu hikes for a reason, despite the climb up involving an often steep slog through dry brush. After the trek, you’ll gain your reward: World War II-era bunkers and platforms with incredible panoramic views over downtown Honolulu.
 
Waimea Valley Trail
On the North Shore just outside Haleiwa, the busy Waimea Valley trail is an easy 2-mile (3.2-kilometer) jungle jaunt accessible year-round. Along the path, plants and trees are signposted for identification. Come prepared with swimwear for the trail’s highlight: Waimea Falls, which trickles into a clear, pool perfect for a hot afternoon dip. Guided hiking tours offer information on area history and traditional uses for the plants seen along the way.
 
Makapuu Lighthouse
A paved path takes the headache out of the steep climb to this spectacular rocky lookout atop the Makapuu State Wayside path. Perfect for families with kids (even in strollers), the trail’s top is one of the island’s best spots for catching whales splashing offshore during winter and for spotting neighboring Molokai, Lanai, and Maui on clear days.
 
Kaena Point
Few Oahu nature tours make it to rugged and remote Kaena Point, a seabird sanctuary and pristine stretch of rocky coast at the island’s most remote northwestern corner. The unshaded and dusty hiking trails that lead to gates protecting nesting Laysan albatross and other seabirds isn’t for everyone, but it is certainly rewarding.
 
Lanikai Pillboxes
On the island’s windward side behind Kailua, the Lanikai Pillboxes are a popular destination for morning joggers and hikers thanks to the view looking out over the blue-green waters toward Molokai.

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Diamond Head Crater Adventure, Oahu, null
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Diamond Head Crater Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 473 Reviews

Enjoy a narrated and fun guided walk to the 763-foot summit of Hawaii's most famous crater for incredible 360-degree views of Waikiki and the Koolau mountain ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $36.65
Manoa Waterfall Small Group Adventure, Oahu, Walking Tours
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Manoa Waterfall Small Group Adventure

4.5 star rating: Recommended 99 Reviews

This adventure will fulfill all your fantasies about Hawaii’s lush rainforests, giant ferns, cascading tropical waterfalls, picturesque streams and unique ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $57.59
Full Day Oahu Bike, Hike, Sail and Snorkel Combo, Oahu, Walking Tours
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Full Day Oahu Bike, Hike, Sail and Snorkel Combo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

Get off the beaten track on an Oahu biking adventure from the rainforest to the reef. This hiking and mountain biking Oahu experience takes you through lush ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $180.00
Oahu Volcanic Rainforest Hiking Adventure, Oahu, Bike & Mountain Bike Tours
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Oahu Volcanic Rainforest Hiking Adventure

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 26 Reviews

Discover the hidden hiking treasures of Oahu's lush volcanic rainforest. This moderate 2-mile (3.2km) round-trip guided hike is a rare opportunity to explore ...  Read more

Location: Waikiki, Oahu
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $75.00

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