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5 Spectacular Oahu Sights You’ve Got to See

One of the best parts of an Oahu vacation is soaking up all of the scenic sights on the island.  Visit these top five Oahu sights on your next Hawaii vacation for true glimpse of paradise!

View from the top of Diamond Head
View from the top of Diamond Head

1Diamond Head: Hike to the top of Diamond Head, also known as Leahi, for iconic panoramic views of Waikiki and Honolulu.  This moderately challenging trail includes two sets of stairs, totaling 175 steps, as well as dark, underground tunnels and old military bunkers. You might huff and puff a bit, but the stunning views that greet you at the top of Diamond Head are well worth the effort. There’s a reason it tops my list of must-see Oahu sights.  

Hanauma Bay
Pristine waters of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve

2)  Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve:  This preserve is one of Oahu’s most popular snorkeling destinations.  Wear your swim suit and enjoy the crystal clear blue waters of the bay.  Rent or bring your own snorkel gear so you can explore the reefs teeming with colorful fish.

Haleiwa, North Shore, Oahu

3)  Haleiwa:  This historic surf town is the gateway to the legendary North Shore.  More than a laid back surf town, Haleiwa is filled with local style and country ambiance as well as cool surf shops and boutiques, understated restaurants and charming art galleries.

View from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Hawaii
View from the Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Hawaii
4)  Nuuanu Pali Lookout: Take in panoramic views of Windward Oahu and the Koolau Mountain Range.  Drive north on the Pali Highway through tall trees and dense forests to get to the lookout.  Along the way you’ll see the city of Honolulu disappear and the beauty of Hawaii start to unfold. 
waikiki diamond head
The famous shores of Waikiki

5)  Waikiki:  Waikiki is most famous for its beaches and every room is just two or three blocks away from the sea.  Once a playground for Hawaii royalty, Waikiki is now an eclectic city filled with high end  shopping, restaurants and a vibrant mix of cultures and people.

Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Oahu to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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