Welcome to the Windward Coast.
The Windward Coast features some of the most beautiful, lush green landscapes Oahu has to offer. Not only does it have some of the best landscapes, but also some of the best hikes and beaches.
Must-do’s on the Windward Coast
1. Watch the sunrise from Lanikai Beach
Lanikai beach just feels perfect – when you get there you’ll know what I mean. From the perfectly soft sand, cool water, and overall vibes makes Lanikai beach such a great place to relax. You cannot miss it when visiting the east side of Oahu.
2. Endure the Pali Notches
Hiking the Pali Notches is for the extreme adventurers. With strong winds blowing from all directions and walking on a ridge that gets as narrow as 2-3 feet – this hike is no joke. It is one of the most dangerous hikes on the island and is only recommended for experienced hikers. Please make sure to research this hike plenty before taking it on. Click here to see more hikes on Oahu
3. Hike the Tom-Tom Trail for sunrise
If you’re looking to a beautiful perspective of the East coast of the island – then you’re looking at the right place. The Tom-Tom trail starts off with a nice incline and continues that for roughly 15-20 minutes until it starts to ease out more. You can stop at any point because there is no definite end to this hike. Click here for more hikes on Oahu
4. Go ziplining at Kualoa Ranch
If you’ve ever fantasized about zip-lining through Jurassic park – this is the perfect place to do it!
5. Hike and watch the sunrise from Chinaman’s Hat
Kayaking out to the Chinaman’s hat takes about 30 minutes each in both directions. Hiking the Chinaman’s Hat and being able to watch the sunrise from such a unique perspective makes the whole experience so special.
6. See the Halona Blowhole and visit Cockroach Cove
Halona Blowhole is a pretty popular and well-known tourist spot – but what most don’t know, that there is an awesome beach that you can visit located to the right of the blowholes. There is also a little cave located here if you can find it!
7. Visit Waimanalo Beach Park
Waimanalo Beach Park is a great alternative to Lanikai Beach if parking is full. Being only typically 20 minutes away from Lanikai, and right next to Hālona Blowhole and Cockroach Cove, make’s this beach very practical if you’re trying to visit as much of Oahu as possible.
8. Find the Crouching Lion
Located right off Kahana Bay – the Crouching Lion hike is one you cannot miss out on. It is an incredible hike for sunrise and is about one hour total (out and back).