5 Attractions on Oahu You Must Visit
Home to amazing scenery and top-rated visitor attractions like Pearl Harbor, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and the world-famous North Shore surf beaches, the island of Oahu is the most visited island in Hawaii. Drawing visitors from around the world, the 120-mile stretch of coastline seems to keep getting better and better. And with all that there is to do in and around Honolulu, it is easy to forget that there is so much to do outside of the city. You will want to find the time to explore and find some attractions that are off the beaten path, and show you a side of Oahu you may not have known existed.
Try these amazing places on your trip, all easy to find, and all a must during your tine on Oahu.
If this Windward Oahu temple looks familiar, you’ve likely seen an episode of LOST or are a fan of the classic hit Magnum PI. You’ll find this nondenominational place of worship in the Valley of the Temples, and will become at peace as soon as you enter its grounds. Peaceful, beautiful, and welcoming, plan to ring the giant bell and spend some time resetting your mind.
Most visitors to La’ie are headed for the Polynesian Cultural Center, but La’ie Point should be a stop when you’re in the area. The iconic lookout point was featured in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and is easily identified by the offshore islet with the huge hole in it. Standing at the point is a reminder of how amazing Hawaii is, offering beautiful views of the area and a showcase of the power of the Pacific Ocean.
Way up on the most western point of the island is Kaena Point. The area is a state park and Natural Reserve, preserving the seabirds that make their homes in the area, and Hawaiian Monk Seals are known to hang out here. The untouched area is a reminder of the solitude of the island, and the importance of preserving the natural state of the Hawaii.
On the South Shore of the island, you’ll find jaw dropping beauty and stunning lookout points. Makapu’u Lookout overlooks Rabbit Island and Makapu’u Beach, and is one of the most stunning places on the entire island. If you’re feeling adventurous, take a hike up to the Makapu’u Lighthouse for even better views.
What happens when extinct lava tubes meet the powerful ocean? Blowholes! The crashing waves force themselves through the extinct tubes and spray into the air, and the site of it never gets old. The Halona Blowhole is on the South Shore, overlooking Sandy Beach, so you’ll have a great view of the blowhole and one of the best boogie boarding beaches on the island, plus Halona Cove is located near the blowhole as well.
Be sure to check these out on your trip, and let us know which your favorites are. We love them all and can’t choose just one.
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