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Hawaii Itinerary – Oahu Active

Oahu 1-Day Hiking Itinerary

Visiting Hawaii but only have a day to spend on each island? Are you an active person who loves to hike and take in the majestic scenery that each and every Hawaiian Island has to offer? Well, you have found the right itinerary. Believe it or not, there are great ways to spend a single day on each island for the active person who want to get the most out of their visit.

Below you will find a few suggestions, as well as how ling it may take you to accomplish the hike. These are the BEST hikes on Oahu, and you may be able to fit more than one in, or pick one and make a day of it. Enjoy! Hikes are listed in no particular order.

Diamond Head Crater Hike

The Diamond Head Crater was once a military establishment during World War II. There are bunkers and jail cells toward the top of the crater peak, and many POW’s were held there during that time period. Now, the trail has been made very tourist friendly.

It isn’t a hard hike, as most of the way is paved. However, it will still take you about 40 minutes each way. There are several great scenic viewpoints on your way up to the top of the crater all culminating with one of the best views Oahu has to offer at the very top of Diamond Head Crater. Take a lunch and eat at the top, or just relax and enjoy the view.

Kaena Point

Located at the end of the North Shore side of Oahu is the Kaena Point hiking trail. The trail is an easy hike, yet offers hikers some of the best views anywhere. The payoff? At the end of the hike you enter a bird and seal sanctuary. At this point you will be at the tip of Oahu and you will be able to see both the North Shore tip and the West side tip of Oahu. You will also be able to enjoy amazing wildlife, and during many months of they year you will also have a chance to see Humpback Whales. Kaena Point is a must for the wildlife lover.

Stairway to Heaven

We want to tell you about Stairway to Heaven because it is the most breathtaking, dynamic and sought after kike that there is on Oahu. That being said, this description actually comes with a disclaimer. The Stairway to Heaven Trail is actually closed by the state, not for safety reasons, but because some neighbors at the trailhead do not want people accessing the trail from their neighborhood.

That being said, if you are able to get to the trailhead early enough (around 3 in the morning) then the security guards will not bother you when they see you coming off the trail. The Stairway to Heaven Trail is exactly what it sounds like. It is a bunch of stairs that dangle out and up over the majestic Koolau Mountain Range. This hike is not for the faint of heart. All the stairs have recently been redone and reinforced, but the trail is still wide open and it feels like you are walking in the clouds and dangling from the sky most of the way.

This would be a full day hike, so if you are up for it check it out. No other hike comes close on Oahu. Enjoy!

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