The island of Oahu in Hawaii’s chain is much more than beaches, surfing, and city. Here, you can experience native culture, history, the power of the Pacific Ocean, and an inland playground ripe with adventure. At StorQuest, we put together an epic itinerary for an awesome Oahu road trip.
Despite its solid, world-renowned ranking and crowded shoreline, this iconic beach should not be missed. It’s a vibrant section of Honolulu known for surfing and high-rise hotels. It’s worth the notoriety to spend an afternoon here. You’ll get to enjoy the calm, crystal blue waters and, if you are new to surfing, this is the spot to sign up for a lesson and learn what the sport is all about.
Makapuu Lighthouse Road
For hikers and nature lovers, this is a must-stop spot on your trip. Ditch the car and head out to Makapu’u Point along the Kaiwi Scenic Shoreline trail. Along the way you’ll have a chance to see migrating humpback whales (November through May) and native Hawaiian seabirds, like the frigate and tropicbirds. Plus, the Point’s summit provides spectacular, in-your-face views of Hawaii’s coastline, which will be memorable long after you land back home.
Nu’uanu Pali Lookout
Nu’uanu Pali Lookout is both a historic and scenic spot. This is where King Kamehameha was able to unite Ohau under his rule. It’s also a place to take in awesome panoramic views. The 5-mile drive gains 1,000 feet, and the relaxing view allows you to commune with Hawaii’s natural landscape and take in Oahu’s history.
Laie Point State Wayside
For scenic views of a rocky shoreline, a chance for an epic cliff jump, and the place to take Instagram-worthy action shots, Laie Point State Wayside should be on your list. Almost hidden from view behind a neighborhood, this Oahu seaside spot has a locals-only vibe. Parking is limited and so are services, but it is totally worth taking a break from driving and spending a leisurely afternoon here.
A tour of Oahu’s north shore wouldn’t be complete without seeing the storied Banzai Pipeline, known for its epic, barrel-like waves that break as they reach the shallow reef. Whether you surf or not, watching the sport here means viewing pros in their element. It will surely be an awe-inspiring session.
Matsumoto Shave Ice
A stop in Haleiwa for a visit to Matsumoto Shave Ice offers a look at original Hawaii. Opened in 1951, the family-owned shop serves up flavored, icy sweets that seem to embody the definition of the term endless summer. Even today, during the warm months, crowds flock to the small store to cool down – the Matsumoto Shave Ice estimates it sells 1,000 servings a day of the icy sweet.
One last stop on your road trip should include a visit to Wahiawa, a scenic valley between two volcanic mountains. Wahiawa offers visitors a different take on island life. Here, you’ll find a regular kind of town and a chance to visit the Dole Plantation to learn how pineapples, papaya, mango, and lychees are grown. It’s just 20 miles from downtown Honolulu and likely your last chance to savor the slower pace of inland Oahu.
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