The dive site known as China Walls is a vertical wall that drops off the south side of Koko Head and reaches down to depths of 75 feet.

Diving in Southeastern O‘ahu

Diving in southeastern O’ahu is stellar, with a handful of complete dive shops offering sales, rentals, and dive excursions at a range of prices. The wealth of dive sites includes the area known as China Walls, a deep vertical wall drop with countless nooks and crannies, and several wreck sites now home to dozens of species.

Blueberry pancakes at Koa Pancake House.

Where to Eat in Kane’ohe and Points North

Kane‘ohe and further onward haven’t been largely altered by tourism, the proof being that you won’t find any fine dining restaurants or chic clothing boutiques. Instead, Kane‘ohe is littered with local and national fast-food chains and small and simple ethnic eateries.

Makapu‘u marks the rugged and dry eastern tip of O‘ahu.

Whale-Watching on O‘ahu

Humpback whales routinely frequent O‘ahu waters during their Hawaii stay from October to March. Once in the shallow waters, they engage in mating behaviors and give birth to massive calves. Fortunately for whale-watchers, humpback whales like to congregate in the waters from Makapu‘u to Koko Head, and swim very close to shore as they pass by.

A rocky cliff rises above a crescent beach with yellow sand.

Best Beaches of Makapu‘u and Waimanalo, O’ahu

The best beaches of Makapu’u and Waimanalo are all a bit different, some with the most breathtaking scenery, others with dozens of tide pools to explore, or great opportunities for swimming, surfing, and sunbathing. There’s even beach-side camping.

For a great cardio workout and 360-degree views of the southeast shore, the Koko Crater Trail is a daunting 1,048 steps up the south side of Koko Crater.

Hiking and Biking on O’ahu’s Windward Side

While hiking on O’ahu’s windward side is limited, the few options available cover the range from a workout to a moderate hike to a simple stroll; you’ll find the scenery for each hike is fairly unique, too. Biking is equally limited, with cyclists confined mostly to roadways and a few trails, but since Kailua is a very bike-friendly town, that won’t be a problem for most.

The Ohai Trail awards hikers with panoramic vistas of the island’s North Shore.

West Maui Hiking Trails

There aren’t nearly as many hiking trails on the West Side of Maui as you might expect. Much of the access in West Maui is blocked by private land or lack of proper trails. Nevertheless, the hiking options in West Maui offer their own sort of beauty, from stunning coastal treks to grueling ridgeline hikes.

Thanks to its protected status as a marine preserve, the reef at Hulopo‘e Beach Park is in better shape than other places in Lana‘i.

Lana‘i Snorkeling

Lana’i snorkeling is some of the best in Hawaii thanks to a protected marine reserve. Here’s where to go, including types of local marine life commonly spotted and snorkeling tips for each location, as well as available charters and what they offer.

Kona Brewing Co. is a local brewpub serving fresh steak and seafood, all with a twist—their signature brew is incorporated in some way into most of the recipes.

Best Places to Eat in Southeastern O‘ahu

Southeastern O‘ahu is home to several stand-out eateries. Expert author Kevin Whitton highlights where to enjoy local specialties such as shave ice and plate lunch along with other casual and fine dining options.

Maui Ocean Riders offers the opportunity to witness little-seen areas of Lana‘i, such as Polihua Beach.

Lahaina Snorkeling Charters

Snorkeling charters in Lahaina run the gamut from small inflatable rafts to massive two-tiered catamarans. Since it’s important to match the tour company to the type of experience you want, here’s a summary of all Lahaina’s providers, including what they offer, prices, and scheduling.