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.

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.

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is the first Marine Life Conservation District in the state and the most popular snorkeling site on O‘ahu.

Snorkeling Southeast and Windward O‘ahu

Southeast and Windward O’ahu have some great snorkeling locales, but it’s up to you find the best spots dependant on weather and ocean conditions. Use these location suggestions and tips along with area and outfitter advice to craft your snorkeling day.

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

Sightseeing Southeastern O‘ahu

Nature rules sightseeing on southeastern O’ahu, with some breathtaking views and a truly stunning garden along with a bit of hiking and an impressively massive heiau. Expect to do a lot of walking when seeing these sights.

Waimea Valley is an area of historic cultural significance on the North Shore of Oahu, Hawaii.

Sightseeing North Shore O‘ahu

Sightseeing O‘ahu’s North Shore is primarily focused on Hawaiian heritage, and since all sites are found outdoors, nature features fairly heavily as well. With two main areas to explore, you’ll want to do a bit of planning to make sure you can fully experience both.

A feast of seafood at Hoku's in The Kahala Hotel & Resort.

Where to Eat in Kahala, O‘ahu

The gastronomic landscape of this vast region changes just as much as the climate as you make your way from Kahala to La‘ie. In the more affluent areas, health food is king, while in others, fast food and Hawaiian food reign. Here’s where to eat in Kahala.