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Top 4 Must-See Lookouts on Oahu

Bring your camera! Follow the Where guide to breath-taking photo opportunities on the island of Oahu.

Almost everything on the Hawaiian island of Oahu is photo-worthy, but you'll want to reserve plenty of space on your camera, phone, camcorder, GoPro or whatever it is you're using to record your trip before visiting these four must-see lookout points.

Mount Tantalus 

This lookout with views of Diamond Head, Punchbowl Crater and Downtown Honolulu is known for being the meet-up spot for local couples looking for a quick rendezvous late at night. I find the views are the best during sunset. Remember, being at 2,020 feet elevation gets chilly (even for island weather), so bring a blanket or sweater for winds that pick up in the evening. 

How to get there from Waikiki: Take Ala Wai Boulevard to McCully Street then make a right. then make a left on Beretania Street. Proceed for a few blocks then make a right on Punahou Street. Continue for .3 miles then make a left at the Nehoa Street traffic light. 

Nu’uanu Pali Lookout

Hold your hats, glasses and other loose articles of clothing atop these 985-foot cliffs that offer views of the lush Windward coast including the Ko'olau mountains, a peculiar-shaped island locals call Chinaman's Hat and the verdant cities of Kailua and Kaneohe. 

 

Makapu’u Lookout

Rabbit Island, Makapu’u Beach Park and Waimanalo Beach are only but a few of what you'll see at this lookout that becomes an ideal spot for whale-watching from December to April. Take the 1.75-mile trail for more expansive views that include the Makapu’u Lighthouse.

 

Diamond Head Crater

A .08-mile hike is required of those who wish to capture photos of the entire South shore including the Waikiki and Honolulu Skyline. It’s a steep incline up to the top of the crater, but worth the sweat. Wear a hat and bring plenty of water.