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Oahu: Best areas for secluded beaches / hikes?

Kauai was a great spot for Hikes and secluded beaches, a week before christmas we practically had the island to ourselves. In Oahu however, at 10 times the population, it doesn't sound like there is a lot of secluded anything. Any suggestions for family of 4 with 2 preteens?

5 Answers

answered by
Linda from United States

We have visited in early March and April before Spring Break crowds and the weather is great!  Drive around the island and you'll SEE the beauty of Hawaii. Lots of beaches and secluded areas.  Our favorite spot to sit on the beach and marvel at the jewel tone waters is North Shore all the way to the tip of the island past airstrip and YMCA camp ("LOST" filming areas and beaches) .

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answered by
Abbi from Northeast

One good thing about Oahu is that many tourists stick to Waikiki. The best beaches have way fewer people, especially if you arrive early. Waimea Bay and Kailua are the my favorites. Stop in Haleiwa for a shave ice from Matsumoto Shave Ice. The Sandy Beach is great, too (And check out the Blow Hole just down the road). Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay is amazing, but you have to arrive early - once it fills up, the water gets cloudy and it's hard to see. The Byodo-In Temple is gorgeous and peaceful, and never busy. Hike Diamond Head State Monument for spectacular views, and hit the swap meet at Aloha Stadium for kitschy souvenirs. Have fun, Oahu is amazing! 

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  1. Waimea Bay (attraction)
  2. Kailua (city)
  3. Haleiwa (city)
  4. Matsumoto Shave Ice (attraction)
  5. Sandy Beach (attraction)
  6. Hanauma Bay (attraction)
  7. Byodo-In Temple (attraction)
  8. Diamond Head State Monument (attraction)
  9. Aloha Stadium (attraction)
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answered first by
Juliana from Las Vegas

The Kaunala Trail is very nice if basic (no show-stopping waterfalls or volcanoes if I'm remembering correctly). I do remember it being closed the second time we tried to go there so I would look up when they're open before you go. We walked the whole thing and barely saw another soul.

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answered by
Michael from San Diego

A favorite family hike which is on a paved road and is only one mile uphill is to the Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse Trail once at the top the view is amazing! Tip: Click Here For Hiking Info. When finished hiking drive to the beach at Makapu'u for a picnic in the park.

My suggestion for seclusion is a stay up on the North Shore at the Turtle Bay Resort the beaches here are amazing. Check out my travel guide to O'ahu - CLICK HERE

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  2. Turtle Bay Resort (hotel)

answered by
Einn from California

Manoa Falls is a beautiful hike with a waterfall at the end. Lots of lush greenery and shade as you hike.  Trail gets a bit muddy & slippery after the rain.

Waimea Valley is a very easy shaded and paved walk to the waterfall. 

Kaaawa Beachis a very quiet strip of beach. no lifeguards on duty, soft white sand and beautiful views of the Pacific Ocean. Not many tourists in this area, visited mostly by locals

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  2. Waimea Valley (attraction)
  3. Kaaawa Beach (attraction)

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