13 November 2017
Hawaii is home to some jaw dropping landscapes. Hire a car and hit to road for some of the easiest access views. Some are so easy you don’t even have to get out of your car… but at least roll down the window.
Nu’uanu Pali Lookout (Nu’uanu Valley, O’ahu)
Well known among locals but not yet a major tourism selfie spot. Follow the tour buses to this ridge top lookout. Pali is an amazing viewpoint that overlooks the obscenely green Oahu Island with views of the snaggle-toothed Ko’olau range. This spot it perfect for a plush panoramic pic of the island - just hold onto your hat… it gets quite windy near the top!
Kalalau Valley lookout (Kokee State Park, Kaua’i)
Over 1.2km high, the Kalalau Valley lookout is weathered by sun, sea and wind, standing with a brave ethereal beauty making it one of Hawaii’s most remarkable views. By car, take Kokee road beyond Waimea Canyon State Park.
Diamond Head Crater Summit (Honolulu, O’ahu)
This is Hawaii’s most popular hike. Though slightly steep, the trail is full paved so its an easy walk for all ages. Push on to the summit where you will be rewarded with 360-degree views. Take in everything from Oahu’s scenic but urban south shore, then look east for views of Koko Head and crater. Turn north to see the Diamond Head Crater. Then, look west to see the entirety of urban Honolulu and Waikiki’s beaches. It gets busy here so you might want to arrive earlier to assure an easy parking spot.
Road to Hana, Maui
One of the most beautiful scenic drives in Hawaii, the Hana highway snakes down through Jurassic park jungle, weaves round razor-edge cliffs, over 54 one-lane bridges and past nearly as many waterfalls along the way. Jump out of your car to take a selfie at a lookout, hike into fragrant forest or sneak down short paths to secluded swimming holes.
Haleakalā National Park, Maui
The sunrise here is definitely worth getting up for. The light beams through shadow and clouds creating colours that dance across the sands below. Mesmerising views are available from the Visitor centre or a 10 minute hike up Pa Ka’oao (White Hill). The cherry on top is from the peak of Pu’u’ula’ula, Maui’s highest point, the summit building provides a killer panorama.
There is so much more to explore in Hawaii! Beaches, Volcanoes and the big waves! Contact your Travel Counsellor to start creating your perfect island getaway.