Oahu's Windward Coast
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Oahu’s Windward Coast: Must-See Sights & Stops

Oahu is Hawaii’s most populated island, and certainly the epicenter for visitors on vacation.  The area offers a mix of big city life along with the casual island-vibe you crave.  When you travel to Oahu, you’ll find there are five distinct regions to explore. Honolulu, the Windward Coast, Central Oahu, the Leeward Coast and the North Shore. Honolulu, home to famous Waikiki Beach, and the North Shore are perhaps the most famous. However, you don’t want to overlook the beauty of Oahu’s Windward Coast.

Oahu’s Windward Coast is just a short drive from famous Waikiki and Honolulu.  Leaving the city behind, travel along the mountainous Pali Highway until you reach the lush countryside and golden beaches of this breathtaking region.

Must-see sights and things to do on Oahu’s Windward Coast include:

Valley of the Temples

Valley of the Temples

Valley of the Temples Memorial Park houses Byodo-in, a replica of a Japanese Buddhist Temple.

Kailua Beach Park

Kailua Beach Park overlooks Kaneohe Bay and the Mokulua Islands and is a great spot for kayaking, windsurfing and other water sports.

Makapuu Point Lighthouse

Hike to this scenic point on Oahu’s eastern most tip for incredible views and whale watching during the winter.

Nuuanu Pali Lookout

Nuuanu Pali Lookout is one of Oahu’s most popular scenic spots with panoramic views of Windward Oahu and the Koolau mountain range.

Kailua Town

Kailua Town is a buzzing beach community on the Windward Coast of Oahu, Hawaii, and is known for its turquoise water, crescent beach, unique shopping and dining.

Polynesian Cultural Center

Explore and experience eight island villages and exhibits representing the Islands of Aotearoa New Zealand, Fiji, Hawaii, Samoa, Marquesas, Rapa Nui, Tonga and Tahiti at Polynesian Cultural Center.

Kualoa Ranch

Kualoa Ranch

Take a horseback ride, ATV tour or take advantage of numerous other activities available at this picturesque setting.  Kualoa Ranch and its scenic valley has been the backdrop for numerous movies and television shows, making it even more fun to explore.

North Shore

Home of the best surf spots in Hawaii, stop here to test out your skills or watch the pros catch a wave.

Hanauma Nature Preserve

Hanauma Nature Preserve

This beautiful cove was once a volcanic crater, and is now the island’s most popular snorkeling destination.  Clear blue waters and an abundant reef system creates the perfect conditions to explore life under the sea.

Sea Life Park

At this Oahu attraction you can get up close and personal with dolphins, sea lions and rays, as well as see penguin and sea turtle exhibits and sea life shows.

The Best of Oahu’s Windward Coast

Add these sights and stops to your tour of Oahu’s Windward Coast. As a result, you’ll be rewarded with some of the most impressive landscape, scenes, and activities the island has to offer.


Ashley is Reserve Direct’s travel expert, visiting Hawaii to find the best travel tips, money-saving deals and insider information. With over 10 years of experience in first-hand-travel adventures, she shares her stories, advice, and current events to help you stay in the know.
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