I think it’s natural to forget about the beautiful world we live in. With all the amazing wonders of modern day technology, who cares how green the grass is, or how tall our trees stand or the colors of the birds that fly above or the wonders of the sea creatures that swim in the oceans. But one of the things about Oahu is not just the great many Oahu hotels that are in close proximity to the city center, but the amazing places you can visit, both natural and man-made, that will inspire even the cynics of this world. Take a trip to my three favorite Hawaiian look out points and I promise you, you’ll be inspired by the beauty and serenity of this world.
Waikiki’s Most Beautiful Gem: Diamond Head
As the single most recognizable attraction in all of Oahu, Diamond Head is the perfect place for you capture a post-card worthy photo. Defining the island skyline for over 200,000 years, this 762 foot tall extinct volcano beckons to hundreds of thousands of travelers every year. And the best view of the island is offered atop the summit of this unique beauty, lending you a panoramic picturesque view of the island not available anywhere else. But please beware, the hike to the top is not an easy one by any means, so make sure you’re prepared with plenty of water, comfortable walking shoes and sun protection.
Remember, Remember This Day in December: Pearl Harbor Memorial
Not necessarily a “look-out” point in the traditional sense of the word, but an eye opening experience nonetheless. As the only naval base in the US designated as a National Historical Landmark, a tour of Pearl Harbor gives visitors the opportunity to visit the USS Arizona Memorial to learn about the historic attack and pay respects to the brave soldiers who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. Nothing will prepare you for the somber mood aboard the boat shuttle that will take you to the final resting place for many of the ship’s crew but at the same time, nothing will be more inspiring than to see the shrine built to commemorate the lives of these brave soldiers.
Under the Sea is Where You’ll Want to Be: Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay
If you think you’ve seen everything there is to see on land, you should consider taking your next adventure under the sea. Find yourself inspired when you witness first-hand the colorful corals that populate the ocean floor, watch the bright yellow tang swimming beside rainbow runners, and see and swim along with the state fish of Hawaii: the humuhumunukunukuapuaa.
Hanauma Bay is known for their clear waters with a rich marine life that is the perfect place for beginner snorkelers. If you want something a little more advanced, Oahu has plenty of other beaches that have calm and clear waters for you to explore as well. But I can guarantee that the vivid colors you’ll see here will be unlike anything you’ve ever seen before.
A hike to Diamond Head, a day of remembrance at Pearl Harbor and an underwater adventure at Hanauma Bay are all beautiful ways you can explore the beautiful island of Oahu. I hope that with these three adventures, you’ll be inspired to seek out the other beauties of Hawaii, since there are just so many of them. Picking only three was a difficult task, but I hope that reading my short list will inspire a hundred other adventures. So go forth my friends and find other exciting Hawaiian adventures! Mahalo and aloha.
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