Top 10 Ways to See Oahu from Above, Part 2

By: Tara Tyrrell

Last time, we took you droning, skydiving, and flying in planes and helicopters. This time, we stick a little closer to the ground, providing you with views of the region that we’re sure will take your breath away.



Ziplining at Kualoa Ranch
Glide over Jurassic Park land along a zipline! It’s an adrenaline-rush ride that will make you feel like you are floating  through the astounding settings. But don’t worry, it’s slow enough to allow you to enjoy the whole experience without being overwhelmed by the ride itself. Ziplining is an excellent activity for the whole family, or a group of friends. Kualoa Ranch also hosts a number of super-fun activities like all-terrain vehicle tours and horseback riding, and it just so happens to be where Jurassic Park/Jurassic World, Godzilla, and Skull Island were all filmed, among many others

Rock diving at Waimea Bay
Waimea Bay has a bit of everything from rock climbing, snorkeling with turtles, underwater tunnels and huge surf that is famous all over the world. One of the better all year round features are the giant, yet easy to climb half-submerged rocks where you can join the crowd of eager jumpers waiting to dive off the rock. The water here isn’t incredibly deep, but it’s enough for the height of the jump.

Koko Crater Trail
Also known as the Koko Head Stairs, this is one of the most popular hikes on Oahu’s south shore. To get to the lookout point, you must climb exactly 1,048 steps to get to the top. The military created lookout pillbox bunkers during World War II, and a railway was built to haul cargo and supplies to the top. The abandoned railway is now used as hiking stairs to reach the old military bunkers and the ridgeline. The Koko Crater Trail takes about an hour to reach the top. Give yourself at least another hour to take in the breathtaking panoramic views from the top and relax a little before your descent.





Crouching Lion Trail
Even Its name sounds awesome. Hiking the Crouching Lion Trail is definitely not for the fainthearted or inexperienced. The trail is a 4-mile loop with an elevation gain of 2,000 feet. The middle of the trail is one of the most heart-stopping spots you will ever hike, and features walking paths that sit atop knife-like Pu’u Manamana ridge. The trail can be muddy and difficult to follow because of the heavy overgrowth. The hike can take up to six hours to complete, depending on the weather and your level of experience. Once you get to the top though, the view is absolutely breathtaking. *Please be aware that this hike can be dangerous. Use your best judgement before attempting it.*

Haiku Stairs Trail
The hike up the Haiku Stairs, aka “Stairway to Heaven,” is probably the most popular of Oahu’s “prohibited” trails. Breathtaking panoramic views await those who can get to the top. This is a difficult hike with a 2,120-foot ascent. Although the trail is officially closed, it is still popular because of the spectacular views from the top. The stairway was originally built for the US Coast Guard to allow access to the LORAN radio antenna on the top. Be aware though, that it is on private land, so respect the locals, respect the property, and be prepared to pay a fine if you get caught. *Due to the prohibited status of this trail, we cannot recommend attempting it. Please use your own best judgment.*

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