I love spending time in Hawaii and have spent my fair share of time on O’ahu recently! I’ve gone through some of the best things I’ve done and made a list of how to spend 4 days in O’ahu!
Day 1: Hike & Snorkeling
8:00am – 1:00pm: Puu’o’Kona Loop Hike: this hike is about 4-5 hours round trip. The key thing to remember is to make sure to follow the signs for ridge not valley, go left when trail is faint in the forest! It’s not that hard, and the views are absolutely the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen! This hike really shouldn’t be passed up!
Grab lunch somewhere, if you can’t find a restaurant that looks appealing head to a grocery store and get a poke bowl…or actually, just do that anyways! NOTHING IS BETTER!
2:30pm – 3:30pm: Electric Beach Snorkeling: This is one of the best places to snorkel on O’ahu…but it’s also very popular. Be prepared to swim out and swim far to avoid the tourist crowds, but also be prepared to encounter pods of wild dolphins! It’s the most amazing thing, ever!, swimming with pods of Hawaiian spinner dolphins (especially when there are young in the pod!).
4:00 – 6:30pm : Maunawili Falls: This is a short and easy hike to a waterfall that you can swim at the base of and also jump from the top! It’s a great place to cool off in the afternoons and is definitely best after it’s rained!
Day 2: Shark Diving, Hike & Beach
7:00am – 9:00am: One Ocean Diving Shark Snorkeling: This dive experience is absolutely incredible. There’s no cage involved, because who even needs a cage! If you’re on O’ahu you have to do this, and if you’re not…add it to your bucket list!
10:00am – 12:00pm: Ehukai Pillboxes Hike: This is an incredible hike that’s short and offers great pay offs! The views of the North Shore from here are perfection, and during the right time of year you can watch surfers below!
Grab lunch somewhere that looks cute in the North Shore downtown, there’s a bunch of great options! Check out Seven Brothers Burgers, but don’t forget Matsumoto Shave Ice for desert (I wasn’t sure what to expect when I tried it…but it’s really delicious!)
1:30pm – 5:00pm: Ka’ena Point: This is a hike that can’t be missed, you can access it from the West or North sides of the island (this time, it might make most sense to go from the North since you’re already on that side finishing up the pillbox hike)
5:30 – 7:00pm: Watch Sunset on the Beach: hangout here, on the North Shore and grab dinner while watching the sunset.
Day 3: Shells & Hike
6:30-8:30am: Mokuleia Beach– This is one of the best beaches on O’ahu for shell hunting! You have to get there really early and be prepared to be competing with regulars (there are seriously regulars, I didn’t realize that shell hunting was such a serious sport)!
1:00pm – 2:30pm: Crouching Lion Hike: At only around 1 hour round trip this hike is short and sweet. The views are epic, though, and its definitely worth the effort (there is a pretty big elevation gain)! The entrance to this hike is between a post & do not pass sign, map yourself to the Crouching Lion Inn and find the clearing. Walk in and to the left under a fallen tree and continue along the trail.
Grab lunch somewhere that you didn’t get to try on the North Shore yesterday, there are some great food truck options! You can get more info on that, here!
3:00 – 5:30pm: Relax on the beach: there are so many great beaches in the area, just pull over when you see one that looks good to you and relax and enjoy the afternoon!
Day 4: Hike & Beach
8:00am – 10:00am: Aiea Loop Trail: This trail is nice and flat with multiple viewpoints that offer beautiful vantage points into the valley. It will only take you about 1.5 hours to complete the loop, but it can be really slippery when its muddy…be careful (I definitely slipped a few times)!
11:30 – 1:30pm: Hanauma Bay Ridge Hike: This hike is about 1.5 hours return and is relatively easy going, except for the sun exposure! The views of the bay are beautiful and you’ll work up a nice sweat before heading back down to swim in the water below!
12:00pm – 5:00pm – Hanauma Bay: Make sure you bring your snorkeling gear, this is one of the most beautiful places to explore – despite the big tourist attraction it has become.
Go and get your last Poke Bowl of the trip for dinner, maybe get two…you deserve them!
I’d love to hear your favourite places to explore on O’ahu! What should be added to this itinerary?!