The Hawaiian islands are one of the most magnificent places on Earth. With sparkling waters from the Pacific Ocean, gorgeous flora and fauna, and interesting sites like the Kaniakapupu Ruins on the island of Oahu, it is easy to see how these islands are at the top of many bucket lists. When you stay with us at Marina Hawaii Vacations, lace up your hiking boots and explore the best natural places on Oahu island.
Travel Through Time
An easier trail on Oahu that is also a must-see takes you back in time on a short hike. It only takes twenty minutes or so from our property to reach the historical ruins of Kaniakapupu, the summer palace of King Kamehameha III. Make your way down the trail for less than a mile to the remains of what once was a royal escape and now stands as a vision into Hawaii's past. It is important that if you visit these ruins, you do not move or remove any of the rocks and that you leave the site untouched. Vandalization has threatened the preservation of this site, so we need to help protect this piece of living history in order to keep it open to the public.
The Best Easy Hikes
Many who visit Hawaii are not avid hikers. Numerous trails are great for beginners to get out and take in the natural beauty of the island. The Diamond Head hike is a favorite due to its breathtaking views and easy to navigate trails. Many other paths, such as Manoa Falls, Pali Twin Falls, and Hanauma Bay Trail offer beautiful water views. Whether it's waterfalls or views of the ocean, these hikes are sure to make any sea lover swoon.
For The Intermediate Hiker
If you love hiking but are not interested in extremely difficult trails, there are a large number of intermediate trails that would be perfect. Many of these trails will take you through a bit of wilderness to hidden gems that you can only reach by foot. Waterfalls, pools, and caves are waiting for you to discover them without too many dangerous terrains or challenging climbs.
Taking It To The Extreme
For those who are hiking enthusiasts and like to take it to the extremes, trails like Stairway to Heaven offer a challenging thrill. Test your skills and stamina with hikes to the tops of beautiful summits and through harsh jungle trails. Pali To K1 is a perfect example of a trek that offers heart-stopping climbing opportunities, as well as challenging hiking terrain. One of the most exciting and hazardous hikes is the Kalihi Saddle. Make your way over an eroding, basalt ridgeline and through overgrown areas to the top. Trails such as these are not for the faint at heart and require advance knowledge in climbing and hiking as well as the appropriate gear. Be aware of the trails that you are hiking as some may be labeled as illegal treks and stay aware of the difficulty of each trail you consider traversing.
The best way to take in the most beautiful areas of the island is with a hike. Whether it is a beginner hike to the Kaniakapupu Ruins or an advanced hike to the summit of one of our gorgeous mountains, it is well worth the trip. Stay with us at Marina Hawaii Vacations in Honolulu, Hawaii, for a comfortable place to return to and relax after a day of hiking.