Whether you want a vacation filled with adventure or leisurely days of relaxation, your options are many on Oahu. For those who want to explore the best that nature has to offer, a visit to some of the Island’s most beautiful waterfalls is a must. While some require a more challenging hike to reach, others are perfectly suitable for a family outing. As you’re planning things to do on Oahu during your stay at our Honolulu hotel, add exploring some of these gorgeous waterfalls to your itinerary!
The reward of the required 8-mile trek is well worth the effort. Located in the Koolau Range, visitors must obtain a free permit to hike to Koloa Gulch. Multi-level waterfalls and an inviting pool where you can take a swim are some of what you’ll find when you visit this secluded spot. Note that the hike includes vegetation and some rock climbing, so this isn’t the best choice for a novice hiker. If you’re up to it, however, a visit to Koloa Gulch will be one of the highlights of your visit.
Waimea Falls Park
If you’re looking for family-friendly Oahu activities, a visit to Waimea Falls is a great choice! It’s very easy to reach—no strenuous hiking required! You can swim at this gorgeous falls, and there are even amenities such as changing rooms and a lifeguard. As you walk to the falls, you’ll pass beautiful gardens. If you’re looking for a chance to see a stunning waterfall without enduring a long hike, this is it!
This waterfall is the closest to our Honolulu Hotel. You can reach the Manoa Valley by car in about 15 minutes. From there, the hike out to the falls is about an hour. While the hike is not particularly challenging as it’s mostly flat, the trail can get muddy making it a little more difficult. The work is worth it though! At the end of your journey, you’ll enjoy views of the 150-feet tall waterfall—one of the tallest on the Island!
Laie Falls Trail
If you’re visiting the North Shore, take the 2.5-mile hike out to enjoy the serenity of the Laie Falls. It’s a moderately difficult hike, but when you see the double-sided waterfall, you’ll know it was worth it! This hike is ok for some older kids, but not ideal for young children.
Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki is ideally-located near many top Oahu Activities. If you’re planning a visit, take a look at our current list of Special Offers and call 877.995.2638 to make a reservation at our Honolulu Hotel!