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Tourists love to hit up well-known hotspots like Waikiki or the North Shore, but there’s so much to be explored on the Windward Side of Oahu. With its natural beauty and rich culture, the windward side of the island offers unique and unforgettable experiences. If you’re ready for an off-the-beaten-path adventure, Windward Side of Oahu awaits. Get started with IMI Tours and our guide to the windward coast.

Kailua Beach Park

Kailua Beach Park is a hidden gem situated away from the hustle and bustle of the city. Best known for its white sand beaches and crystal-clear waters, Kailua Beach Park is the perfect spot to soak up some rays, enjoy outdoor water activities like kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding, or take a scenic stroll down the beach. Whether you’re lounging on the sand or taking a refreshing dip, this beach will leave you feeling relaxed and rejuvenated.

Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout

Treat yourself to panoramic views of the Windward Coastline and the majestic Koʻolau Mountains and the Nuʻuanu Pali Lookout. Named “Pali” meaning “cliff” in Hawaiian and standing at over 1,000 feet above sea level, this historic site offers a glimpse into Hawaii’s storied past. The Pali Lookout is also known for its strong and howling winds, you feel the literally wind push up against you at this scenic point.

Byodo-in Temple

Byodo-in Temple is like a serene oasis nestled in the Valley of the Temples Memorial Park. Not an authentic Japanese buddhist temple, of course, it was modeled after a real 900-year-old temple in Kyoto, Japan, complete with intricate carvings, lush gardens, and a tranquil koi pond. Whether you’re looking for spiritual enlightenment or simply admiring the unique architecture, the Byodo-in Temple is a must-see attraction.

Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail

For outdoorsy folks, the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail offers an incredible hike with amazing coastal views. Be sure to keep an eye out for native wildlife, including seabirds and humpback whales (seasonal), as you hike this trail that showcases the natural beauty of Oahu’s Windward Side. And, of course, there’s the On Makapuʻu Point Lighthouse, built in 1909 on a 600-foot sea cliff overlooking Makapuʻu Beach.

Lanikai Pillbox and Lanikai Beach

Known for its powder-soft sand and turquoise waters, Lanikai Beach ranks among the world’s best beaches. The beach is a popular spot for windsurfing and kitesurfing, thanks to consistent winds. After soaking up the sun, take a leisurely hike to the nearby Lanikai Pillbox, where you’ll be treated to panoramic views of the Mokulua Islands and the surrounding coastline.

IMI Tours has tour packages that allow you to experience the best of Oahu’s Windward Side with ease and convenience. Whether you’re seeking adventure, relaxation, or cultural immersion, our expert guides will ensure that your trip is unforgettable from start to finish. Explore Windward side locations on the Oahu Circle Island Tour or on the Grand Circle Island Tour. Book your tour of Oahu today and embark on the adventure of a lifetime!

Private car services to the Windward Side are also available with SpeediShuttle!