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Koʻolau Range Tours

Stretching from just behind Honolulu to Oahu’s Windward (eastern) coastline, the Ko’olau Range is not actually a mountain range at all. Instead, the undulating green and vertical slopes which top out at 3,100 feet, are just one side the ancient, massive Ko’olau shield volcano. The other half of the volcano collapsed into the ocean millennia ago. The Ko’olau Range acts as a wind block for points inland, stopping clouds along the coast and causing regular rains. But here, rain is a good thing: Residents and locals delight as the Ko’olau’s creased face fills with hundreds of thin white waterfalls and Hawaii’s iconic rainbows arch across the sky.

The best places to experience the grandeur of the Ko’olau Range are themselves elevated. The Pali Road, connecting Kailua to downtown Honolulu, winds up, into and, in some instances, through, the Ko’olaus via tunnels bored directly into the cliff face. Be sure to stop and take in the view from several scenic stop-offs along the way. The Likelike Highway and Interstate H-3 also run through the Ko’olau Range. The popular but family-friendly hike to Makapu’u Point overlooking a historic lighthouse, is recommended and from the top affords sweeping views of the Ko’olaus behind Waimanalo and heading north to Kaneohe Bay.

Practical Info

Several driving and helicopter tours take in Ko’olau Range scenery. Should you choose to get up close and personal with the Ko’olau Range via a hike, however, it’s important to note that several historically popular trails navigating the summit ridgeline—including Stairway to Heaven off the Pali and the Tom Tom Trail behind Waimanalo—are now considered dangerous and may be closed. Safer alternatives that still pack the scenic punch include the 1-mile roundtrip to the Pali Puka (hole), a wind-battered hole through a stone wall from the Pali Lookout, and the challenging 11.6 mile round trip hike on the Manana Trail following the Ko’olau ridgeline above the Pacific Palisades; the trailhead is off Komo Mai Drive.

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Oahu Grand Circle Tour with Snorkeling from Waikiki via Bus, Oahu, null
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Oahu Grand Circle Tour with Snorkeling from Waikiki via Bus

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Circle most of the island of Oahu on a full-day tour by minibus limited to 20 passengers, a smaller group than typical island coach tours. With an informative ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $124.00
Valley's and Waterfall Explorer: Helicopter Tour of Oahu’s Valley's and Waterfalls, Oahu, Full-day ... 
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Valley's and Waterfall Explorer: Helicopter Tour of Oahu’s Valley's and Waterfalls

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Take your aerial adventure to the extreme on this open-door helicopter tour of Oahu’s North Shore from Turtle Bay. Aboard a 4-passenger chopper, dare to fly ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 60 minutes (approx.)

From USD $269.00
North Shore Adventure Helicopter Tour, Oahu, Helicopter Tours
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North Shore Adventure Helicopter Tour

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Spread your wings above Oahu’s North Shore on a 20-minute helicopter flight, departing from Turtle Bay in the morning or afternoon. This scenic excursion by ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 20 minutes (approx.)

From USD $189.00
Full-day Circle Island Tour on Oahu, Oahu, Helicopter Tours
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Full-day Circle Island Tour on Oahu

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The best way to enjoy and learn about the beautiful island of Oahu aka “The Gathering Place”. Get out of Waikiki for approximately 8 hours and return in time ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $99.99
Mokulua Islands Full-Day Guided Kayak Tour from Kailua Beach, Oahu, Full-day Tours
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Mokulua Islands Full-Day Guided Kayak Tour from Kailua Beach

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Kayak with an expert guide to beautiful, volcanic, offshore islands during this 5-hour Kailua Bay adventure. Enjoy lunch on a sandy beach with a view of the ...  Read more

Location: Kailua, Hawaii
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $156.02
East Side of Oahu Surfing Tour, Oahu, Kayaking & Canoeing
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East Side of Oahu Surfing Tour

Traveling east of Waikiki offers a scenic drive to views of Diamond Head, the Halona Blowhole, and Oahu’s windward side. You’ll see our island green with ...  Read more

Location: Honolulu, Hawaii
Duration: Flexible

From USD $250.00
Helicopter Tour on Oahu: North Shore Sunset Spectacular, Oahu, Surfing Lessons
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Helicopter Tour on Oahu: North Shore Sunset Spectacular

See Oahu’s North Shore on a spectacular sunset flight by 4-passenger helicopter — with or without doors! Watch the sun descend into the Pacific and cast its ...  Read more

Location: Oahu, Hawaii
Duration: 40 minutes (approx.)

From USD $289.00

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