Vacationing to Honolulu? 3 Underrated Activities to Avoid Tourists & Stay Off the Beaten Path!

It can be all too easy to get sucked into visiting all the big tourist destinations—Waikiki Beach and Ala Moana, Diamond Head and other overcrowded hikes, the big memorials and historical attractions. Not that these aren’t well-worth the stop, but if you’re looking for something a little more off-the-beaten-path, then these three spots definitely shouldn’t be overlooked.

Hunakai Beach

secluded white-sand beach

Instead of competing with throngs of rowdy tourists for beach real estate at Waikiki, head to the more secluded Hunakai. Pristine white-sand shores and turquoise waters await unobstructed, hidden from tourists behind breathtaking mansions tucked into private jungle along the coastline.

Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail

breathtaking mountain hikes

Diamond Head offers some amazing views, but it’s often overcrowded with tourists, who can dampen your experience with noise and photo obstructions. Skip the crowds and escape to the pristine wilderness of the southern tip of O’ahu. This 5-mile round trip hike winds through a variety of flora and offers breathtaking east-side views from the top.

Ehukai Pillboxes

hiking in oahu

While the Lanikai Pillboxes might not quite rank among the most famous destinations on the island, it is definitely one of its most popular hikes. Lesser known is the similar yet more private Ehukai Pillboxes hike, located on the Northshore of the island. With plenty of trails to the top, it’s a great option for avid hikers, and yields truly spectacular views of the island.

Still Need Recommendations for Your Vacation Home?

O’ahu is truly filled with unique wonders and underrated attractions, like the Halona Blowhole, Ka’au Crater Hike, or Kaena Point. If you’re looking for recommendations for communities in O’ahu that are closest to the most underrated attractions, or if you’re ready to start exploring vacation homes for sale in O’ahu, then it’s time to contact RE/MAX Honolulu today!

One thought on “Vacationing to Honolulu? 3 Underrated Activities to Avoid Tourists & Stay Off the Beaten Path!

  1. The Ehukai Pillboxes are beautiful and a must do for anyone who has already seen the Lanikai Pillboxes and loves to hike. Have not yet been to Kuli’ou’ou Ridge Trail but it is now on the list. You should come check out our Oahu vacation and travel blog for some more ideas for things to do on Oahu!

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