You’ve probably heard just how stunning Oahu views are, and how the island is brimming with breathtaking sights and unbeatable views. Hearing about the impressive views offered by the island is one thing, but experiencing them for yourself is beyond compare. The island of Oahu is an amazing expanse of historic sites, natural wonders, and untouched beauty, and as you make your way around it, you’ll find there is typically more than one way to see some of its more striking features.

Here’s a look at some of the island’s most notable sights, and ideas for how you can catch a glimpse of the awe-inspiring views.

Diamond Head

Oahu views - Diamond HeadFormed during a period of volcanic activity long before man was present on the island, Diamond Head serves as one of Oahu’s most notable features. Bordering the southeastern tip of Oahu’s coastline and Honolulu, Diamond Head makes up much of this part of the island’s iconic profile. From Honolulu, the formation stands prominently in the backdground. While Diamond Head is visible from multiple viewpoints, from the city of Honolulu and the beaches of Waikiki, one of the best angles of the towering formation is actually not from land!

Join a sailing tour and enjoy comfort aboard a catamaran that cruises along Oahu’s coastline, where Diamond Head juts up into the crystal blue sky. Get a glimpse the stark contrast between the tall crater and the concrete towers of Honolulu that sits just west of it.

Nuuanu Pali Lookout

Oahu views - Nuuanu Pali

If it’s panoramic views you’re looking for, then the Nuuanu Pali Lookout should be on your itinerary! More than just a “place to see,” this incredible lookout opens up much of the windward side of Oahu. In the far distance, you glimpse Kaneohe Bay and the town of Kailua, which seem so small from this altitude and distance.

More than just a great place for wide-angle Oahu views, the lookout has historical importance attached to King Kamehameha I, who used it to his advantage to win a strategic victory at the Battle of Nuuanu in 1795.

Kualoa Ranch

Considering there is a zipline set right in the middle of Kualoa Ranch, it would be difficult to miss the amazing features of this sliver of Oahu. Known for being a favorite Hollywood filming location, you immediately see why movies like Jurassic Park, Godzilla, and Kong: Skull Island, among many others, utilized it for its wild, tropical beauty. The lush greenery backdropped by the long stretches of the Pacific create an alluring environment that’s visually stunning.

As you soar over the canopies and open fields of Kualoa, you can peer down on others engrossed in a myriad of adventures and even get your own overhead look of the many filming locations, some of which you may recognize immediately.