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Nu'uanu Pali Lookout Tours

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Nu'uanu Pali Lookout
Oahu’s Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout offers panoramic views of the Ko‘olau Mountains. The windy perch, more than 1,000 feet (300 meters) above Oahu’s Windward (northeast) coastline, also overlooks Kaneohe, Kaneohe Bay, Kailua, and the island of Mokoli‘i. In the late 1700s, the viewpoint was the scene of a bloody battle won by King Kamehameha I.
 
The Basics
Commonly referred to as the Pali Lookout, this scenic spot is one of Oahu’s most visited viewpoints. On a clear day, you can see a stunning picture of the island, with the blue Pacific Ocean lying beyond the green Ko‘olau Mountains. Visits to the Pali Lookout are included in most island tours including bus sightseeing tours, 4WD excursions, tours of notable movie filming locations, and various private tours.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout is ideal for photo ops and for getting your bearings upon arriving on Oahu.
  • There is a small fee to park at the lookout; bring cash.
  • Known for its strong trade winds, the powerful gusts at the lookout are thrilling, but hold on to your hat and small children.
  • There is a short walk to the viewpoint from the parking lot. A light jacket and walking shoes are recommended.
  • The lookout is accessible to wheelchairs and strollers.
 
How to Get There
The Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout is located 5 miles (8 kilometers) from downtown Honolulu, above the Pali Highway. Parking is tight, with space for about 15 cars at a time; it is advised not to leave valuables in your car. Many Oahu tours include a stop here for photos and views.
 
When to Go
Weather on Oahu normally ranges between 68°F (20°C) and 88°F (31°C) year-round, with a moderate rainy season from December through February. Early mornings often see the sky covered in ocean mist and clouds, so aim for a sunny late-morning or afternoon visit for better chances of clear views.

Battle of Nu‘uanu
The Nu‘uanu Pali Lookout is a place of cultural and historical significance. Pali means cliff in Hawaiian, and what is now a viewpoint was once the sight of the Battle of Nu‘uanu. In 1795, King Kamehameha I won a violent struggle here, where many soldiers were pushed off the cliffs to their deaths, and Oahu—and the Kingdom of Hawai‘i—was ultimately united under his rule.
Address: Huuanu Pali State Park, Highway 61, Nuuanali 96817, USA
Admission: Free
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Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour

Oahu Grand Circle Island Day Tour

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Circle the entire island of Oahu by coach, enjoying ocean views, rugged mountains, and fascinating history during this full-day tour. Check out Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, Nu’uanu Pali, the Halona Blowhole and Oahu’s beautiful North Shore. Then soak up Hawaiian history and culture with a stop at the Dole Plantation (where you sample some fresh pineapple) and the serene, Japanese-style Byodo-In Temple. This Oahu circle island tour also includes entrance fees at the temple and round-trip hotel transport.
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Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall

Ultimate Circle Island Adventure with Waimea Waterfall

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Take the ultimate Circle Island adventure on this guided, full-day, small-group tour from Honolulu. Stop at Diamond Head, the world-famous icon of Hawaii; beautiful Hanauma Bay, a pristine marine ecosystem; Halona Cove Beach, famous for its appearance in the 1953 movie ‘From Here to Eternity’ and much more. Also, check out one of the most beautiful panoramic views in the world, the breathtaking Pali Lookout and the historic Waimea Valley, featuring a botanical garden and waterfall. Lunch and a Honolulu hotel pickup and drop-off are included.
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Half Day Eastern Oahu Shoreline Tour

Half Day Eastern Oahu Shoreline Tour

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Enjoy a day on the eastern shores of Oahu with this popular tour that kicks off on the slopes of Diamond Head. Wind along the shoreline from Hanauma Bay to Halona Blowhole. Learn about local myths, ancient legends and fascinating history as you travel alongside your expert guide. This tour concludes with incredible views atop the Nu'uanu Pali overlook.
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Majestic Circle Island Eco Tour from Waikiki

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If you have just one day to explore Oahu, the Circle Island Drive is a must—taking in all the island’s highlights in just one day. This full-day tour from Honolulu visits the the Dole Plantation, the North Shore Beaches, Diamond Head, Hanauma Bay, and Waimea Falls. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
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Oahu Grand Circle Island Tour

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Explore Oahu's most popular spots all in one day on this tour, including transportation to and from your hotel. Travel comfortably around the island in an air-conditioned coach or minivan as you pass by Diamond Head and North Shore Surfing Beaches. Make stops at the Dole Plantation, Kualoa Ranch, Byodo-In Temple, and a variety of lookout points.
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Private Secret Oahu Circle Island Tour

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Circle the island of Oahu and its many points of interest on this guided adventure. Learn about Hawaiian history and culture while exploring the coastline. Visit sites like Diamond Head, the Pali Lookout, Chinaman’s Hat, and Laie Point. Also, see famous places like Banzai Pipeline, Sunset Beach, and Waimea Bay. For lunch, try some fresh Hawaiian shrimp from one of the local food trucks (own expense). And if time permits, check out some of the secret spots for viewing sea turtles and monk seals.
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Oahu Day Trip: Pearl Harbor and Oahu North Shore Tour From the Big Island

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Discover Oahu during this 9-hour excursion to Pearl Harbor and the island's North Shore. Fly to Honolulu and take a chauffeured transfer to this historic World War II site. Then enjoy skip-the-line access to the USS Arizona Memorial and a guided tour, plus time for independent exploration. Spend part two of your day visiting Hawaiian heritage sites like the Statue of King Kamehameha I plus North Shore attractions like Pali Lookout and Waimea Bay. Inter-island flights, transfers, site entrance tickets, plus Honolulu and North Shore tour, are included.
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Private Circle Island Sunset Photo Tour

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This comprehensive tour of Oahu hits many of the island’s most iconic locations such as the Dole Plantation, Waimea Valley, Shark's Cove, Byodo-In Temple, Halona Blowhole, and more. You’ll also visit several beaches where you’ll have time to take photos. Along the way, sample tropical fruit, macadamia nuts, coconut water, and other island fare.
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  • 11 hours
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Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor, Dole Plantation, Polynesian Cultural Center

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Discover Hawaiian history and culture in one day during this small-group tour of Oahu. Start your day off at the Pearl Harbor memorial site to learn about the U.S. and World War II. Then, head to the Polynesian Cultural Center to learn more about Pacific Islanders and local culture. Conclude your tour to the famous Dole Plantation where you can sample the famous Dole Whip and other pineapple treats.
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Small-Group Tour of East Oahu's Famous Beaches

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  • 4 hours
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North Shore Biking Adventure

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Hawaii Culture Tour

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North Shore Island Tour

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When your cruise ship docks in Honolulu, visit top destinations along the North Shore on a full-day tour of this renowned side of Oahu. Take in panoramic views from Nu’uanu Pali, see Byodo-In Temple, visit a macadamia nut farm and the Dole Plantation, and learn about the big waves of this famous surfing destination. Lunch and admission fees are included.
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Small Group Sunset Tour of East Oahu

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Your Private Mix Plate (Combination) Tours

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This private tour of Oahu lets you completely customize your sightseeing experience to include hiking, swimming, shopping, and more. From Pearl Harbor to off-the-beaten-track vista points to family favorites like Dole Plantation, let your guide know what you want to see, and then arrive with the comfort and efficiency of private transportation.
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  • 6 to 12 hours
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Best of Oahu: Pearl Harbor & Oahu Circle Island Tour from Waikiki

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Intimate North Shore Eco-Fun Waterfall from Waikiki

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Spend the day immersed in small town Hawaii on an intimate tour of the North shore. See famous big wave surfing beaches, explore the quaint surfing village of Haleiwa town, and enjoy a traditional Hawaiian lunch. Take an easy hike to Waimea waterfalls and swim below the rushing water. Explore Waimea Valley botanical gardens and see the fragrant flowers used to make traditional lei. This tour is ideal for visitors wanting to see a slower pace side of the island.
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Grand Circle Island & Haleiwa (9 Hours: 7:00Am – 4:00PM)

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  • 9 hours
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Private Circuit Island Sunrise Photo Tour

Private Circuit Island Sunrise Photo Tour

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Enjoy this amazing all inclusive tour with a private company of loved ones, explore and capture every shade of Hawai'i starting off with a beautiful sunrise. Our tours are strictly private, we implement CDC guidelines through out the experience for safety while having fun, perfect for post Covid travel. No other tour will provide such an abundance of breathtaking sights in one day. Let us guide you through an amazing 11-hour circuit of Oahu covering all major sights and a few more hidden ones! Explore over 25 locations around the island, capture an eagles eye view of Makapu'u Beach, gaze upon lush green valleys from jaw dropping cliff's where ancient Hawaiian battles took place, and see magnificent sea turtles resting on the famous beaches of North Shore with daring surfers taking on monstrous waves. Along the journey explore and learn about Hawaiian culture and its rich and colorful history from our knowledgeable guides and become an expert at photographing Hawai'i.
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  • 11 hours 30 minutes
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Private South Shore Half-Day Photo Tour

Private South Shore Half-Day Photo Tour

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Explore the Southern East Coast of Oahu, this unique part of the island is a photographer's dream come true, from stunning white sand beaches to jaw dropping lush green mountain peaks and lava formations it has everything Hawai'i has to offer. Receive a free photo session with purchase. Our tours are strictly private, we implement CDC guidelines through out the experience for safety while having fun, perfect for post Covid travel.
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  • 6 hours
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Private South Shore Sunset Photo Tour

Private South Shore Sunset Photo Tour

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Combine sightseeing and photography during this sunset excursion around the southern east coast of Oahu and see the area in a new light that most travelers miss. Benefit from the help of your guide to snap great photos of lush mountains, sandy beaches, and lava formations with the help of the tripod provided and take home more than memories from Hawaii.
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  • 8 hours
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Private Emerald North Shore Photo Tour

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Explore the spectacular North Shore in the early morning hours, this wonderful tour specializes in discovering all the stunning emerald color water & white sand beaches of North Shore, includes a free photo session! Our tours are strictly private, we implement CDC guidelines through out the experience for safety while having fun, perfect for post Covid travel.
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  • 7 hours
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