Koko Crater Trail#8 in Best Things To Do in Honolulu - Oahu
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Stretched across nearly 2 miles of Koko Crater in the Windward Coast region of Oahu, this hiking trail features more than 1,000 steps made from abandoned railroad ties. At the trail's summit, visitors will find panoramic vistas of Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve and Diamond Head State Monument.
Recent hikers cautioned that the Koko Crater Trail is steep and difficult to traverse, so travelers who are not in the best of shape may want to hike elsewhere. Many also stressed the importance of coming prepared with plenty of water, sunscreen and hiking shoes. What's more, some suggested visiting on a dry day since some parts of the trail are slippery, especially when they're wet. Others recommended arriving early to avoid crowds and peak temperatures. Those who don't mind the challenges that come with hiking this trail will be rewarded with "spectacular" views at the top, according to reviewers.
The Koko Crater Trail takes about an hour to hike and is free to access 24 hours a day. The trailhead can be found near the northern end of Koko Head Park Road, and complimentary parking is provided in a parking lot by the nearby Goeas Baseball Field. Visitors can also take the No. 80, 80A or PH6 bus to the Anapalau Street + Opp Kekupua Street stop or Waikiki Trolley's Blue Line to the Hanauma Bay stop, which are both within walking distance of the trailhead. There are no restrooms or snack vendors on the trail, but bathrooms and a coconut juice stall are available in the parking lot.
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Nineteenth-century Hawaiian royalty used to come to the Honolulu neighborhood of Waikiki to relax and surf, just as scores of tourists do today. That's because this area's famous beach (which is a string of several beaches dotting the island's southwest coastline) is the go-to spot for its soft, honey-colored sand and the high waves that lap the shores during the winter months. But you don't have to be a surfer to appreciate Waikiki Beach; just lie back on a beach towel, relax and gaze up at the majestic Diamond Head State Monument in the distance.
When you need a break from the beach itself, there are scores of shops and restaurants lining the adjacent Kalakaua Avenue. The street is home to some of the world's most exclusive (read: expensive) designer boutiques, including Cartier, Coach, Hermès and Louis Vuitton. Many of the best Oahu hotels also overlook Waikiki Beach.
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