When people imagine the stunning hues of a sunset, the first place they picture is a Hawaiian island. Oahu in particular is home to some of the most jaw-dropping sunset backdrops on the planet! Nothing beats watching nature’s dramatic finale of a day well spent reflect in the shimmering ocean, palm trees gently swaying in the distance. The only challenge is finding the perfect spot to encounter such a captivating moment. Here are just a few of our favorite places to catch an incredible sunset on Oahu!
Before booking a flight to Hawaii to cross a sunset on Oahu off your bucket list, be sure to consider the countless other attractions available in the area! To help you spend less time planning and more time experiencing, we compiled a hand-picked list of the region’s best restaurants, shops, and seasonal events. Access our free Oahu Travel Guide today and take our top picks with you wherever you go! Don’t miss out on the local insight so necessary to planning the perfect trip to what is fondly referred to as “The Gathering Place.”
3 of the Best Places to Watch a Breathtaking Sunset on Oahu
With “sunset” in the name of this beach, why would you want to end the day anywhere else? This famous North Shore beach offers unparalleled views and access to charming Haleiwa Town. We recommend making an all-day event of a visit to Sunset Beach! From your rental on the North Shore, head into town for some garlic shrimp, a sweet treat or two from Ted’s Bakery, and end the day hunkered down on the shore to watch the sun go down. There’s no better way to spend quality time relaxing. Not surprisingly, Sunset Beach is also one of the best spots to watch the sunrise over Oahu!
Ala Moana Beach Park
An Ala Moana Beach Park sunset on Oahu is unforgettable. If you prefer to spend some time in the heart of Honolulu’s urban center, this spot is the perfect place for you to end a full day of fun and adventure. In addition to stunning views, this park offers plenty of people-watching and nearby things to do. Ala Moana Beach Park is where local urbanites take a break from their evening run, bike ride, or shopping spree and take in the view as the sun sinks below the horizon. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget! Ala Moana Beach Park is one of the best places to watch the sunset near Waikiki; it’s within walking distance of this popular region of Oahu.
China Walls is a stretch of lava-rock ledges and cliffs that hang above the ocean and a true hidden gem for sunset chasers! Just off the beaten path of Koko Kai Mini Beach Park and nestled within a residential Hawaii Kai neighborhood, China Walls offers panoramic views of the surrounding ocean. Choose this short Oahu sunset hike and you might even see some cliff jumpers along the way! Enjoy the view, but don’t venture too close to the edge of the cliffs here. The footing can be slippery and the waves below can occasionally prove powerful!
Kualoa Beach Park
Kualoa Beach Park on the windward coast of Oahu is one of the very best places to experience a breathtaking sunset. Conveniently located near some of the best places to stay on the East Shore/Lanikai, this park features an array of natural spots perfect for relaxing with the family and simply taking in the view. We recommend taking the trip out to nearby Mokoli’i Island, which is nicknamed “Chinaman’s Hat” for its unique shape. From this tiny island, you’ll witness the most spectacular sunsets! You can access this island by paddling out in a kayak or on a surfboard.
See a Sunset on Oahu from Your Very Own Private Beach!
After a full day of exploring stunning natural wonders, dining on local cuisine, and becoming one with Oahu, come back to the comfort and luxury of one of our beachfront accommodations! Each one of our bright and airy rentals boasts ocean views and premium amenities found nowhere else on the island. At Hawaii Beach Homes, we’re dedicated to making you feel right at home during your trip. There’s no better place to experience Aloha than on your very own private home on the beach! Choose between our North Shore, East Shore/Lanikai, and South Shore properties. No matter where you stay on Oahu, you’ll be just a short drive away from everything the island has to offer.