5 Beautiful Spots to Watch the Sunset in Oahu

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There’s a few things that come to mind when you say the word Hawaii: hula dancing, surfing on endless beaches, and of course, amazing sunsets! While you’re vacationing in Hawaii, leave some time to see these breathtaking views. We’ve got a list here to get you started and no matter where you find yourself on the island, there’s a spot where you can see a beautiful sunset in Oahu!


North Shore

This part of Oahu is home to one of the sunset hotspots, appropriately named “Sunset Beach“. If you’re up for getting out of the city, it takes about 45 minutes to drive from Waikiki to the North Shore’s famous surf town, Haleiwa. There’s plenty to do before you sit to watch the amazing views like Haleiwa’s cluster of beach shops, restaurants, shave ice destinations, and world class surf spots. This picturesque sunset spot spans more than seven miles so come prepared to enjoy it! Sunset Beach, from the Banzai Pipeline area to Sunset Point, is one of those places where you’ll want to have your camera ready during dusky hours.

Waikiki Beach

There’s a reason Waikiki beach is one of the famed destinations for travelers all over the world – the breathtaking sunsets! Walk along Kalakaua Avenue in Honolulu where you can get a great view of one of the most photographed sunsets in Hawaii. If you don’t want to walk right on the beach, there’s plenty of restaurants, bars, and even sunset cruises where you can indulge in the beautiful view!

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Barber’s Point Beach

If you want to get off the beaten path and see a side of the island rarely seen by visitors, check out Barber’s Point Beach. Definitely come early and take advantage of one of the island’s rare secluded beaches. The water is not the best for swimming or snorkeling but the beaches on this west side of the island provide amazing, and peaceful, views of the sunset. Leave a little early to find this place, so that you allow enough time to arrive since getting there can sometimes take longer than you think. Once you’re there be prepared to take in the beautiful horizon!

Kaka’ako Waterfront Park

Don’t feel like trekking to see the next sunset? Well this downtown park is your answer! It’s located down the street from Ala Moana shopping district and this waterfront park is a great place for all ages to enjoy a perfect sunset. With large rolling grass hills and a great wall along a flat walkway along the shoreline, it’s family friendly and easy to find a spot to watch the sun go down. Pick a spot and watch the waves break against the wall as the sun quietly goes to sleep beyond the horizon.

Kakaako Waterfront Sunset with Palms Silhouetted
The palm trees at Kaka’ako Waterfront Park make for a beautiful silhouette photo at sunset!

Poka’i Bay

Every beach on this side of the island will give a great sunset viewing. But don’t just come here for the sunset – Poka’i Bay is a great place to spend the day with the family since the waters are usually tranquil and there are playgrounds and lifeguard stations nearby. This west side island beach favorite is a great place to picnic and watch the sunset or indulge at one of the eateries nearby. Either way, the gorgeous views will have you snapping tons of photos!

Now that you’ve got a wide range of options, get out there and see one of the most beautiful sunsets in the world!

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