Lanai Lookout
Lanai Lookout

Lanai Lookout

Kalanianaʻole Highway, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, 96825

The basics

Most travelers visit Lanai Lookout for just enough time to take in the views and snap a few photographs before moving on, but it’s worth taking your time here to watch the waves crash against the cliffs. If you’re feeling more adventurous, you can hop over a small wall by the parking lot to get closer to the cliffs and the unique rock formations. As it is one of the most rewarding lookouts on the island, Lanai Lookout is a typical stop on Oahu day tours.

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Things to know before you go

  • Lanai Lookout is free to visit and park at.

  • Closed-toe footwear, rather than flip-flops, is recommended for walking around.

  • Exercise caution close to the cliffs as the rock floor can be slippery.

  • Binoculars are recommended for whale watching.

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How to get there

Lanai Lookout is a 30-minute drive east of Waikiki. The turnoff for Lanai Lookout is between Hanauma Bay to the south and Sandy Beach to the north, along Kalanianaole Highway (HI-72). Parking is limited but, as people typically don’t stay very long, you can usually find a spot if you wait.

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When to get there

As there are no gates, you can visit Lanai Lookout any time of day. Visit on a clear day for the best chance of seeing the neighboring islands. The best time of year to visit the lookout is between December and March when you might spot migrating whales passing by.

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The best lookout points in Oahu

Lanai Lookout is the southernmost of three lookouts on the southeastern coast of Oahu that offer equally stunning views of the ocean and, with luck, whales. The Halona Blowhole Lookout is just a couple of minutes drive (or a 10-minute walk) north. A 5-minute drive farther north takes you to the Makapuʻu Lookout, known for its red-roofed lighthouse.

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