The Absolute Best Place to Watch the Sunset on Oahu, Hawaii

Best Place to Watch the Sunset on Oahu Hawaii

Are you looking for the best place to watch the sunset on Oahu, Hawaii? This recommendation from a Hawaii local has everything you need to know.

I’ve been kind of obsessed with sunsets lately. I mean, check out my Instagram feed where four out of the last five of my posts are of sunsets (or sunrises). I completely believe that Hawaii has the best sunsets – and I say this after watches sunsets in dozens of locations, including California, Switzerland, and Australia.  But where exactly is the best place to watch the sunset on Oahu, Hawaii?

The answer: Ko Olina.

What Is This Amazing Oahu Sunset-Watching Place?

Ko Olina is a set of little lagoons on the west side of the island.  I actually wrote about this place in my very first blog post.  I remember when there was just one hotel here (it has since been renovated and changed ownership), but now it has four hotels. Now, usually, I’m against the touristy places, but I still think that Ko Olina is the best place to watch the sunset on Oahu.

Best Place to Watch the Sunset on Oahu Hawaii

Why Is It Better to Watch the Sunset Here Than Anywhere Else on Oahu?

Let me start with some facts.  The sun always sets in the West.  That means that the best view of it setting over the Pacific Ocean would be in the West.  So on Oahu, that leaves two stretches of land: from Ko Olina to Makaha and from Haleiwa to Turtle Bay Resort.

So why does Ko Olina stand out from the rest of these westward-facing places.  First of all, it has those picturesque palm trees that make stunning silhouettes. I’m very much a fan of those. Second, at Ko Olina, you have the option of having a shot of the Oahu sunset framed by the curved lagoon (like the one at the top of this post, which is completely unedited by the way) or a straight sunset shot (like the one directly above), depending on where you choose to sit (or where you choose to point your camera).

Any Other Oahu Sunset-Watching Tips?

Stay a bit later than the sun and everyone else. The beautiful, bright colors tend to come around fifteen minutes after the sun has completely set. You’re not going to get those cotton-candy colored clouds as the sun is setting.

Also, the parking at Ko Olina will say “parking lot closes at sunset” and will threaten car-towing if it’s not out of the lot by then.  But honestly, I’ve left my car there are a solid hour after sunset, and no tow truck has ever come. If that’s a real concern for you though, you could pay to park your car at one of the resorts, eat at one of the resort restaurants before or after sunset, and have validation cover the cost of your parking.

Are there any other places where you have seen absolutely stunning sunsets?  Write about them below in the comments!! (I promise I’ll respond!)

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The Absolute Best Sunset on Oahu, Hawaii


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