Oahu’s Best Picnic Spots

Picnics are the perfect getaways to enjoy a meal while enjoying the great outdoors. Picnics are fun as a couple, as a family or even alone.  A rug spread on the green grass with nature all around is the ideal setting for a brunch, lunch, high tea or late dinner. Irrespective of the time of the day picnics are unqualified means of staying connected to nature and Oahu has great picnic destinations for those who are looking to spend some quality time far for the crowded cities.

Valley of the Temples

This lush green memorial park rolls on green hills between tombstones. The peaceful valley offers umpteen picnic spots right up to the Byodo-in Buddhist Temple. There are scenic spots next to meditation structures, koi ponds, gurgling streams and you can have a picnic almost anywhere in the park. Remember that there is a $3 entrance charge.

Valley of the Temples

Tantalus lookout

This is the archetypal sunset lookout and many people come here to see the suns lowering into the west. Located in Honolulu it offers a picturesque location for the perfect picnic. Although crowded around the sunset time, the location is ideal for a picnic during the day or for a late dinner after the sunset crowds have dispersed. The spot offers varying views of the changing natural light over the city below.

Tantalus lookout

Lyon Arboretum

This is a true outdoors paradise. On the edge of the Manoa Valley the arboretum spreads over 200 acres of beautifully maintained botanical gardens. A picnic basket loaded with goodies is a must for those strolling around the gardens as there are many inviting picnic spots here. The stone pavilion or the Asian chic courtyards are good options. Those who are looking for some adventure can hike across the valley, exploring the rainforests with a picnic backpack instead.

Lyon Arboretum

Kaiaka Bay Beach Park

A seaside picnic at this peaceful beach park is a the ideal solution for those avoiding the other crowded spots. The bay park has all basic amenities like public showers, restrooms, picnic tables and convenient parking. Drive around or walk on the shore to discover the perfect picnic experience and spend a beautiful day.

Kaiaka Bay Beach Park

Ko Olina Lagoons

With four charming coves to choose from, the ideal picnic spots are plenty in the Ko Olina lagoons. Each of these has their own parking space and ample amenities to keep picnickers happy throughout the day.  The lagoons offer palapa umbrellas, beautiful palm trees and the water lapping against the shore as the ideal backdrop for some outdoor fun. Enjoy a packed picnic on the grassy plains or on the sandy shores.

Ko Olina Lagoons

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