Tantalus Lookout Puu Ualakaa State Park

Tantalus Lookout Puu Ualakaa State Park

State Parks • Parks
Read more
Write a review
What is Travelers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travelers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travelers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Top ways to experience Tantalus Lookout Puu Ualakaa State Park
Detailed Reviews: Reviews order informed by descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as cleanliness, atmosphere, general tips and location information.
Popular mentions

4.5
1,043 reviews
Excellent
685
Very good
280
Average
64
Poor
7
Terrible
7

Syreeta A
Cumming, GA702 contributions
Aug 2021 • Couples
We caught a rainbow as we drove up and it was amazing. If you want to catch a nice sunset this is the place to go. If you want to get some food pictures of the entire city without having to hike this is also the place to go.
Written August 28, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

ITRT
Virginia37,941 contributions
Mar 2022
If you are looking for spectacular views, then Tauntaus Drive/Round Top is the place to go. A two-lane, ten-mile road offers hairpin turns, sheer drop-offs and views of Honolulu that cannot be beat. Instead of hiking to this point, we chose to drive the switchback road and enjoy the beautiful scenery. From here, you get the best views and a different perspective of Honolulu, Waikiki and Diamond Head. There are several areas where you can pull over for photo ops or simply to enjoy the view. Tantalus Drive begins near the entrance to the Punchbowl Cemetery and ends at Round Trip Drive, the road that leads back to the city. The road rises to an elevation of 1800 feet and has several lookout points. The many trees and plants along the road give the impression of traveling through a rainforest. This area is considered one of the most scenic areas of Honolulu. It was built over a period of 25 years and is Oahu’s only state and national historic road.
Written May 12, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

G.Lee
San Diego, CA48 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We drove to Tantalus Lookout at around 3:30 after hiking the Manoa Falls, and it was a wonderful decision. The drive was easy, the lookout was very well maintained, and the view was second to none. The parking lot was, indeed, very small, but at 3:30, multiple cars were getting ready to leave, so we were able to park right away. We didn’t stay for the sunset, but nonetheless, I highly recommend driving up to the lookout and spending even 20 minutes to soak up the amazing views.
Written August 7, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

antonette b
Appleton, WI135 contributions
Mar 2022
OK we did not quite get up here, read about this online and followed the GPS, however found signs it was closed at a certain point and the GPS also showed the park itself as closed. As we drove up Tantalus Drive, lots of pullover spots were full of what appeared to be Hawaiian youth drinking - lots of trucks and beer, etc. Since it was dusk, we drove up but were a little leary about the closure at the top and being stuck there in the dark, plus not being familiar with the area, we turned around on a one lane residential road and headed back down. The few pull out spots we did manage to pull over and score some wonderful sunset photos from as I'm sure while they were amazing, I'm guessing nowhere near amazing than if we made up to the top.
Written March 8, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Cary L
San Diego, CA696 contributions
Sep 2022
Take a drive up to Makiki Heights to experience winding Tantalus Drive and the views from Pu'u Ualaka'a wayside. You'll be out of town quickly and into lush, beautiful surroundings with great views of the city and the coast. The higher you go, the better it gets. You'll be amazed at how quickly you'll feel you've left the city and entered a troplical jungle.
Note: The road is sometimes closed for repairs at the higher level.
Written October 3, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Teacher20052013
DeLand, FL577 contributions
Jul 2022
We rode up to the lookout via Uber and brought some eats with us to enjoy as we watched the sun go down over Oahu far above the island. You could see everything on the west side of the island...Waikiki, Diamond Head, Honolulu.
Written August 1, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

rickh57
Woodburn, OR370 contributions
Jul 2021
We went up to Tantalus with some friends to watch the sunset from a different perspective than the ocean views we've done earlier.

The viewpoint gives a great look at Diamond Head, Waikiki, Pearl Harbor, the Honolulu Airport and the West Oahu mountains.

There was a nice rainbow as we were leaving.
Written July 8, 2021
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Lengtan67
Kuala Lumpur1,060 contributions
Jan 2022
Better to have a car as taking Bus 5, you will need to walk another an hour or so uphill (depending on individual's stamina) along a residential area, and some stretch can be pretty quiet.

I also understand, e-hailing cars can get us there but to get one to return, would be a challenge provided you ask the driver to wait for you.

The panaromic view from a 1048ft hill is definitely fabulous and amazing.
Written March 3, 2022
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Mike H
Phoenix, AZ1,992 contributions
Feb 2020
Make sure you have a good map when you go up Tantulus. There is no straight way up and the road twists and turns but it is a fun drive and at the top you have a view of Honolulu and Waikiki that is breathtaking. If you continue down the road you will end up on Punchbowl and that leads you to the Pacific Cemetery.
Do this on a clear day with the sun shining although some clouds would make it interesting especially as sunrise or sunset.
Written March 19, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Travelcooking
London, UK3,753 contributions
Dec 2019
Great lookout that gives you views of Diamond Head, Honolulu airport on Pearl Harbor. A nice drive between nature will bring you to an amazing place to see the city. Parking is limited and for this reason, I advise you to go early.
Written July 2, 2020
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Showing results 1-10 of 706
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing

Tantalus Lookout Puu Ualakaa State Park (Honolulu) - All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go

Frequently Asked Questions about Tantalus Lookout Puu Ualakaa State Park

We recommend booking Tantalus Lookout Puu Ualakaa State Park tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 20 Tantalus Lookout Puu Ualakaa State Park tours on Tripadvisor