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The majority of climbing on Oahu is sport climbing and bouldering. The Mokule'ia Wall hosts Hawaii's largest crag with nearly 60 routes on one wall and The Arch hosts Hawaii's largest bouldering area. Several other bouldering areas are spread around the island. Makapu'u is a good option for brand new climbers or those looking for short, easy routes. All crags on Oahu offer a 365-day per year climbing season. The climbing at Mokule'ia Wall is probably better than you think, and good enough to have had routes featured in a few major climbing magazines over the years. Almost every spot on O'ahu has sensitive access, specifically now throughout COVID. Please remember you represent the climbing community.
You can find just about any climbing or hiking gear you might need at Oahu's only climbing gear retailer, Climb Aloha. If you forgot some gear, Climb Aloha rents shoes, chalk bags, crash pads, harnesses and a few other items. You can also use the Facebook group to find partners or ask questions to the locals.
Oahu has one indoor bouldering gym, Oahu Bouldering - formerly The Arch Project Climbing Gym.
For culturally sensitive climbing information connect with Kanaka Climbers. This is a group of Native Hawaiian Climbers working to inform and educate climbers on respectful etiquette and historical sites.
Camping and Showers
Showers can be found for free at any public pool. Oahu has over 20 public pools located throughout the island, all of them have showers and all of them are free for use by the public. Also, most major, public beaches also have outdoor showers which are free for the public. A list of public pools can be found here:
Mokule'ia Wall: wunderground.com/weather/us…
Makapu'u Point: wunderground.com/weather/us…
If it is raining the crag will typically dry out quickly. After light or moderate rain, you can usually climb again after about three hours. After heavy rain over the course of multiple days, you should only have to wait one day in most cases. The rock dries quicker than the approach so if the ground on the approach is dry then so is the crag.
Rest Day Activities: Surfing, Hiking, Diving and More
Surfing: There are over 20 world-class spots to surf on Oahu if you want to learn. Waimea Bay is typically considered to offer some of the best surfing in the world, and winter swells can produce waves up to 25' tall. However, the best place to learn to surf is probably in Waikiki where the waves tend to be much smaller. There are a million companies out there that can teach you, just Google it. For those looking to snorkel, Hanauma Bay State Park, located on the southeast section of Oahu, offers great snorkeling. hanaumabaystatepark.com/
Diving: If you want to learn how to dive, Hawaii is a great place to learn. Search Groupon for PADI dive courses, and you should be able to find a place to certify you as a PADI open water diver for about $250. Likewise if you dont want to get certified, companies on Groupon still offer PADI's try SCUBA course for under $100. If you want to swim with sharks (in a shark cage or outside of one), you can do that too. Again, just search Groupon for deals.
Kayaking: Oahu also has fabulous open ocean kayaking opportunities. If you can obtain a katak either by renting one or borrowing one, many people kayak from Lanikai Beach to Moku Nui island. Moku Nui island is an unpopulated island located about 1.25 miles off the coast of Oahu on the southeast side of the island. You can also kayak to the Kaneohe Bay Sandbar, which is a unique mound found about a mile off shore in the middle of the ocean. The sandbar is high enough that you can stand on it and even bring out a BBQ grill and cook on the sandbar.
With any water activity, always ensure you're with a partner. People die on a regular basis from drowning on Oahu and even strong swimmers have drowned. The ocean is a serious environment to navigate in and it's power should not be underestimated.
Hiking: Oahu also has some of the best hiking in the world ranging in difficulty from basically walking on the sidewalk to highly-exposed 4th class ridge hikes. There are many websites that offer information about hiking on Oahu.
Classic Climbing Routes at Oahu
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