The China Walls Oahu offers are quite different from the Great Wall of China. While the Great Wall may have inspired the naming of this site, this gorgeous ocean cliff isn’t a manmade structure designed to keep out invaders.
The China Walls Hawaii offers are a natural cliff with perfect views of downtown Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean.
This clifftop is a perfect spot to hang out, have a picnic, watch the sunset, fish, or even cliff jump. The intensity of the waves varies dramatically, so you will obviously want to adjust your activities accordingly.
I’ve heard it described as a party spot, but when I was there I only saw a couple of other visitors as well as a few people fishing.
- China Walls Hawaii Quick Facts:
- Why is it called China Walls?
- What to do at China Walls in Hawaii
- China Walls Parking
- Best way to experience the China Walls
- China Walls Review: My experiences there
China Walls Hawaii Quick Facts:
- Parking: Free street parking (in the middle of a neighborhood)
- China Walls height: about 15-20 feet
- Location: 25 minutes from Waikiki (located on the south east corner of Oahu)
Why is it called China Walls?
The name China Walls is based on exactly what you would expect, the Great Wall of China. Even though the Great Wall of China isn’t on an ocean, the rock face in Hawaii must have reminded the locals.
There are a good number of residents of Chinese ancestry in Hawaii that may have helped contribute to this name.
What to do at China Walls in Hawaii
China Walls Hawaii is a perfect location for a variety of activities. This ocean cliff works perfectly depending on the time of day as well as the season of the year.
Go Cliff Jumping at the China Walls
While the cliff is only about 15-20 feet high, many people looking for a little bit of a rush jump off of these cliffs.
When I was there the waves were too intense for me to consider jumping in. I did see where they placed a rope along the cliff to help swimmers and divers climb out of the water.
China Walls Surf
While this isn’t the best place for surfing, a reef makes it decent. There are consistent waves that break and you will see surfers trying to catch them.
Supposedly the conditions are best in the summer.
While I’m not a fisherman, I saw a number of professional looking guys fishing in Honolulu at China Walls. I can only assume this is a good spot given its location looking out to the open ocean.
Have a Picnic or Sun Tan
Even though there isn’t any sand, the top of the rocks is flat enough that you could lay out a picnic and enjoy the waves and sea breeze. For someone like me that enjoys taking in the sun’s rays but doesn’t love being sandy, laying out on the cliff top was an amazing alternative.
China Walls Oahu Sunset
The China Walls are a perfect sunset spot. If you don’t want to rent a car this tour will take you there during sunset!
Where is China Walls located?
The China Walls in Honolulu are conveniently located near, but not too close to Waikiki. I say too close because its location gets you away from the crowds of people, but won’t require you to be on the road for hours.
How to get to China Walls Oahu
It only takes about 25 minutes to drive here from the busiest parts of Waikiki. It is basically located on the south east corner of the island of Oahu.
You can also include stops at a number of other top attractions on the eastern part of the island of Oahu.
China Walls Parking
Like the next door Spitting Caves there isn’t a set parking lot, but instead street parking amongst the million dollar Hawaii homes.
I had no problem finding a nearby spot on the street, but as I’ve previously mentioned you need to be careful to not park too close to driveways, stop signs, and fire hydrants. The parking police in Hawaii mean business!
Access Through Koko Kai Beach Park
To get to the cliffs all you have to do is walk through the mini Koko Kai Beach Park. You can see that it really is quite easy to navigate once you type it into your GPS.
From the street parking you will enter Koko Kai Beach Park.
Once you have entered the path in Koko Kai Beach Park you will continue down until you get to the China Walls.
Continue down the path for about 40 feet.
Access through Koko Kai Beach Park
Continue on this path to get to the China Walls
China walls trail
Best way to experience the China Walls
Honestly, the best way is to rent a car and drive there.
But, if you decide not to rent a car there are tours available here to that will you there without the hassle of having to navigate yourself.
- Tour #1 – Sea-Cliff with Sunset Photo Adventure (This one makes a stop at the China Walls at sunset)
- Tour #2 – Mahina Hawaii full day adventure
Check out this page for more details.
I haven’t personally taken any of these tours as we visited on our own. But I have done a lot of research and these are the top rated tours that will take you to the China Walls.
China Walls Review: My experiences there
Overall this was a pretty unique stop that I would recommend. It is relatively close to the main tourist area but doesn’t get overrun with crowds. Even though it’s not a sandy beach it is still a good spot to relax, fish, or even cliff jump.
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