If you have never visited Hawaii before, I really think that you need to re-assess your bucket list and add this heavenly place to your must go places to visit! The island of Oahu is one of the many islands that you could visit in Hawaii and the one that I’m covering today; however, I am planning to go to Maui soon (next month 😉 )and I am planning to blog about it as well so make your you don’t miss that. For now, let’s talk about Oahu!
“E mahalo kakou I ka mea loa’a”
“Let us be thankful for what we have”
Honolulu (airport code is HNL) offers a very easy to navigate international airport with 3 main terminals. If you are planning to visit a neighbor islands, you have the option to take a a domestic flight from this airport. I flew from Phoenix, AZ and went with American Airlines with a direct flight. It was about a 6 hour flight and cost me $650 although a friend of mine was able to secure a great deal for $351 so make sure you shop around.
By the way, many get confused between Oahu and Honolulu. In a nutshell, Oahu is one of the main 8 Hawaiian islands, while Honolulu is a city located in the island of Oahu. Most of Hawaii’s population live in Oahu.
There is a hotel for every type of person in this island which adds to its already established reputation of being a paradise destination. We chose to stay at a budget friendly hotel located within a quick walk to Waikiki Beach on the island of Oahu. Best decision ever for those that mainly want to relax by the beach, on a budget, while also enjoying the variety of restaurtans the are nearby.
Things to do:
Seriously…find the nearest beach (not too difficult to do while vacationing on an island), order your favorite drink, and breathe in…YOU ARE IN HAWAII!
Please…if you are a sensational chick, a nice pedicure will make you feel like a $100 bucks!
While many might prefer to spend most of their time by the water scuba diving, snorkeling, kayaking, etc…you might want to consider joining a hike through one of the tours to enjoy the beautiful mountain views along with some impressive city views…so don’t leave your tennis shoes at home!
We chose to give the Pali Lookout a try and we were pleasantly surprised with the experience. Not only it is within 10 minutes of downtown but you will be treated to some of the the most beautiful panoramic views. It does get a a little windy and some don’t like that but I personally had the best time!
3- Maita’i Catamaran
This is the best way to enjoy a scenic lazy day with a group of friends and family. Just take a spot in the boat, grab your favorite drink and get ready to enjoy the ocean breeze, and the views of the most iconic places of this island, including Waikiki beach. I just threw on a very comfortable French Connection cotton dress that was perfect for the day.
4- Pearl Harbor Memorial
This is a must do ESPECIALLY if you love history. While security is tight and you will not be allowed to bring in certain things such as back packs, and cameras bags, (which you will be able to leave in a locker) the experience is amazing. You will have the option to do a half or full day tour which makes planning for other activities really flexible.
5- Byodo-In Temple
Last but not least, I do want to highlight this incredible Buddhist temple. I am so grateful for the friends that highly recommended this often overlooked Hawaiian landmark. Click HERE for the link to their website so you can get admission details. If you are looking for a quiet and peaceful experience in a traditional Buddhist temple, this is the place to go.
What to Bring
So you made up your mind and you are ready to go? Below is a list of things that I would highly recommend that you don’t forget:
- Bathing suit…of course!
- Sun glasses
- Comfortable shoes: I wore flip flops while on the beach but also brought my tennis shoes for the hike
- A small bag to take to the beach or on tours to carry a towel, etc. (I highly recommend bags that you won’t worry about if it gets wet)
- Light dresses, comfortable jeans, tank tops
That’s all I have for now. I hope this post inspire you to think or plan your next vacation. I would love to hear your comments below on whether you are planning to go or have been to Hawaii before. As I said earlier, I am planning another trip to Maui next month and would love to hear your recommendations.
Hope you are having a sensational day!