Hawaii - an isolated volcanic archipelago in the Central Pacific aka a beautiful tropical escape!
Beautiful sandy beaches, amazing jungles, breathtaking viewpoints and hikes, monstrous waterfalls, gorgeous diving spots, and world class surfing + fresh healthy food, acai bowls, poke, seafood...
Every day in Oahu was different, there is so much to see and do.
Diamond Head and Kokohead Crater hike - Kiiller workouts, any hike in Oahu left you with killer ocean views
Manoa Falls - Jurassic park, you can go swimming here
Pearl Harbor + USS Memorial - Top attraction, go early in the morning (6 am if you're a trooper), they only have a select # of tickets available daily
The Dole Pineapple Plantation - V cute, mini village that not only had the pineapple plantation, but coffee beans, cocoa & more. There is a mini train that you ride, explaining the history behind the whole place, etc. The store offered many pineapple flavored treats (you have to try the pineapple ice-cream float) and even had live demonstrations on how to properly cut a pineapple (i still don't know how).
Hanauma Bay - Famous snorkeling spot on the island, best time to see marine life is 8 am, crystal clear waters, bring a go-pro.
Polynesian Cultural Center - Theme park and living museum, 6 authentic Polynesian villages each one having its own cultural demonstrations and performers, depending on your ticket; buffet dinner is included + an exciting evening theater show
Kualoa Ranch - Private nature reserve where tons of movies are filmed (Jurassic Park, Godzilla, Skull Island & more). Hop on & off tour bus showed us different movie sets, and @ that time, there was a movie being filmed.
Waimea Bay (cliff jumping)
North Shore beaches (pro-surfers)
Banzai Pipeline (surfing competitions)
Shark diving - BEST experience! book with North Shore Shark Adventures
*Rental Car - There is nothing to do here without a car, most tourist spots are far apart from each other, public transport is non-existant, you can explore the entire Oahu island with a car
*Airbnb - Hotels tend to be on the pricier side, our airbnb hosts made our trip 10 x better; super friendly, informative & made us delicious Hawaiian breakfasts
Thank you & if you have any questions, feel free to ask me!
- Ana, xoxo