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Top places to visit in Oahu

Waimanalo beach

Absolutely wonderful and stunning beach! When I first arrived at this place it was completely WOW! My journey began with catching a bus which went through nature. Just the view from the bus was amazing – I saw the beautiful Hawaiian mountains and palms which made me feel like being in heaven. Finally, I arrive at this place, walked to the ocean and saw its crystal blue color with beautiful sand. I remember my sudden feeling of pure loving energy that surrounded me.

This place is just breathtaking and peaceful. I was listening to the sound of the ocean and saw locals meditate on the beach. Then I jumped into the ocean and just enjoyed the magical feeling.

You can enjoy a half day on this beach and then continue to Lanikai beach which is 1 hour by bus or 20 minutes drive and then head back to Honolulu (1 hour by public transport or around 30 minutes drive). However, I could spend a whole day there until sunset as this beach is the most beautiful I have ever seen in my life!

Lanikai beach

 The Lanikai beach is more touristic than Waimanalo, however, it is not super crowd as Waikiki. 🙂 You can do some fun stuff here such as Kitesurfing or snorkeling.
 
The color of the water is also clearly blue and amazing! There are some takeaway shops around if you get hungry. I always pack some small snack to not starve. For example, this was really delicious! It also gives you the right nutrition and you can keep it in the sun at the beach without worries.

I think this location is perfect for couples or a family. There are some beautiful resorts near Lanikai beach and when I saw them I was thinking “Damn, I should have stayed here.”

Also, if you like hiking you can do a Pillbox Hike which is quite popular and not far from the beach. Let’s say wake up early and do the hike and then go to the beach and refresh yourself.

I would recommend you to enjoy this location for a whole day or go to Waimanalo and Lanikai in one day as these two beaches are the best that I have seen on the island!

Waikiki beach

The most famous beach located in the heart of Honolulu. Perfect for those who love shopping and a rich nightlife. Although Waikiki beach is beautiful, it is packed with people and very touristic. There are several areas to swim:

The beach between Sheraton and Hilton hotel has some rocks in the ocean, so you should consider taking shoes for swimming. If you choose to surf there, you can hit some rocks with your feet. However, the waves there are calm in contrast with North Shore so for the beginners it is easy to surf.

Another beach nearby is Ala Moana Beach which is not as packed and there is a stunning sunset where can you see the sun get to sink into the ocean!

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay is a very popular place for an amazing snorkelling experience! You can borrow snorkel gears directly there, however, I would say that to have your own is always better as the beach is crowdy and you might not find the right size for you. There are also lockers for your belongings.

Arrive in the morning and enjoy the full day there or if you are a really active person, then spend a morning there until afternoon and then head to Koko head or explore other places around and enjoy the sunset.

How to get there? Take a bus 22 from Waikiki directly to Hanauma Bay or rent a car.

Ala Moana shopping centre

The biggest and most popular shopping centre of the island located in Honolulu. It has more than 290 stores! Open daily until 9 pm except for Sunday (until 7 pm).

Pearl Harbour

I personally haven’t visited but it is the most famous historical place on the island, so I would say if you have a time, check it out.

North Shore

Explore the Northern part of the island and don’t forget on Turtle beach to see green sea turtles lying on the beach!

Dole Plantation

The largest maze in the world with a pineapple plantation. Did you know how pineapples grow? Try a local pineapple ice-cream with a full taste of pineapples. Open daily 9:30-5:30 pm.

Kualoa Ranch

This is one of the places where were filmed the Jurassic park with an absolutely spectacular view! I love this valley and mountains. There are also some fun activities to do such as zip line or a jeep tour.

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