There and back again- my guide to Honolulu and the surrounds

Lets get straight to the good stuff, which I mean free.

Free activities– There are a few hikes (smallish) in the Honolulu area. Koko head was probably my favorite and basically its one giant staircase with great views on the top. This should be coupled with snorkeling at Hanuma bay which is opposite (7 dollars to get in-bring snorkeling gear as hire is expensive).

The other one worth visiting is Makuapu’u trial, what was good about this one is you can go off one of the side tracks to get to some awesome tide pools. Other free walks include Diamond head and Manoa Falls.

Free entertainment– On Waikiki beach there is a free Fireworks display on Friday. On Tuesday/Thursday/Saturday between 6:30-7:30 there is a free Luau, basically opposite McDonald’s. Also Pearl Habour is really interesting but make sure to get there by 8am if you want to visit the memorial.

Best Beach– Waimanalo.

Best Food– Gina’s BBQ. Be warned these are FAT men portions.

Top tip- Dont get a taxi or car as the bus network is super cheap and reliable.

 

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A different side of Hawaii-Oaha north shore

Oaha north shore is a polar opposite of Honolulu. Honolulu you get lifeguard beaches, tower blocks and lots of happy hours, the north shore has wild surfing beaches, mad waves and food trucks. So which is for you? Personally unless your a very experienced surfer the Northshore is worth a visit but maybe not a stay.

Where to stay: Three main options; Pupeka for the best beaches, Halewi the historic town or Laie for the cultural centre. It doesn’t matter too much as a cheap bus goes from one end to the other in 30 mins.

What to do: You guessed it, go to the beach. Sunset beach is the main one for surfing (hosts the international surfing competition), Sharks Cove for snorkeling and Waimea to jump 35 meters of a massive rocks (so much fun). Other activities includes Waimea Valley and waterfall and the Polynesian cultural centre.

Don’t miss: The Polynesian cultural centre- it can be a little pricey but its worth spending the money to find out about the different tribes. Its split into 3 sections: 12-5pm explore the exhibitions/mini shows (about $60), 5-7pm buffet (prices vary), 7:30-8:45 breath of life show (about $40).

Hawaii-Honolulu part 1

I am spending my time in Hawaii on the Island of Oaha. I have been Honolulu/Waikiki for the last 4 days and wanted to give my first impressions (part 2 will have the full guide). Well what’s the verdict? no surprise its pretty awesome.

However if you are an adrenaline junkie this area probably isn’t for you. What you get here is golden beaches, happy hour (WOOP WOOP), lots of great eateries and some unreal snorkeling in Hanauma Bay. Don’t get me wrong they have what they call hikes but they are rather pathetic, but you do get amazing views.

Full guide next week.