Going to (Oahu) Honolulu, Hawaii?! Well here are the best things to do while you’re there and where to stay…
As far as hotels go, we stayed in Waikiki the whole time and just took day trips from there. We stayed at two places, first we stayed at Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach, it was okay, but not very clean and the location wasn’t that great. Then we stayed at Vive Hotel Waikiki, which I would highly recommend. They offered free breakfast, beach towels, chairs, and boogie boards. It was very clean, the staff was great and the rooms were modern and wonderful. While it’s not right on the beach, it’s only two blocks away and way more affordable than beach front hotels. Getting around we used the public buses except for one day when we went to the north side of the island.
Rent a car (way better than the bus as long as you leave after 9am so you miss rush hour) and drive up to the Northside of the island to catch a wave, take surf lessons, or just leave it to the pros and watch others surf in the incredibly large, breath-taking waves.
While on the Northside go grab lunch at the Turtle Bay Resort (shoot even stay there if you can)! We already booked ahead of time in Waikiki Beach, otherwise we would have stayed here for a few days. While at the resort you can walk along the beach and if you’re lucky like us you’ll get to see the endangered Resting Monk Seal sun bathing in the sand! Also, they have great beach access, a huge and amazing golf course and a spa.
You MUST go eat at Marukame Udon in Waikiki. It is the best food on the island. I literally still think about how good it was. Don’t let the line deter you, it goes fast. The portions are huge in the picture I ordered a “small” with two sides and couldn’t even finish. Plus this is hands down the most affordable place to eat, a meal for 2 was around $20.
Take a day trip to the Dole Pineapple plantation! OMG this was our second cone of the day! Fresh pineapple samples, a tour of the plantation, you can take a train ride around, have lunch at the resultant and indulge in all of the pineapple goodness from the enormous gift shop.
Get out and enjoy nature. Waikiki (where we stayed) has a huge, beautiful park you can stroll through. You can even go to the zoo from here. Just take in all the wonderful surroundings, the tropical plants, the sunshine, and the smell of the ocean breeze as it whisks gently by.
Take a hike to the waterfalls at Maunawili if you want a break from that relaxing beach life.
While in Honolulu you have to go to the Pearl Harbor Memorial site! It takes you back to WWII, you can take a tour of the ships/submarines, the USS Arizona site and tour the museum. Also while in the city, check out Chinatown and the bustling life that is Hawaii’s most populated city.
Make sure you try new things! We grabbed fresh salads from the farmers market on Saturday and Sunday for lunch because it was cheap and super fresh and just over all great! We also grabbed some of these Rambutans.
You’re in Hawaii, so go hangout on the beach! Waikiki Beach is very popular and some people don’t like it, but we loved it. It had paddle board and kayak rentals, great places to eat and grab a Mai Tai before laying out and reading a book with your toes in the sand, watch a volleyball game, or go swimming in the warm ocean water. We even were so lucky that we saw a giant sea turtle while on your paddle boards. Plus at night you can catch a free hula dance show!
Go for a hike up to the top of Diamond Head. The hike is easy and the views are spectacular!
Lastly, you have to go snorkeling at Hanauma Bay! It was awesome! We brought our own snorkeling gear, but you can rent or buy it there and spend the day there exploring the reef and beyond if you are brave enough. The tide can be quite strong so be smart about it, be safe and enjoy all of the beautiful tropical fish you are guaranteed to see here. We have a friend who went further out than us and he met some dolphins! We didn’t take our phones down with us as we knew we would be in the water together and didn’t want to risk anything getting stolen so I got this picture from here.
I hope you enjoyed my post and I would love to hear from you!
Have you been to Hawaii? What was your favorite place and thing to do? Did I miss anything?
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