Beaches / Coastlines, Oahu
This is a lovely botanical hike inside a volcanic crater. It is very natural, but there are lots of informative signs. I did not do this hike for many years, but when I did, I was more than pleased.
The city of Kailua is the main center for watersports (other than surfing, go to the Northshore for that) on Oahu. From here you can rent kayaks, windboards and snorkeling gear
It is a small parking lot, but it has a real Kodak Moment. You can see Makapuu Beach, Sea Life Park, and in the distance, facing you, my favorite beach at Bellows.
This is just before Sea Life Park.
Another touristy thing to do, but you have to do it. It costs $2/car to get in. We honestly liked snorkeling better in other places, but you have to go here...it's a landmark.
Just north of Hanauma Bay this blowhole creates a magnificent display as the waves crash against it.
This lighthouse and lookout point is about a 1/2 mile hike off Hwy 72 just south of Walmanale.
Great views, tough hike up in the heat but worth it.
The fish are out everywhere here, nestled in the horseshoe shape of an old volcano crater. It costs about $3 admission. You can walk around the edge of the bay on a ledge.
The Makapuu Lighthouse was built in 1909. It is used to guide ships coming from the west coast into Honolulu. It was made automated n 1974, and if truth be told, is the largest lens in America.
Just another shot of China Man's Hat from a little further up the coast. Such a great island to photograph, and on a sunny day, it's almost impossible to get a bad shot.
Another off road sighting!! This rock formation looks like a Chinese hat...and has been named accordingly so!! If you're on the main road circling the island then stop and take a pic :)
If Waikiki is too touristy for you, try the beaches of the north shore. I guarantee that you will be amazed!!!
As you start on your drive around Oahu, this is one of the first beaches you will encounter by heading east from Honolulu.
It boasts to be the home for boogie boarding.
Drive to the North Shore, book a room for a couple of nights and head to the beach, watch the surfers (or surf), hang out, chill!
This beach was the most amazing beach I saw in Hawaii...located on the North Coast, it is far away form the tourist beaches and is just damn lovely!!