In the summer, the North Shore ocean is fairly flat. In the winter, there can be monster waves with expert surfers on the water riding waves that can be 20' high. It is impressing to sit on the beach - well away from the water's edge - and just take in the awesome ocean.Related to:
This temple is a replica of one in Kyoto Japan. The grounds are lovely with peacocks, koi in the pond, a large temple bell, a Buddha, gift shop, and restrooms. It is a really nice stop.
You will have to pay to enter the Memorial Park, but the fee is not much.Related to:
This is my favorite beach in the state. The sand is like velvet. The water is an incredible blue. The Koolau Mountains are off to the side. There is shade and nice facilities.
If you have a military ID, you can enter any time. If not, Bellows opens on the weekends and is worth the trip out here!Related to:
Makapuu Lighthouse hike
This hike is uphill, but it is not a really hard hike. The light house is nice, but it is the truly incredible views that make this hike a good one. In the winter, you can often see whales from this hike.
Park on the side of the road, and do NOT leave valuables in your car!Related to:
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Just beyond the blowhole is Sandy Beach. This is a beautiful beach, but fairly dangerous since there is a nasty shorebreak here. Locals who know how to body surf love this beach. Stay on the shore and watch or find another beach. We do go here to fly kites. If you are lucky, you will see some really impressive kites here on a windy day.Related to:
On the left of the parking lot is the Halona Blowhole. When the waves and tide are right, water is forced through a lava tube and shoots up and out the hole. One never knows when that will happen. Do NOT climb over the walls. People have died doing that when a rogue wave came in.Related to:
This is the infamous beach in the movie From Here to Eternity. The locals just call it Cockroach Cove. You can hike down and swim here, but it is not very safe as there are numerous currents waiting to drag you out to sea. There are no facilities and no shade. However, we have seen huge green sea turtles swimming close to shore here.
Use the same parking lot as for the Halona BlowholeRelated to:
Sizzling Sea Life Park !!
The SeaLife Park situated slightly on the outskirts of the city center is a haven for under-water marine creatures that are nurtured, fed and taken care of. This is one place that kids would adore. There are a variety of shows involving dolphins, sea lions and birds and they are really a treat to watch.
Head to the Dolphin Cove first to watch the dolphins perform. Once you complete this, dont miss out on the Sea Lion show at the Kolohe Kai Surf Club. The sea lions put on a hilarious show and the child in your heart would want to make you jump up and down.
There is also the Ocean theatre where dolphins and penguins mingle with each other. Its fun to watch those tiny penguins run for cover when the big and friendly dolphins come swimming around. Its another great show for the kids.
The Stingray enclosure is a glass cage through which you can walk through spotting the stingrays floating over and on the sides. For more information on the park, access the link below.Related to:
Dive deep in a submarine !!
Hawaii is one place where you get an opportunity to dive into the ocean in a submarine !!!. Atlantis submaries in Waikiki offers tours that last up to an hour during which they take you deep under the water to view the aquatic life. It is indeed a phenomenal experience to see thousands of varieties of sealife. Watch a turtle float along the submarine trying to outrun you. Or let your eyes widen with wonder when you see an army of fishes come at you. Make faces at the sea creatures to see whether they mock back. Its a very unique experience going in a submarine as it dives to a depth of about 100 feet. Unless you are an experienced diver, this is one trip that you certainly dont want to miss.Related to:
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Crystal clear beaches !!!
Hawaii is well known for its pristine beaches and the island of Oahu has its fair share of them. For some of the best beaches, drive away from the city area. Take Highway H1 to 93 for beaches on the west coast and Highway H3 to 83 for beaches in the north. There are so many secluded spots on these drives where you can stop by and take in the beauty of the beach without crowds. The shallow green waters of the beaches is bound to bring you many romantic thoughts and is really a boon for the photographers to click away.
Hawaii is very well known for surfing and huge waves but these are at the remote corner of the island. Many beaches at a short driving distance from the city center are very relatively calmer and its an ideal place for families and kids to enjoy getting their feet wet on the water. There are also many scenic spots along the route where you can pull up your car to take amazing pictures of the coastline.Related to:
A Prayer at Pearl Harbor !!!
Pearl Harbor is a memorial that is built on top of a sunken ship USS Arizona where thousands of US servicemen lost their lives during an unexpected attack. Access to this memorial is free as the US Navy shuttle boats take you to the memorial from the visitor center. Before you board the shuttle, you should take the time to view a short documentary on Pearl Harbor at the theatre in the visitor center. The film usually runs for around 15-20 minutes and gives you a perspective of what went on during that fateful day. You would find many a wet eye at the end of this short film as it is indeed heart wrenching.Related to:
- Historical Travel
Dole Pineapple Plantation
The Dole Pineapple Plantation is located in central Oahu, as you head from Waikiki to the North Shore. It is very popular with tourists and you'll always see tour buses parked outside. This is a great place to stop on your way to the North Shore or if you are traveling with children.
Where the plantation stands, there was once just a small fruit stand that sold local pineapple. In 1989 it was greatly enlarged and reopened as a "Pineapple Experience." Several years after that, Dole completed a pricy renovation and created the tourist mecca that stands on the spot today. More than a million people visit the Dole Pineapple Plantation every year!
There are a number of attractions at the site, including the Pineapple Express, the Plantation Garden Tour, the Pineapple Garden Maze, the World's Largest Maze.... plus lots of information about pineapple. You can buy and taste all sorts of different pineapple snacks here, including a whipped cream that is particularly popular.
The Visitors Center and Plantation Garden are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. daily.
The Pineapple Express and Pineapple Garden Maze are open from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily.
Admission to the Dole Plantation is free. All the other attractions range in price from $3 to $7.50. Check their website for current rates.Related to:
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The Bishop Museum
The Bishop museum was founded in 1889 by Charles Reed Bishop in honor of his wife, Princess Bernice Pauahi Bishop, the last descendant of the royal Kamehameha family.
It houses an extensive collection of Hawaiian artifacts and royal family heirlooms of the Princess, and has one of the largest collections of artifacts, documents and photographs about Hawai‘i and other Pacific island cultures.
When traveling troughout polynesia one often gets to hear about local findings that they are at the Bishop Museum.
It's a pitty though that not all items are exhibited, but that's the case for most large museums these days.
Allow at least half a day if you want to see it all.Related to:
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Polynesian Cultural Center
The Polynesian Cultural Center is one of the most popular attractions on Oahu and a good place to visit while you're on the island, especially if you're traveling with children.
The PCC is spread over 42 acres in the northeastern section of Oahu. It's an easy drive or bus ride from Waikiki. At the PCC, you'll find replicas of 7 native villages of South Pacific islands. The cultures of Tahiti, Fiji, Samoa, Tonga, New Zealand, the Marquesas and Hawaii are all represented.
In each village, BYU Hawaii students dressed as natives demonstrate crafts and skills of that particular culture. We particularly enjoyed the dancing demonstration at the Tahiti village and the coconut tree climbing at the Samoan village. Everything is interactive, so you have a chance to participate. It's fun for everyone, but especially for kids.
The PCC also shows IMAX films (we enjoyed "Dolphins" and "The Living Sea" very much) and hosts a canoe pageant in mid-afternoon. Be sure to see the pageant! You can also stay for "Horizons" a Polynesian-themed show that is presented at night or the PCC's own luau. There are tons of things to do at the PCC. You could easily spend all day here.
Prices for admission vary. Check the PCC's website for the package that suits you best. You can also call the PCC to arrange for a bus (or even a limo) to bring you there.Related to:
- Family Travel
- Theme Park Trips
Taveling to the other islands
When booking your trip to Oahu, DON'T book your trip to the other islands. Wait till your on Oahu, then visit a travel agent on oahu. You will probably save half of the price!!! I saved more than half the price by doing it this way.
We stayed at this hotel with a 3 month old in December of 2011. We were the last one to check in...more
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