The best snorkeling can be found at Tunnels beach on the north shore. On our latest trip to Kauai, we were greeted in waist deep water by a sea turtle. Tremendous variety of fish species. Some of the fish were over a foot long.The beach is difficult to locate. It's accessed by a small dirt road.
Ke'e beach is very similar to and close to Tunnels. This beach seems safer for youngsters since the outer reef provides a lot of protection from the currents.
Poipu isn't of the caliber of Ke'e or Tunnels but is safe even for very young swimmers. There is a section where you could safely take toddlers to swim or snorkel.
The park at the Ala Moana Beach is a great place to bring your children. As parents, we feel secured bringing the kids here where they can ran around, play badminton, soccer, etc.
The park has all the amenities like a bathroom, water fountains, showers, etc. As parents, we don't like to drive back to our hotel just to use a bathroom!
The park is also very accessible to the beach where the children can go swim, learn how to boogie board, etc. The sand is soft and there are no rocks and dips in the water.
The only thing that you have to watch here is when the kids cross the street from the park to the beach. Make sure that you also watch the kids when they go swimming since there are no life guards around.
My daughter and her cousins were learning to boogie board and Ala Moana Beach is the place to learn!
Parents can sit down close to the beach and watch the kids.
The waves are not just about right to learn how to boogie board.
This is one of the quietest beach you can find in Honolulu. Also the beach is great for children. The Ko Olina beach is great for sun-tanning, relaxing (without disturbance), sleeping and reading a book while listening to the waves of the ocean and the swinging of the cocnonut trees!
There are green grasses everywhere- just bring your mat and relax!
This beach is also great for small children. There is a man-made beach with a barrier created to block the strong waves.
The only thing about this beach is that you are not allowed to barbecue here.
There is a bathroom nearby, water fountain, and some chairs to seat.
There is also a walk-way where people can walk along the beach and job.
Hawaii's islands have some wonderful waterfall and some crazy effects created by lava that has flowed around tree's and other obsticles.
It is amazing to see how plant life as grown out of the lava and thrived.
The first thing I noticed about the plant life, was how green and luch it all was. It was beautiful to look at and amazing to be near. It was a really like a jungle in places, and in fact, Jurasic Park was filmed in the islands. There is so much more free space here than I thought there would be, with streams and and mountains, and of course volcanos. If you don't like it busy, you don't have to have it that way, just get out and about to be on your own in the beautiful place.
This city is amazing, it has everything you need, a fantastic beach, lots of bars, clubs, shops, and great places to eat. You really wont be bored here. If I return I would make Honolulu the place to stay, and Maui the place to spend some more time. The water in honolulu is really clean and clear, and just walking along the beach and the road were there is a wall, you can look down and see all the amazingly colourful fish waiting for you to feed them.
This is a must see if you go to Hawaii. It's a free tour! It is very educational to check out the two main museums of WWII! There are sounds of war planes and pictures of soldiers, planes, submarines and warships of the Americans and the Japanese.
The Tree of Life architecture design in the middle of the museum is nice. Check out the Arizona Bell, too, including the gift shop.
A tour guide will lead you to the dock where you board a ferry that will lead you to the memorial building on top of the sunken USS Arizona. In here, you will see the mouth of the battleship. You will also see the names of those soldiers who died inside the sank battleship!
This tour is very solemn...We can pray for all those soldiers and innocent civilians who died during WWII . This tour also reminds us the atrocities and ugliness of war and that we have to work harder for peace on earth!
I suggest you to rent a car and drive around the island.
We headed to Millilani Town, Kunia, passing the Dole Plantation and fields of pineapples and sugar cane. The drive through the middle of the plantation was awesome under the cover of blue skies and warm weather! As soon as you get to the middle of the plantation, you can spot in the distance, the white roaring waves of Haleiwa.
You can check out the Ice Cone place "Shave Ice" and some little neat stores. We proceeded to a long winding road, to the left side is the ocean! We stopped at Sunset Beach and at the Three Tables- it's a beach where it is famous for these three rocks with the top as flat as a table!
We checked on some fishermen where we can see the China Man's hat as a background at a far distance. Pretty soon, we passed by a small town with an array of little huts restaurants with shrimps recipes as their specialties. A few minutes later, we stopped at the Polynesian Cultural Center and had lunch at a Korean restaurant in Kaneohe.
There were tons of tourists at the Makapu'u lookout and also at the Blow Hole lookout. These were our last stop on the beach before we head Waipahu and back to Aiea and Honolulu.
The around the island was awesome!
If you have limited time in Hawaii, this is the way to do it!
With so many (better and less crowded) beaches to choose from in Oahu, there really is no reason to stay for long at Waikiki Beach. Still, it is sort of a must-see, and not to visit Waikiki would be like visiting Paris without seeing the Eiffel Tower. Waikiki (city) offers plenty of accomodation, restaurant and shopping options. The best panoramic view of Waikiki and its beaches: from Diamond Head viewpoint (see separate tip).
Just outside Hilo, a scenic waterfall with a short hiking path - unfortunately very popular with bus tourists. Can easily be combined with visits to other waterfalls in the area north of Hilo (Akaka Falls, Umauma Falls ..).
The area north of Hilo is teeming with waterfalls, but if I had to choose one for a visit, it would be the Akaka Falls. To get there, take the exit between milemarker 13 and 14 to Akaka Falls. You can hike a short round-trip (20-25 minutes) through the area and also see the less impressive Kahuna Falls. The rainforest vegetation is stunning, well worth the effort.
Since Hawaii was unified through the wars of King Kamehameha the Great, all of Hawaii was ruled by a monarch. The Hawaiian kings and queens had extensive diplomatic contacts with the great powers of Europe and America, until immigrated American landowners lead a coup d`etat in 1893 and established a republic, soon (1898) annexed by the United States of America.
The Iolani Palace was built in 1882 and is the only royal palace on the territory of the United States! It can only be visited with a guided tour. Tickets are sold not in the palace, but in the small fortress-like building opposite to the palace.
A short but exceptionally pretty road is located north of Hilo, on Highway 19 (entry point between milemarker 7 and 8; you rejoin Highway 19 at milemarker 11). It leads through a lush rainforest and past Onemea Bay viewpoint and the "World Botanical Gardens". The drive can easily be combined with a visit to Akaka Falls (take the exit to Highway 220) and on the way back to Rainbow Falls north of Hilo.
Also known under the name "Place of refuge", probably easier to pronounce. This is an interesting site for anyone with an interest on Hawaian-Polynesian culture. In this open-air museum, you have recreated historic houses, temples, granaries, wood-carved idols, and also a "place of refuge". Under ancient Hawaiian law, the death penalty was dealt out even for minor transgressions, but if the prosecuted reached the place of refuge, he was out of reach of the law and could return to a normal life, regardless of what he`d done.
Next to the boating pier is Honaunau Bay, a great place for snorkeling and home to a pod of dolphins you might or might not see.
Upon arrival to the Halekulani you are greeted at the desk and assigned a staff member to tour you...more
The hotel room I had, had a balcony. When I looked to the right, I had a view to the ocean.more
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