For a long time now, Hawaii has been known to be a dream destination for travelers all over the world because of sandy, sunny beaches and beautiful islands. Oahu is the third largest island and is the most populated by locals. It is a great destination for a Hawaii-newbie, like myself as you are about to find out from my experience. I stayed in Oahu for 3 weeks (#YOLO) and went to 14 places in total, with one side trip to another island – Big Island, Hawaii on a weekend. I have divided my Oahu travel blog into 2 parts (Part 01 and Part 02).
I landed around 7.05 AM and went straight to my rented apartment and by the time I finished unpacking, it was just about sunset. I still had so much energy from being cooped up in the plane and decided to head down to the famous touristy Waikiki Beach. The water was warm and the sunset was perfect.
Waikiki Beach is where surfing was popularized and the waves in Waikiki Beach are typically beginner friendly. If you are not a fan of surfing, a walk along the beach is great too. There are lots of bars and restaurants along the beach.
Puu Ualakaa State Park
To get a bird’s eye view of Oahu, visit Puu Ualakaa State Park. It is a forested zone on a cinder cone near Honolulu in Hawaii. I loved its close location to the city and the breathtaking view. I visited there to get a panoramic view of the city, Diamond Head and the ocean. It was undoubtedly a great experience. When you travel to this park, you are advised to remain on the trail at all times and take note of the visiting hours which are between 7.00am to 6.45pm.
I enjoyed my travel in Oahu especially after visiting Sunset Beach. From there I could get a clear and beautiful view of the Ocean. The sunset Beach has wide stretches of sand and is good for a picnic and sunbathing. Stay there until around 5.30-6.30 PM and you can watch the beautiful sunset.
The Sunset Beach was home to the Duke Kahanamoku Invitational surfing competition until 1985. It is also important to note that Sunset Beach, Oahu is one of the three surf breaks where the popular Triple Crown surfing Contest happens. This is another place to add to your bucket list while in Hawaii.
While you there, drop by Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck and try the Garlic Shrimp Rice. Amazeball!
On my travel to Oahu I learnt that The Waemea Bay was an influential surf spot in the early 1950s. It is located on the legendary North Shore in Hawaii. Big Wave season happens from November through February. This event attracts surfers who travel from all over the world. Locals like swimming during the summer and there is a big rock in the bay which swimmers climb and jump off of. It is dangerous and only if you are a pro can you try, and take note of the warnings and postings.
Waemea Valley is just a stone throw away distance from Waemea Bay. The base of the Valley which is 2000 feet below is not for the faint hearted. I remember the thrill and fun I had hiking through the nature trail and beautiful scenery it was an experience like no other, irreplaceable. The valley is a historical nature garden including botanical garden which is open daily except for Christmas and New Year’s Day. The garden has thirty five distinct collections. The waterfall in the valley can be used for swimming when divers are not performing. It was a really a day to remember in Hawaii as the place offers an overall memorable experience for people of all walks and ages.
Pineapple Farm and Coffee Garden in North Shore
I always enjoy visiting farms and so my experience was one amazing one when I got to visit the Pineapple Farm and Coffee Farm in Oahu. There are many enjoyable activities for the whole family. The Dole Plantation originally started as a fruit stand in the 1950s and opened to the public in 1989. Today it has turned out to be one of the most popular attractions in Hawaii and hosts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year.