For a long time now, Hawaii has been known to be a dream destination for travellers 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 15 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). You can read Part 01 of Oahu’s Natural Wonders and Breathtaking view here.
Makapuu Lighthouse Trail
Once in Oahu, I heard a lot about Makapuu Lighthouse Trail and so I made a point to visit the area. I planned my travel and true to the rumors, the natural hiking area was beautiful. The trail was repaved recently and some areas are still under construction but in the final phase. The trail offers an outstanding view of the southeastern coastline. It is an easy trail suitable for all family members and is a satisfaction guaranteed destination on your visit to Hawaii.
I went to Hanauma bay which is located along the south-east coast of Oahu. It is formed within a volcanic cone and was declared a protected marine life conservation underwater park in 1967. It is very popular with visitors who come to Hawaii and locals as well. The park is closed to the public every Tuesday, Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. This is necessary to ensure that the fish have a day of feeding without interruptions.
Drive up to Lanai Lookout, Approximately 200-300 meter from Hanauma Bay. This lookout offers you a terrific view of the islands of Lanai and Molokai as well as panoramic views of the wave-battered rocky coastline. A small parking lot has been carved onto the sea cliff itself off of Highway 72 (a.k.a. Kalanianaole Hwy), but it’s best to arrive early to ensure you get a spot. Besides, I heard that sunrises from this lookout point are particularly spectacular. By the way, I did not put any filter on my Lanai Lookout pictures! The colour of the ocean is THAT blue! #nofilter
Halona Blowhole is a rock formation and a blowhole you can get to see when you travel to Oahu. As a newbie, it is interesting to know that Halona means lookout in Hawaiian as it overlooks the Pacific Ocean. Useful information is that the blowhole is a natural occurrence formed by molten lava tubes from volcanic eruptions. It was fun and exciting to watch.
Diamond Head comes from a volcanic tuff cone on Oahu. In my travel, I found the place ideal for hiking and moderate climb. It is the world’s most recognised volcanic crater with many visitors streaming in to catch a glimpse of the crater, a major attraction in Hawaii. It is also important to note that if you don’t like crowds it is advisable to go early in the morning or late afternoon because traffic is less.
Ko`Olina Beach Park
I definitely had to travel to Ko`Olina beach Park located on the west side of the island of Oahu within the Ko`Olina Resort Community. Many travellers have nicknamed it hidden treasure due to its magnificence. Important information to visit is that Ko`olina was a sacred place used to relax and was part of the royal land division originally . Today there are four manmade lagoons named Koloa, Honu, Nai`a and Ulua. Children can also swim safely in the lagoons as rock barriers protect them from the open.
Nu`uanu State Park
Nu`uanu State park was worth my time as it offers a panoramic view of the windward side of the Oahu Island. The park is a perennial favourite for visitors in Hawaii. It is important to know that the park is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. if the weather is good.
I had watched it in the movies and had to see it in real life now. If you are planning to travel to Hawaii anytime soon, specifically Oahu this is a must go place. I crossed out the destination on my bucket list by experiencing the Jurassic Park Waterfall Adventure. The area has waterfalls, lush rainforests and unique species of animals. I love the rock formations!