We tried to pack as much as we could into our 3 day stay in Oahu. Here are some of the places we visited.
Diamond Head Crater
Most reviews say it’s an easy hike and for beginners. While this is true, it’s still a lot of effort. I suggest start as early as you can to try to avoid a lot of tours and before it gets too hot outside. Once you get up their it’s a pretty great view. Take a few moments to get some pictures but don’t forget to just relax and enjoy. If you’re feeling risky (which we were) there is a second bunker a couple yards away which is much less crowded. To get over there you’ll have to hop a rail and walk along the small
trail, just be careful. This hike takes about an hour and a half to two hours.
This hike is much easier than the Diamond Head Crater. This hike is more through the rainforest and is about the journey rather than the destination. Bring bug spray and watch where you step, it gets very muddy and slippery. The hike only took us about an hour and has a nice waterfall at the end.
Waikiki Beach – Paddle Boarding
While my parents golfed, Matt and I rented paddle boards for an hour. It was $30 from the near by hotel, which we thought was expensive, but as our trip continued we found $30 to be reasonable.
This was definitely the highlight of our trip! The underwater scooter portion only lasted 15-20 minutes but it was well worth it. You get to be up close to the fish and they even give you food to feed them. Let’s just say the fish surrounded you which was amazing! If you get claustrophobic snorkeling (like my father and I do) no worries! This is easier than you think. You’ll be glad you take the plunge, just remember to keep your ear pressure popping as you go down in depth.
This was a fun stop on a day of driving around. It was $3 and we spent about 15 minutes here. We probably could’ve spend more time but it started to rain. You pass the Chinaman’s hat on the way to Turtle Bay Beach. If you can pull off to the side to get a picture, feel free. My mom definitely wanted a picture of this unique landform.
Turtle Bay Beach
Make sure you have your GPS on or you’ll drive right passed it. You have to go to the actual resort and then follow the signs for beach access. This area is pretty busy, so I doubt their were any turtles but if you go farther down the beach there are some very quite areas. To walk on the rock formation, WEAR GOOD SHOES! Flip flops would be very painful and watch your step. There are some blow holes and you don’t want to fall since the rocks are very sharp. It was a great view of the waves. It’s a fun stop if you’re looking for something else to do.
This was our final stop of our drive around the Island. It’s a pretty long beach, where we parked was just on the side of the road. The beach isn’t really meant for swimming but a lot of locals still skim board and and goof around. If you do want to swim, the waves are very big so be careful. If you want to gather shells this was a great beach to do that at. The sunset was nice but the one we saw on our first night in Waikiki was much better.