Countdown to Hawaii, the beaches!

Here we go, the beaches of Oahu! We’re getting closer and closer to my trip to Hawaii! Needless to say, I haven’t been this excited for a trip in ages. One of the best parts of the trip will be hanging out on the beach! Here are some of the beaches I plan on visiting while I’m there. This is not an all-encompassing list, but the ones I plan on for sure visiting!

Have you been to Hawaii? What is your favorite beach?

Waimea Bay
Waimea Bay – North Shore
waimanalo beach
Waimanalo Beach – Near Honolulu Area
Lanikai Beach
Lanikai Beach – Kaiua
Waikiki Beach
Waikiki Beach
Ala Moana Beach Park
Ala Moana Beach
Laniakea Beach
Laniakea Beach
Turtle bay Haiwaii
Turtle Bay Beach
Makapu'u
Makapu’u Beach

Countdown to Hawaii! The Hikes!

Here is another Hawaii post! It’s only 24 days away?! Crazy it’s so close. Anyway, this post is dedicated to the hikes I plan on to make!

Diamond Head Crater

Diamond Head

I’ll be staying in Honolulu, so hiking Diamond Head is a must! Diamond Head is located right near Honolulu. It’s not a long hike, and only 520 feet in gain, compared to some others I’ve done, this is cake. The views from Diamond Head are the goal, and I can’t wait to share those!

Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail

Makapu’u Point Lighthouse Trail

This trail is located near Honolulu as well, a bit longer, 3.3 round trip and 1220 feet in gain. The views from here are gorgeous, there is a lighthouse as well. The entire trail is paved, but no shade!

 

These are my only two planned hikes at this point, I have a lot of other things planned, I don’t want to only hike the whole time. My next post for Hawaii will feature some of the beautiful beaches I plan on sitting my butt down on and enjoying the waves.

Hawaii! 38 Days To Go!

I cannot believe we’re already under 40 days!! I get more and more excited every day. Perioducally, I’ll look for a better deal on a hotel. The hotel we booked, the Park Shore Waikiki, has nothing wrong with it! But if I can find a better deal somewhere – I’ll take it!

And I found one!

We changed our hotel reservations to the Grand Waikikian! It is a bit more than we were spending before, but the room and hotel are amazing. We booked a 2 Bedroom Oceanview Suite with a balcony. Instead of two adjoining rooms, we will be able to have a mini apartment basically.

The hotel itself is part of the Hilton Hawaiian Village, which has two hotel towers as well as a third hotel tower with just timeshare units.

The room also has a full kitchen as well as a washer and dryer – perfect for the early mornings we’re going to have before heading off for the day!

Hilton-Hawaiian-Village-Lagoon

The main photo for this blog is one of the pools at the hotel, the one right above this is the lagoon located between the hotel and the beach. It’s by far going to be the fanciest hotel/resort I’ve stayed at – and I cannot wait.

So only 38 days to go! I can’t wait to share my adventures and experiences. There are a couple more excursions I want to write about, such as Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head as well as other hikes.

I’ve bought 4 new bathing suits for this trip – perfect after losing some weight!

Hawaii: Wild Side Speciality Tours

Here is my second post on the plans for my Hawaii trip, coming up this fall. I’ve never seen dolphins the wild. I’ve never seen whales either. I do scuba dive, so I’ve seen some sea turtles. I wanted to do some sort of snorkel trip while we where on Oahu, but I didn’t want to do an overcrowded one. A lot of the ones leaving from Honolulu looked like they had over 40 people on the tour at one time. I’d feel more like a herd of cattle than a girl on vacation.

After some searching on Trip Advisor, I ended up booking a tour with Wild Side Specialty Tours. I booked their Best Of The West tour. My mother won’t be going with me, she hates boats. I’m pretty excited – there were almost all positive reviews. This company only allows at most 6 people on a tour at once and they have well educated crews they are all about conservation.

The tour is 3.5+ hours long and includes snorkeling, whale watching as well as dolphin swims. Hope the weather is beautiful that day! I’ll be sure to take photos as well as video to share.

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Countdown to Hawaii, 69 Days To Go!

So, I’ve you’ve been reading, you know I’m headed to Hawaii in October. In anticipation, I’m going to share some of the cool things we have planned! I share them over the next couple of months. Today I’ll share the helicopter tour!

3912e8_small_OahuYes! A helicopter tour! How awesome? Hawaii is such a beautiful place, with so much to see. So why not see it all from the air? I did some researching on Trip Advisor and ended up booking a tour with Blue Hawaiian Helicopters.

We will be on Oahu for the trip and booked the complete island tour. That little image gives you a good idea oh the area we will cover on the tour. The area that is highlighted is covered. The tour is supposed to take about an hour, so it’s a lot of ground to cover in an hour!

I’ve never been in a helicopter before, but the reviews for this company were amazing. People really seemed to enjoy it! Here are some photos taken on Oahu!

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Pearl Harbor
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Waikiki Beach – The farthest hotel to the right on the beach is where we will stay.
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Makapu’u Point – A Lighthouse trail we plan to visit
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Kualoa Ranch
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Koolau Moutains
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Diamond Head