Less than a week until Hawaii!

I can’t even believe it. In less than a week, I’ll be in Hawaii. Can you believe it?! Two more days of work separate me from my vacation, and honestly, I don’t believe it. It’s going to feel more real once we get to airport.

I even started packing! Well, I got together the 5 bikinis I bought and packed them. I plan on packing the rest Sunday, the day before we leave. Makes the day go by faster! I’m not sure how often I’ll be posting, but I’ll be sure to share all the travel goodies eventually.

Sadly, I feel like I’m coming down with a cold of sorts. I’ve been taking things for it, I’m hoping it passes here soon!

Tomorrow my dad and I are going on a hike, but we’ll be bringing my dog along! We’re going to at least one mountain, one I did solo before. I didn’t get to see the view that day either, it was crappy weather. Tomorrow is going to be quite warm though.

Here’s to hiking, and here’s to Hawaii!

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

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!

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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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My Hawaii Countdown!

73 Days! I did mention briefly in my last post that my mother and I are headed to Hawaii this October, in 73 days to be exact! I’m pretty excited. I love to travel, I have been a few places. I went to Europe about 9 years ago, more recently I’ve been down to the Florida Keys, Chicago, Boston, NYC and the Outer Banks in North Carolina. I’ve never really been to a beach with palm trees. Sounds silly, right? The outer banks were gorgeous, but it wasn’t your picturesque white sandy beaches. The keys were beautiful, but there are not a lot of beaches, it mostly rocky coastline.

I’ve seen beautiful places, but cannot wait to see Hawaii. We’re traveling to Oahu and staying in Honolulu. I didn’t want to stay anywhere crazy expensive, but wanted to stay some place as close to the beach as we could. My mom won’t be going on some of the excursions with me, so I wanted to be sure she was close to the beach.

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Here’s a photo of the hotel. Now, I know this doesn’t nearly do it justice. So let me share some more. The hotel has a couple of restaurants, and here is the view from one of them!

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You just can’t go wrong there. How beautiful is that view. But it gets better. Just wait. Here is the view from the room, not the exact one, but we are in an Oceanfront room.

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Also amazing. So I’ll be post somethings periodically about the trip, like our plans and things we have booked for the week. Here’s to the countdown and my on going weightless in preparation!