If you follow me on Instagram you know that I was living the aloha life the last few weeks. Josh and I decided to do a trip to Oahu because we both agree that Hawaii is the most beautiful place on Earth. It was my third time going to Hawaii (very lucky!), but first time going to Oahu. We relaxed, ate good food, hung out on the beach, hiked and just enjoyed each other’s company. This post can be helpful for anyone going to Oahu, either the adventurer, the foodie, or if you’re a mix of it all like me 🙂
Where to stay
We actually didn’t book this trip until a month before so we were a bit limited in where we wanted to stay. For the first 5 nights we stayed in a super cute Air B&B on the North Shore. I suggest if you are going to book Air B&B you book it early (at least 6 months) to get the best price and location. Ours was right near Sunset Beach which was awesome because most nights we could go and watch the sunset. The second 5 nights we stayed at the Hilton in Honolulu. To be honest, I was not overly impressed with this hotel and unfortunately wouldn’t stay again. But, it was nice to sit by the pool for a change. The Hilton also does fireworks on Friday night which was fun to watch from the beach. If I were to do this trip again, I would just book to stay in the North Shore.
What to do
Beaches ~ If you are a beach person like me, the North Shore is the best place to be. Sunset Beach is gorgeous in the evening and also during the day. Other favourites of mine were Laniakea Beach, and Waimea Bay Beach Park. Honestly, all the beaches are beautiful so you can’t go wrong. We also spent some time at Pipeline Beach watching the surfers in the evening. Very cool!
Hikes ~ We did the three peaks trail which was definitely not easy but such a good workout. It was about 3 hours round trip and the view was stunning. It had a ton of ropes that you suspend yourself from, so if you are afraid of heights, I wouldn’t suggest this hike. I just about gave Josh a heart attack on the edge of these cliffs, more than once haha. We also tried to do crouching lion trail but it was so muddy/rainy and wet so we turned around. I am bummed we didn’t get to it, but all the more reason to go back another time. If you do it, let me know how it is! We also walked Kaena Point State Park which was beautiful. It reminded me a lot of the coast in New Zealand and what I picture Ireland to be like. It doesn’t have much elevation but it runs along the shore and the view is gorgeous. Others that I have heard are good to do are Diamond Head, Lanikai pillbox hike, and also Koko Crater Stairs.
Shopping ~ For two days it was a bit rainy so we went to Ala Moana Shopping centre. It’s nice because it’s outdoor and they have shows within the centre. They have some really cool shops here and you can easily spend a few hours wandering around!
Halewai ~ Such a cute beach town, with a ton of shops, food, etc! Definitely check it out.
One of the best snorkelling spots on the island is Shark’s Cove. This was right near our Air B&B on the North Shore. We went twice, it was super rocky and you have to walk out before you can actually snorkel. Make sure you pack water shoes if you want to go here! Another good place to go is Hanauma Bay. The day we went it ended up getting a bit cold and cloudy so we didn’t end up actually snorkelling. I’ve heard that it is one of the best places on the island for snorkelling, so I am sure that it won’t disapoint. There is an entrance fee, so make sure that the day you go is worth it! Josh and I also did an open water dive while we were there. There are a ton of companies run out of Honolulu that take you out on their boats. Most of the companies do a small dive group which is nice, ours was 4 people. We saw a ton of sea turtles and a spotted eagle ray. No sharks this time! On our way back from our dive we stopped at the Mermaid Caves which was pretty cool. I would suggest finding these because you will literally feel like a mermaid, I almost started singing ‘part of your world’ by Ariel, haha. The Little Mermaid is my faaave Disney movie.
Places to eat
If you know me, you know that I am obsessed with food. I really do make it my mission to find the best food places while travelling. We ate tons of freeze, acai, and poke ~ all the good stuff. All in all, my favourite spot we went was ARVO, it’s a super cute cafe. We got lox toast, nutella & fruit toast for Josh, and I had the best chia seed pudding of my life. It was matcha infused and seriously so good. If you go, you must order this. I am going to try and recreate it!
Acai Bowls ~ best places in order: Island Vintage Coffee, Banzai Bowls, Halewai Bowls, and Nalu Bowls. Island Vintage is still my favourite because you don’t have to pay extra for the fruit and they are just the best. We also tried The Sunsrise Shack on the North Shore right across from Sunset beach. I had a almond butter stuffed papaya.
Poke ~ Poke is the food of hawaii! My two favourites were Okina food truck, order it with the thai sauce! My other favourite was from the Aji Limo Truck, we got the salmon poke. The best/freshest poke is definitely found on the North hore from the cute food trucks.
Freeze ~ Freeze is a really great alternative to ice cream. I am super sensitive to dairy so it’s exciting for me when there are dairy-free options. Like really exciting! If you follow anyone from LA you know the hype around Pressed Juicery’s freeze. And let me tell you, it lived up to the hype! Josh and I ended up both getting matcha flavoured freeze which was delicious. I have made him into a matcha lover and I’m super into it. Another place we went was Banan Bowls. This place is also super great because it’s dairy free and it is made from local bananas! So cool. I love these refreshing treats on a warm day!
I just wanted to finish off this post by saying thank you to everyone who came by and took the time to read this. It means the world to me to be able to share my life in this small space. I have received so many nice messages about my blog over the past month and I appreciate it so much. I hope that this post is helpful for anyone planning their next vacation. Let me know if you have any questions! ❤