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at Oahu Isle. We found that we found 10 attractions that we found worth visiting on the mainland. We are a little more naturopathic because we are lover of the outdoors and we believe that the most valuable sites are deeply ingrained to experience Oahu in its most pristine state.
Here is our checklist in reversed order..... Although it was not a nature preserve, it was a worthwhile trip to the north-east of Oahu, as it was like a large artefact and interpretation exhibition of various facets of Polish civilization. And, when we were in the spirit for something more spontaneous, we took the opportunity to come to the coast of La'ie to see an amazing native arc, allegedly created by a tidal wave that punched a gap in the rocks (see picture above on this page).
It was one of the more emotive attractions on Oahu as we walked through the sacred terrain and got a better idea of how messy the scenes were when Pearl Harbor was attacked on that fateful date of December 7, 1941. It' been a very instructive event, and certainly one that deserved a place on this top Oahu attractions rank.
As Julie and I had some free and easy access to the astonishingly tranquil eastern coast of Oahu (east and northwest of Diamond Head), we drove along tranquil coastlines that had a mixture of sand and crags. Among the places where we made a stop was the Halona Blowhole, which splashed seawater like a geysir, although its rain was glowing with the dawning summerlight.
We do not know that both sites are located near Hanauma Bay, which is considered one of the best snorkelling sites on the isle. But if we are lucky enough to come back here, we will definitely review this place, which could cause us to keep this updated!
One thing we didn't really anticipate when we were on tour in Oahu was a visit to a Chinese church. But here it was in front of the channelled rocks on the east coast of Oahu with a calm that drastically juxtaposed the lively cities and motorways in the vicinity. So we had to put this place on our Oahu sightseeing tour itinerary.
That vantage point was perhaps one of the simplest trips Julie and I took on Oahu, as it was almost a side road ride right on the Pali Highway. It' s a large viewing area overlooking Oahu's eastern shore towards Kaneohe. If that wasn't enough, this was also the point of departure for our walk to Likeke Falls, one of the most extraordinary walks we had made on Oahu.
The Waimea Falls was the only cascade on the north bank we had been to. Although this part of the isle was better known for its windsurfing and surfing cultures, we did make the trip to this falls, which was located in its own botanic gardens full of indigenous and non-indigenous, indigenous vegetation.
After the walk through the spacious complex there was this beautiful cascade, which actually had a lifesaver and a cloakroom. So, for both beautyness and enjoyment, we consider this one of the attractions that Oahu absolutely must see. And who would have thought that an appealing cascade in the middle of a nice walk in the countryside could be so near the busy town of Honolulu?
Whilst the swim at the bottom of this falls is strongly deterred (due to the existence of hazardous Leptospirosus bacteria), this was a trip to the falls, which was just attractive because of its natural environment where it is located. So Julie and I nodded this cascade, because one of Oahus has to see water falls.
You may wonder why we talk about Molokai in the evenings when this is all about attractions in Oahu. Now, it turns out it is quite simple to take an early morning plane to Molokai and then spending most of the night cruising the Friendly Isle before flying back to Oahu in the early afternoons or evenings.
This is mainly due to taking a rest from the busy Oahu Islands and getting back into the wild, as well as from the well-trodden paths on the Hawaiian Isle. Already the trip to the Halawa valley was a pleasure as we passed through spectacular fishing lakes that were still in use, proving that this isle has still retained most of its traditional Hwaiian heritage.
The state has banned hikes to the 1100ft Falls since the 1100ft Waterfall's basis on the 1100ft Mother's Day in 1999. While it' a tough choice to part with several hundred bucks on a pretty warm chopper ride through Oahu just to see this falls, as you can see in the picture, Sacred Falls is a vision.
At least there was this beautiful sandy place, which seemed to be frequented by all social classes as well as family. In fact, it seemed like this one place had something for everyone, and the overall power of this place forced us to go against our tendency to prefer natural attractions to bustling ones like these and put this sandy beaches at the top of our Oahu sights.
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