What to see in OahuThings to see in Oahu
Activities in East Oahu, Honolulu
There are no large quaint restaurants and shops, no large hotel and shops, plenty of good restaurants and shops, sea activity and long sandy beach, and it's a quiet trip just a quick ride from the busy Honolulu lanterns where you can unwind and savour the outdoors. Heeia Pier General Store and Deli is a classical caneohe restaurant that has been appreciated by committed natives for three centuries, serving traditional dishes such as dish dishes and locally made moco ( "fillet of fillet of beef", eggs and sauce over rice).
Contemporary, sustained and healthy fishing has been used, and all the meat comes from the Big Island and is grazed with weed, the local catch of sea bream and other local produce is cultivated - the vision of a local caterer. The Polynesian Cultural Centre is said to be the best in Oahu and it is so enjoyable that it also serves as a night life.
The Polynesian Cultural Centre is part of the Mormon Church, of course, but there is no drinking in it. On the Kailua Farmer Market, a tide of sellers who sell local art, handicrafts and groceries - both convenience foods and groceries. The Kailua Farmer Market is one of the few farmer's market on the islands that is actually open in the evening (unlike in the morning) and is open every Thursday from 5pm to 7:30pm.
The Honolulu & Oahu 4-Day Program Example
The most important gate to the Hawaii islands, Oahu is often missed by the visitor on the way to the "gruffer" gemstones of the group. Hometown of Honolulu - the state' s only real town - Oahu is much more than just the "concrete jungle" of the skyscrapers on Waikiki Beach.
Featuring coastal lava volcanoes, stunning sandy shores and the characteristic Pali Coastal Eros - Oahu is perhaps the most stunning of Hawaii's islands if it weren't for its explosive people. During these 4 get-togethers in Honolulu and Oahu we will discover the best places on the islands and the equilibrium between the rural lifestyle and the relaxed outdoors.
While I was in Honolulu and Oahu for a whole weekend to explore the major islands of Hawaii, I must say I was delighted. My stay in Oahu reminded me very much of my trip to Tahiti in France. Tahiti not only has similar demographics and the "in transit" mindset of Oahu, but the two also often have amazing geographical traits.
It is important to be aware that Honolulu and Oahu's travel agencies provide a wide range of paying services, as you would think of the liveliest Hawaiian isle. In this example program, however, we will continue with the basic principles and focus on what you can do on your own. What is contained in this 4 day Oahu Sampling Italian?
Per Tip #1: If you spend 5 nights in Oahu, I suggest you start the fifth today with a guided walk through the Pearl Harbor Museums, followed by a walk through Honolulu city centre (Chinatown, Aloha Tower, Kawaiahao Church, Aliiolani Hale, Iolani Palace, St. Andrew Cathedral and Punchbowl) or a Roadtrip along the more secluded western coastline of Oahu (Makaha Beach Park and Kaneana [Makua] Cave).
The Honolulu Fish Auction is open to early birds. Professional Tip #2: If you are a historical fan (I fully understand that) but don't have an additional fifth night in Oahu, you can trade the Diamond Head for a Pearl Harbor tour and then substitute the third night (Manoa Falls) for a Diamond Head outing.
The Hawaii Traveller Guide Collections includes routes, guidebooks to the best and more. All the places listed in this example route are included on this route. These are some important hints for Honolulu and Oahu. Both Oahu and Honolulu are year-round tourist attractions.
When it rains on the northern bank, there is a very good possibility that Honolulu burns in the suntan. Apr-May, Sep-Oct are always a good season for a trip. Oahu in February and March. During my stay in February, I came when a heavy wind had eased and the solar radiation had set in.
Most of the March trip was full of nothing but sunlight, except for the first few days when another (smaller) wind gale came to an end. High season for tourists: In addition to the constant flood of organised trips across the islands (especially from Asia), Oahu gets an additional portion of tourists during the US vacation (Christmas, New Year, Easter etc.) and vacation (spring and vacation).
The best way to prevent these hours is to book your flight and accommodation early. It is small enough and its road system sufficiently effective (although sometimes stuck) to make it useful for the whole of your sojourn on the Honolulu area. I' ll enumerate two areas in the town that I suggest, but if you are looking for accommodation outside the big cities, Kailua is the best choice, Hauula is even further out and calmer, and Kawailoa Beach is for those who want to windsurf powerful northwaves.
Here is a full listing of Honolulu accommodation that you can reserve on-line. WAIKIKIKI is the place to see and be seen if this is your thing. Waikiki is the right place for you if you want to be in the midst of the events. Accommodation in Waikiki consists mainly of skyscrapers, luxurious beach resorts and fully equipped condominiums.
If you want a more peaceful place to live between Waikiki and Diamond Head. 1 ) free car park is not often inclusive, (2) a resorts charge and sometimes even a clean-up charge is added to the rate, so please be careful reading the small printed, (3) this will not be a peaceful place to be but you will be near the beaches, the shops and the food and night life.
View Waikiki Beach Accommodation. One of Honolulu's wealthiest neighbourhoods, Manoa is embedded at the foot of the lovely hills that protect the town from the tradewind. This area offers many restaurants and is only a few minutes from Waikiki and the motorway system. View Manoa Accommodation.
Honolulu has the most backpackers in Waikiki Beach. and I had the room all to myself, since everyone just.... follows the crowds to Waikiki. Here is a full listing of Honolulu accommodation that you can reserve on-line.
When you are only in Honolulu and want to go to a certain beach/attraction outside the city, the use of the coach for point-to-point trips should be okay and you do not need to hire ave. Or you can take the coach to/from the Aiport or a Waikiki shuttles ($15) or an over (~$40).
The coaches on the famous touristic trails can also be full on weekday, because the riders don't take any extra travellers on the way (e.g. Waikiki to Hanauma Bay)... Use applications like Moovit to optimise your itinerary. For a serious exploration of Oahu, I suggest you rent a vehicle, either for your whole trip or for the few nights you will spend outside Honolulu.
There are a few important things to consider when driving around Oahu: In Oahu you do not need to hire a four-wheel-drive because you will probably only be driving on asphalt surfaces. Oahu is a problem because the streets are often overloaded in the early and late afternoons, as well as on public and private workdays.
The Waikiki Beach area is very pricey and costs you at least $20 per night. Also check the car park for shards of glazing - this is a clear indication that you should go somewhere else. Honolulu must be one of the least friendly in the United States, given that it is the state's main income stream!
Along with these 4 outings in Oahu, I suggest you take a Lonely Planet travel guidebook to Hawaii for useful information and to better comprehend Hawaii's cultural and interesting histori. When it comes to pack, a trip to Honolulu and Oahu is mainly about the beach, picturesque excursions, shops and night life, along with sometimes brief walks.
That means to pack real clothes for the beaches, comfortable hiking boots, rainwear and good sundown. Oahu and Honolulu offer a quite inviting commercial environment, as one would have expected from Hawaii's most populous and crowded isle. The Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki Beach: good for kitschy and high quality memorabilia, one-of-a-kind surfing clothes and luxurious shops.
This " Premium Outlets " member is about 30 min from Waikiki, with a chargeable shuttleservice that connects them ($10). Refer to the "Oahu Driving Tips" section for related hints, as well as breakdowns on Oahu. Honolulu does not offer walks at nights in the city centre and in large gardens (Waikiki is OK).
There are several causes why Honolulu has a criminal and drugs issue, and it is best to check with your host before entering the city. The first of your 4 day in Oahu we stay near Honolulu and see two of Hawaii's most famous sights:
Diamond Head Crater and the famous Waikiki Beaches. It is recommended to get off to a relatively early beginning of the morning (around 9am) and to pay a short trip to Diamond Head off Waikiki Bai. So, please bring both light walking equipment (sandals ok) and sandal equipment so that you do not have to go back to your shelter.
When it' s just like that, begin the afternoon at KCC Farmer's Markets, regarded as the best farmers' fair in Oahu. Situated on the sun-drenched shore with views of Waikiki Beach, Diamond Head is the icon of Oahu and the most famous Hawaiian emblem. By the time magic hit the ground water and generated vapor, there were explosions of dust, corals and fireworks that formed tufa cone like Diamond Head and Koko Head (see tomorrow's itinerary).
Well-known as Le'ahi for Hawaiians, Diamond Head was a place of great Spiritual importance that immediately attracted the interest of the first Westerners to end up on the sun-drenched seacours. When the USA expanded its US coverage of Hawaii, Diamond Head was an excellent site for the island's coast defence system and in 1908 the military built a path to the top.
A hike to the top of Diamond Head is an essential experience, although you have to join the hike with several hundred other people who have the same brilliant ideas. While you can quite literally go to the bottom of the pit and leave your vehicle, a much nicer way is to just go on foot from Waikiki or just leave your vehicle on its hillsides and go to the visitors' centre ($1 entrance ticket for walk-ins).
There are several vantage points along the way offering magnificent 360-degree panoramic vistas of the area, especially just northern of the Ko?olau chain and eastwards towards Koko Head (see route no. 2). But the most worthwhile is the sight from the top - an almost free look at the coast of Waikiki Beach and (unfortunately) its infinite accumulation of skyscrapers.
Like it or dislike it, it is hard to go to Honolulu without visiting Waikiki Strand - one of the most popular places in the game. As we have just had an unbelievable bird's perspective from Diamond Head on Waikiki, it makes good business to stay the remainder of the night on this famed area.
Per Tip: If you want to stay in a quiet place but are looking for a quiet place than Waikiki Beach, drive to Ala Moana Beach Park. It' quite right next to Waikiki Beach and is visited by local people. This area, known as Waikiki Beach, was once visited by kings of Hawaii to "escape" from the cityscape.
With the opening of the first of the hotels we will soon be visiting, the situation began to shift and Waikiki never really glanced back, neither in good nor in bad times. Nowadays it is THE place to see and be seen in Honolulu if you are a visitor. Wai Kiki is always full of visitors and their coaches, so don't spend a restful afternoon on the shore with nothing but birdsong and palms blowing in the wind.
These are some of the top attractions of Waikiki Beach: The Waikiki is actually a set of shores that stretch from Sheraton Waikiki to Queen's Strand. I' d rather parked it at Queen's State. Whilst the bottom is a little rough and not very convenient for a swim, the sandy spot - supported by Kapiolani Park - is calmer and there is a better opportunity to find a (paid) car park at Honolulu Zoo.
It is also the best place in Waikiki Beach to watch the sun set! On the way there are some notable stations (besides shopping), among them the Duke Kahanamoku statue - Hawaiiiis forever lei-draped well-known "surf pioneer" and winners of several Olympian swim-medal awards, the Moana Surfrider Hotell - the 1901 in beaux-arts mode constructed luxurious resort that triggered the Waikiki-hoype, and the Royal Hawaiian Hotell - the Art-Deco-Hotel 1927 constructed in Arab mode, and the definitive