Hawaii is gorgeous and of course you want to spend as much time SEEING the beauty of the island and LESS time getting from place to place. Our first recommendation is to spend time on one island and not worry too much about getting to the other islands on your one week trip as it sometimes takes a full day to get from one island to the other. Each island has something unique to offer and trust us, you’ll be back after your first trip. Honestly, enjoy one island at a time because who wants to waste possibly three full days on a boat and in the island terminals trying to hop from one island to the next – that is NOT the correct way to completely enjoy the Hawaiian experience and you will end up spending much more money than intended. Here we compiled a weeks vacation on the island of OAHU, we hope you enjoy ♥
Eat, drink & be Merry on Waikiki Beach
You land in Honolulu and first thing you want to do is rent a car. Hawaii does have public transportation but its typically for residents, in addition they only allow small bags on the bus and this will only cause you grief and frustration especially when all you want to do is explore with all your beach gear – so just go ahead and rent a car. After you rent your car and get your luggage your going to want to get to your hotel – we suggest Waikiki as we have done our research and it has some of the cheapest hotels. Assuming your staying in Waikiki we will start the week vacation itinerary here. The first day is always a little exhausting. Depending on where you flew in from, you probably have jet lag, you been packed in an airplane for several hours and you probably want to relax. Well good news, your in the BEST place to relax 🙂
So first thing you’ll want to do is to get to Waikiki beach, one of the nicest beaches in the world and grab a drink and some dinner at Dukes Waikiki with that million dollar view of the ocean. Enjoy a mai tai, listen to some live music and relax.
Visit Pear Harbor Site and Snorkel Shark Cove
Wake up feeling fantastic and refreshed and ready to start an amazing adventure! Be sure to pack beach and snorkeling gear, and a change of clothes and flip flops 🙂 The first place were going to that is a MUST SEE while your here on the island of Oahu is The Pearl Harbor Memorial Site.
It is about a 30 minute drive North West and well worth the trip. The Pearl Harbor Memorial is beautiful and also extremely humbling to pay your respects where so many lost their lives. There is a boat ferry that takes you to the memorial and once you arrive the site features the ships of Pearl Harbor, a submarine and several museum rooms with detailed descriptions about the events that took place that tragic day. You may even get the opportunity to meet and talk to some of the survivors!
After your successful trip to the Memorial lets go somewhere scenic and beautiful that really shows off the Hawaiian lifestyle; so lets head off to the North Shore (about a 45 minute drive from the memorial site)! First things first, we’re going to Sharks Cove (not as scary as it sounds) for a swim through the
coral beds among thousands of different fish. There are also lava tubes here that are great for divers to swim through and the formation of the lava makes it easy to swim in no matter your fitness level.
After hitting the water grab a bite to eat at Sharks Cove Grill. A nice little food truck and grab yourself an Ahi Tuna Sandwich. Now the sun is probably starting to set and if your quick enough you can probably catch the sunset at Turtle Bay Resort (a local favorite spot) to catch a glimpse of the amazing sunsets the happen here at Oahu.
Kayak Kanehoe Bay and Discover The Sunken Island
Woohoo we’re kayaking in Kaneohe Bay today so get ready for some REAL fun in the SUN 🙂 Kailua Beach Adventures will outfit you with a free rack to transport your rental kayak to Kaneohe Bay. The kayak rentals are about $70 but if you call ahead and buy them online you can almost always get a nice little deal 😉 The Sand Bar, also known as The Sunken Island by the locals is the main attraction and may only appear at low tide so call ahead for the information on the current tide!
This sand bar has been called the Atlantis of Hawaii and creates a turquoise oasis in the middle of the ocean and quickly disappears at high tide. This is an amazing experience that will sure leave you talking about for years and years.
Now its time for food, you definitely want to check out the Uahi Island grill for some grub. Afterwards head back to the bay, walk the beach, maybe collect a few exotic sea shells and enjoy the sunset with your hunny. This kayaking experience is pretty much an all day exhausting (but very fun!) time. You don’t want to out do yourself because you have another day of adventures tomorrow.
Hike up to Waimano Falls and take a Swim with a Waterfall
Now, your in Hawaii, your loving it, it’s been SO much fun and today is not going to be any different. We’re hiking up to Waimano Falls today (possibly the nicest waterfall and pool your gonna find in Oahu!). You’ll access Waimano Falls from the Manana Trail located near Pearl City (which is no too far from your hotel!). The trek to Waimano Falls is only three miles round trip, but be warned.. the weather must be absolutely PERFECT to fully enjoy this hike and view. If it is cloudy, it will be hard to see and will frustrate the Hell out of your day. GO if the skies are clear, its an amazing waterfall and worth the experience especially if your as adventurous and love nature. Honestly, how can you go to Hawaii and NOT see a waterfall c’mon now.
Visit the Makapu’u Tidepools and relax on Lanakai Beach
So sad to think your week is almost over but don’t worry, today is going to make you forget all your troubles 🙂 We are going to the Makapu’u Tidepools. Ok, if you don’t know what a tide pool is, lets justget you excited about it first and give you a run down. It’s basically a tropical all natural pool sent here from God for your enjoyment, right here in Hawaii.
The Makapuu Tide Pools are located off of Kalaniana’ole Hwy. below the Makapuu Lighthouse between Waimanalo and Hawaii Kai. Park in the parking lot for the Makapu’u Lighthouse trail. Begin hiking up the paved road as if you are going to the lighthouse. When you get to the sign about humpback whales head down the mountain toward the shore on a switchback trail.
But, another warning.. please heed the power of the ocean. If the tide is high the tide pool will be too much to handle and won’t be enjoyable. The best time to enjoy this beautiful natural pool is at low tide when the waves are not crashing over the rocks and possibly sweeping you to your death and then you’d die in paradise. It’s one of those things you just need to be aware of, but don’t worry, we won’t leave you hanging, we have a back up!!
It’s not even a “back up” because its nice enough to be a first choice for your second to last day in Oahu! Gorgeous beach and perfect for lounging and taking it easy! We’re talking about Lanikai Beach! Collect sea shells, snorkel and have yourself a grand ole time on this beautiful beach♥
Lanikai Beach is just past Kailua Beach. Take Kawailo Rd to Aalapapa Drive. Aalapapa and Mokulua make a large one way loop that encompass Lanikai. Aalapapa leads into Lanikai and Mokulua leads out.
Jump of Waimea Bay Cliff and Para-sail into the Sunset
Ok, last day in paradise. Let’s go out with a BANG shall we? We suggest Waimea Bay and a little bit of (safe) and adventurous cliff jumping!! That’s right, cliff jumping 🙂
Not only is Waimea Bay a gorgeous beach but you can have a little fun and jump off a cliff into the tropical turquoise waters! Today is all about going BIG before you go HOME (sorry to remind you again)! After spending the morning and early afternoon here lets take it up a notch and visit the Sea and Board Sports Hawaii for some para sailing fun! C’mon and lets catch a birds eye view of this magnificent island. It’s your last day, you HAVE to do something amazing and whats not more amazing than a para-sail ride into the sunset with your loved one. Great way to end your last day in Hawaii.
Wake up and watch the Hawaiian Sunrise & talk with your lover♥
Oh man, it’s your last morning here. Now if you were SMART, you would’ve packed up the night before after your para-sailing exploit just so you could enjoy the LAST morning here. You’ll want to grab a morning drink and catch the sunrise. Ok, NO SUNRISE matches the sunrise you will experience in Hawaii. Seriously, just go ANYWHERE, any beach and catch a glimpse of the Hawaiian sunrise. As you sit there and think about the last week, we hope you feel more connected to your partner, had a wonderful time sharing experiences together and are both thinking about your future trip to another Hawaiian island 🙂 Aloha my friends.