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Oahu (Honolulu), Hawaii, is one of eight main islands. The laid-back island offers a range of excursions from surfing, hiking, snorkeling, watching a luau, and so much more!

Day 1: Aloha 

Stepping off the plane in Hawaii, I was instantly greeted by the warm embrace of the tropical breeze and the scent of saltwater lingering in the air. With a sense of anticipation bubbling within me, we quickly located our driver and embarked on our journey to the Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort.

Due to the 5-hour time difference from EST and a bit of jet lag from the flight, we decided to take it easy and settle into island time on our first day.

 

Day 2: Exploring by Foot

Eager to see more of the beautiful island, I set out to explore the nearby surroundings on foot. I walked to the local beach and soaked in the views, the crashing waves, the surfers gliding over the water, and more. With sandals in hand, I felt the soft sand beneath my feet and enjoyed the calming breeze. Everything about it was so relaxing.

After a while, I headed over to a local stand and ordered a rainbow shaved iced, a mix of strawberry, blue raspberry, vanilla, and other -flavored syrup over freshly shaved ice. It was delicious and exactly what I needed to cool off.

After my mini excursion, I headed back to the hotel to meet with my sister for lunch. The rest of the day, we lounged by the pool, enjoying the island’s beauty and the relaxing atmosphere.

Day 3: Conquering Diamond Head

With a sense of excitement, determination, and energy, I embarked on the iconic Diamond Head hike, and at the last minute, my sister decided to tag along. The trek tested our endurance, and though we took several breaks, reaching the top was so worth it. The panoramic view was breathtaking; we could see everything, and my heart was full of joy.

As we made our way back down, we stopped at the KCC Farmers’ Market, located below the mountain, which brought together produce, flowers, and local food vendors. With sore muscles from the hike, we decided to call it a day once we got back to the hotel.

Day 4: Sailing on the Seas

I woke up early to watch the beautiful Hawaiian sunrise, which is honestly my favorite part of the day. Despite the lingering soreness in our legs from the hike, we eagerly boarded a catamaran for a day of ocean adventures. The journey began with a bit of turbulence, but as we moved further from the shore, the ride smoothed out.

As we sailed across the crystal-clear waters, we were delighted to spot dolphins dancing in the waves and an array of fish in all shapes and colors. For those prone to seasickness, I recommend taking precautions such as motion sickness medicine, motion sickness arm bands, or natural remedies like ginger chews or essential oils.

Day 5: A Taste of Paradise

The morning began leisurely, so I decided to take a stroll. I made my way to the hotel’s smoothie and juice bar, where I indulged in a refreshing acai bowl bursting with tropical flavors, topped with shaved coconut and strawberries. Rejuvenated and ready for another day of exploration, I joined my family at the beach. We spent the day lounging, basking in the warmth of the sun, playing in the sand and water, and listening to the gentle sounds of the waves.

Day 6: Soaring Above Oahu

Conquering my fears, I took to the skies on a helicopter tour of Oahu with Rainbow Oahu Helicopter Tours. The feeling was thrilling once I overcame my nervousness. From the iconic Waikiki shoreline to the lush greenery of the Dole Plantation, each scene took my breath away. As we soared over cascading waterfalls and valleys, I couldn’t help but marvel at the sheer beauty of nature unfolding beneath me. This experience was truly the highlight of my trip! 

Day 7: So long  Hawaii

As the sun set on our final night in Hawaii, we gathered for a memorable dinner, savoring the flavors of the island one last time. With hearts full of gratitude and memories to last a lifetime, we bid aloha to Oahu, knowing that the experience and the beauty of Honolulu would always hold a special place in our hearts.

Day 8:  LAX

As our time in Hawaii came to an end, we embarked on our journey home, with an extended layover in LAX. Despite the limited time, we made the most of it, indulging in delicious Mexican cuisine at the Santa Monica Pier. The food was amazing, a definite 10 out of 10!

Reflecting on my journey through Oahu, I am reminded of the beauty and serenity that spreads throughout the Hawaiian islands. From exciting adventures to tranquil moments of reflection, Hawaii captured my heart in ways I never thought possible. Until we meet again, aloha Oahu, mahalo for the memories!

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