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Lanikai Beach & Pillbox (Hiking & Beach) experience
Lanikai Beach has always been one of our favorite beaches on the island of Oahu. Its crystal clear blue water, soft powdery sand, and scenic backdrop is the exact reason why Hawaii is a travel destination. As you sit on the shores of Lanikai, you’ll notice two small islands directly in front of you. These two islands, aptly named Na Mokulua, which in Hawaiian means The Two Islands, has always intrigued me. On any given day, schools of kayakers make the trip from either Lanikai Beach or the neighboring Kailua Beach Park, to “Mokes,” the name that the two islands is affectionately referenced to by locals. Kayaking isn't the only way to have fun Kailua there is the famous Lanikai pill box hike. This is all located in the city known as Kailua and is a great town to explore while you are out that area. Lot of good food and shopping and activities.
Diamond Head Trail (Hiking) experience
Diamond Head Crater is a stunning volcanic landmark that has captured the attention of visitors from the beginning of time. Ancient Hawaiians first named the extinct volcano Le’Ahi for its strong Ahi-Tuna-fish brow like appearance. Later in the 1800’s, British sailors were fooled by the glittering stones that are embedded at the top of the crater. No diamonds were discovered, but Le’Ahi received its new name “Diamond Head”. The Diamond Head trail itself was originally built in 1908 by the US Army, and used for many decades as part of the Fort Rugur military base. Artillery cannons, cement bunkers and an observation deck were built on the summit of the Diamond Head Crater. Today Diamond Head has been turned into a state national park. You will need to enter the Diamond Head park from the eastern side, through a short tunnel that will bring you into the center of the crater, where you will start your 560 foot climb.
Hanauma bay (Snorkeling) experience
Hanauma Bay has long been one of the island of Oahu’s jewels. Native Hawaiians have been enjoying life on the bay for thousands of years. The beach and surrounding natural park get their name from two Hawaiian words: “hana” which means bay and “uma” which means curved. To the Hawaiians, Hanauma Bay has long been part of their history. In fact, there are many legends about how the curved bay got its name. The bay was historically an excellent area for fishing. Records show that the Hawaiian royalty in the 1800s often stayed at the bay for entertainment and fishing. Today Hanauma Bay sees on average 3000 visitors a day, or approximately 1 million visitors per year and making it the Top 3 destinations on Oahu. Today, Hanauma Bay limits visitors and focuses on educating tourists on the natural wildlife of the area. The vast majority of these are tourists, but locals here on Oahu love this beach as well and many of them visit it daily.
Makapu'u Lighthouse and Tide pools (Hiking) experience
This hike is Located at the very tip of southeast Oahu, the Makapu’u Lighthouse Trail is ideal for novice hikers and not much more than a brisk walk for experienced hikers with it being a 1.5 mile roundtrip hike. It has a moderate, almost welcoming slope that climbs to the east before turning north for the stretch that takes hikers to the lighthouse. On clear days, Molokai, Maui, and Lanai are visible many miles to the east. The view north from the lighthouse is alone worth the trip, a vista of windward Oahu stretching to the horizon. To the south is the dramatic Ka Iwi Coastline and the towering Koko Crater. The trail is also ideal for whale-watching when the gentle leviathans make their annual pilgrimage to these islands each winter.
Maunawili Falls (Hiking) experience
Maunawili Falls is a 2.4 mile, out and back hike located near Kailua, and runs along the base of the Koolau Mountain Range. This hike is family friendly and moderate in difficulty. This hike offers views of Kailua and Maunawili Falls. It also has a swimming hole beneath the falls! If you're feeling daring, you can jump from the falls into the swimming hole below. (This is at your own risk) This hike is a great one for the whole family and moderately easy and shaded from the sun with a nice refreshing waterfall to end on. This one tends to fill up quick so make sure you get there at a decent time. Have fun (:
North Shore Surf Spots experience
The island of Oahu is home to some of the best and most famous surf breaks in the world, many of which are located on the North Shore. There are fun waves in Oahu year round and tons of breaks to explore throughout the relatively small island. It’s probably best to get acquainted with some of the more popular breaks first though so you can get a taste of Hawaiian surf and learn the lay of the land a little bit before you go venturing off to the lesser-known breaks. You can drive across the island in about an hour to an hour and a half, depending on traffic (which can get really busy depending on the time of day). On the North Shore, AKA the 7-mile miracle, it can sometimes take 30 to 40 minutes to drive end to end. The speed limit from Hale’iwa to Turtle Bay is mostly a laidback 25 to 35 miles per hour and the area can get a lot of traffic from frequent north shore surf competitions in the winter and tourist buses making frequent stops in Hale’iwa, Sunset Beach, and the oh-so-popular shrimp trucks.
South Shore Surf Spots experience
We took sometime to put together the best surf spots on the south shores of Oahu as listed below the videos will go in order starting first with the amazing Ala Moana Bowls. Each surf spots has its own unique thing that makes it different some swells pull more one way than another some areas have more coral than others. We always recommend you check the surfing conditions before you go out the weather can rapidly change at any moment and make it very difficult to get back in. Know your limits
Sharks Cove (Snorkeling) experience
Dont be scared off by the name "Sharks Cove" you will most likely not run into any sharks when swimming at Shark's Cove . This cove got its name from a popular story that says that the outline of a reef outside the cove looks like a shark when seen from above. There can be sharks seen here but it is very unlikely Shark's Cove is a lava-rock beach on the North Shore of Oahu and is part of Pupukea Beach Park. It is unique not only because of its spectacular underwater rock formations, but also because of its diverse marine life. Tropical colorful fish and sea turtles are the cove's constant inhabitants. Harmless white-tipped reef sharks may also be spotted just outside the cove. Because of its amazing underwater world, Shark's Cove is a favorite spot among snorkelers and scuba divers. The lava has formed underwater caves and tunnels about 15 to 45 feet (4.5 to 13.7 m) below the surface. These caves are a real thrill for experienced scuba divers. No lifeguards are stationed here. If you want to go swimming at Shark's Cove, it is a good idea to wear reef shoes or fins because of the sharp coral reef that is everywhere in the cove. The best time to explore the cove is in the summer months when the ocean is usually calm. During the winter, getting into the water at Shark's Cove is not recommended because this is when the surf is up on Oahu's North Shore. Shark's Cove is part of an 80-acre Marine Life Conservation District. People need to respect the cove's marine inhabitants and keep the area clean.
Kuilima Cove (Snorkeling) experience
On the northern tip of Oahu a set of scenic bays flank the famed "Turtle Bay Resort". The smaller of the two is protected from the deeper ocean swells by natural volcanic rock jetties making it a safe place to snorkel for visitors of all ages. Once arriving you will see see the famous turtle bay resort Turtle Bay: Beware that during north swells the large bay on the left is not protected and should be avoided for snorkeling purposes. A great longboard wave breaks right off the point outside of the hotel's pool, making for some interesting surfing watching during swells. This bay has a rock-edged entry so prior to entering the water observe cautiously whether the conditions are suitable for swimming. At the bays edge, there is a little-known but famous piece of the "Pearl Harbor" history situated at the oceanfront next to a small walking bridge linking the resort swimming pool to its' cottages. Look for the large placard and signs that explain the significance of this place as a radar outpost during the WWII attack on Pearl Harbor. Kuilima Cove: On the right side of the resort has a gorgeous beach. With its a crescent shaped cove of shallow turquoise waters, and a gently sloping beachfront lined with coco palms, it is what most people imagine when the dream of a Hawaiian beach. The water here has good visibility and the fish are abundant. It also features the adjacent Kaihalulu beach that is great for long walks. The view stretches all the way to Kahuku Point, the northernmost portion of Oahu.