Oahu Hawaii : Travel Diary


OAHU HAWAII

Hawaii was always on the top of my travel bucket list, and after having a glimpse on Skyscanner, it finally happened. I was able to find an affordable ticket to Oahu for just $200. The following week I packed my bags and headed to McCarran airport in Las Vegas to board my flight with Allegiant airline.

My First stop in Hawaii was Oahu. Oahu is a beautiful tropical Island nestled amongst the Hawaiian islands. Being one of the most well-developed islands in Hawaii. I arrived at Honolulu airport with no plan, ready to see where the journey took me.

I had a quick peek through Agoda and discovered Pacific Beach Hotel right in the heart of Waikiki Bay. Regrettably, I had a last minute booking during fourth of July weekend, so the price per night was around $230. However, this hotel was on the ocean front, and my room had an excellent view of the crystal blue water and the energetic city.

For my first day in Oahu, I chose to go for a hike into Diamond Head Crater which was just a short 30-minute walk from my hotel. I went in the early morning intending to beat the heat and the crowds. To my surprise, there were roughly 150 people there around 6 am with that very plan in mind. Oahu has many hiking locations that cater to both nonexperienced and experienced hikers.

Some of the best hiking trails I've found were Stairway to heaven (illegal), Kaau Crater, Crouching Lion, Koko Head Crater, Diamond Head, and Makapuu lighthouse trail.

Waikiki Bay welcomes tourist from all around the world, and after walking around, I quickly noticed the overwhelming amount of people cruising throughout the streets. Although the main road was congested, the area offered plenty of shopping to make it all better. From typical tourist gift shops to high-end fashion retailers. You can find Forever 21, Footlocker, Louis Vuitton, and Saks Fith Avenue and much more.

After spending the previous day shopping, I decided it was time to hit the beach for a few hours before the fourth of July firework show began. This area is well known for its water sports such as surfing, paddle boarding, parceling, jet skiing, scuba diving, and snorkeling. While splashing around in the water, you're sure to be joined by at least one pink flamingo floaty. The beach was filled with people lounging in their floaties. So make sure you pick one up at the ABC story on the way to the beach.

I spent my last day in Waikiki Bay planning a mini road trip around the island; After jotting down a few places I wanted to go, I decided to head over to the Alamo car rental shop to pick up my favorite, a white jeep wrangler. The next day I packed my things and headed west! Excited to view the remainder of the island and explore the north shore! That is where the real adventure began!

Thank you so much for reading and stay tuned for Part 2 (My road trip to the North Shore!)

-DaiaLarie


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