Honolulu and Waikiki Beach being top destinations in Hawaii, we obviously couldn’t miss Oahu. Spending a few days in Honolulu, I soaked up the rays in Waikiki, visited the historic Pearl Harbour and then embarked on a mini road trip around the North Coast.
Starting with one of the iconic landmarks in Honolulu, Diamond Head was my first to-do. Getting to the top is a nice paved trail, perfect for various fitness levels. It is also a very popular hike (get there early!) so it is not uncommon to have to get through traffic jams on the narrow trail. The views at the top are absolutely worth it and you get a great view of Waikiki as well. We actually took the bus there from Waikiki, which drops you off at the base of the park. From there it’s a short uphill walk to the base of the trail.
The day after, we rented a car and embarked on our trip to the North Shore. Our first stop was the Dole Plantation. Honestly, I’d skip the attractions and just go for the Dole Whip – it was more geared towards families with young children. To top it off, our Pineapple Express “train” ride broke down halfway and we wasted an hour and a half waiting to have it fixed. Meanwhile, I was itching to get back on the road.
The North Shore has plenty of beaches and little towns to enjoy. Our main attractions were Haleiwa for Matsumoto’s Shaved Ice, the Banzai Pipeline, Waimea Falls and Laie Point, but there are a lot of stops along the way, which makes it perfect for a relaxing day trip.