Lives in Jacksonville, Florida
Since Aug 2010
35-49 year old female
Traveling is fun and I love the adventure. I'm always trying new restaurants!
Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
Nature & Wildlife Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks, 4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours, Film & TV Tours, Horseback Riding Tours
Parks, Hiking Trails
Points of Interest & Landmarks
Climb Works is a good way to see the farming history of Oahu, cruising on ziplines high above the North Shore. The staff makes you feel safe and is there to help every step of the way. The property is beautiful, and the tour both on the ATV's and the zipllnes is worth every penny.
Kualoa Ranch is a multi-adventure park. They film movies and TV shows here. The day we were there, they were actively filming Hawaii 5-0. We did the 2-hour ATV tour, and it was a blast! You can also tour via a special vintage bus or horseback. The ATVs are fast, and you are allowed to have fun. It's good for everyone!
This is hands-down my favorite restaurant that isn't in Waikiki. It's where the locals go. The restaurant is simply beautiful and is mostly open air, and the happy hour specials are not to be missed. The drinks are large and strong, and the staff is super friendly. It's hip and fun without being too upscale. The parking lot will tell you it is always busy.
This is the "touristy" restaurant that revolves - but the view is killer and the food is pretty awesome. You're going to spend money, but it is worth it. Make reservations and go at or just before sunset. You'll get panoramic 360 views of the city and Waikiki that are just spectacular. It's a very nice experience.
This is just a must-do of Waikiki/Oahu. The beach itself is small, but it is where all the people are - and it's beautiful. (Secret tip - visit the barefoot bar at the Hale Koa - the hotel is military, but the bar is not - and the drinks are good and the cheapest in Waikiki). Also visit Duke's at the Outrigger Waikiki. Make sure to walk along the beach at sunrise or sunset for beautiful views of diamond head.
The Honolulu Zoo is a nice side excursion. It is smack on the edge of Waikiki beach and easy walking from all the beach hotels. If you have some spare time, I'd recommend. You can see the Nene (state bird of Hawaii) here.
Kailua is the local hotspot on the windward side of the island. The water is spectacularly blue and you can see the Mokalua islands offshore. You can rent kayaks and paddle out to them if you want. It's just a nice spot to hang out for an afternoon at the beach.
Paradise Cove is a really nice luau. You get the whole "tourist" experience at a private venue with spectacular scenery. It is just a fun night learning about the culture.
Ka'ena is a drive, and a hike at the far North end of Oahu. It is worth it for nature lovers, as it is one of the few places left to see Monk seals. The drive out takes 1-2 hours from Waikiki, and then you have to park and walk (unless you have 4WD) about 3.5 miles on foot on a bumpy trail/road. However, it is worth it once you get to the end and the private reserve. It is gorgeous and the protected species (Albatross and Monk Seals) are there!
Buzz's is THE place to go in Kailua. The building looks like a shack, but it is amazing. The menu is served on a cutting board, and the food is incredible. This is a local gem that is a tradition.
The pillbox hike is great for doing something the locals do, as well as seeing some sights that most people don't do. It is a hike, so be prepared. It can be steep and dirty, but if you are in moderate shape, you'll do fine. The view from the top is fantastic of the Mokes - go to the 2nd pillbox for bragging rights!
When in Waikiki, make sure to take a catamaran tour - it's a great way to see Waikiki from the water, and have fun. We went out on the snorkel/cruise and had a great time. We saw sea turtles from right offshore and then on the cruise, we saw spinner dolphins. The crew are fun and make sure you are safe - and there's lots of mai tais to go around!
The North Shore is a great place to drive through and visit. In the big wave season it's a madhouse, but in the offseason, the beach is beautiful and the shopping is fun. There's a bunch to see and do, and it's worth the drive.
Ola is a great open-air restaurant at the Turtle Bay resort, right on the beach. You can go even when not a guest at the hotel and parking is free. The food is great.
Turtle Bay is a nice change of pace from Waikiki. The beaches aren't as nice, but the resort is beautiful and secluded on the way to the North Shore. You go there to just relax and enjoy your vacation. They have activities onsite, like horseback riding and golf and segway tours, plus surfing lessons. You can go and just hang by their pool bar during the day and enjoy the scenery of the blowholes by the bay.