Hawaii really is unlike any place I have ever visited. It is a beautiful paradise. Here are 6 beautiful spots to visit in Hawaii.
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With Oahu being the third largest island, the Hawaiian chain offers quite a lot of everything. From relaxation, natural wonders, escapade, shopping, and world-class dining. The following will give you a heads up on where to go on your most sought-after luxury vacation in Hawaii. If you are looking for a classic white sand beach instead of Boracay Island, a beating surf break, or want to explore a unique and rocky volcanic coastline, these islands have something to offer for everyone. The island of Hawaii – also called Big Island – is best known for its varied landscape surrounding several climate zones – from an opulent rainforest, the powdery black sand beaches, the very much active Kilauea Volcano, up to the peaks of Mauna Kea. Hawaii is in a heartbeat, a favorite among nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts.
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Once you visit Lanikai Beach you’ll see why it’s consistently rated the best beach on the island. This strip of sand will easily become your favorite spot when you have your road trip around Oahu. Make the beach a perfect place to stop and have a dip and photo op. Lanikai Beach is a popular spot for kayaking and stands up paddle boarding, being much quieter than Waikiki, or Hanauma Bay. The sandy beach is located in Lanikai which is a community in the town of Kailua and on the windward coastline of Oahu, Hawaii. The name Lanikai literally means “heavenly sea.” When you do a drive around Oahu to the North Shore, make sure not to miss Lanikai, you will surely think of it as one of the best places to visit in Hawaii.
One of the most popular things to do in Waikiki is The Diamond Head walk. But first, travelers must prepare themselves for a large crowd and be ready to share it with hundreds of other visitors. One thing to note though if you want to enjoy the walk is rising up early to beat the crowd. So we suggest that you get in the park before it opens at 06:30 in the morning. Or else, getting there after sunrise might mean getting into intense crowds. Whichever way you do it, you will be rewarded with an extraordinary view over Waikiki Beach from the top. Also, it is quite an easy climb for kids with lots of bends, turns, and switchbacks. At least allow an hour to an hour and a half to complete the walk. In getting there, you can catch the bus or drive a rental car.
If you are looking for a great place to be at sunset, head further east after Diamond Head and make a splash at the family-friendly Kuhio Beach. This beach will let you escape the crowds and the hassle of Waikiki. We mentioned family-friendly as there’s a seawall intended to protect swimmers from the ocean waves’ force which is a perfect spot for children to swim. Kuhio Beach also boasts its beautiful palm trees that offers a beautiful close-up view of Diamond Head. No matter which part of the Waikiki you visit, you are going to be impressed. And the whole stretch of Waikiki from Kahanamoku to Kuhio will without a doubt easily become your favorite city beach in the world. No matter where you choose to stroll, spending a day on the beach is one of the best things to do anywhere in Hawaii, especially in Waikiki.
Besides basking your skin under the sun in Hawaii, it is important not to miss a piece of their history by visiting Pearl Harbor, which is one of the significant historical places here. It’s a lovely memorial that will move foreigners and history buffs alike. It is even beneficial to kids as it serves an actual educational experience for them. After all, learning should never be confined to the four corners of the classroom only. You can visit the museum and the grounds, then ride a boat over to the Arizona Memorial, the sunken ship in the area and is now seen as the resting place of more than 1,100 of the 1,177 soldiers that were killed. Decades after the Second World War, oil still leaks from the fuel tanks of the sunken structure of the USS Arizona. Apparently, oil that leaks from the vessel can easily be seen and they are referred to as the black tears of the USS Arizona. If you are time constraints or without a service vehicle, you can choose between half day and full day tour.
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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve – a marine embayment located along the southeast coast of the Island of Oʻahu that is characterized as being formed within a tuff ring. If you are fond of snorkeling, this is recommended as one of the best places to go to and is one of the most popular places to visit in Hawaii. This lovely bay was once a volcanic crater and is now a beautiful scene for clear blue waters and lively reefs of multicolor fish. Hanauma Bay is located for a half hour drive at the east of Waikiki and recommended for travelers to have a rental car although you can take one of the guided tours on a shuttle bus for large groups. It is best to enjoy the spot by getting there early, around breakfast, as it gets crowded busy and there are only three hundred parking spots.
We put Waikiki Beach at the last part because it needs a little to no introduction at all. It’s one of the most well-known and recognizable beaches in the world. Diamond Head and the Honolulu skyline serves as a backdrop. The main section of the Waikiki Beach serves as the place where surf schools are situated and most of the beam boats operate. Waikiki is perfect for visitors with kids who want to learn how to surf because the waves are gentle and rolling and with clear waist deep water you’ll be standing up in no time. But if the thought of tourist swarming the beach makes you weary, you can escape the crowds the beach is kind of split into three sections.