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Hawaii Beach Life: Things to do

From the picturesque white-sand beaches to the lively downtown nightlife, Hawaii is a place of natural beauty and endless possibilities. With its tropical climate and endless activities, it’s no wonder why so many people flock to this paradise in the Pacific Ocean. Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or something in between, Hawaii has it all.

Honolulu in Hawaii
Waikiki Beach, Honolulu

You’re missing out on one of the friendliest and most picturesque locations on earth if you haven’t been to Hawaii.

My trip to Oahu, which is now among my top 5 favourite places, was fantastic.
Simply put, Hawaii is like what would happen if Australia and New Zealand had a child. Hawaii would be that child.

I adored the laid-back way of life and upbeat personalities of the Hawaiian people.

Beach in Hawaii
Pupukea Beach, Hale’iwa

Getting around Hawaii

Rental cars make it simple and convenient to navigate around the island of Oahu, and they are perhaps the most popular choice for tourists. Five people can ride in a regular rental car for between $250 and $400 per week, and of course, the bigger the car, the more expensive it is. However, this is likely the most cost-effective option if you’re planning a family holiday and want to fit in some sightseeing. However, because there are so many rental car agencies on the island, rates are competitive and change according to the season (with summers and winters being high-time for tourism and rentals).

There are a tonne of ways to get around Oahu, including bus, bicycle, taxi, private tour, moped/scooter, and walking. You can explore with the most freedom if you rent a car.

Hālona Blowhole
Hālona Blowhole, Oahu

Things to do in Hawaii

1. Drive around the island

Oahu is the ideal size for a full day of sightseeing by car. Choose a direction, then follow the shore. The road on the leeward side (west side) ends at Ka’ena point, preventing you from making a full loop around the island, but it’s still worth the short drive up there since you’ll view some of Oahu’s most breathtaking sunsets.

Oahu in Hawaii
Hālona Blowhole, Oahu

2. Hiking

Hiking is a fantastic alternative if you’re looking for something to do in Oahu to get some exercise. The island is covered in hiking paths, some of which are reachable by bus. Here are some of my favourite hikes:

  • Manoa Falls
  • Diamond Head
  • Koko Head
  • Makapuu Lighthouse
Hiking
Mānoa Falls, Oahu

3. Snorkelling

Knowing where to snorkel, what equipment to use, and sometimes even identifying the fish you see can be challenging. Hanauma Bay is an excellent place to start your journey if you want to learn about the marine life around the island and how to snorkel safely in its vicinity.

Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay, Oahu
Hanauma Bay
Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Getting in the water with green Hawaiian sea turtles is another experience you must have before leaving Hawaii. It’s a unique experience in every way. These turtles enjoy surfing the waves and swimming near the shore. They occasionally come up to the shore to take naps as well. The best sea turtles I’ve seen were on a snorkelling excursion tour. If you want to be sure to see a turtle, I highly advise joining a tour

Green Turtle
Pua’ena Point Beach Park

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