The Hawaiian Islands weren't on my list of dream places to visit, but the more I learned about it, the more I wanted to go there! And I did a year ago!
This is a sunrise!
Hawaii is the US 50th state located in the central Pacific Ocean. Hawaiian archipelago consists of 162 islands and only seven of them are inhabited: Hawaii (the Big Island), Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Niihau, Oahu.
The water in the ocean is always different, now it’s emerald, later it’s turquoise, but it’s very beautiful anyway! The ecology is great on the islands! Turtles are swimming around while there are so many people in the water, surfers, catamarans, and ships. There were no other dangerous living creatures.
Surfers are waiting for a wave.
It’s 7 a.m. Notice how many surfers there are already there.
The main street is called Kalakaua Avenue. There are a lot of restaurants, various shops, and the Market Place. There are a lot of people there, especially at night! There are musicians playing on the street, artists ready to paint your portrait. There are also living statues which stand still. Photographers offer to take a photo of you with different animals: parrots, monkeys, snakes, turtles, chameleons. In general, you won't be bored!
s not small, you need a car to really see it. We rented a car upon our arrival at the airport.
The next day after arrival, we went to explore the island. Here is a map of the island, our route is highlighted.
Of course, the days we had were not enough to admire the Oahu island entirely, but we checked out the most beautiful east side of the island, stopping at interesting places, and spending a couple of hours on the beaches.
. We did not go there, we just walked in the park, admiring the huge banyan trees.
Then we went to the Diamond Head, a huge crater of the volcano which is in an extinct for more than 150 thousand years. Scientists believe that the probability of re-eruption is close to zero.
The Diamond Head Park is located inside the caldera. There are observation decks with excellent views of Honolulu and Waikiki atop. The view is simply mesmerizing!
After the Diamond Head, we went to the Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve. This bay is a crater of an extinct volcano. This place is considered to be the best for snorkeling on Oahu, with a variety of coral and 450 species of fish.
It is said that 1 million of tourists come here each year.
We’re going further! :)
After the Hanauma Bay, we drove along the east coast of Oahu with the breathtaking sceneries, and the best, in my opinion, beaches of all the islands, especially for swimming.
We stopped by the beach with a beautiful bay.
The Sandy Beach. There are huge waves, it's a beach for surfers.
There’s a Sea Life Park on the opposite side. There are dolphins, seals, and turtles.
The Rabbit Island.
And then, finally, we got to the beach where we spent 2 hours. The beach called the Waimanalo Beach is excellent for swimming. It has turquoise water, white sand, and not so many people as in Waikiki.
The beach is very large, longer than 5.5 miles (9 km), so anyone can easily pick a private place.
There are two more good beaches – the Lanikai Beach and Kailua Beach. They are behind the Waimanalo Beach. We spent an hour and a half on the Kailua Beach.
Then we drove to the shop which operates since 1932. The shop is very exotic, of a surfing theme, you can buy a board, souvenirs, or food and drinks there.
It took us a day to visit all these sights. Therefore, in order to see all the charm and sights of the island thoroughly, you need at least a week!
Let me say a few words about Pearl Harbor. Pearl Harbor is a harbor on Oahu, Hawaii. Most part of the harbor and the surrounding area is occupied by the central base of the Pacific Fleet of naval forces of the United States. To visit Pearl Harbor, you need to have at least half a day free.
So, this is the end of my photo story about the island of Oahu.