An adventure-packed week filled with beaches, hikes, waterfalls, and culture in Waikiki and all around Oahu, Hawaii.
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North America6 days / August 2020
Highs & Lows
Swimming with sea turtles
My husband and I are lucky enough to live in Oahu, Hawaii, and we have called the city of Waikiki home for several months now. For the purpose of this itinerary, we have deemed Waikiki our "home base" and are sharing how we would choose to explore the island via various daytrips if we only had one week to spend here. This itinerary is jam packed with opportunities for exploration and is designed for first time visitors to Oahu who are in search of an adventure in paradise. We have included our favorite hikes, waterfalls, beaches, and cultural activities from across the island.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
I would've remembered to pack binoculars - there are birding and wildlife opportunities galore, and they would've really came in handy!
Anything go wrong during the trip?
We arrived at the Diamond Head Crater hike to find that it was closed and had to plan another activity on the fly. Be sure you do not make a similar mistake by checking the status of all hikes, as well as what you will need with regard to footwear, food, and water, before you leave for the day. We use the All Trails app to check the current conditions of hikes the night before/morning of our treks.
What tips would you give a friend?
Check the weather/tides/swell before heading out everyday and research the activities that you plan on doing to be sure that you are fully prepared. You always want to make sure that you have enough food, water, sunscreen, etc. and that conditions for hiking/diving/surfing are suitable for your skillset.
Don't leave home without your reusable water bottle and reef safe sunscreen. If you are planning to visit waterfalls, bug spray is also a must. I recommend bringing shoes that are comfortable, but that you're okay with ruining on muddy hikes, and snorkeling gear if you have it - if not, no worries, you can pick up a super affordable snorkel/fins at any of the many WalMarts around the island.
We recommend renting a car or moped. Public transportation is available, but having your own car just makes adventuring around the island so much easier and more convenient.
When it comes to snacks, do not turn up your nose at 7 Eleven's Hawaii locations. This convenient store carries delicious Hawaiian treats - like sweetbread ham, egg, and cheese sandwiches, manapua, and musubi - that should not be missed!