Roteiros no Havaí
Big Island, Maui and Oahu
Aloha! You are very welcome to our 2-week itinerary in Hawaii.
We could not help but start with this Hawaiian greeting, because this is one of the most important values of the culture of this North American state. Aloha can mean hello or bye, but it is also a concept of altruism and unity.
Hawaii is a place that embraces you while you enjoy the tropical climate. Beautiful beaches and a mixture of cultures: Asian, Hawaiian, European, North American and Polynesian are part of this unique setting on our planet. This place is a meeting point for beauty, culture and discovery. You will know that you arrived in Hawaii and are already part of it when you hear yourself saying the following words “aloha”, “mahalo” (thank you) and “ma kai” (towards the ocean) without thinking twice.
It’s easy to see why Hawaii has become synonymous with paradise. Just look at its beaches with blue waters, its coral reefs scattered everywhere and the volcanoes waving to adventurous spirits.
Flight Time From Daniel K. Inouye International Airport (Honolulu) (HNL) To Oahu ( source ):
- Lihue Airport (LIH), Kauai: 30 minutes
- Kahului Airport (OGG), Maui: 30 minutes
- Kapalua-West Maui Airport (JHM), Maui: 30 minutes
- Molokai Airport (MKK), Molokai: 20 minutes
- Lanai Airport (LNY), Lanai: 25 minutes
- Hilo International Airport (ITO), island of Hawaii (Big Island): 50 minutes
- Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport in Keahole (KOA), island of Hawaii (Big Island): 45 minutes
Check out many more details about the islands of Hawaii that we visited and also those that we did not visit:
# 1 day
Our first day in Hawaii has already started intense and with many new landscapes. As the time zone helped us on our way from Sydney to Hawaii (we left the Australian capital on the 7th at 6:30 pm and arrived on the same day at 7:00 am), we were able to enjoy Friday with an already complete schedule. We arrived at the airport, went to pick up the car at the rental store Attention, here’s an important tip! On Big Island it is important to rent a 4X4 car if you want to climb the Mauna Kea volcano. After the main entrance to the park – the Visitor Information Center – until the peak, only cars with this type of traction are allowed to follow. After taking our official means of transport from this island, we drive towards our hotel for check in.We did all the procedures, left the bags and went on to local recognition.
As we were staying in central Kona, close to the center, we chose Magic Sand Beach for this afternoon of the first day. We sat on the sand and there we spent the afternoon with lots of sun, sand and that Hawaiian vibe.
After the day’s beach, we head back to the hotel and enjoy the sunset with the wonderful view of the place. We relaxed by the pool and toasted the trip with that special beer.
Towards the end of the day, we reserved our strength for dinner at a local pub and closed our first day.
Hotel review: Kona Coast Resort (5 stars)
Excellent hotel with complete infrastructure (swimming pool, tennis court, parking facilities etc.) and with a very good price for 4 people (on this trip we were in 4, a couple and two friends)
$ 508 (US dollars) for a 2 bedroom apartment (double bed and two single beds), living room, kitchen, two bathrooms and balcony.
# 2 Day
On this second day the idea was to make the northern part (from Kona) of the west side of Big Island, and that is what we put into practice.
We left the hotel and headed towards our first stop Kekaha Kai State Park . In this place we find a jaw-dropping landscape. At the beginning of the route, after leaving the main highway, we traveled a few kilometers along a dirt road, rocks and an incredible volcanic soil to see.
Soon we were already in the parking lot of the place and we went to the beaches of this park. The Makalawena Beach and Mahai’ula Beach two beaches que impress! Crystal clear water, very pleasant temperature, thicker sand and a view with palm trees to leave any human being with jaw dropping.
We decided to stay in the rightmost part of the main parking lot, as the beach was quieter and much more beautiful. There we saw a lot of marine life with snorkeling and some turtles surrounded us in the sea. We stayed at the place for about 2 hours and then we went on our route.
Our next stop was Hapuna Beach , the most popular beach on the Big Island, according to the travel guides we consulted. We found there a good infrastructure for tourists and residents (barbecue grills, leisure area and snack bar), but we decided to just take a few pictures and go on, since we had come from another beach and we were hungry. After a few minutes on the spot, we followed our route again. Entrance fee to the park: $ 5 dollars.
At that moment it was past 1 pm and we decided to have lunch at a restaurant nearby, more precisely, inside a resort. We stayed at the place for about an hour and a half. After resting and restoring energy, we continue the tour to the next points of interest of the day.
We then drive towards Hawi , the northernmost city on Big Island. From there we proceed to the Pololu Valley Overlook , a place with a beautiful view and a trail. We took advantage of a few more photos (we didn’t follow the trail) and continued our saga of the day.
From this point further north, we started our journey back towards the south. We return to the city of Hawi and access the road (route 250) that took us to Waimea. This route is very special! There we find a beautiful setting with a mixture of lots of nature around and a beautiful panoramic view of Big Island. The Kohala Mountain Road is 32 km and it runs the traveler winding and beautiful scenery. Don’t miss this route and its complete views of this island in Hawaii.
At that moment our second day itinerary was closed. We then proceeded along the main highway on the west side and drove to our well-deserved dinner in downtown Kona. The order of the night was a beautiful and juicy Outback. We close the day!
# 3 Day
And the third day on Big Island had arrived. On this day we booked a road trip to the southern part of the west coast of Big Island. We left the hotel around 10 am, and went to the southern end – Ka Lae . This is considered the southernmost part of the United States.
The trip took approximately 1 hour and a half and was filled with multiple scenarios, a very common situation on this island of Hawaii. Travel it from end to end and, without a doubt, experience different climates and vegetation in a very short period of road. At a certain moment the traveler is faced with a volcanic scenery, but just a little further on, a very tropical and rainy vegetation is already revealed. Without a doubt, a unique experience.
We reached the southernmost point at noon. There we find the trail to Green Sands Beach (olivine sand), a famous beach made up of a mixture of white, black sand and small greenish crystals. However, unfortunately, due to the diving schedule of other members of the travel group, we were unable to access it. At that moment, we had to go back to Kona.
Green Sands Beach: and a beach that is 4 km northwest of the south tip of Big Island and has a unique setting. Its structure is not composed of sand and sea like the “common” beaches, but of grass and the sea in front of it.
Tip: it is only possible to access it on foot or with a car with 4X4 traction. There is a parking lot at the beginning of the trail for passenger cars and pick-ups that make the journey if you want to pay to be taken to this beach.
Too bad we didn’t get time to access this place, but I advise the traveler to book time for the place.
After walking a little on the trail that leads to this beach, we decided to go back and enjoy one just the tip of the island. We went to the cliff and there we found some locals and tourists enjoying the space. Some tourists skip the cliff and enjoy the sea, but in space there is a sign with reference that this practice is not allowed. Even so many do.
After this trip to the southern tip, we returned to Kona and its center full of restaurants. It was time for lunch. We sat in a place by the sea and enjoyed the time.
After lunch it was time to leave some members of this trip at the marina for the day’s dive.
The end of the afternoon for others was sun, pool, peace and music enjoying the sunset.
The third day was closed!
# 4 Day
Our day four on Big Island was all focused on leaving Kona for Hilo (we left the west and migrated to the east of this island) and going up to the highest point in Hawaii, and one of the highest in the world.
We woke up early, had our coffee at the hotel (we booked a hotel with an apartment structure, so it had a kitchen) and checked out. We then proceed to the road and to Mauna Kea .
From Kona to the base of the mountain / volcano it takes approximately 1 ½ hours down the road. We arrived at the place around 11:30 am. Soon we identified ourselves at the Visitor Information Center and asked for information.
Mauna Kea: what you need to know to climb to the highest point in Hawaii and one of the highest in the world
- You need to have a 4X4 vehicle (when we visited the site we saw some cars that did not have this type of traction, however at the base all instructions were that we needed to have this feature, so do not hesitate to place a vehicle like this indicated, especially in the period of Winter);
- You can’t be pregnant;
- You cannot have heart problems;
- You cannot have scuba diving in the last 24 hours before climbing the volcano;
- Children under 13 are not allowed to climb;
- People with breathing problems cannot go up;
The road does not have very extreme conditions, even because a part of it is paved, however the indication and always have a vehicle with traction. Respect the rules!
Mauna Kea: learn a little more
Mauna Kea means “White Mountain” in the Hawaiian language, a reference to its summit, which is regularly covered with snow in winter. This is the highest point in the archipelago and one of the most prominent in the world! If we consider the measurement from the base to the peak, the volcano is 10,105 meters from the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. So the highest mountain in the world. However, if we consider the measurement of the land base to the peak, the highest in the world will be Everest (00,000 meters).
According to its elevation, air quality and abstinence from light and pollution, this is the best observation point in the world!
At the top of this mountain / volcano there is a space research base and several countries have telescopes there, among them: USA (NASA and University of Hawaii), Canada, France, United Kingdom, among others.
After proper information and instructions, we drove to the top. It took us approximately 30 minutes from the information center to the highest base.
There, what we found was really from another world. A totally different place, and very reminiscent of films showing the lunar and Mars soil. A really inexplicable experience.
There were many photos and many sighs with the scenery, and after an hour and a half we returned to base. It was definitely a special moment.
After this tour, we proceed to our lunch and then to the new accommodation on the east side of Big Island, Hilo.
We checked in, left bags, remade ourselves and at night we closed our day with a typical American dinner, Taco Bell, rs.
Hotel review: Shaka Shak (2 stars)
Hotel with a very simple inn face. Old structure of a wooden house with reasonable dependencies. Small room with a balcony reserved for 4 people (a double bed and 2 single beds).
Very hot place, full of mosquitoes and without air conditioning (I don’t recommend it).
$ 365.95 (US dollars) for the facilities I mentioned above.
# 5 Day
On this last day of tours on the Big Island, we booked a return to the top of Manau Kea and a few more points of interest in the northern Hilo region.
We returned to the highest point in the world, as two of the members of our trip were unable to climb the day before, due to scuba diving. But this time with a very special touch, we went to see the stars and the sunrise.
We woke up at 3 am and drove back to Mauna Kea. We arrived at the top at 5 am and stayed for a little over 30 minutes watching the beauty of the stars in an ultra clean sky and beautiful to live.
Around 6 am the sun was already on the horizon and we were admiring it as far as we could. We were still in place for 1 hour for more photos and, at approximately 8 am we were already at the base.
From this point we drive to the next place of interest of the day: Waipio Valley . This is a valley that shelters a very particular nature and where we could also find Black Sand Beach .
The Waipio Valley can be seen from a lookout, and there the visitor gets great photos. However, to go to Black Sand Beach, you need a 4 × 4 car. In this case it would not be “optional” as the climb of the Mauna Kea in the summer. To access the beach we go down a very narrow, steep and full of holes.
It took us about 20 minutes to get down and we took advantage of Black Sand Beach for many photos. We then proceeded to our return and headed for the penultimate point of interest of the day, Akaka Falls .
We drove south from Big Island on the Hilo side to the entrance to the park that houses the waterfall.
We parked the car on the road before the official parking lot and continued walking along a small part of the road (about 100 meters).
There is a $ 1 dollar entry fee at this location and if you park at the location you pay an additional $ 5.
Inside the park the trail is light and paved. We went down in the direction indicated by the signs, we found a waterfall in the first lookout and soon after, walking a few more meters, we found Akaka Falls.
Some good pictures and we headed for our return to Hilo.
We arrived in the city and looked for a beach to close our day. We chose Carlsmith Beach Park . This place is not necessarily a beach as we usually see, but a park with stones and a structure for leisure. We stayed there for almost 2 hours. In this place we find a green turtle reserve. We even managed to see a huge one near the rocks where we were.
At this stage, we closed our itinerary for the last day of Big Island.
We travel the island almost entirely by its main and secondary roads. The only part we were unable to access was the Volcanoes Park (Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park and its Kilawea Volcano) and Maona Loa, one of the largest volcanoes in the world. We didn’t go there because of a tropical storm that approached this island at the time we went. East coast parks have closed due to this problem. But if you want to visit, I suggest two ways: first it would be with your rental car and go exploring the places, and the second through a helicopter tour (there are several companies that do tours on the island, and the two most famous are Blue Hawaiian Helicopters and Paradise Helicopters).
# 1 day
Right after exploring Big Island, we went on to our 6 days on Maui.
In the original itinerary we would spend another full day on Big Island to visit the volcanoes near Hilo, but as I explained before due to a tropical storm, the parks were closed and we were unable to access them.
In this way, we anticipate our flight to Maui and enjoy this island already on our sixth day in Hawaii.
We arrived at Maui airport around 10 am and headed for our rental car.
We went for an early check in at the condo we booked (this type of accommodation is very common in Maui, apartment condominiums that are put up for rent on big sites) and stayed there to remake ourselves and also to decide the next steps.
Around 14h we left to explore a nearby beach and just choosing to stop at Kama’ole I Beach . We stayed there until 5:30 pm and then decided to go to the market to do our shopping for the stay (all the places we chose had apartment structure and therefore had a kitchen to cook in).
We returned to the condo and ended the day with a dinner prepared by one of the friends who accompanied us on the trip.
Hotel review: Maui Vista Condominium (4 stars)
Good apartment structure with interesting infrastructure (swimming pool, tennis court, parking facilities etc.) and with a higher price, compared to other hotels, for 4 people (on this trip we were in 4, a couple and two friends)
$ 1,001.18 (US dollars) for a 2 bedroom apartment (double bed and two single beds), living room, kitchen, two bathrooms and balcony.
# 2 Day
For our second day in Maui and seventh in Hawaii we decided to visit the southern beaches of Kihei. We woke up relatively early, had our coffee and drove to some stops and finally the beach that we would spend our day with. We went to Kalama Park before to check snorkeling and dive values, we went to Po’olenalema Beach Park where we parked only for a few photos, we went down to Makena Bay and finally we stopped at Makena State Park to enjoy Big Beach .
We stayed at this place until 3 pm and from this point we left to see the other beaches and points of interest that exist up to the southern tip of Kihei.
We then arrived at the final destination, La Perouse Bay . There we find a beautiful contrast of nature. The beach with very blue water and the volcanic lava rocks. We stayed at the place for about 30 minutes and then we went to Kihei’s center to have lunch. We chose one of Kihei’s seaside restaurants and recovered our strength there.
After lunch we head to the scuba dive shop to close Saturday’s tour (Molokini Crater). The choice was made based on the tour shops we found in Kihei (close to the restaurants and galleries on the main street of the beach there are a few). For the scuba dive it was done this way, but for the snorkeling tour, we chose it based on the brochures we picked up at the airport. We closed the tour to snorkel through the company’s official website (we got 10% discount because we buy online – stay tuned to this tip!).
We then proceeded to our return to the condo and closed the day.
# 3 Day
On this day we reserve the efforts to discover the western part of Maui and its points of interest.
We left Kihei at 10 am and drove towards our first stop, Papawai Point (scenic lookout). We took some pictures and continued the route.
Next stops were:
- Papalua Beach
- Ukumehame Beach
- Launiupoko Wayside State Park
At that last point we stopped and stayed for a few minutes taking pictures and enjoying the scenery.
After this part of the road, we passed Lahaina , a charming little town. We did not stop, therefore, the intention was to return the next day after our snorkeling and diving. And that’s what we did. However, if you are in tight time, stop by and enjoy. It deserves attention!
We then proceed to Ka’anapali , an almost private beach that is at the point with the most luxurious resorts on this road. The beach is listed in a guide that we found to be one of the most beautiful in Maui, but we didn’t find it all! It seems private as it is surrounded by many hotels, but it is not. Do not be afraid and access it!
A curiosity that we discovered with one of the tours and explanations of guides is that no beach in Hawaii can be private. So come in and enjoy all you want and can.
After this point we continue to the beach that would be our stop for the day: Kapalua .
In this place we parked the car and decided to enjoy the sand and the day sun. We stayed there from 11:30 am until about 2 pm.
After that beach moment, we went to one of the winding roads in Hawaii, the Kapalua – Wailuku stretch . This is a scenic road with many curves and cliff scenery. It took us approximately 1 and a half to 2 hours to cross it. After this stretch we continue for lunch in Kihei and, around 18h, we prepare the return to our accommodation.
We ended our day of activities at that moment.
# 4 Day
Our eight day in Hawaii was marked by many activities. We woke up at 5 am and left for the boat tour that took us to Molokini .
This point in Hawaii is a crater in the middle of the sea where boats dock and take tourists for deep dives and snorkeling.
On our four-member trip, three followed with a boat and one with another. Differentiated activities divided us that day.
The boat with the boys went to the place whose main activity was deep-sea diving. The boat I went on was for snorkeling.
Tour Review: Pacific Whale Foundation
Great structure of the boat and the store with a very professional profile. The price was very good for what was offered, compared to the other cheaper tours. It met expectations very well.
$ 105 (US dollars) for the half day tour (7am to 12pm). What was included:
- Continental coffee, lunch with barbecue, and varied drinks, including wine, beer and tropical cocktails;
- Snorkel equipment, flotation equipment (noodles and life jackets) and instructors.
We left at 7:00 am at the port of Ma’alaea and the boat docked at Molokini around 7:45 am. We stayed there snorkeling for about 2 hours and after this point we went to the second stop at Turtle Arches . This point is right in front of Kihei and the beaches on this coast. At that time, the water was much more crystalline, as the sun appeared, and also calmer. I enjoyed the snorkeling more at this point.
At 10:45 am lunch began to be served little by little and around 11:15 am the boat returned to the port of origin. At that moment, the tour was over.
After an intense and relaxing morning on the boat, we continue by car to visit the small town of Lahaina .
The day before we had done the west coast and passed it, but we did not stop.
This time she entered our official script for the day. And it was very worth it!
Of the points visited in Maui this small town deserves to be highlighted. There, the visitor finds many bars, shops, and a very charming waterfront.
We walked around the center, entered many stores and proceeded to our final stop, the Japanese Buddhist temple Jodo Mission .
There we find a very special and unique space in Hawaii. Something very different from what we had encountered so far.
To end this intense day we went to a sunset that hurt the eyes. We enjoyed a beach at Baby Beach , a small beach at the very end of Lahaina. And there, another pleasant surprise, many turtles in this piece of sea. We had a lot of fun with photos and more photos with them and, of course, the sunset.
After this point, we returned to the accommodation and closed the activities of our day.
# 5 Day
This day was filled with roads, points of interest to visit, waterfalls, hidden beaches and many curves along the way.
We chose our 10th day for the road trip to Hana, and started around 9:30 am. We left Kihei, where we were staying, and drove to the beginning of the trail on route 36 in Paia. In this section the highway marks mile 0 and becomes Route 360.
During the journey to Hana we made many stops and found several points along the way. Below we list some:
- Ho’okipa Lookout and Beach Park (beach – we stopped for photos)
- Twin Falls (waterfall – we stopped for photos)
- Waikamoi (waterfall – we can’t see due to the barriers along the way caused by the tropical storm of the previous days)
- Garden of Eden (space with private gardens and waterfalls – we do not enter)
- Keanae Peninsula (view with rocks and the sea – we stopped for many photos)
- Puaa Kaa (park with waterfall – we didn’t enter)
- Red Sand Beach (hidden beach – we stopped for photos)
- Waianapanapa (dark sand beach – we stop for photos quickly)
- Oheo Gulch (waterfalls – we were not)
- The Pipiwai Trail (trail and bamboo forest – we were not)
Other interesting points:
- Kaumahina State Wayside Park
- Keanae Lookout
- Waikani Falls
- Pua’a Ka’a State Wayside Park
- Wai’anapanapa State Park
- Hana Town
- Wailua Falls
- Palikea Stream
- Charles Lindebergh’s Grave
In addition to these points mentioned many others can serve as a stop for the visitor, just like the place and want to venture out.
Throughout this route and stops at the points it took us approximately 5 ½ hours to 6 hours to get to Hana. When we arrived in the small town, we looked for a place to have lunch and stayed there for an hour or so. We chose a location with some food trucks installed and took advantage of the local climate.
After that rest and with renewed energy, we continue to close our day in a hidden little beach, Red Sand Beach . This is without a doubt a beautiful place to visit. Don’t miss this little piece of Hana.
When it was after 5:30 pm we left for our return to Kihei, and as it was already too late we decided not to take any chances and head back down the same road.
The way back
The visitor has two options for returning: return by the same road that he went on, or continue on the road on the south side of the island. If the tourist continues, he will pass by the Oheo Gulch and will be able to see the Kaupo Store, Huakini Bay (with the atypical “bluish gray rocks”) and the Pokowai Sea Arch. This route is not necessarily the quickest way back, but it will take the visitor through Ulupalakua, the MauiWine vineyards, and the Haleakala slopes.
If it is raining or you decide to return after 3 pm, this second route mentioned is not recommended. The road is located on high cliffs that border the sea and there are unpaved sections of one hand. In addition, many car rental agencies prohibit you from using your cars in this area (confirm information with your rental company).
# 6 Day
The days in Hawaii were coming to an end, but we still had some routes to go. And for this eleventh day, we head towards the highest point in Maui, the Haleakala volcano .
We left at 10:00 am towards the highest point of this volcano. We drove from Kihei to the park’s main entrance (Visitor Information Center) and got there at 11:30 am. From this location to the highest point there is still more road and the journey takes approximately 30 minutes. We follow the well paved and signposted road (there is no need to use a 4 × 4 car on this route).
We reached the top and soon we got used to lots of photos. We explored the place and stayed there until around 1 pm.
Important tip to be followed. When visiting this type of place (volcano peaks – this also applies to the Big Island volcano, the Mauna Kea) take it or go dressed in warmer clothes, as the temperature at the top is up to 20 to 30 degrees lower.
We took our way back and headed towards Paia , the penultimate stop on Maui. In this small town of Maui we chose a great place for our lunch, we paddled ourselves in the morning with “little air” at the top of the volcano and after all that we went out for a walk around the place.
We were almost closing our tour on this Hawaiian island, but we still needed some more fresh air and sunshine. We then proceed to the last stop, Ho’okipa Beach Park . In this place we were pleasantly surprised to find a huge group (over 50) of turtles resting on the sand. It was a Maui-worthy ending. A beautiful moment to live and see!
After this point we went to the airport because our flight to Oahu (Honolulu) was already scheduled to leave.
At 8:00 pm we embark for Honolulu and our last island in Hawaii.
We arrived at the airport around 9 pm and headed for our accommodation (we booked a condo again – a private apartment in Waikiki).
We arrived, accommodated our things and went on to hit the surroundings and on the most famous shopping and entertainment street in Waikiki, Kalakaua Ave. We ran a few shops, got to know the environment and around 11 pm we went back to our apartment.
That is how we closed our route for the day.
Hotel review: Royal Moana Condomínio (4 stars)
Good apartment structure and a very good price for the luxurious location of Waikiki Beach.
$ 550 (US dollars) for a 1 bedroom apartment (double bed and two single beds), living room, kitchen, bathroom and balcony.
# 1 day
Our first day on the island of Oahu and the twelfth day in Hawaii was marked by a pleasant surprise.
The day before the night we bought our luau, which was chosen after a survey. When we are planning the trip, we look for indications of the best places in Hawaii and Paradise Cove was the one we found most with good reviews and comments. We closed this one and left to meet him.
Before this experience, in the morning and part of the afternoon our itinerary was to wake up early, head towards Pearl Harbor , enjoy this point of interest on Oahu, stop for coffee on the way and head to the outlet. Yes, we are also consumerists hehe! We scheduled purchases for this last island due to the weight and amount of luggage available on internal flights and we chose the Waikele Premium Outlets .
We stayed at the outlet for about 3 hours and after being lost in shopping we went to what would be the event of the day: our luau at Paradise Cove .
We arrived a little earlier than the time allowed to enter, so we went to make time in the small square in front of the place. We sat there and spent 1 hour enjoying the sun and the sea. When it was past 4:30 pm we went to the ticket window and got our cards to access the place. At 4:50 pm we were already entering the place of the luau.
Luau Review: Paradise Cove (5 stars)
A pleasant surprise when it comes to the structure of the place and the entertainment offered. Americans definitely know how to put on a show! We stayed at the place from 5 pm until 9 pm and all the while we were being entertained with some activity. From darts, to mini dance shows to the main activity of the show on stage, everything was very well organized and impeccable. The food was very well served and tasty and the bar structure was also very good.
$ 97 per person (US dollars) for a basic entrance entitled to a buffet, $ 12 dollars on the card, which could be spent on cocktails or objects in the souvenir shop, water and coffee at will.
After the show we drove back to Waikiki and ended our activities for the day.
# 2 Day
This day was reserved to visit North Shore and the surrounding areas. And that’s exactly what we did!
We woke up very early and drove towards this part of the island of Oahu.
Our route was made starting from Waikiki, following the east region of the island and going up to the northern beaches.
On the way we passed many points of interest and, of course, many beaches.
We left our accommodation early and drove to Nu’uanu Pali Lookout , the first stop of the day. From this point we continue towards Kane’ohe and to the north.
Already going up the east coast of the island of Oahu, our second stop was Chinaman’s Hat . We continued the journey and followed the sea and the Hawaiian coast. The beaches were passing by our view. The next destination was Kahana Bay . Photos and more photos, we proceed to Hau’ula Beach , La’ie and Turtle Bay .
Located at the northern tip of Oahu, the next stop was Sunset Beach . Onde! What a beach! We spent more time there, photos and breath. We stayed at this point for about 2 hours enjoying the sun and the sea.
After being completely satisfied with the location, we proceeded to the final part of this route. But before we get to the next beaches, we stop for a quick snack in a roadside food truck. And guess what… a Brazilian trailer with coxinha, pastel and guarana! Ready trip to North Shore complete! We get fed up and move on.
At this stage we still wanted more. More beaches and surf spots. We went after it! Next stop is one of the meccas of world surfing: Banzai Pipeline . There were a few more photos and then we went on to what would be the last stops: Pupukea Beach Park and Waimea Beach Park . In the latter we decided to stay until the sun goes down. We stayed there until about 6:30 pm admiring the beach and the beautiful sunset.
After the points chosen for this day, we returned to Waikiki (the journey from Waimea Beach to Waikiki took approximately 1.5 hours).
Still not satisfied with knowing so much, we arrived in Waikiki and went to a shopping spot in Honolulu, Ala Moana Center . This is one of the good shopping spots on this Hawaiian island. In addition to this we also recommend the Outlet mentioned above (Waikele Premium) and the avenue on the seafront of Waikiki (Kalakaua Ave).
Around 10 pm we return to our accommodation and end the day’s activities.
# 3 Day
And the last day of activity and tours in Hawaii had arrived. At this point the heart was already breaking, but the legs still held. And the eyes wanted to know more and more.
Our day’s itinerary was dedicated to the southern tip of the island of Oahu and a hike to the volcano.
We left the accommodation at 8am towards the first point of interest: Diamond Head .
In this place we find a park with a very light trail to access the peak of the most famous volcano on Oahu.
We started the trail at 8:45 am and reached the highest point at 9:20 am (25 minutes uphill). The path is mostly paved and has easy to use accesses.
After many photos at the peak, where we were able to see Honolulu, Waikiki and some other places, we returned to the base. The whole trip took approximately 1 hour (round trip and technical stop for photos at the top of the volcano).
A detail to inform and that in this park you need to pay a fee of $ 3 dollars per car to stop in the parking lot, and if you arrive on foot, you will only pay $ 1 dollar to access.
After this short trail, we went for a quick coffee and soon after we started the day’s beach circuit.
Our first stop after Diamond Head was Hanauma Bay . A beautiful place to spend the day, however there is an access fee for cars and people. The beach is NOT free. To access the car park, each vehicle pays $ 1 dollar and to enter the park, the price is $ 7.50 per person.
We stopped for photos and proceeded to the other points. Next stops were:
- Koko Crater
- Halona Blow Hole
- Sandy beach park
- Makapu’u Lighthouse
- Makapu’u Beach
- Waimanalo Beach
At the penultimate point (Makapu’u Beach) we stopped to enjoy the beach for about 1 hour. This is one of the most beautiful places on this route. There, the visitor finds a blue water beach and a lighthouse in the background to complete the scene.
After going through all these places, our morning had come to an end. We headed back to Honolulu and the last beach of the Hawaiian season: Waikiki Beach . We had still enjoyed this beach even though we were staying next door.
We stayed there for about an hour and went to our lunch. At this point, it was past 3 pm and we needed to replace and eat.
After lunch, we walked to our accommodation. We rested for a while, remade ourselves and at 18h, approximately, we headed again to the outlet of the previous one ( Ala Moana Center ). Shopping and shopping, we closed our trip at this point. We ended activities earlier, because the next day we had a flight at 8:30 am and we need to wake up at 5am.
# 4 Day
Last day and time to leave. We drove from Waikiki to the airport (we took approximately 15 to 20 minutes by car) and ended our trip on this day.
Our flight back to Sydney (where we live) would take almost 10 hours. Travel well used and full of fascinating places. Mahalo, Hawaii! Thank you, Hawaii!
- Luau at Mauna Kea Beach Hotel
- Kilauea After Dark
- Waipio Ride the Rim (quadricículo)
- Dive & Manta
- Paradise Helicopters
- Blue Hawaiian Helicopters
- Guided Tours
- Lava n zip Zipline & Volcano Tour
- Volcanoes Waterfalls Nature (small group guided tours)
- Dolphin Discoveries Snorkel and Dolphin Adventures
- Snorkel & Surf
- Snorkelling Adventures
- Safari Helicopters
- Honu Sports Dive
- Umauma Falls & Zipline Experience
- Big Island Buggy
- Hawaii Island Tours
- Kula Kai Caverns
- Helicopter Tours Sunshine Helicopters
- Air Tours Fly First Class
- Mauna Kea Summit Adventures
- Dolphin/Manta Snorkel
- Volcanoes Maunakea Waterfalls Nature Tours
- Manta Guarantee
- Snorkel – Ocean Sports
- Haleakala National Park Sunrise Tours
- Heavenly Hana Tour
- The Incredible Journey Hana
- Hana & Haleakala Revealed – Temptation Tours
- Old Lahaina Luau – Tradicional hula & feast
- Drums of the Pacific Lu’au – Hyatt Regency
- Maui Diving Scuba Center
- Learn to Surf – GooFy Foot
- Windsurf, Kite and Surf Lessons – Maui’s Windsport School
- Lessons & Board Rentals – Surf, Stand-up and Boogie
- Rivers to the sea – Private surf lessons
- Lanai Ferry – Maui/Lanai Passenger Ferry
- Maui Princess Dinner Cruise
- Dolphins Lanai
- Ultimate Snorkel Lanai Dolphin Excursions
- ATV Tours – Mini Jeeps
- Zipline – Pi’iholo Ranch Adventures
- Northshore Zipline
- Hike Maui – Waterfalls Rain Forests
- Rappel Waterfalls
- Beautiful Maui Tours
- Ziplines Adventures Course
- Pineapple Tours
- Fishing Tour
- Bike Tours
- Maui Ocean Center Aquarium of Hawaii
- Bike Down a Volcano
- Fishing Tours
- Reefdancer – Maui’s Ultimate Reef Viewing Adventure
- Jet ski & Fly-board
- Hiking Adventures
- Maui Stargazing
- Parasail in Paradise
- Air Tour Volcano & Air Tour Moloka’i
- Dolphins with the experts
- Bike down the Volcano Haleakala
- Maverick Maui Helicopters Excursions
- Boss Frog’s – Snorkel, bike & beach rentals
- Sail Maui – Molokini & Lanai
- Molokini with the experts
- Experience Molokini in Solitude – Ki Kanani
- Alii Nui Snorkel & Sailing
- Snorkel Snuba Molokini & Turtle Town
- Maui Dive Shop Hawaii
- Parasail in Paradise
- Molokini Rafting
- Polynesian Cultural Centre
- Oahu Tours
- Shore Excursions
- Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbour
- Kailua Beach Adventures
- Hoku Hawaii Tours
- Bike Hawaii: bike, hike, kayak, sail e snorkel
- Fishing Hawaii
- Oahu Tours – Gray Line
- Shark Cage Tours
- Dolphin Quest
- Magic of Polynesia
- Sea Life Park
- Paradise Cove
- Dolphin Star
- Wet’ n’ Wild
- H2O Sports
- Magnum Helicopters Doors Off
- Pearl Harbour
- Kualoa – Jurassic Valley
- Dive Oahu & Surf
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