Oahu, Hawaii, USA

Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state to have joined the United States of America (1959). Hawaii is composed entirely of islands.

Hawaii has always been on my “Bucket List”. I went there when I lived in Vancouver.

 Vancouver – Hawaii ? 6-hour flight. Paris-Hawaii ? 20-hour flight … ouch.

We booked our flight through West Jet (Low Cost Canadian airline). And to be honest, I don’t really like planes but thanks to the humor of the cabin crew I had a really great time. If you are looking for a “cheap” way to go there, I highly recommend West Jet.

We landed at Honolulu’s airport, on the island of Oahu, and, well, if you’re afraid of flying close your eyes because the aircraft land really, really close to the water.

We stayed at the Coconut Waikiki Hotel:

 + :

  • Great location
  • Calm
  • The rooms are spacious, and clean
  • Gym
  • Wifi

– :

  • The pool (I have never seen such a tiny swimming pool, not sure you can fit more than 5 people in there)
  • The breakfast (not a lot of choices and a really small breakfast room)

Link to the hotel: Coconut Waikiki

 

Buses work really well on Oahu, and are the cheapest way to travel around the island. I will advise renting a car for at least a day or two. Especially if you would like to go to the North Shore. It’s faster and way more convenient and you can stop and admire the amazing landscapes Hawaii has to offer. Renting a car in Hawaii is pretty cheap.

 

WHAT TO DO :

  • Visiting Pearl Harbour (entry fee: 23 dollars for adults and 16 dollars for children)
  • Hanauma Bay (main picture of this blog post, pretty nice right ?)
  • Diamond Head (it’s name of the crater that overlook Waikiki Beach – if you go for a hike you can admire the view at the top)
  • Dole Plantation (you can visit the Dole plantation and taste the pineapples – the best I have ever eaten. It’s free entry except if you would like to take the train around the plantation and then it’s 11 dollars. It would be a bit more expensive if you would like to go into the maze)
  • Laniakea Beach (to see the turtles)
  • Waimanolo Beach (turquoise water, the beach is huge, it’s heaven on earth)
  • Manoa Falls

 

WHERE TO EAT :

  • Ono Hawaiian Food (traditional cuisine, please please go there it’s delicious)
  • Tikis Grill (the food is really good, big patio)
  • Giovanni’s shrimp truck

 

FACTS :

  • The Hawaiian Islands are the most geographically isolated island chain on Earth.
  • Hawaii is the only state whose landmass is growing due to volcanic eruptions
  • The state of Hawaii consists of eight main islands: Niihau, Kauai, Oahu, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe and the Big Island of Hawaii.
  • There are only 12 letters in the Hawaiian alphabet

 

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