Firstly let me say if you haven’t been to Hawaii yet, go and book your tickets now, actually once youv'e finished reading this might be best.
Hawaii took my breath away and took up a small space in my heart.
I’ll be back; numerous times I have no doubt.
I visited Oahu, and decided that I didn’t want to have the average tourist experience.
A lot of people stay in Wakiki, which I totally understand but decided it wasn’t for me this time.
We stayed on the north shore where you can move and nourish your body everyday in beautiful surroundings.
A few people asked what we got upto whilst we were there, so check out my guide to Hawaii (Oahu)
Accommodation – We booked somewhere on airbnb with a small kitchen. It was important for me to have the option of throwing together a chicken salad and somewhere to knock up some smoothie bowls for a super food hit. I would definitely recommend this option if you want to do some self catering.
I didn’t find that America has embraced the sugar free eating, but credit to them in Oahu there is a massive culture of farm to table and sourcing local food, which I loved!
Heavenly in Waikiki. I had the acai bowl when we visited which was delicious. They also have a huge emphasis on eating local, and offer Breakfast salads and a special breakfast for combating jet lag.
For the rest of the week we ate at our apartment – we visited wholefoods in Kailua, and stocked up on organic fresh berries, natural yoghurt (I checked a few and the best one I found with no added sugar was stiggi’s), and some activated nuts and seeds. Delicious!
Lunch and Dinner:
We ate from the food trucks at shark cove most days. Completely reasonably priced, and a great offering. One of the food trucks offers farm to table salads, which I got regularly.
Snorkeling - Huamana Bay and Sharks Cove.
Swimming with dolphins - We did it with dolphin excursions, which was amazing. Hearing them communicate underwater and swimming with turtles literally blew me away!
Pearl Harbour memorial site - A very sad moving place, but so interesting to learn more about what happened on that fateful day.
ATV tour - If you want to see the sets of Lost, Jurassic Park and more you must do the ATV drive - amazing!
Kayaking - We did the 5 hour twin guided tour – make sure you wear plenty off sunscreen, and comfy shoes for walking around the island.
You need to be willing to hike early (6am) before it gets too hot!