It suddenly occurred to me just the other day, that whilst I haven’t managed to travel as much as one would like, purely because money doesn’t grow on tress (sigh), and some muppet proposed to me and now a wedding is sapping every penny it can, I can still impart some wisdom on some cracking places I have been able to visit before!!
And where better to start that Hawaii!!
Not many people are lucky enough to say they have experienced the delights Hawaii has to offer, but fortunately for me, I have on a family trip back in 2010!
Seven years may have passed (bloody hell, was it that long ago!), but it still remains one of the best places I have managed to visit!!
What island did we stay on?
We went to the island of Oahu, simply because it had so much on the island we wanted to see, do and experience. There are many islands in Hawaii to visit, with some being more commerical than others. Depending what you are looking for in your trip depends on the Island you should visit. All be it, travel around the islands and experience all Hawaii has to offer!
Where did we stay?
We really wanted to have our own place as a family. As much as the Hawaiian hotels are stunning, we really wanted to have our own space, pool if possible, and ability to come and go when we liked. We also loved the idea of eating out or making our own dinner too.
We stayed in Ko Olina Villa rentals, which is a complex of villas which we privately hired for the 10 days we were in Hawaii. We had our own hot tub, and we were just a short walk from the communal pool. The complex also had it’s own private access to a secluded beach.
What did we do?
As I said, we managed to pack so much into our 10 days in Oahu. There is so much to see and do including Pearl Harbour and Waikiki Beach. The real stand out attractions for me were:
We all know the atrocities that was Pearl Harbour. So it’s pretty surreal to be around the bay that brought America and Japan into war. Learn the real truth behind the Pearl Harbour attacks, and venture on various ships and submarines. It’s a very humbling experience, learning and experiencing what is still left of the attacks on Pearl Harbour.
Can you even go to Hawaii without going to Waikiki beach? NO!! We went to the infamous beach a couple of times and even managed to see a surfing contest! It’s not a large beach and there are many ‘nicer’ beaches, but you really can’t beat the atmosphere and what surrounds Waikiki! A must for any trip to Hawaii!
This isn’t somewhere than stands out as a must see attraction to many when they think of Hawaii, but it should be! Experience the film locations for blockbuster movies including Jurassic Park, 50 first dates and more!
Not only do you get to experience the locations, but the stunning scenery that is the ranch! A day at Kualoa ranch is not to be missed!!
This holiday was and still remains one of the best yet! It gives you everything you want from a Island beach retreat, as well as plenty to do and see when you’ve grown tired of the sand!
**Top Tip – I would highly recommend hiring your own car in Hawaii. There is so much to be said for exploring at your own leisure. We thoroughly enjoyed making our own way round the island and just taking in the breath-taking scenery and lush landscape.