I am always excited when I fly into Honolulu – there’s a certain thrill that comes with visiting any island.
Pictured above is a view of Honolulu city from the Tantalus mountain lookout.
Towards the left is the famous Diamond Head Crater and the coastline with all the skyscrapers is Waikiki Beach.
When I was a kid, Sandy Beach on Oahu’s South shore was one of my favorites.
It’s not only in a gorgeous setting, but the waves are supreme for body surfing.
The current of the ocean is strong and the waves crash hard for an entertaining beach experience!
There are many hikes and walks on the island of Oahu.
The Makapu’u Point walk is an easy trail that offers spectacular views of the ocean and a chance to see humpback whales.
Once you arrive at the finishing point of the hike you get a view of the Makapu’u Lighthouse. The deep ocean view is spectacular.
If the sky is clear you may even be able to catch a glimpse of another Hawaiian island.
While one direction you face the Makapu’u Lighthouse, the other direction is a magnificent view over the southeast corner of Oahu.
Chinaman’s Hat is one of the most famous landmarks when driving around the island.
What do you think, does it look like a Chinese style hat (see some examples here)?
Hiking Koko Head Crater is extremely strenuous, but the views from the top are astounding!
The trail leads straight up the side of the mountain on a former military railroad supply route.
Oahu’s north shore is one of the most famous places for surfing and also for checking out sea turtles.
Laniakea and Pupukea are both great places to spot turtles.
At the end of the day, sitting on the beach and admiring a sunset is something that just never gets old!