I am always excited when I fly into Honolulu – a certain thrill comes with visiting any Hawaiian island.
Pictured below is a view of Honolulu city from the Tantalus mountain lookout.
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!
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There are many hikes and walks on 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 checking out sea turtles.
Laniakea and Pupukea are both great places to spot turtles.
Related: Shrimp Trucks on Oahu's North Shore
At the end of the day, sitting on the beach and admiring a sunset is something that just never gets old!
Mark was raised in central Africa before migrating back to the U.S. for University. After graduating, he decided to continue traveling the world. On Migrationology, he shares the cultural side of travel from a slow-paced local perspective that often revolves around his love for eating all forms of food. Join him on Facebook and follow him on Twitter @migrationology.