Hawaii – Everything you need to know about Oahu, Hawaii is in this blog! 🙂
Location: Hawaii is a US state and is located in the Pacific Ocean. It is made up of eight islands, Oahu, Maui, Kahoolawe, Lanai, Molokai, Kauai and Niihau.
Below is the map of the Hawaiian Islands.
I have personally been to Hawaii twice and both times I have loved it!
My family and I stayed on the main island of Oahu in Waikiki which is the beachfront of the south shore of the island. Waikiki is where most travellers stay as it is close to the beaches and there are lots of activities to do and it is surrounded by shops. We have flown to Hawaii with Air New Zealand and Hawaiian Airlines and both airlines have great service and are very helpful.
Accommodation in Oahu, Hawaii:
We stayed at different hotels when we went to Hawaii as the hotel we stayed at the first time was unavailable/booked out.
The Holiday Inn Resort Waikiki Beachcomber- a 3 minute walk from the beach and across the road from the ‘Royal Hawaiian Centre’.
The Holiday Inn is a 4 star hotel. The apartments are awesome! They are really clean and spacious. The hotel has an outdoor pool, sauna, fitness centre, complementary Wifi and access to the Macy’s department store on the ground floor. They also have a gift shop, a cafe, a concierge and activity desk.
Accessibility of the hotel was great! Would highly recommend going here.
Below is the view from our room.
The Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach – An 8 minute walk to the beach and shops. It is a newly renovated and has a rating of 3 stars. The apartments are quite small even the wheelchair accessible rooms, but the rooms were clean and nice to stay in. The service was pretty good but I think they could definitely improve. The hotel also has an outdoor pool, complementary Wifi, a fitness centre, a bar near the pool, and a new restaurant which we didn’t go to because it wasn’t open yet. They also have a shop beside the lobby which sells food and souvenirs. Across the road there is a supermarket which is great for getting snacks etc. This is a good hotel but I probably wouldn’t go back as the rooms are too small for wheelchairs.
Below is the view from the hotel at sunset.
Places to eat in Waikiki:
The Cheesecake Factory – is a great place to go but most of the time you have to wait for a table but the service is great and the food is good too.
PF Changs – Another great place to go, they have gluten free options which is great as there aren’t many places in Hawaii with gluten free meals. We went to this restaurant a lot! Highly recommend.
Eggs and Things – Good place for breakfast, food was nice and service was good too.
Lupino Trattoria & Wine Bar – This Italian restaurant has great service and food! This is located in the Royal Hawaiian Centre. Would recommend!
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Transportation options in Oahu, Hawaii:
General Local Buses – We used the general buses over in Hawaii and they were cheap to use.
Shuttles – The ‘Roberts Hawaii’ shuttles picked us up for some of the activities we did. They were very helpful and funny too which made our journey into Waikiki, awesome! I would recommend using Roberts Hawaii.
Activities to do in Hawaii:
Snorkelling – We went on a snorkelling trip with ‘Ocean Joy Cruises’ on the morning cruise which includes dolphin watching, sightseeing and snorkelling. Highly recommend!! Great service, you get a meal included in the trip and the trip was for around 3 hours. The price for our cruise was $149 per person but it was definitely worth the money!! They also have a professional photographer on board and they take photos of everyone on the boat and underwater when snorkelling and they are amazing quality. You can then purchase these photos. This was by far my favourite activity to do in Oahu!
For more information on Ocean Joy Cruises, click the link below.
Photo of a turtle underwater, on the cruise and of the sunrise before our cruise!
Photo of the boat we went on.
Swimming – Waikiki beachfront has a lovely beach to swim at, pretty much all travellers go here to swim and surf. Great place to go. The water is lovely and warm too! Photo of Waikiki Beach below.
More Activity Ideas:
Pineapple Dole Plantation – The Pineapple Plantation is everything pineapple!! This activity does take a couple of hours. There is a giant maze in the shape of a pineapple that the whole family can complete but it does have an entry fee. There is also a place to eat and they have the best pineapple ice – cream! Would highly recommend!
They sell souvenirs and snacks e.g. Pineapple and Coconut cotton candy, t-shirts that are dyed with pineapple juice, keychains etc.
Below is a photo of the pineapple ice-cream!
Ala Moana Centre – You can catch the bus to the Ala Moana Centre, it has 3 levels of shops so it’s definitely a whole day activity or more. This centre also has a food court.
International Market Place – We loved going here as it was just across the road from the Hilton Garden Inn Waikiki Beach. It has lots of lovely shops and restaurants.
Waikiki Beachfront – Along Waikiki there are lots of shops to go to as well and all shops are open to 10pm!
Makani Kai Helicopter Tours – We decided to do a helicopter tour around the island. The tour that we did was the 50minute ‘doors off adventure’.
It was a bit scary at the start flying in a helicopter with no doors on! BUT it was awesome!! A helicopter tour is a great way to go around the whole island and see all the different sites e.g Pearl Harbour. The service at Makani Kai was great. The tour is pricy but it was very fun and definitely worth it!
Paradise Cove Luau – The first time we went to Hawaii we went to a Luau at Paradise Cove. It was such a lovely evening filled with activities for children and adults. The night involves watching the cultural dances and then enjoying a buffet. This is a great way to get to know the Hawaiian culture. It is a night filled with entertainment, fun activities and island cuisine. Would recommend going to one. Below is the website for the Paradise Cove Luau.
Accessibility of Hawaii:
The accessibility of Hawaii was great, all the shops are accessible for wheelchairs and some have buttons that you can push and opens the door for you. Most restaurants are really accessible. I found that the whole island is great for wheelchairs! Definitely a great place to visit!
I hope you have enjoyed reading about my experience in Hawaii and if you are going in the future then I hope this has helped. 🙂 Hawaii is a lovely place to go on holiday! ~
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