I am nursing a case of post holiday blues; yes I know there may not be a lot of sympathy for me as I am very lucky to get away. I just feel it was too short, 6 days was all we could manage with work commitments and once you throw in the travel time its quite short. Not to fear, I am in planning mode thinking about our next adventure (stay tuned).
Jim and I were in need of some sun and fresh air so we opted for Hawaii, we have been before and loved it so much. The food, people and vibe is exactly what we needed. We thought about other locations like Bali but there seem to be so many Aussies there at the moment.
We only travelled to Waikiki this time around (because of our short trip time). I can hear you say that we should have headed to Maui or Kauai, those islands are beautiful as we have headed to Maui before but there are lots of secluded areas in Waikiki that people may not know about and I think North Shore is actually more beautiful than Maui.
EATING/ Dukes Waikiki was our favourite restaurant; they have the most amazing seafood and salad bar with an even better cocktail list. Their coconut, pineapple mojito blew my socks off. The Cheesecake Factory is an American tradition, I know the decor looks cheesy but the food is incredible with an extensive 15-page menu, and as the name suggests the cheesecake selection will take you to heaven and back. My pick is the lemon-raspberry crème cheesecake-superb! Nobu was great for a unique Japanese cuisine, we venture to Nobu in Melbourne but it was nice checking out the Waikiki version as it was slightly different. Morimoto in the Modern Hotel is fantastic and is home to celebrity chef Masaharu Morimoto. If you’re after a bit of a health kick you must head to Diamond Head Cove they have amazing smoothies, salads and fresh fish tacos. You can also buy the traditional Hawaii (Polynesian) drink, a cup of Kava. If you’re like me and love your coffee head to Gorilla in The Cafe.
WHERE TO STAY/ We stayed at the Moana Surfrider, which is smack bang in the heart of Waikiki and is a beautiful historic hotel, we loved it. Other great places to consider are The Modern, The Trump Hotel has a speculator infinity pool and The Halekulani is a good choice.
THING’S TO DO/ Our favourite day was spent driving to the Oahu’s, North Shore (embarrassing insta video here). It is a favourite among surfers, It was untouched with many hidden treasures along the way, it makes you realise what life is really about. The waves were 20 feet high when we drove up so a few of the beaches were closed, but it was pretty to watch the huge waves crash on the sand. The main things to do are to drive Sunset Beach Park, Laniakea Beach and to see the Turtle Bay Beach. We loved the authentic shrimp trucks along the way. Back in Waikiki we loved climbing Diamond Head, our only mistake was waiting until 9 to head up there as the mountain was packed but it was worth fighting the people to get to the top as the view was incredible!
What do you like to do in Hawaii? I’d love to hear your tips as I think we will be going for many years to come.