Good morning friends! I hope you all had a great weekend like I did. I really can’t complain about a weekend full of sunshine, friends, margaritas, puppy sightings, and yummy food right? But now it’s Monday… Let’s get real about Monday. No one really likes Mondays. Not unless they’re on vacation, right? I don’t either unless it’s 5pm and I’m about to grab dinner with a gal pal, which is what I’m doing tonight!
So, in an effort to share some happiness on this Monday here are some photos from my trip to Oahu last last Christmas. I didn’t take a ton of camera photos because I didn’t lug my DSLR everywhere so you can find phone photos with the tag #tinycupofcaketravels on Instagram.
These are some of my favorite spots in Oahu but you’ll notice there aren’t any food photos! Let me know if you would like me to round up some food spots for a future post.
Makai Research Pier: Located in Waimanalo, along the same highway as Makapu’u beach and tidepools. Underneath the pier is a quiet small beach. It’s definitely an “Instagram spot” so once you get your picture, I would drive down the highway to visit the other beaches. The east coast of the island can get some big waves but it’s worth a drive if you’ve got a car.
Dole Plantation: The plantation is great if you have kids because you can go on the train ride or do the maze. You can also walk through some gardens (for free) and see some of the pineapple plants. The small pineapples are the cutest! It would also be a crime to leave Oahu without having Dole whip at least once…
Lanikai beach: This is my favorite beach ever. The color of the water is a gorgeous blue and makes you want to stay in the water forever. This is coming from someone who is actually terrified of the ocean, by the way. It’s a bit of a drive but it’s less crowded than Waikiki in Honolulu. Next time, I’d love to try the Pillboxes hike. I’m sure the view of Lanikai will be gorgeous!
Diamond Head: One of the best hikes I’ve been on because of the variety of beautiful views from the trail. The summit has a view of Honolulu which is Oahu’s densest city. On another side, you can see things like a lighthouse. I’m not much of a hiker so I liked how this is a pretty easy hike. It’s not very long but the incline gets steep pretty fast. Tip: you don’t have to take the terrifying ladder of stairs, you can bypass this by just walking up a hill.
What are your favorite spots on Oahu? I would love to hear them!