Laie Point

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If you’re looking for an incredible view, a great place to scuba dive (and get eaten by a shark), or fish (judging by all the fishermen) Laie Point on Oahu is the place. It really is beautiful here.

Look at a map of Oahu, find Laie, find what looks like a point…bingo, you’re there.

I really couldn’t take enough pictures, it was so pretty there! Just look at the color of that water.

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What you need to know:

It’s totes free. You can drive right up to it and just walk around. It’s a gorgeous view and great place to get some pictures.

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Goat Island

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Goat island isn’t far from shore in Laie, Oahu. In low tide it’s (fairly) easy to walk from the beach to the island and believe me, the trip is well worth it.

What you need to know:

Water shoes are a necessity for walking across the rocks and the reef to reach the island. And don’t bother bringing lots of stuff with you. (We brought a cooler and it was just a big hassle). The area you walk across is right where waves from either side of you break, so it is a bit of a balancing act. Expect to get wet.

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Snorkeling at Shark’s Cove

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Shark’s Cove is a great place to go for snorkeling. We saw a TON of beautiful fish and even some little color changing squid.

What you need to know:

The thing about shark’s cove is that it isn’t much of a beach. If you’re looking for a place that you can lay out and the little ones can play in the sand, this isn’t the place to go. There are a lot of big rocks all over the beach, and the ‘beach area’ isn’t very big. It’s just big enough for the masses of people who come to put their stuff down and get into the water.

The parking lot is small and it fills up quickly. We went on a Tuesday and got there around 9:30 or 10:00 AM and the parking lot was already starting to get packed.

To get to the beach you have to kind of climb down a bunch of rocks. There isn’t exactly a perfect path. I will admit it’s not the easiest thing to do in flip-flops while carrying a cooler and beach bag. You should definitely lock any valuables in the car.

A great way to keep your valuables, phone, keys, wallet, etc.) safe at the beach (and don’t blame me if this doesn’t work for you) is put them in a little sandwich baggie, sealed tightly and bury them, not far mind you, in the sand by your stuff. Then put your towel on top of the spot you buried them so you don’t forget where they are.

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Hidden Beach Oahu, Hi

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Hidden Beach Oahu is a little known gem was quite the adventure. There used to be one road that went around the edge of the whole island. Then because of erosion and such that had to close part of the road, so you can get almost all the way around on both sides, but there’s a stretch in the middle that’s closed. If you access that stretch on the North Shore side of the island, and drive until the road turns into a dirt road, you will find hidden beach.

What you need to know:

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Many people park their cars where the road ends and hike all the way to the beach. But it’s not close. Thankfully we brought our Hummer and were able to drive all the way there. A trusty online guide advised us to drive to the 15th telephone pole and the beach will be on the right. Good luck counting. We weren’t able to keep track.

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Oahu Shoreline Drive

 

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The Oahu shoreline drive is like nothing else in the world. There are some places where the waves actually splash up on the road. You get to watch as the landscape turns from desert to rainforest or vice versa depending on where you start. If at all possible, I would recommend doing the drive on motorcycle. There is nothing like having the wind in your hair and feeling the ocean spray on your skin. But then again, I am partial to motorcycles.

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What you need to know:

There are plenty of good restaurants and shops to stop at along the drive to stretch your legs not to mention all the beaches you’ll pass along the way. I’d suggest wearing your bathing suit under your clothes and just pulling over when the mood strikes you. I highly recommend stopping at Donkey Balls Chocolate. Don’t let the name get you, the chocolate is incredible.

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Hanauma Bay Snorkeling

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So I have been in Hawaii for almost three weeks now and I FINALLY went snorkeling at the bay that is a 10 min drive from my house. It also happens to be the bay where I will be working everyday. What have I been doing with my time?! Oh yeah… Being lazy and reading 5 mystery novels. Well better late than never I suppose.

Anyway, we bought snorkels and masks and flippers at Wal-Mart and spent probably 45 minutes of our late afternoon swimming.

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The fish at the bay swim all around you. It’s crazy! They are everywhere! We saw like schools of fish and random lonely fish and rainbow fish and fish the size of dinner plates. I’m not gonna lie the fish scared me a little at first. But they were so beautiful and it was so fun to watch them eat off he reef.

The prettiest fish I saw was so gorgeous! It had an electric blue spine and it was mostly light green and had little splotches of pink and purple. AH! I cannot describe how beautiful it was!!! I wanted to take it home. I am determined to buy an underwater camera.

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But by far the coolest thing we saw was a SEA TURTLE!!!! It was so cool. We literally just followed it around for a while and watched it eat off the reef. It was so cute. It kinda looked like it was flying through the water.

Oh, it was such a fantastic trip! I discovered, with the flippers, if I swam with my feet together I could go faster. Made me feel like a majestic mermaid. I probably looked like a fish out of water, flopping around, but I felt like a mermaid.

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