HAWAII Top 10 Things to Do
Aloha and welcome to my Blog Post about Hawaii, my Name is Claudio and in 2015 I spent 6 weeks on the beautiful islands of Hawaii, i visited Oahu, Maui and Kauai and here is my list of the Top 10 Things to Do in Hawaii:
You might wonder, wait a minute waikiki is super famous it has to number one right? Well The truth is, waikiki was not my favorite at all because it is super touristy and there is not much nature left between all of the skyskraper hotels, i would say it is worth a day visiting to go shopping or for dinner at the cheesecake factory, but I don’t think this is the best place to spent your entire vacation. i do recommend the hike up Diamond Head to have a beautiful view over the city of Honolulu.
Moving on to the really beautiful things:
#9 The North Shore of Oahu
Famous for Surfing and a laid back lifestyle the north shore was exactly where I wanted to be, I stayed Kalani Private Lodging for around 50$ per night during the pipe masters. Bernie and Maria, the owners of the hostel are super friendly and everyone I met in the hostel was very unique and interesting, it was a wild mix of backpackers from Australia, Brazil, Sweden and the Netherlands. During my 10 day stay there I made a lot of new friends. If you have a bigger budget I recommend staying at the Turtle Bay Resort, you might know it from 12/13 “Forgetting Sarah Marshal”. At the North Shore make sure to visit the Clark Little Gallery for amazing shore line photography, and eat a Haleʻiwa Bowl or the famous chocolate cream pie at Ted’s Bakery, then drive to Weimea Bay, Banzaii Pipeline or Sunset Beach and watch surfers get barreled or wiped out, good times.
#8 Pillbox Hike and Lanikai Beach
This beautiful and short hike is located near Lanikai, the place where Barack Obama spent his Holidays as the president of the United States, it is famous for the two little twin islands and crystal clear blue water and white sand.
#7 Makapuu Lookout and Alan Davis
Next up is the hike up to Makapuu Lookout from where you can look over Waimanalo Beach and even see whales. make sure to also hike down to Alan Davis, there is beautiful clear water to swim and a small wooden plank from where you can jump into the ocean. In the background there is
#6 Koko Head
The Hike up to Koko Head leads up on an old railway and once you made it to the top you can either enjoy the view into the crater or down Hanauma Bay, In my Opinion Hanauma Bay is totally overrated, you have to pay to get access to the beach and it is very touristy like waikiki and that’s the reason why all the beautiful corals already got destroyed.
#5 Kahekili Highway and Honolua Bay
We’re Heading over to Maui. On my first day I headed north and boy that was a fun Drive, from Kahului to Honolua Bay two hours of winding roads and beautiful viewpoints. Watch out for cars from the other direction since most of the road is not wide enough for two cars, but if you like driving, this will be a lot of fun.
#4 the Road to Hana
The most famous drive on Maui is the road to Hana. I suggest starting early because this trip can take all day if you want to do it right. it is also a long and winding road but along a beautiful coastline and in between jungle, it feels like a real adventure. The highlights are Black Sand Beach and the Twin Falls.
10.000 feet above sea level, this massive Volcano makes up more than 75% of the total Island of Maui, the drive up there is amazing, you will see many sheeps and cows as you climb up the steep road and at one point you make it above the clouds.
Make sure to be up there at sunset when the shadow of the peak will stretch all the way to the horizon and enjoy the view of Maui at night.
#2 Na Pali Coast
After Maui I visited Kauai, this was my favorite Island. It felt way less touristy than the others and the nature is the most amazing of them all. There is Waimea Canyon which is like a tropical Grand Canyon, beautiful Hanalai Bay and Tunnels Beach, but my absolute favorite place in the world was the Na Pali Coast. You can either do the 11 mile hike along Kalalau Trail, which I highly recommend or see the whole Island and especially the Na Pali Coast from the sky in a helicopter or plane. I booked my trip with “Wings over Kauai” and that experience was one of the best of my life. You get in a plane at Lihue Airport, fly all around the island, see famous shooting locations from Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones, Whales, Waterfalls, Canyons, and This: The cathedral of Honopu Valley. In my opinion the most beautiful view in the world.
So if it is the most beautiful view, why is it not on Number one you might ask. Because there is one other exclusive location that has been my absolute favorite things to have done in my life. I am talking about the Haiku Stairs aka Stairway to heaven. It is an old stairway with 3,922 steps up tropical cliffs to an abandoned radio Station used in world war two. Unfortunately the hike is now illegal, there is a guard that sends people who try to hike away and you will get a fine if police catches you.
On my Website claudioaloha.com there is a bonus section with tips and tricks about travelling Hawaii, for example how to get to the the Haiku Stairs, Dead Man’s Catwalk or a secret Turtle Cove. If you want to support me on Patreon you will get free access to this section, and I will make sure to bring you more informative travel tips about Australia,California and South East Asia. I also designed a cool Aloha shirt to share the spirit of my channel into the world, you can find a link in the description.
Mahalo for reading my blog post, I hope you will have a great trip to Hawaii.