Beautiful Hawai’i will be consisting of the following destinations:
Located east of Waikiki, Hanauma Bay is not only one of the best snorkeling spots in Hawai’i, but one of the prettiest too. This is the perfect place to soak in the sun or swim with a rainbow of colorful fish beneath the calm waters. The fish and other creatures under the water here are surprisingly friendly and not afraid of humans, which makes for some very interesting encounters!
Hanauma Bay was once a volcanic crater. One wall of the crater collapsed and allowed seawater to pour in, forming one of the most enchanting beaches in the world. As a protected Nature Preserve, you will be treated to a short video at the bay’s Marine Education Center that helps all visitors to understand the importance of reef conservation and presrvation. Hundreds of years ago Hawaiian kings and queens enjoyed this area as their playground. Today, it’s your turn!
* Access is restricted to 300 vehicles at a time, arrive early before the lot is full ( 6AM- 7AM)
* Water is clearer in the early morning before the crowds arrive
* Snorkel gear available for rental for about $20
* Snack bar on upper level
* Tram ride to/from ocean level available for $1(down) & $1.25(up)
* Beach wheelchairs are available for free at Hanauma Bay
* $7.50 Entry Fee is NOT included (Active Military and kids under 12 yrs – free)
* Closed Tuesdays
Sand Chairs are available at Hanauma Bay on a first come first serve basis for free.
Take in some fantastic views on this scenic hike! The amply wide and safe path is fully paved, is easily accessed by scooters and strollers, and takes about 30 minutes to get to the top. A favorite activity for visitors and locals alike, this easy hike leads to spectacular vistas and a breathtaking expanse of brilliant blue ocean.
The lighthouse is tucked around the backside of the hill, located about 600 feet above sea level. Since 1909 it has warned passing ships of this point of lava rocks and hills jutting out into the sea.
If you are here in whale season (“winter” months), you can watch right from the cliff side as mother humpback whales and their calves frolic in the warm protected waters. Sometimes they are so close you don’t need binoculars! Enjoy stunning panoramic views of Oahu’s east and south coastlines. On a clear day you can even see the islands of Maui, Molokai, and Lani.
* Not a lot of shade, wear sunscreen and bring a hat and water
* Free admission
Hawai’i was once well known for its production of pineapple that was shipped all over the world. Times have changed, but the pineapple hasn’t!
This popular attraction showcases the era when pineapple was king. Stroll through 8 different gardens and immerse yourself in a tropical plant paradise, see trees such as plumeria, cacao, coffee, and many different varieties of pineapple plants. Ride the Pineapple Express Train around the property, a 20 minute ride to enjoy the sights and hear stories of the history of ol’ Hawai’i. There is even a pineapple maze, the largest maze in the world according to the Guinness Book of World Records.
Ever wanted to know how to choose the tastiest pineapple, or how to slice one the right way? You can learn at the hourly demonstrations in the gift store. Your trip is not complete until you have sampled the ultra-yummy “Dole Pineapple Whip”, a kind of pineapple soft serve ice-cream.
* Train rides $6.50-$8.50
* Maze $4-$6
* Gardens $4.25-$5
* Enjoy a no-host lunch at the Plantation Grille, on site
* Enjoy a unique shopping experience at the Dole gift store