Last year we took a family vacation to Maui, and we loved it so much we had to go back again, but first we flew to the grand island of Oahu and spent some time exploring all that the island has to offer.
The Oahu Island of Hawaii is the third largest island and is known as “The Gathering Place”. Once again, my husband, Don Diamont, and our three youngest boys made the trip. This was the boys’ second trip to Hawaii and we wanted to explore everything and provide a great Oahu experience for them.
We stayed at the amazing Royal Hawaiian in Waikiki. – a luxury resort known as the “Pink Palace of the Pacific” and it really lived up to the name. From the luxurious guest rooms to the private beachfront cabanas, every part of this resort was magical. There are also views of Diamond Head, Waikiki Beach, and the ocean from the rooms.
The Royal Hawaiian is located directly on the famous Waikiki Beach, so we were in a prime spot to take in beautiful views and lots of fun activities. The views from our rooms were amazing. If you follow me on Instagram you might have already seen this shot, but it is such a fun one I need to share it here as well.
You can find a list of other 5 star hotels here, but we really did enjoy our stay at the Royal Hawaiian and will definitely visit again!
There are events regularly on the beach including surf competitions, hula dancing, outdoor performances, and more.
Although we live near the beach in Santa Monica, we actually don’t get out to do much surfing, so it was a real treat to take some surf lessons from Waikiki Beach Services. The waves in Waikiki are gentle, rolling waves that offer a smooth, long ride. In this protected bay there are no vicious undertows or rogue waves, so it is a great place to learn to surf and is suitable for most ages and skill levels.
You need to be able to swim, obviously, but the Waikiki Beachboys will take care of everything else, including the surfboard!
Our family had an amazing time surfing the iconic beach. For the experienced surfer, the North Shore of Oahu is not to be missed as a prime surfing destination with massive waves.
The island is also home to Pearl Harbor and a tour is a great way to share with younger members of your family the importance of this historic event. The USS Arizona Memorial is on site and commemorates the attack of December 1941. Don and I loved sharing the experience with the three boys.
No trip to Hawaii is complete without a visit to some of the volcanic landmarks on the islands. When on Oahu, be sure to see Diamond Head, which is a volcanic tuff cone. An afternoon hike on the summit trail will lead you to the crater edge.
Another popular tourist destination is Hanauma Bay which is a marine embayment in a volcanic tuff ring. It is one of the premier destinations if you want to get acquainted with a plethora of fish and marine life and offers an overall great experience for people of all ages.
It is also home to the Turtle Bay Palmer Golf Course which is among the very best golf courses on all of the islands. The course meanders its way through the natural wetlands, and circumvents natural waterways and dense Hawaiian jungle, and meets the ocean coast on its signature hole, the par-4 17th.
We had an amazing time playing a round during our stay.
If all that surfing, hiking and golfing makes you hungry, here’s a list of the Top 10 Restaurants in Oahu. You’ll be sure to enjoy the fresh, local flair.
We had an amazing time exploring and surfing Oahu. We have now covered two of the Hawaii islands and our family is ready for more. Which Hawaiian island is your favorite?