- Travel and Places»
- Visiting North America
Traveling to Hawaii Too?
You Don't Have To Be An Expert Traveler To Have A Good Time And See Hawaii
Sometimes the pressure of seeing the right sights, getting the right deals, being in the right place, knowing the right local things to do can be overwhelming and cause a traveler to lose sleep and precious time trying to be an expert traveler. I believe anyone can have a good time anywhere especially if you drop the expectations of what your vacation is supposed to be like. Sometimes my best days are spent walking in no particular direction, through a neighborhood, into suburb, along a beach or through a mall in a city I don't know, equipped with my camera and a spirit of adventure.
That's what I did in Hawaii, Waikiki on my first day and had a great day. I look forward to more easy exploration and if you have suggestions about what to do in Waikiki, I hope you'll share them here. Forget secrets and special deals, just ordinary beauty, adventure and exploring is enough to fill up days of vacation here.
My recommendation, slow down, walk, look, resist the temptation to think you have "got to...." You don't. There is a so much to see on every street corner and in small quiet spots, as well as in loud, fun, crazy-busy spots.
Half Day Walk About
If you have a Saturday in Waikiki, and you like to walk, a lot, then here is something you can do for almost free. Head towards the volcano! Plan to walk entirely around it, clockwise. If you like, start at 5:30 am in the winter to catch spectacular sunrise scenes (park opens at 6 ish). But, then you'll miss the Farmer's Market on the way up at the Community College, and that's worth a stop any day of the week to see the gardens.
Take water. A lot.
Signs say to allow 2 hours to the top of Diamond Head and back. Hmm. I think if you take lots of breaks along the way. Brochures advise appropriate footgear, no brainer, but nevertheless it was gentle enough for people to do in flip-flops. I don't advise it, but it can be done.
On the way down, in stead of turning left and going back the way you came, head right and walk along Diamond Head to the ocean and pass the surfer beaches for an hour-long walk that will land you at the aquarium. And that is definitely worth a visit.
Entry to the Diamond Head park is $1. Walking around the volcano, priceless.
Sunset In Waikiki - It costs nothing to sit and watch
I'm amazed by how many people simply ignore the splendid setting sun Maybe it's because they have become used to seeing such a dazzling display. I haven't got used to it ever, and it's the best, free, entertainment in Waikiki, the most honest and the most beautiful. I recommend getting away from the hotels where blaring music will distort the experience. Head closer to the aquarium and park yourself on the grass facing sunwards and don't move.
Walking Waikiki, Hawaii - Good shoes, Good Attitude, Good ExperienceClick thumbnail to view full-size
Waikiki Aquarium - $9 for hours of enjoyment - so worth it!
Sunrise Over Waikiki - It Cost A Thing to Enjoy Nature
Using my iPhone 5 and the app iTimelapse, I woke up early and set the phone to capture an image every 15 seconds. Here are the most interest bits of the sunrise.