It doesn’t take long to realize there is something special about Hawaii – streets filled with happy vibes, fresh fruit and overpriced Hibiscus shirts.
I resided in the well-known and hot tourist spot Waikiki for five days, and managed to compile a list of my favourite things while I was there. Although this is not necessarily a local’s insight, it’s great for a first time trip!
Cheeseburgers. As a first timer in America, I headed to Cheeseburgers for a cheap, simple, big and tasty breakfast. Not a fine dining experience at all, but you could share big breaky with whoever you’re with and be completely satisfied! Best for travellers on a budget.
Dukes Waikiki. Their fish tacos are to die for, and the bar area buzzing with good vibes. Go for an afternoon drink and meal, watch the sunset, and enjoy.
Bills. Introducing a delicious breakfast. On the pricier side, but worth every bite.
Tita’s Shrimp Shack. You will find this in suburb before Turtle Bay, North Shore – must get the garlic shrimp! There are a whole heap of shrimp shacks on the way, all look good and authentic.
Moana Surfrider Hotel. Although I certainly couldn’t afford to stay here, it was by far my favourite hotel on Waikiki strip. This hotel is seriously picturesque and romantic for a tropical getaway. I was able to dine-in for lunch at their beautiful beachfront pool area one of the days.
Mai Tai Catamaran. A Sunset Sail found on the beach side of Moana Surfrider Hotel. Although pricey, the experience is worth it with all drinks provided.
Hair Braiding & Henna Tattoos. This can be found at the local markets off the main Waikiki strip. I took the braid out after a few days but it was fun while it lasted.
Hanauma Bay. Hire a car, and drive from Waikiki to the North Shore. We took the coastal road via Hanauma Bay and it had the most incredible views. We even stopped at the side of the road to jump in the sea, the water was so clear I couldn’t resist.
Pipeline, North Shore. There is also an Acai cart across the road from Pipeline, if you haven’t tried one yet it is a must.
Polynesian Cultural Centre Luau. Don’t go tired because it is a big day! Must do to see a traditional Luau.