Dear Hubby and I signed up for a day long tour with Polynesian Adventure Tours. I highly recommend tours because it helps you to see things that you may miss out on while exploring on your own. Here are the highlights from the places we visited.
Pearl Harbor – I posted about this earlier. Click the link to read about it in detail.
Windward Oahu at Nu’uanu Pali Lookout – This was a scenic view on top of a very high cliff. I certainly understand why it is called “windward”. The winds had to be close to hurricane force on the day we visited. Any hope of having a reasonable hairdo was done after the wind had my hair going north, south, east, and west.
Being afraid of heights, I was afraid that I would be blown off the cliff! But Dear Hubby had no fear. He went and looked over the edge. The cliff was VERY steep and it was a long way down. Here’s a picture of the view from the top of the cliff.
It started raining while we were on top of the cliff, but as we got back on the bus and went back down, the rain ceased.
Byodo-In Temple – This temple was built to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. It is a replica of the Byodo-In Temple in Japan. The temple has been featured in several TV shows, such as Hawaii Five-O, Lost, and Magnum P.I.
Tropical Farms Macadamia Farm Outlet – This wasn’t a regular stop, but the driver introduced this place as one of the well-kept secrets of Hawaii. This store offers free sample coffee and macadamia nuts.
The macadamia nuts come in different flavors, such as caramel, onion, garlic and more! Dear Hubby and I sampled the caramel macadamia nuts and couldn’t believe how good they were! We bought a bag of them, but later wished that we bought a case!
Polynesian Cultural Center – This is one place in which I wish we had more time. There was so much to see here and it was very interesting to learn what little I did learn about polynesian culture.
Sunset Beach – This area is famous for the waves. During the winter months, waves are known to get as high as 20 – 40 feet! It’s a surfer’s paradise. Unfortunately, the day before we visited, a surfer went missing. There are many signs on the beach about the dangerous shorebreak and strong current.
Shrimp Trucks are very popular on the North Shore, which is the area that Sunset Beach is in. The dinners prepared are supposed to be very good. I wanted to try some of them, but there wasn’t a shrimp truck near our stops during the tour.
Dole Plantation – I’m not sure how I thought pineapples grew, but I didn’t think they grew like this:
Dear Hubby and I bought some pineapple ice cream here that was very tasty! There was a pineapple maze, but we didn’t get a chance to explore it.
Taking a day tour is a great way to discover things about a new area you are visiting. The only negative thing about it is that there may be times that you want to spend more or less time at a certain spot than is allotted. But the good definitely outweighs the bad by far.
A few other things I want to mention about Hawaii is that if you want to buy souvenirs, be sure to check out the International Market in Waikiki and the Swap Meet at the Aloha Stadium. You can often negotiate prices with the vendors. Also, on the strip in Waikiki, there are many places to go shopping that include designer stores and a duty free shopping mall.
I hope that you enjoyed this Hawaii series. I had a wonderful time there, as you probably can tell!