Hawaii is one of those places I have always dreamed of visiting. It is the place that Matt and I said that we would go on honeymoon to when (if) we got married. So when we got engaged on New Years Eve (day? it was past midnight!) Hawaii of course came to the top of our list when planning the honeymoon. Fast forward a few months and a trip to Trailfinders and we had our honeymoon booked! It was expensive so be prepared to save up if you are travelling from the UK and the flights are LONG so again be prepared for for that but it was worth it! Hawaii is a magical place.
We booked our honeymoon through Trailfinders as I mentioned above. We did this because we thought it would take the stress out of the planning as everything was already booked and it did to an extent. However everything was booked under Miss Jayne Jayne (yes really) which made things a little awkward when picking up the cars and checking into the hotels. If I was to do it all over again I think that we would book everything ourselves like we usually do when we plan trips to the USA.
We planned to escape on honeymoon right after the wedding so the day after the big day we packed up our bags and headed down to Manchester airport still on a total high! Fast forward one super early flight, several plane changes and about 24 hours later and we a rolling up to the Shoreline Hotel in Waikiki Beach. It was in the perfect place for us - a couple of blocks back from the beach with an organic cafe next door! (I may have got over excited about that fact.) And shops! So many fancy shops lined the streets leading up to the hotel. It was honestly not something I expected for Hawaii.
The day after we arrived was a pretty chilled one. I indulged in the delicious Acai bowl for breakfast with lots of coffee and a huge green smoothie - YUM! We spent the day exploring our surrounds, walking A LOT, hanging on the beach and shopping.
The following day we headed out on the bus (which was an adventure in itself!) to Pearl Harbour. I love using the bus when on holiday as you can see so much just from the bus window. Plus in Hawaii they all have air-con which was a major bonus with the humidity. We did the Pearl Harbour and the Arizona Memorial tour with the audio tour which I highly recommend. Entry to Pearl Harbour and the Arizona Memorial itself is totally free but you do need to book tickets for the tour. If you are looking at going then do book them in advance. It isn't something that you need to go on one of those big organised tours for, you'll save money and get a lot more out of it booking direct. It was thought provoking, moving and educational all at the same time.
On the way back to Waikiki we hopped off the bus as we wanted to investigate the palace. If you have been to the USA you will know that they don't have historical buildings like us Brits so we were intrigued by the palace and it did not disappoint! We also found coffee and Chinese food on the way home ;)
After having two mornings of breakfasts at Heavenly we decided to head out to somewhere new for breakfast on the third day. After a quick google search we decided to head to Lulus and were promptly seated with a sea view! Not a bad way to spend breakfast. That and the unlimited coffee refills.
After breakfast we headed towards Diamond Head which was further than we thought but hey ho at least we fuelled up on breakfast. Diamond Head is a natural landmark and volcanic crater, it was crazy to think that we were standing in the middle of what was thousands of years ago - a volcano! We decided to do the hike even though I hadn't worn sensible footwear (hello, flipflips!) but it was totally fine, a really easy going hike. Although not a difficult hike you still need to make sure to bring plenty of water as it is a short but steep hike - the mostly unpaved trail winds over uneven rock, ascends 74 steps, then through a tunnel and up another steep 99 steps. Next is a small lighted tunnel to a narrow spiral staircase (43 steps) inside a coastal artillery observation platform built in 1908. You are then blessed with the most amazing views of both Waikiki and the Pacific Ocean.
Later on in the afternoon after having lunch, recovering from our hike and a quick change we headed over to Alamona Beach Park for our sunset SUP yoga class with Yoga Floats. This was just magical, I'll let the photos do the talking!
This was a must do for me and it didn't disappoint. If you are heading over to Hawaii get in touch with Kelsey and book in for a class!
After indulging in some delicious Mexican food and a couple of cocktails at dinner we headed to bed for a good nights sleep before out flight to hop on over to the next island.
Next stop - Big Island!
xo - Jayne
Photo credit - All photos apart from the SUP Yoga photos - Matthew Squires. SUP Yoga photos - Yoga Floats.