5 Incredible Musts when in Oahu, Hawaii

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I knew I would find an abundance of turquoise in Hawaii. I’ve always imagined Hawaii to be a place where houses would be painted turquoise. I was right. From the beautiful turquoise coloured beaches, to the island’s décor, turquoise can be spotted. It would appear that Hawaii’s colour of choice is turquoise. I couldn’t capture all that is turquoise on Oahu. There is turquoise around every corner, which left a permanent smile on my face. Continue reading

Lanikai Studios: Sleeping in Paradise

Lanikai Studios

During my time in Hawaii, I fell in love with Lanikai Beach on the Eastern shore of Oahu. Although every beach on Oahu has something unique to offer I couldn’t help but love Lanikai a little bit more than the others. Its calm turquoise clear water was the perfect place to swim, snorkel, or to just wade in the warm shallow water. Walking along the powder white sandy beach for sunrise with the Nā Mokulua islands in the background was beyond anything I have seen before. Hiking Pillbox for sunset to see the sun magically disappear behind the mountains was tranquil and enlightening. It is no wonder why I love Lanikai. What made my Lanikai experience even better was staying 30 yards from the most beautiful beach on the island at Lanikai Studios (Kailua Beach Rentals). Continue reading

Turquoise Thursday: Ohau’s 12 Best Turquoise Beaches

All over the island of Ohau in Hawaii you will be sure to find amazing turquoise beaches. If you are a beach lover then you will love the island of Ohau! Coast to coast, I was left amazed and often speechless. Part of my experience on the island was searching for the best turquoise beaches. What I found was more than I expected.

Waikiki, South Shore

Waikiki

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Maita’i in Hawaii

Maita'i Catamaran

Hawaii is known for its Maita’i’s, yet my experience with Maita’i was not from a drink, but from an experience with Maita’i Catamaran. I was excited to go sailing and snorkeling in Hawaii with Maita’i Catamaran on their Underwater Adventure Sail. Hawaii is known for its snorkeling and ocean adventures and I didn’t want to miss my chance to fully experience Hawaii by being on and in the water. Maita’i Catamaran’s state of the art twin hulled sea vessel got my hair blowing in the wind and had me relaxing under the late morning sun.  Maita’i means excellence in Tahitian and Maita’i Catamaran exemplifies just that. Continue reading

Fighting the Wind to get Stronger

Endless Adventures Hawaii

One of the hardest water sports is now officially kite surfing. I love all water sports and I have practically tried them all, but kite surfing is definitely one of the more difficult sports! I’ve always wanted to try kite surfing and I finally had the opportunity to take a 3 hour kite surfing lesson in Kailua with Endless Adventures Hawaii. Before trying kite surfing, I thought it would be like most other water sports I’ve tried…fairly easy for me. I was wrong. I didn’t expect to struggle as much as I did. My instructor was extremely encouraging and patient with me as I became frustrated that I didn’t catch on as quickly as I expected. I continued to push myself out of my comfort zone enough though I felt like a failure. My instructor kept reassuring me that I was doing great, but I felt completely out of my limit. I don’t know what I would have done without my instructor, he was amazing! He helped me feel confident even when I felt there was no hope for me ever learning how to kite surf. Continue reading

Turquoise Thursday: Kayaking in a Turquoise Dream

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Kayaking with Twogood Kayaks in Kailua

Twogood Kayaks TourKayaking off the Eastern coast of Oahu, Hawaii, the windward side of the island, was a turquoise dream. I can’t imagine a better place to go kayaking. Twogood Kayaks half day adventure guided paddling tour across the calm water of Kailua bay to the State Wildlife Sanctuary- Mokulua Islands was incredible. Moku Nui’s tropical pristine white sandy beach, wildlife, secret cove, and rugged lava encrusted terrain was one of a kind. Continue reading

Becoming Part of the Pod

Spinner Dolphins

Spinner Dolphins with Wild Side Specialty Tours

Wild Side Specialty Tours

Morning Sunrise

Wild Side Specialty Tours gave me the experience of a lifetime. With their Best of the West tour I was taken on a three and a half hour journey beyond what I could have ever imagined. The semi-private custom tour leaving the Waianae Small Boat Harbor just after sunrise on the 34 foot powerful Alaka’i provided me an opportunity to see wild dolphins in their natural habitat. Not only to see wild dolphins, but to have an opportunity to swim with the dolphins. The beauty of seeing baby spinner dolphins swim hyperactively along side their mothers while showing off for the boat is beyond words. I can’t even count how many dolphins I saw. From every direction, I was amazed by the beautiful creatures racing along side the boat. The dolphins were dancing in the water and doing acrobatics in front of the bow. I can’t truly express the experience I had with Wild Side Specialty Tours because it literally left me speechless. Continue reading