Aloha from Hawaii
Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
74Trip End Dec 23, 2010
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After checking into our hotel we headed straight to the beach. Waikiki beach was a little disappointing because there were loads of tourists (even though we are tourists) however after the west coast of the States, the sea felt almost like a bath which made up for all the people.
Seeing that we were only going to be in Hawaii for 2 days we decided that we were either going stay on Oahu Island and either hire a car to go around the island or......... hire some scooters. Kate chose the scooter option - brave girl especially as a scooter is basically a bicycle with a motor!!
After a swim, we then headed back to Waikiki - in rush hour and along a 3 lane highway - so we were in need of a cold beverage. We stopped in at the Waikiki Outrigger private members club. We managed to blag our way into the club and enjoyed a few cocktails on a private beach:). We were told that we were not allowed to be there by the manager but the honeymoon card saved us again!
I have to say that Kate was a natural on the scooter and she did so well to ride on a motorway. Harleys next???
For our last day we decided to take a trip into the shopping district of Honolulu and also go to see the Manoa Falls. The falls are in a nature reserve and involve a 40min hike to see them - well worth the trip. The nature reserve also has an Arboretum which has dedicated itself to becoming a center for the rescue and propagation of rare and endangered native Hawaiian plants.
Unfortunately there was no time for surfing lessons in Hawaii - we left the surfing up to the professionals, probably just as well as the waves were almost 8 foot high. Hawaii is definitely a place that we are going to come back to. Tomorrow we are off to Fiji and will be staying at the Wellesley Resort http://wellesleyresort.com.fj/the-resort/ - 5 star luxury - did anyone think that we were really backpacking around the world?????