Day 28 - O'ahu
Trip Start May 11, 2010
70Trip End Jul 23, 2010
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Yesterday was a long day and we were pretty tired but today we were up bright and early for a change, (even though it was a hot muggy night,) and ready for picking up the car and heading out for the day. I snapped Tina, still doing chores in the sun.
Bit of mis-communication and the car was not delivered, but neither did the guy come to collect me either so I called them up and discovered we had to go collect the car. Off we traipsed but I forgot the address so it took longer than planned then there was a big queue so we went from loads of time to stressed. Well I was. Anyway we got the jam jar in the end and headed off to the airport for our helicopter trip.
Fantastic trip right up to the north shore and back overflying the Waikiki and other beaches which are beautiful and uncrowded. The whole island is pretty special and we could definitely come for longer. Excellent beaches, loads to see, great weather and variety, lush, unhurried, and generally a perfect location. Well recommended. Forgot to say yesterday that dinner in Roy’s was the most expensive, but still less than £40 each, but the best quality so far. On par with Raymond Blanc we reckon. There is still a fair bit of US military stuff going on like training on the beach, the odd F15 and warships so it’s an interesting place.
The weather is also variable over the island because of the mountains, highest is 4,000 feet so it traps cloud and rains heavily on one side and less on the other. There are lots of surfer dudes, pimped pickups, tribal tats and all manner of surf culture which is all very interested. They also get 50 foot rollers in winter, humpback whales, dolphins and sport fishing. A blessed place for sure.
We also flew over Pearl Harbour which has lots of warships and the sunken Arizona and the valley where many films were shot plus Lost film locations
By then we were a bit tired and it was getting too late but we pressed on to see one of the beaches we’d seen which is also a nature reserve. But we hit Honolulu traffic at 5ish so the freeway was a bit blocked up. We arrived a bit too late but still had a nice walk on the beach and some pics. We can’t go back as it’s closed Tuesdays…
So back to Waikiki which is memorable from the old 5-0 series, via a food shop which we reckon costs more than going out to eat. Still we had a nice steak stir fry.
All in all a very good day, and a lovely island. We need more time here! And we’re only seeing the one island. Tomorrow we are hitting the beaches along the coast line and whatever else we can fit in. Nice.
Safe, sound & wanting more
Mark & Tina