So I love to research things. Especially different places to travel. I’m sure I will talk a lot about travel on here and my dream destinations! I will probably add the occasional random thoughts every now and then so watch out for those! 🙂
Since my families vacation to Hawaii was what pretty much started my love to research I figured I would talk a little about that and the wonders of the B.E.A.UTIFUL Hawaii!
First off, when my brothers and I graduated high school, we all got to choose a family vacation. My oldest brother, Shaun, chose Washington D.C. and we did a lot of fun stuff! We got to take a tour of the White House, go to Hershey, Pennsylvania to Hersheypark (which is an amusement park), and my favorite (drum roll please!) THE NATIONAL MALL! Which ended up being a park. Outside. No clothing stores. No food court. No shopping whatsoever. So I hope you caught on to my sarcasm because I am in love with shopping. However, my father was quite happy and makes fun of me for it still. (But I did get back at him for going to the Tysons Corner Mall in Virginia 🙂 )
Tysons Corner Mall
And now that I got off the topic of my having planned the fantastic Hawaii vacation, I will get back on topic.
But as I explained, we all got to choose a vacation. My other brother, Devon, decided to choose NOT go on a vacation. Seriously!? Anywhere in the United States! Pick somewhere! Let’s go on an awesome vacation! But no. He wanted a computer instead. So being the favorite child I am 😉 , I talked my parents into letting me pick my graduation vacation a year early *dancing* Go Me! *dancing*
We did have to pick somewhere to go in the United States, so I chose the glorious Honolulu, Hawaii! Honolulu is on the island of Oahu, which is the second to last island that is furthest out. It is also the third largest of the Hawaiian Islands. Oahu has the highest tourism rate which typically ranges between 350,000-450,000 visitors each month! I am in awe that the island does not sink…
To keep everything in order that we booked, I decided to get a binder and keep information in there about things we were doing and reservation vouchers that we had for activities that we did. The website we used to book everything was:
We did things like parasailing,
the Pearl Harbor Tour,
Wall of names at the Arizona Memorial
and went B.O.B.ing (my fav!)
B.O.B. stands for Breathing Observation Bubble. They lowered you into the water on the little yellow underwater scooter and you just scooted around! Then they gave you bread to feed the fish! It was such an amazing experience.
We also did a dinner cruise, shopped at the International Market, and of course, spent pretty much the entire time laying on the beach 🙂
As for a place to stay, I would HIGHLY recommend the Sheraton Waikiki! (http://www.sheraton-waikiki.com) Very reasonable prices and you can pick which kind of room you would like: ocean front, or non ocean front. It is right on Waikiki beach! You literally walk out the back doors and you are on the beach!
A restaurant I would recommend would be Duke’s Restaurant & Barefoot Bar. Duke’s was actually named after a man, Duke Kahanamoku. He is Hawaii’s most famous citizen and the “Father of International Surfing.” You can read a lot about him on the restaurants website: http://www.dukeswaikiki.com
This vacation has been my favorite out of all of them! I love the warm sunshine! If you love beaches, sun, ocean, and relaxation, this is a vaca for you!