Pinching myself upon waking up to this view from the penthouse that we were staying at for the remainder of our visit. I honestly felt like I could’ve sat in bed all day and watched as the rest of the city went about their day.
View of Honolulu from our penthouse
We were fortunate enough to stay on Ala Moana Bvld. Which turned out to be within walking distance to hotspots like Ala Moana Shopping Centre, central Waikiki, and even Morimoto’s restaurant which was located just right down the road. But still far enough away to avoid the noise and crowds from the busy parts of Waikiki.
If you are only interested in spending time in Waikiki, you could easily get around just by walking or catching the city’s public transport system (imaginatively called The Bus) for $2.50 each way. But if you are wanting to go beyond the city and perhaps go diving with dolphins in the west, surf the massive waves in north shore, or even swim at one of the world’s most beautiful beaches on the windward side – definitely rent a car. It is so worth it.
If you are looking to rent a car during your stay in the States and are under the age of 25 – bear in mind that it can get pretty pricey. There are usually surcharge costs associated with renting a car for these underage drivers but if you are under 21, those costs become even more monumental. And the number of rental companies that would be willing to rent out a car to you become even more scarce. We had a good experience with Hertz but with the driver/s being 20-21, our rental costs were almost twice as much as it would have been for an experienced driver.
Unfortunately I didn’t take a lot of photos from walking around the areas of the city to show to you guys. It was always so overly crowded, searingly hot, and my hands were busy with keeping me hydrated as I was unashamedly sweating buckets. As an Australian, it pains me to admit that the Hawaiian heat had gotten the better of me. Even Dirk who was from Canada – did better with the heat than I did ?
Gotta love the onsite pools for when its too hot to leave the building!
Swimwear from Coulbourne
Even though I had spent the majority of my time lounging by the pool and eating out at places in Honolulu, it was actually the areas outside of the city that made me fall in love with the island instead. However we didn’t get as much done outside of the city as we had originally planned because of the intermittent rain and poor weather on some of the days. However I will be posting about the little adventures that we did get up to from all around the island soon enough!