(The following is the information provided for my friends visiting
A few tips:
(1) Please put on a lot of sunblock, as much as you would. The weather is nice, but the sun is extra strong too. Please reapply after being two or three hours under the sun, especially after you have been in the water. Looking like a red lobster with shining “yellow pearl” on you is no fun. Trust me, I had some. My friends read this page, and still had some in last Dec. !_!
(2) Please drink a lot of water. So you can keep up with the sun and enjoy your stay.
(3) Please bring water gears: UV-protection rash guard (a special T-shirt), swim goggles, and fins will help you enjoy the ocean water.
(4) Waterproof camera is a super! (You can also get water proof camera cases for your regular cameras.)
(5) Please fresh up your swimming skills. Otherwise, you will miss a lot fun.
(6) Safety: before entering
water, check the signs posted on beaches or check with lifeguards. Rip currents or Riptides
are the No.1 danger for swimmers. Swimming parallel to
the shore if caught in a rip current to get out of it. It is usually less
than 100-yard wide. Then, swim towards the shore. Shark attacks are rare in
Hotels. Waikiki has one of the best
beaches; so, most
hotels are at Waikiki,
Car Rental. You can get a midsize car at the
airport around $30 per day, e.g., at priceline.com.
I have visited some of the following places, and heard good words about the other places. There are still many wonderful places to explore. ^_*
Nice Beaches at
o America’s Best Beach 1996, Lanikai Beach, Oahu, Hawaii, Lanikai means "heavenly sea" in the Hawaiian language.
Bay Beach Park,
Bellows Field Beach Park,
Head State Monument. There is a easy hike to the top of the
Pearl Harbor. It is a national park, free for visit. But you need to get in line
to get tickets. It is suggested to go early. See
photos for hours. If your goal is sightseeing,
· Sea Life Park Hawaii, good for young kids. (Never being there, just heard good words from people.)
· Winter Fun
a.Whale Watch: winter time, Dec to April. http://www.hawaiiactive.com/oahu/home.html
b.North Shore, huge waves in
winter. The following photo was taken at
c.Be careful when you are close to shore in winter time. Never turn your back to the ocean. Freak waves could pull people into the water and cause serious injuries.
· Surf Report, if you enjoy real surfing on water. http://www.surfnewsnetwork.com/
· Hiking Trails: Rainbows are almost in your touch on the ridges. Retreat immediately when it rains. It could become slippery very quick. Stay on the trails all the time. Volcanic rocks are often hollow and easy to slide.
· Indoor Attractions
· Bishop Museum, Hawaiian History
· The Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, a beautiful place for lunch. Call to reserve seats first.
Honolulu China Town. When
you are hungry. Restaurants there are good and much cheaper compared with
restaurants at Wakiki, often less than half for the same food. Although it is
Ala Moana Shopping
Center: the biggest shopping mall in
· Other Web sites
· Hawaii Vacation Guide, http://www.alternative-hawaii.com/index.html
case that you forget carrying something with you, Wal Mart,
Movies, Restaurant Row 9,
· Interesting sightsee points: you can find the direction to on the Google map.
a.Pali Lookout: You can
see almost half of the
Manoa lookout at Puu Ualakaa State Wayside Park: You can see the most of
the South shore, including the entire
Laniakea, Oahu, http://www.turtles.org/laniakea.htm.
You can see turtles resting on the beach up close.
e. Iolani Palace, http://www.iolanipalace.org/
(To be updated.)