Submitted by Paula Guy on Wed, 08/08/2012 - 13:44
Giovanni's Shrimp Shack
After such an amazing few weeks, it was time to kick back and relax a bit, so we spent the rest of our time in Hawaii relaxing, walking along beaches, visiting shrimp shacks :-) and generally mooching around. We've watched the sun set every evening and spent endless hours looking for and sitting with turtles. A few days back we found a beach where everyone gathers near the car park but after walking further up the beach we had the entire beach to ourselves, so we'd sit watching the sunset with wild turtles around us – beautiful.
Submitted by Paula Guy on Wed, 08/08/2012 - 12:04
Swimming With Dolphins
I didn't get much sleep last night, I was far too excited and a bit like a kid on christmas eve. John decided that he wanted to come on the boat with me, he wouldn't be swimming, but asked if he could pay to be a spectator, which they were absolutely fine with. The boat harbour we were going from was down the other end of the island, so we had to ring before we left home to make sure the weather was ok down there and that the boat would still be going – it was.
Submitted by Paula Guy on Wed, 08/08/2012 - 11:19
Oahu's South Shore
Today we headed down to the south of the island where we drove past Honolulu on the highway, Honolulu was exactly what I expected, a mass of high rise hotels and apartments. This is what I had assumed large parts of Oahu to be like and originally this was just a way of breaking the flight across the pacific up, but the rest that I have seen so far is not built up like this at all and I had totally the wrong impression of this island.
So we drove along the bottom of the south coast and stopped at Halona blowhole, I realise that a lot of people aren't terribly impressed by blowholes as I heard a girl near me say “it's just a hole in a rock”, but I'm fascinated by them and could easily while away hours just watching the waves crash in and erupt through the 'hole in a rock'! So we spent quite a bit of time here being hypnotised by it and trying to capture it on video. It's the natural things in life that impress me the most – always - and I wasn't disappointed.
Submitted by Paula Guy on Wed, 08/08/2012 - 10:42
North Shore Near Kaena Point
We had somewhat of a lazy morning yesterday and ventured out much later than we normally would. We drove west along the North Shore and out to the furthest tip possible, Kaena Point where we mooched around the lava shoreline just walking and sitting watching life go by. We then drove along and found a beach where we watched some kitesurfers and moved on to Haleiwa for a famous 'shaved ice'. I had read about this famous dessert before we came here and assumed it would be a bit like a slush puppy, how wrong I was! It is literally shaved ice, which means it has a snow like texture, it's then flavoured with various fruit flavours and served with a scoop of ice cream on the bottom. I later found out that the 'Rainbow' one is the traditional one, so I'll need to have another one now!! and I say traditional because this dessert actually dates back to around 1185!
Submitted by Paula Guy on Tue, 07/08/2012 - 20:51
Turtle On Oahu's North Shore
Today we crossed the international date line, so we lived the same day twice!! After spending a full day in Fiji we boarded a plane in Nadi at 10:30pm, took a 6 hour flight and landed in Honolulu at 7am the same morning! We didn't really get any sleep on the plane, so it was a loooong day – a long but interesting one I might add.
We picked up the hire car at the airport and drove up to the north of the island, where we have hired an apartment for the next 9 nights. Once we'd left the airport area it wasn't long before I realised that Oahu (the Hawaiian island we are on) is nowhere near as over developed as I had imagined it would be. We didn't go into Honolulu, we'll probably take a look at that another day, but the drive across the island to the North Shore has me really excited about our stay here, wide open pineapple and sugar cane fields, trees and volcanic mountains with barely a dwelling in sight. The initial views of the North Shore proved the same, it's really undeveloped, one very small scale town and a handful of scattered small villages.