Off The Beaten Path Oahu

Explore Like A Local With This Off The Beaten Path Oahu Guide

I feel like there is so much to do on the island that it is very hard to condense everything into one post, but here goes. I made this list because I feel very fortunate to have had the chance to get in and experience the beauty of Oahu and I want to share it with others. After all, sharing is caring! I know it can be hard for people wanting to know where to start looking so this is a list for adventure lovers who want to get away from the touristy adventures and explore a little more of what the island has to offer. These off the beaten path Oahu adventures should be enough to keep you busy for a while! I hope you enjoy this selection and I hope it can get you started on some amazing adventures of your own whether you live on the island or are planning a visit. 

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Living in Hawaii

100 Wonderful Things That Happened To Me While Living In Hawaii

So by now you guys know my story of how I came to live in Hawaii and that my time in that beautiful paradise has come to an end. When I think about it, I can't believe I lived there for just over two and a half years - where did the time go? What a big adventure it was though. I was reflecting on my time while I was journaling and I made this list of 100 wonderful things that have happened to me since living in Hawaii. At first I thought, 'Don't post that Katie, it just sounds like you're bragging' but the idea nagged at me a little and I usually post the ideas that linger in my little brain. 

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venture hawai'i

Immortalize Your Time In Hawaii - A Photoshoot With Venture Hawaii

Last week I was lucky enough to go on an underwater photoshoot with Tony from Venture Hawaii. You guys have probably heard me mention them in other posts like 10 Must Follow Instagram Accounts or How Living in Hawai'i Changed my Life but I am very glad to say that today I have a whole post dedicated to this inspirational local business.

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Dive for Tako in Hawaii

Diving With Tako In Hawaii - My Octo-Adventure Experience

Tako is the Japanese word for octopus and is commonly used here in Hawaii when referring to these eight legged creatures of the sea. You may also hear the Hawaiian term He'e used but no matter what you call them, these creatures are simply fascinating. Today I'm sharing about my experience diving with Tako in Hawaii!

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Oahu Best Beaches

Oahu's Best Beaches - Where To Go For The Perfect Beach Day

Of course I need to write a post on the best beaches on Oahu right? I mean, I've done the best waterfalls, the best places to swim with turtles and the best free activities so it just seems only fitting for a blog based in Hawaii to have a post on the best beaches. Let me tell you that trying to narrow this one down was rough because the list of potentials is so long! There is definitely no shortage of blog material that's for sure, which isn't really a bad thing to be honest. I'm sure that once you get out and about you will be able to add to this list as you find others that you fall in love with, but here are my top picks for Oahu's best beaches. 

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Hawaii Travel Mistakes

Hawaii Travel Mistakes: Things To Avoid When Visiting Oahu

Congratulations! You have decided to visit Hawaii, or paradise as I like to call it. Everything is booked, you've packed everything you need and have some adventures planned so you're almost ready. All you need to know now is what not to do to ensure your time here is the best it can be. This is exactly why I have compiled this list of the top Hawaii travel mistakes to help you on your way. 

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Snorkeling Tips for Beginners

Snorkeling Tips And Tricks For Beginners

You guys know by now that I love the ocean and am out snorkeling as much as I can - it really is my happy place and I feel so comfortable and peaceful in the water. I'm always left wondering why Ariel would want to trade her mermaid life for a life on land but I suppose the grass is always greener on the other side right? Anywho, I digress. I love sharing things that I am passionate about so I figured that it was time for a beginners snorkeling tips post to help you get started on your own underwater adventures!

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Kalihi Ice Ponds

The Kalihi Ice Ponds - A Hidden Treasure Of Oahu

Hawaii is a land of natural wonder and seems to have it all. There are the crystal clear waters, the sweeping views of ridge hikes, the golden sandy beaches and of course the waterfalls nestled away against the lushest of green scenery. I have never been left speechless so many times in my life but the beauty of these islands always amazes me! Unfortunately, some of the most beautiful places are a little less than legal to visit and today I am sharing one of those adventures with a post about the Kalihi Ice Ponds.

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How Living In Hawaii Changed My Life

Expat Thoughts - How Living In Hawaii Changed My Life

Lately, I have been feeling very reflective. I think it is because I have been organizing my green card renewal documents so I have had to document the last 2 and a half years of living in Hawaii. Looking back over all the photos I printed to submit to the immigration department had me thinking about my time here in Hawaii and brought back a whole lot of good memories. I kept thinking about how much my life has changed since moving here and how much I have grown as a person. Naturally, there are some obvious changes like the fact that I got a tan and use the shaka symbol a whole lot more but I wanted to share some of the other ways in which living in Hawaii changed my life. 

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Deadmans Catwalk

A Look At The Iconic Deadmans Catwalk In Pictures

A different post to usual tonight. Due to the controversial nature of The Deadmans Catwalk, I'm not offering tips or directions to this iconic place. I'm not suggesting whether you need to or even should do this one. Instead, I am simply sharing pictures I took on this iconic hike.

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Kaena Point Trail from the North Shore

Hiking The Kaena Point Trail From The North Shore

Remember the post I did about Kaena Point? I mentioned in it that you could get to the point from the west side or the north, but that post was focused on the west side trail. Well, as Adele would say (or belt out) hello from the otherrrrrrrsiiiiiiiideee because last week I took myself out on a solo adventure to explore the trail from the north side. It was so beautiful that today I wanted to share it with you as well as some tips to get you there. 

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Zipline Tour Oahu

Zipline Tour On Oahu - The Must Do Tour With Keana Farms

'What on Earth did I get myself into...' This is what I thought when I arrived at Climb Works Keana Farms. I wanted to do a zipline tour on Oahu as part of my bucket list and now was the time to tick it off on the beautiful North Shore. 

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10 Things you must do in Kauai

Must Do In Kauai - A Guide Of 10 Things You Can't Miss

Kauai is the perfect island if you are a fan of all things nature and outdoors. It definitely ranks as one of the most beautiful places I have ever travelled to and is my favorite Hawaiian island that I have visited so far. The mind blowing beauty of the landscapes left me speechless on many occasions, the food on the island has a theme of fresh, real ingredients and the overall vibe is one of relaxation. Here's a guide to some of the things you must do In Kauai - some popular, some local and a little of everything.

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Kauai Backcountry Tubing Adventure

Must Do In Kauai: The Kauai Backcountry Tubing Adventure

If you follow my Instagram you probably saw that I visited Kauai last month and it was an absolute blast. I think Kauai might just be my favorite island! Most of the time was spent exploring and enjoying the feel of the island, which is so different to Oahu by the way, but we did jump on a tour with Kauai Backcountry Adventures and I wanted to share a review of it with you today.

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Kauai Backcountry Tubing Adventure

Waterfall Hikes On Oahu - A Guide To 7 Of The Best Trails

When you think of Hawaii you think of palm trees and golden sandy beaches right? That's what you see on the postcards but it's certainly not all that Hawaii has to showcase. Not even close! Within those mountainous valleys and off the beaten path there are plenty of waterfall hikes on Oahu to get your adventurous spirit pumping and I am sharing a few on the blog today.

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free dive with sharks

Free Dive With Sharks - Why You Need To & How To Make It Happen

Do you guys remember that time I had the crazy idea to free dive with sharks? Well, as you may already know from my Instagram feed, last week I went back for more! After my first dive I said that it was an incredible experience and that is a statement I still stand by because this was just as incredible as the first time (and it was my third dive with the company!) Maybe I'm crazy or maybe I'm onto something great, who knows, but either way I firmly believe that Hawaii Adventure Diving is the gold standard when it comes to diving tours and that it's something everyone has to try while in Hawaii. It is an adventure that will challenge your perceptions of sharks, leaving you with memories to last a lifetime and trust me when I say that it is not as scary as you might think.

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The Kealia Trail

Kealia Trail - A Guide To The Solo Adventure Approved Trail

A couple of weeks ago I had a day off and no plans, so I did what anyone else would do and took myself on a solo hike on the Kealia Trail and beach day. Thats what anyone else would do right? Ok, so maybe I am the weird one but nevertheless I am sharing the adventure on the blog here today because it is a really fun little hike with some breathtaking views of this island paradise. 

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Sea Glass Jewelry Hawaii

Sea Glass Jewelry In Hawaii - Support Local With These Unique Gifts

You're drinking your Starbucks out of a red cup, recently still digested your thanksgiving feast and survived the dreaded day with the family and/or in-laws which can only mean one thing - holiday season is officially upon us! And that means its time to find the perfect gifts for all of your loved ones. If you want to give a Hawaii inspired gift, to support a local business and avoid the holiday shopping crowds then look no further. A gift of handmade sea glass jewelry made is the perfect choice that will please everyone! 

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Free things to do on O'ahu

Free Things To Do On Oahu - 12 Fun (& Free) Activities

Whether you are on holidays and looking to save money on activities while you are here, or whether you live here and just need some cheap adventures for the off-pay week, check out this guide to 12 free things to do on Oahu. There is plenty to keep you busy and no reason to be sitting at home bored! 

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Manoa Falls

Manoa Falls - A Guide To Hiking This Jungle Trail In The City

Happy thanksgiving to all of the American readers! I'm sure by now you guys are already busy with prepping, cooking and hosting duties for the special day and I do hope you are enjoying time with your loved ones. Back here in Hawaii, I spent thanksgiving morning on a  hike to Manoa Falls with a fellow blogger who I met through an Instagram meet-up and I wanted to share it with you on the blog today. 

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The Getaway Girls

Flower Crown Making On Oahu With The Getaway Girls

Let me just say that the blog world is pretty amazing! I am lucky to be able to say that I have connected with so many cool people who have reached out either through the website or on social media, I have been able to work with a lot of very talented entrepreneurs and now I can say that I got to meet my blog idols - The Getaway Girls!

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upper makua cave

Upper Makua Cave - A Guide To The Secret Cave With An Amazing View

Aloooooooha! So tonight I wanted to share a sweet westside hike with you, the Upper Makua Cave. 

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mother daughter adventures

Mother Daughter Adventures On Oahu - A Guide To 10 Fun Adventures

Chances are that when your mum comes to visit, she doesn't want to do 2 hour ocean swims or full day in the sun adventures, but that doesn't mean that you guys can't have a great time together right? Here is a guide of 10 mother daughter adventures on Oahu for when your mum comes to visit you in Hawaii, which was inspired by my own mothers recent visit to Oahu and the time we spent together cruising around the island.

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Pearl Harbor Memorial

Pearl Harbor Memorial: A Guide To The Do's And Don'ts

When you think of Hawaii it's hard to imagine that anything bad could ever happen in such a perfect island paradise, though it certainly did on the ever so infamous day of December 7, 1941. It was during the morning hours of this day that the tropical daydream was covered in a dark cloud as a devastating ambush attack swept over Oahu, with the largest impact occurring at Pearl Harbor. The calculated and successful attack took the lives of many in a short period of time and triggered a new level of intensity in the second world war. With the significance of this event, paying your respects at the Pearl Harbor memorial is surely a must while visiting Oahu. 

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Things to do on the Big Island

10 Things To Do On The Big Island - A Complete Travel Guide

Last week I enjoyed my third trip to the Big Island and while sitting at the Kona airport, gazing at the statue of the graceful hula dancers, I thought to myself that it was time to prepare a post dedicated to the largest of the Hawaiian islands. Here are 10 things to do on the Big Island of Hawaii to help get you started on your own holiday there. 

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whats in my beach bag

Beach Bag Essentials - A 'What's In My Beach Bag' Post

Today was such a beautiful Aloha Friday. Traveling down the highway to one of my favorite beaches, I looked out the window to see the sun was shining down, creating an Edward Cullen like sparkle on the surface of the ocean as the rays met the water. It was the perfect day to be outdoors and the perfect day to take some pictures of the waves and document my beach bag essentials. Some of these items are things I have found through trial and error so hopefully they can help you to (without having to go through the trial and error phase!)

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Best Luau on Oahu

Best Luau On Oahu - A Day At The Polynesian Cultural Center

Experiencing a luau is one of the highlights of a visit to Hawaii but with many to choose from it is hard to know which one is worthy of your time and money. Today on the blog I am sharing a guide to the best luau on Oahu, a place which takes you far beyond just a touristy gimmick and instead immerses you in Polynesian culture offering a complete sensory experience that will not leave you disappointed.

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oahu must do tourist

Oahu Must Do - The Tourist Edition With 10 Things You Can't Miss

Let's face it, playing tourist can be a lot of fun! If you are visiting Oahu, don't miss out on any of these touristy adventures for your holiday bucket list. These 'Oahu must do' items are almost obligatory!

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Maunawili Falls

Maunawili Falls Trail - A Guide To Hiking To This Jungle Waterfall

Maunawili Falls is one of the most popular waterfall trails on Oahu and it is one of my personal favorite waterfall trails for a few reasons:

1) jungle hikes are my fav

2) the waterfall pond is big enough to swim around in

3) my guy took me here on one of my first visits to Hawaii so there's a bit of sentimental value for me.

It really is a beautiful hike that is suitable for all levels which makes it one that everyone can enjoy! As with any hiking, you always need to remember to bring enough water, snacks and hike to your limits, but here are some of the other tips you will find useful to prepare you for the Maunawili Falls Trail.

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Best Oahu Hikes for Beginners

Best Oahu Hikes For Beginners - A Guide To Kickstart Your Adventures

Are you ready to awaken your adventurous side and begin getting outdoors to explore Hawaii but don't really know where to start? I feel you because I was there once too. This is why I have prepared a shortlist of the best Oahu hikes for beginners to get you started on your own adventures! Once you get through these there will be no stopping you! These hikes are all a good workout and good chance to get outdoors without the sheer drops of some of the scarier hikes or the skillful footing required of some of the more technical hikes. This is why they are great for beginners!

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Swim with Turtles on Oahu

Swim With Turtles On Oahu - A Guide To All The Best Places

Where are the best places to swim with turtles on Oahu? This is something I get asked about all the time. Actually, it's probably one of the most common questions I get asked. To be honest, the simple answer is everywhere! I have seen or swam with turtles almost everywhere I have been on the island, it has just been a matter of whether they were cruising around at the same time that I was swimming. I know that's not really helpful, so I prepared a guide of a few spots that I have been where I have seen them more often than not. 

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Koko Head Stairs of Doom

Koko Head Stairs - A Guide To Conquering The Stairs Of Doom

It's simple - a visit to Hawaii is not complete without a venture to the top of the Koko Head Stairs of Doom. When you are imagining your visit to paradise I am sure that you get palm trees in your eyes as you envision white sandy beaches, cocktails served in pineapples and turquoise waters. It's a little different to the vision of climbing 1048 steps of an old railway track as you feel your legs burning away like a thousand suns, but I promise you that burn is worth it!

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Makapuu Tide Pools

A Guide To The Makapu'u Tide Pools - A Tide Pool Treasure

Makapu'u Tide Pools are truly something out of a 'world's most beautiful places' magazine! It's such a dreamy spot to spend time in nature and you also get the added benefit of the lighthouse trail to do before or after so you can enjoy the spectacular views. With hiking, swimming, exploring and beautiful views, it's the perfect combination for an adventure! 

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working with passion

The 10 Best Hawaii Instagram Accounts For Adventure Inspiration

Whether you are living in Hawai'i and looking for some adventure inspiration or live elsewhere and looking for Hawaii wanderlust, here are my pics for the 10 best Hawaii Instagram accounts that will serve both purposes. 

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Best Oahu Tour

The Best Oahu Tour Company - A Jeep Adventure With The Real Hawai'i

If you are looking for the best O'ahu tour company, then look no further because I found it. Yesterday I spent the day touring with The Real Hawai'i and after the solid 8 hours of exploring this beautiful island I now call home, I can safely say that this is THE tour to do in Hawaii.  

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Lanikai Beach

A Guide To The Unmissable Lanikai Beach On Oahu, Hawaii

Lanikai (pronounced lah-nee-kye) means heavenly sea and the iconic Lanikai Beach certainly lives up to the name. 

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall Jump

A Guide To Laie Point - The Forgetting Sarah Marshall Jump

Who can forget the scene in Forgetting Sarah Marshall where Jason Segel is hanging from the side of the cliff trying to look cool after Mila Kunis had so effortlessly leaped into the ocean? Well, the famous Forgetting Sarah Marshall jump spot certainly exists and is right here on Oahu's North Shore. You can even jump from the same spot, emulating Mila of course with graceful ease.

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Green Sand Beach

Papakolea - The Magical Green Sand Beach On The Big Island Of Hawaii

Today we have another addition to the Big Island bucket list with the Papakolea green sand beach. Not only is the Big Island special in the sense that you can see gold, black and green sand beaches in one visit, but it is an extra special treat because this green sand beach is one of only four in the world. 

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Black Sand Beach

The Famous Black Sand Beach On The Big Island Of Hawaii

Last week on the blog, we took a look at the Pololu Valley which has a short hike that leads to a picturesque black sand beach. In this post, I did mention that it was black sand beach as opposed to the black sand beach, so I thought I'd take a moment to share the black sand beach with you today.

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Mikes Huli Huli Chicken Hawaii

Mikes Huli Huli Chicken - The Must Eat On Oahu, Hawaii

I had driven past Mikes Huli Huli Chicken food truck a million times on my way to the North Shore and it was one of those places that I always thought would be cool to try but never actually made it in there. On this beach hopping day, a friend and I were driving back from the North Shore to Lanikai and I was super hungry so it was the perfect time to try it out. 

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Pololu Valley Big Island Hawaii

A Guide To Exploring Pololu Valley On The Big Island Of Hawaii

Pololu Valley is a gorgeous spot on the Big Island of Hawaii that is another perfect addition to the Hawaii bucket list. I have been lucky enough to visit this spot twice and it is just gorgeous. Boasting a lookout, hike and black sand beach, it is truly one of natures wonder-spots.

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Oahu Best shave ice

A Guide To Oahu's Best Shave Ice - The Must Have Treat

There is nothing quite like a shave ice after a long day of fun in the sun. They just go together. Luckily for us, Hawaii has no shortage of wonderful shave ice stores for us to enjoy and lucky for you, I have created a shortlist of the best shave ice on the island to get you started.

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How to Swim With Dolphins in Hawaii

How To Swim With Dolphins In Hawaii - The Ultimate Mermaid Experience

Dolphins are intelligent, social and playfully curious creatures that capture our attention in a big way, reminding us that there is magic in this world. We watch in awe as they glide through the water with elegance and grace whether they are whizzing by at incredible speeds or casually cruising by at rest. We marvel as they fly through the air, jumping and spinning with ease before splashing back down into the water displaying their athleticism and strength and our hearts just melt as we see them interact with each other talking and playing within the pod. They are simply incredible. We are so lucky that Hawaii is home to these awe-inspiring creatures which means swimming with them is a dream that can become a reality. In today's post I'm sharing a guide on how to swim with dolphins in Hawaii with some safety tips to help make it a magical, mermaid experience.

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Waimea Bay

A Guide To The Famous Waimea Bay On Oahu, Hawaii

I had been to Waimea Bay a few times before during winter when the water was insanely rough. It was roped off to show that swimmers were not allowed in the water and the lifeguards were constantly patrolling to keep everyone safe from the large shore break. It was fun to sit on the sand and watch the powerful ocean but I would never have thought I would be swimming in that same bay! 

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Secret Mermaid Cave Hawaii

What You Should Know About The Secret Mermaid Cave On Oahu

I often see people, quite often those who are sent to live here for a few years, frustrated that others won't share the location of some of the hidden treasures of the island with them, like the secret mermaid cave. These people are typically the ones who don't like Hawaii and I have seen it over and over again since moving here. It led me to this post where I wanted to share some notes on the culture of this island paradise which most of us are a guest of. I certainly did not know until someone taught me, so now this is my chance to pass it on to others who may be new to the island. 

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Snorkeling at Kapoho Tide Pools, Big Island

A Guide To Snorkeling At The Kapoho Tide Pools, Big Island Of Hawaii

Have you ever thought of snorkeling through a volcanically heated ocean jacuzzi? Well, you have now and I am happy to say that you can do just that at the Kapoho Tide Pools on the Big Island of Hawaii! 

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Snorkeling at Three Tables

A Guide To Snorkeling At Three Tables On Oahu, Hawaii

Once upon a time, in days of brightly shaded eyelids and big hair, a wise Cindy Lauper said "Girls just wanna have fun" and how right she was! Last week I made the journey up to the North Shore with one of my gal pals for a fun adventure and we had a absolute blast. One of the stops during the 'Monday Funday' was at Three Tables for a snorkeling session and it is yet another Hawaiian treasure that did not disappoint! Today I'm sharing a guide to snorkeling at three tables to give you all the information you need to experience this fishy (in a good way) spot for yourself.

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Volcanoes National Park

Exploring The Volcanoes National Park On The Big Island Of Hawaii

The best way to start this post is by saying that the Volcanoes National Park is a must see while you are on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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Kamiloiki Ridge Trail

Thoughts On Happiness I Had While Hiking The Kamiloiki Ridge Trail

Hiking is usually a good time to stop and think about things. All sorts of different thoughts come and go during my time on each trail. Sometimes the thoughts turn out wise and insightful, and other times the thoughts are more along the lines of 'am I there yet....and why did I do this again?!' If you have done the Koko Head Trail a.k.a The Stairs of Doom then you know what I mean! 

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Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. Oahu, Hawaii

A Guide To Snorkeling At Hanauma Bay On Oahu, Hawaii

It is another Touristy Tuesday on the blog today as we take a look into snorkeling at Hanauma Bay. As I drove there yesterday, I remembered a time when I was living in Australia and about to come to Hawaii to visit my honey. I remember sitting at my work desk on my lunch break googling ‘best snorkeling in Hawaii’ in an attempt to find some great adventures for us to cram into our ten days together. An article on Hanauma Bay loaded onto the screen and quickly grabbed my phone.

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Diamond Head. Must see and do in Hawaii

A Guide To Hiking The Diamond Head Trail On Oahu, Hawaii

Today I am sharing the popular Diamond Head trail and when I was writing it I thought of just how much there is to do here on the island. When I think about what adventures I have here on the blog, it is not even a quarter of the things I have actually done, and then what I have actually done is not even a quarter of the adventures here on the island. It is almost like the never-ending adventure island and I constantly feel like I tick one thing off the bucket list then find three more things! Being spoilt for choice is certainly not a bad thing and is another reason that I love it here so much.

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Diamond Head. Must see and do in Hawaii

Friendship Lessons And The Ka'ena Point Trail On Oahu, Hawaii

Today I am thankful for friends who reach out (and I also want to share the coastal Ka'ena Point Trail with you too). I am very guilty of being a bad friend when it comes to staying in touch with people. Maybe even the worst! I get so caught up in my own world and whatever I am doing day to day that I tend to forget to reach out to people even if it is just to say 'hey'. I guess you could say I don't make the effort. Now, don't get me wrong, I love my friends and when they reach out to me or invite me somewhere I love it, I am just usually not the one to initiate it.

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ehukai pillbox hike. Must see and do in Hawaii.

A Guide To Hiking The Iconic Ehukai Pillbox Hike On Oahu, Hawaii

I had seen photos of the iconic Ehukai Pillbox Hike before and the beautiful views from the top, and it was the 4th of July that prompted me to finally do it for myself. This 4th of July, I sat on the stool of my outdoor setting on my balcony with a (not so) wholesome dinner of Brie cheese and Trisket crackers and watched the Waikiki fireworks light up the city. With each burst of bright color that filled the sky, my heart sank and I missed my husband a little more. Turns out that Americas birthday is not quite the same without the American of the house. The skyline turned dark once the fireworks ended and a quiet came over the city again as I retired back inside the apartment.

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Lanikai Pillbox Trail

A Guide To Hiking The Lanikai Pillbox Trail On Oahu, Hawaii

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It is easily one of the most popular hikes in Hawaii and after living here for a year and a half, I only just completed it on the weekend! How did that happen? I know how, it's because it was always one that I thought, 'oh yeah, the pillbox trail. I'll do it eventually' and then eventually never came.

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Snorkeling at Electric Beach

A Guide To Snorkeling At Electric Beach On Oahu, Hawaii

Simply put, if you are in Hawaii, you just have to go snorkeling at Electric Beach a.k.a Kahe Point Beach. It is spectacular!

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Kuliouou Ridge Trail

A Guide To Hiking The Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail On Oahu, Hawaii

I had been thinking of doing the Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail for a while and finally got around to it last weekend. All I can say is, I should've done it sooner because it really is one of the treasures of Hawaii and another to add to your ever growing Hawaii Bucket List.

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Pali lookout to Maunawili

A Guide To Hiking From Pali Lookout To Maunawili

Yesterday was definitely a Monday-Funday for me as I got to adventure outdoors with my husband in the gorgeous Hawaiian mountains, hiking from the Pali Lookout to Maunawili. Off we went, hiking and chatting, chatting and hiking. For us, we both do not enjoy sitting still and being indoors at all, so this was the perfect way to spend the day. I really do have the perfect, #1 adventure buddy and love that he is always up for an outdoor adventure.

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Likeke Falls

A Guide To Hiking To Likeke Falls On Oahu, Hawaii

Happy hump day! Well, yesterday was hump day for most Monday - Friday workers, but today is hump day for me and boy, am I looking forward to the weekend! Actually, I am always looking forward to the weekend so that is nothing new. Anyway, tonight I have a quick post on one of the gorgeous hikes that I have done recently - Likeke Falls.

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Marine Corps Base Hawaii Beaches

A Guide To The Best Marine Corps Base Hawaii Beaches

Being stationed in Hawaii is like being stationed in paradise! Today I am posting a guide to the best Marine Corps Base Hawaii beaches because my time at MCBH comes to an end this week. What a journey it has been! From flying all the way from Australia to visit my a guy I barely knew, to eventually moving here and building a life together it has been quite the wonderful adventure! I hope this post can help others enjoy their time on MCBH and experience the beauty of this home away from home.

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Hawaii Adventure Diving

Hawaii Adventure Diving - Ditch The Cage And Free Dive With Sharks

“Just sit on the edge of the boat and when you are ready, slide into the water nice and slow…” -my guides at Hawaii Adventure Diving.

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dolphin excursion Hawaii. Swim with dolphins hawaii

Swimming With Wild Dolphins - A Tour Aboard Dolphin Excursions Hawaii

As it is nearing the end of the Taiji Dolphin Cull season, I have been overwhelmed with depressing updates. Day after day, beautiful creatures are being brutally and inhumanely slaughtered or taken captive to be starved and brainwashed into performing cheap tricks for food. They go through this only to be sold off to marine parks around the world spending the remainder of their lives in a bathtub. I am sure that any of you reading this who love animals can relate that it is so important to stay informed and spread awareness about these issues, though it can be very heartbreaking to your spirit while you do so.

Needing some relief from these heavy updates, I booked a tour with Dolphin Excursions Hawaii and waited in excitement for the weekend.

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Crouching Lion Hike. Must do Hikes in Hawaii.

A Guide To Hiking The Crouching Lion Trail On Oahu, Hawaii

Before we get into talking about the Crouching Lion Trail, let me start with some back story. A few years ago, I ventured out for a fun day hiking with a friend. It was a sunny day in Queensland, Australia with perfect conditions for a mountain hike. Up we went. Chatting and hiking until we reached the summit. Ok maybe a little less chatting during the difficult parts but nevertheless we made it to the top! Ahh, what a view! We enjoyed nature for a moment, then made our way back down the mountain. On the way down, right before the finish, I lost my footing and slid down the front of the slope. Not fun!

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Snorkeling in Sharks Cove

A Guide To Snorkeling In Sharks Cove On Oahu, Hawaii

It is time for a water blog - or perhaps I should say an underwater blog. Whilst I do love hiking a lot, I am a true water baby and love being in the water even more. In today's post, let's take a look at one of my favorite snorkeling spots on the North Shore of Oahu with this guide to snorkeling at Sharks Cove. Spoiler alert - it's not as scary as it sounds!

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Nakoa Trail

A Guide To Hiking The Nakoa Trail on Oahu, Hawaii

With travel, I have always found that the touristy adventures are a lot of fun but the real diamond adventures lie off the beaten track. The Nakoa Trail is one of those hidden diamond adventures and a must do while you are on the island of Oahu.

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Wa'ahila Ridge Trail. Oahu Hawaii must see and do.

A Guide To Hiking The Wa'ahila Ridge Trail On Oahu, Hawaii

The Wa'ahila Ridge Trail is a lesser known, gorgeous trail on Oahu. There are enough challenging spots to take a beginner hiker out of their comfort zone which makes it a suitable hike for anyone looking to take their hiking skills to the next level.

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