As we come to the end of our 10-day trip to Hawaii, in summary, I can only say that I am far from ready to come home!
It's been such an awesome holiday- the perfect blend of beaches, food, scenery, relaxation and adventure. We had three nights staying at Waikiki on Oahu Island and a week on Kauai Island at Poipu beach.
A friend asked me if Hawaii has been everything I thought it would be and my answer was that it has actually been better than I imagined! To be honest I think part of he reason why, is because as a destination it actually wasn't high on my list of places to visit.i was even to visit Hawaii at some stage but we chose it because it seemed to tick all the right boxes (great beaches makes for a perfect winter escape, not too far to fly, no stopovers required, easy to get around and see quite a lot when we could only take a short amount of time off work). On reflection, I think sometimes it can work in your favour when a destination isn't necessarily high on your bucket list, because you don't have an endless list of must-see places and must-do experiences (that can sometimes leave you feeling a little underwhelmed if you've been dreaming about them for years). Instead every great experience is a nice surprise!
So here are some of my observations and highlights from our Hawaii trip:
Waikiki was a pleasant surprise. To be honest, I was expecting brash and busy. And while Waikiki does have a little bit of those traits in her personality, as a destination, it was actually far nicer than I had imagined. The beaches may be fronted by resorts and the water packed with swimmers, surfers and SUPers, but there is a reason people flock here - the beaches are stunning, the sunsets are superb and there is plenty to do. Especially as a family holiday destination, Waikiki makes a lot of sense. In saying that, I wouldn't choose to stay there for a long time! It's nice to fly in and get a taste and then head somewhere a bit more remote - of course entirely my opinion.