One of my favorite places I have been is Hawaii. If you haven´t been there, then I recommend you to go 🙂 Unfortunately I was only on Oahu, if I would go again now then I definitely would also go to Maui and Kauai.
On Oahu the place to be is Waikiki beach, but this wasn´t my favorite place. Actually, it is full of skyscraper hotels. When I thought about Hawaii, I always had the idea of this green island with dinosaurs. But when you are on Oahu, I totally felt like I was in the U.S.
But also Oahu has beautiful places, you should rent a convertible and cruise around the island. At Laniakea Beach you can find a lot of huge seaturtles sleeping at the beach. But you need to be careful, as they can bite 😉
The best beach to go snorkeling is Hanauma Bay, it´s around 15km away from Honululu. If you want to go snorkeling here, you need to watch a short movie about Conservation of the Coral Reef first. The best time to hit this beach, is early in the morning as it can get very crowded. By the way, I flew with Aloha airlines from S.F. to Honululu and it was very cheap, but already some time ago. But I was so dissapointed because I didn´t get a “Lei”, a typical Hawaiian flower necklace. I thought every visitor is getting one at the airport, but as we booked individually nobody came to give it to us 🙁
You need to know it´s very windy on Hawaii, so at most of the beaches we couldn´t go into the water. My favorite beach is Waimanalo Beach Park, it´s the longest beach on Oahu and so beautiful.
If you want to hike a little bit, you can climb up the Diamond head. There you have a beautiful view towards Waikiki beach. Also you should hike through the jungle and see the beautiful Manoa Falls. You should take some “No bite” with you, as the mosquitoes can get very nasty.