Do you find anything unusual about the three beach pictures that I took of my recent trip to Hawaii?
Look again. That’s right, there’s hardly anyone there. This is Oahu’s North Shore, where its many beaches are regulars on The Travel Channel’s top ten best beaches in the world.
We came to Oahu some six years ago when I won a week’s paid vacation through my work. We stayed in one of the finest hotels on Waikiki, where most tourists would never want to leave. I’m a wanderlust, however. So we had rented a car and circled the island, where we discovered the solitude of North Shore. I knew if we came back that this is where I’d want to be.
So without the benefit of winning a luxury vacation or having a job, for that matter, we returned on what I call “Budget Hawaii”. Since I have two personalities I can’t tell you which is better: Hotel on the beach in the middle of everything with shopping, food, activities, and a bustling night life, or living with the locals away from it all, cooking your food, and bustling wildlife.
But the beautiful thing is you can have both. Yes, write that down: in Oahu you can have both. Why? Because from the northern most tip to the southern most tip is roughly a 40 minute drive—and I never saw a speed limit higher than 55. In fact, if you live in Waikiki you can turn your back on the high rises and start walking until you hit the rainforest. Because that’s what we did.
We were headed to Manoa Falls and due to the filming of the remake of Hawaii Five-O at the falls, we had to park in a neighborhood above the city and do just that. And I found it truly amazing to be in a New York-like city one minute and in an Amazon-like rainforest the next. That’s the magic of this island, whole new dimensions await you at every turn.
After my visit six years ago, I was dying to see other islands. So we went to Maui and circled it. I’m afraid Maui just doesn’t have the same appeal to me—too commercial, too golf course, too flat and dry. But they have beautiful beaches, if that’s all you want.
But that’s not all I want. I want mountains
and trees, lotsa, lotsa trees.
Next up: The very interesting and unforgettable place we stayed and entirely not what I am accustomed to. Plus the “no rules” lifestyle that I could find myself becoming quite accustomed to.