03.04.2011 - 03.04.2011 29 °C
Started the morning with an early morning swim on Waikiki followed by McDs for brekky. Our grand plan for today was to swim in Hanauma Bay followed by a trek up Diamond Head. As it turned out we weren’t able to do either of our planned items on the itinerary because both of the car parks were full and they were turning away visitors.
We decided to do our tomorrow itinerary today and headed for the North Shore. The drive up the east coast of Oahu is absolutely breathtaking. The old volcano craters come right down to the sea. So on the your left hand side you have these monolithic mountains and on the right hand side you have beautiful white sandy beaches and aqua coloured water. Just incredible. Probably one of the most beautiful coastal drives in the world (although I haven’t really done many of them yet so some time later I’ll be able to rank the drive for you all). Anyway an absolute must if you are planning to come to Hawaii.
We did a trek today up the side of one of the mountains to see some of the most amazing views. I have to say that my calves were really feeling it before we even got half way—a good 45min hike and it felt like straight up. Unfortunately so did my skin, it was definite shade of pink after the walk!
Also stopped and saw a blow hole where we also saw a friendly seal hanging out on the rocks. About lunch time we decided that we really needed to go for a swim, so we stopped off at what we thought looked like a great beach with waves! Well to put it bluntly I’m not a good enough swimmer to swim at that beach. The waves were quite large and dumping straight onto the beach. Conductor also decided that he wasn’t up to it either so we decided to pack up and leave. Just as we were leaving a really large wave came in and dumped on all of our gear! Camera, car keys, clothes, towels all got absolutely drenched. We had to go chasing Conductor’s thongs that were being swept out to sea. Lucky for us everything was in working order just very wet!
Eventually we made our way up to Sunset Beach and decided to try to go for a swim again. This time the surf was a bit more sedate and we were able to bob up and down and do our new form of swimming “surge riding”. (Catching the small dumpers in and being sucked back out). Really nice surf with some great waves out the back for the board riders. Sunset and Pipeline have moved up in the world since we were last here. I only remember beach shacks last time I was there, now it has a few more houses but still retains that “sea side village” feel. No big high rises or shops at Pipeline!
Finished off the day by driving as far as we possibly could up to the Northern side of the island to see a beautiful sunset over the ocean! Really, really great day!