Beachin’ it 🌴 // Best Oahu Beaches

Lanikai Beach

One of my favorite beaches, located in Kailua, is Lanikai beach which is beautiful and perfect for all types of beach-goers. The weather isn’t always the greatest, but the scenery and rolling waves always make for a fun time. Famous for the two small island peeking out of the ocean, with its white sand and barely crowded shores, I would highly recommend visiting this beach. 

Sandy Beach

My #1 favorite spot. Where all the locals go and where the waves can be scary big. You will have a true Hawaiian experience when you visit this body surfing beach. Personally, I love watching the brave surfers and body surfers here, and although I don’t do either at this beach I have the most fun swimming in the big surf. If you aren’t a strong swimmer I’d suggest just sun bathing on the beach, but it’s still worth it to check this one out. 

Cockroach Cove

Located right next to Sandy Beach, Cockroach cove is a fun little destination spot. After walking down the rocky path you’ll find yourself in a pretty cove where you can swim in the small waves, explore the rocks on either side (where we jumped off) or even venture into a cave that goes under the road above. It’s a mellow beach, but can easily get crowded because of how small it is. 

Haleiwa Angel Wings

I know this one isn’t a beach, but I felt like I had to include it! If you have an Instagram I’m sure you’ve seen these pretty wings. Located on the North Shore, they’ve become a popular destination for tourists and locals alike.

Kaimana Beach

You can find this one in walking distance to Waikiki beach. However, Kaimana is much less crowded, the water is cleaner and you won’t be suffocated by tourists. I think this beach was once known as a gay beach, but over the years has lost that reputation. You can surf out to the left of the channel, snorkel over the reef or simply relax in the shallow, calm water. This beach is close to town, but still beautiful and doesn’t feel too much like you’re in a big city. 

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4 Amazing Hikes on Oahu 

I recently visited the breathtaking island of Oahu with my sister and three of our close friends. I always joke that when we go on vacation it’s not the relaxing type… it’s the go go go type. I think there’s just too much beauty to miss out on when you’re only on the islands for 10 days, so our vacation consisted of a lot of hiking, swimming and eating. And today I’m sharing 4 of my favorite hikes with you. 
The Ehukai Pillbox Hike

This one is seriously one of my favorite tropical hikes ever. It’s short and sweet, with some intense inclined portions. I love getting to experience several different sceneries within this one hike. First you weave through a rainforest-like atmosphere, then you go through a dirt path that is interwoven with tree roots and slippery from mud, next you walk through a serene path that is lined with delicate hanging trees that are light in color… and finally you make it to an opening where you see the ocean and the first abandoned military pillbox. You can even go inside of it where there is graffiti and a view of the shoreline. Make your way down the trail a bit further and you’ll run into the second pillbox where a peace sign is painted with the word “peace”- making for a great photo op. This is located on the Northshore, overlooking the famous Pipeline beach. 

Pali Puka

I will warn you that this had a “Do not enter” warning sign at the start of the trailhead. So honestly I’m not sure if it’s illegal or just frowned upon. My sister and I bravely began this hike on a windy, overcast morning. Luckily we didn’t know what to expect… because sometimes it’s better not knowing and just going for, it if you know what I mean. 

I am pretty scared of heights, so this one was one of the most challenging hikes for me. But nonetheless, the views were definitely worth it. It is a short, but steep hike. You begin by gradually climbing a muddy path where there are ropes to help you out on the sides. Then you make it out of the trees and find yourself on the side of a very steep mountain ridge, which you slowly walk along (and hope you don’t die) for a while. Finally you will find yourself right above the famous hole in the mountain face where you’ll have to climb down to. I am probably making this hike seem scarier than it is, but that’s just because I’m afraid of heights and had a few mini panic attacks. But I made it and I’m happy that it pushed me out of my comfort zone. Couldn’t have done it without my sister, who is fearless when it comes to heights! 

Koko Head Crater @ Sunrise

Koko head is a well known hike located in Hawaii Kai. It consists of 1,048 steps to the top of a large mountain. It was my fourth time doing it, but my first time attempting it at sunrise. My sister and I started around 4:30 when we needed flash lights to see where we were going. Luckily it was much cooler than hiking it during the day, but that didn’t stop us from dripping sweat and labored breathing (lol). Even if you think you’re in good shape, Koko head will kick your butt on the way up. But man is it worth it when you make it to the top… especially at sunrise, the feeling and the views were unreal. I love the feeling of being up before the sun, the anticipation before it rises and the stillness you experience on the top of a mountain when the skies are painted with pinks, blues and purples. 

The Makapu’u Tide Pools

You will find this hidden gem on the way to the Makapu’u Lighthouse hike. I don’t know if it’s actually considered a hike, because it is basically just climbing down the side of a rocky mountain. Nevertheless, once you make it down the make shift path you’ll find yourself in awe of the clear, emerald water and serene closeness to the powerful crashing waves. There are multiple large tide pools that you can swim and snorkel in- so bring some goggles. I would recommend going at high tide (which was 11 am while we were there) because the tide pools will have more water in them. Be careful of large sets that crash on the rocks, you don’t want to be swept into the ocean at that location. 

I hope my hiking suggestions were helpful for anyone traveling to Oahu. If you want me to write about places to eat or beaches to go to, please leave me a comment below and I’d be happy to make another post! 

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Summer Travels: Panama

In the month of June, my sister and I boarded our long-awaited flight to Panama.

The country in Central America, not the city in Florida.

‘Why Panama?’ You may be wondering… Well, my best friend (Anya, for those of you who don’t know already) lives there with her family. So basically, we chose Panama because we had a free place to stay. And because who wouldn’t want to at least see what Panama has to offer when such an amazing opportunity arises?

I will say that it was nothing like I imagined it would be. Leading up to the trip, I thought I would be stepping foot into a place that was either like Hawaii, or like Mexico. But I was very wrong, and it reminded me of neither destination. Panama has a culture all it’s own.

City life, the Panama Canal, swampy rivers, rainforest, humidity, thunderstorms, exotic creatures and Spanish that was spoken much too fast for me and my high school level to comprehend. That’s what I experienced in Panama.

Of course, I loved every second of it because I was able to spend it with my best friend and my sister (who is also my best friend).

It is truly a time that I will never forget. I was able to visit a small island on the Pacific Ocean with clear, blue water and cute, narrow streets that were lined with authentic food. I took a boat ride through the biggest canal in the world (the Panama Canal), all the while, stopping to feed wild monkeys that were swinging from the trees. I jumped into a swampy part of the river, only to be told after I got out that a crocodile was sighted nearly thirty yards away the previous day. I got to jump off of small waterfalls. I met new people. I got to experience the life of the Embera tribe (a native group of people who speak their own language and live ruraly). Then I was caught in a full-blown thunder storm on our boat ride home, where, for the first time, every inch of me got wet (from rain), without having to take a shower.

I would not have changed even one thing about my trip. And I can’t express how grateful I am for the memories and adventures.

I filmed and made a short video of each aspect, just so everyone could see the true beauty of traveling somewhere new. You can watch it here

Where do you want to travel? And why haven’t you done it yet?

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If you’re planning to visit Panama… I recommend going to

-Toboga island

-Captain Carl’s tour

-The Embera village tour

-The Panama Canal

-Casco Viejo

-The Causeway