On our first day, we will make our first stop at the world famous Macadamia Nut Farm. Then, we will take you to one of the most exciting tourist attractions in Hawaii – the Jurassic Park Tour, located on the North Shore, the northern coast of Oahu.
Established in 1850 and family owned, Kualoa is a 4,000-acre Private Nature Reserve as well as a working cattle ranch with more than 500 head of cattle. Located on the northeastern side of Oahu in the Hawaiian countryside and along the white sandy shores of Kaneohe Bay, it is just 24 miles from Honolulu. Many thousands of visitors come every year to Kualoa Ranch. Why?
The Jurassic Park Tour can be done either by riding a horse, in the bus or on an ATV. Beside seeing different film sets, the nature at Kualoa Ranch as well as the views of the mountains and valleys of this huge ranch are just breathtaking.
The Kualoa Ranch is open daily from 8:30AM to 5:30PM, except on Christmas and New Year’s Day.
There are many beaches in the US and there are even more beaches in Hawaii. You will find some of the most beautiful beaches here in Hawaii, but there are also some very dangerous ones. A beach near Waikiki is titled “Most Dangerous Beach USA Hawaii”. But is this really true?
Not too far away from Waikiki, you will find the most dangerous beach in America
About 30 minutes away from Waikiki, there is one of the most dangerous beach in the US. There, the waves can even be fatal on a very nice and sunny day. Waves can very easily pick you up and throw you back down, injuring you on the hard packed sand and rocks if you are not familiar with the breaks. The waves can break on the beach with an incredible power and whirl up the sand. In extreme cases, you can break your bones and in the worst case your neck.
Welcome to Sandy Beach
Strong currents, extreme waves and no mercy! This is how you describe a day at the most dangerous beach in Hawaii. Waves rushing back to the ocean, can be so strong that even a pro can be thrown away by them. If this happens there is only one thing you can do – don’t cramp.
But does Sandy Beach really deserve the reputation being the most dangerous beach on Hawaii?
How to get away from the most dangerous beach without bone fractures
The safest and simplest strategy is: Don’t go into the water!
We explain everybody during our tours why Sandy Beach is so dangerous.
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Those who refuse to follow rules, shall feel the consequences!
If you decide to go into the water on the most dangerous beach in the US, then be prepared for pain and sand in every part of your body – yes, everyone! Sandy Beach is very dangerous beach.
Bodyboarding at Sandy Beach
Bodyboarding is a water sport in which the surfer rides a bodyboard on the crest, face, and curl of a wave which is carrying the surfer towards the shore. The bodyboard differs from a surfboard in the fact that it is much shorter. Sandy Beach is very popular spot for body boarders.
It’s a short ride on the wave but it’s also a lot of fun. In the video you can see some recordings of bodyboarding at Sandy Beach and also how extreme the waves are on the beach. Have fun watching the video!
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The best surf spots for beginners, advanced and professionals
Surfing Oahu – and on the other Hawaiian islands – enjoys a tremendous reputation. Why? Because surfing has been in the blood of Hawaiian natives for centuries. Traditional stories talk about Hawaiian kings who gracefully and majestically rode across the waves cheered by the crowd. Duke Kahanamoku, “Ambassador of Aloha,” Olympic medalist, and avid waterman, helped expose surfing to the world.
Whoever wants to become a pro, needs to practice at an early age
There are more than a hundred surf spots on Oahu and everyone is invited to prove their skills on the board. The island welcomes all surfers without exception – beginners and pros. You only need to have a passion for this kind of the sport. There are fantastic waves and great surf spots for advanced and professional surfers as well as beaches with gentle waves for beginners. The best thing about surfing on Oahu is that you surf side by side with the pros. On one hand, you can improve your own skills through practice and on the other hand, you have the brilliant opportunity to look at the tricks of the pros.
Turtle Bay Resort
Puaena Point at Haleiwa Beach Park is a good spot to practice surfing. Kawela Bay and Turtle Bay Resort Pool Bar are also great places for beginners. There, the waves are small and shallow which makes it easier to get up on your surfboard again. These spots are generally also very popular by watching advanced surfers and their techniques.
If you are an advanced surfer, then Chun’s Reef is the ideal place for you. There, you have the opportunity to surf between breaks and on certain days the waves can get very high. A place called Canoes on the South Shore of Oahu also has some good surfing spots with sometimes unusually high waves. This definitely guarantees fun for experienced surfers.
For those looking for a challenging so-called Point Break, Velzyland at the end of Oahu’s “Seven Mile Miracle” coastline is their perfect spot. The reef is shallow and sharp, therefore surfers have to be very vigilant every second.
Another great option is Sunset Beach located on Oahu’s North Shore. Powerful, fast waves require a lot of surfing skill and agility.
Surfing Oahu Hawaii
As you can see, Oahu has great surf spots all over the island whether you are a beginner or an ultimate Duke fan who want to write surf history as well. Surfing Oahu will be one of the best experiences you can imagine.
If you’re looking for a surfing instructor, you’ll find him anywhere on the island especially on Waikiki Beach.
And of course there are great surfing spots on the other islands as well like on Maui. Check it out: Surfspots on Maui
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Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on the east coast of Oahu sees an average of 3000 visitors
every day, or around a million visitors a year.
Hanauma Bay is a former volcano crater which was created about 32,000 years ago. Upwelling magma vaporized the ocean water and steam explosions blew the magma into fine ashes. Wave erosions were forming the bay which explains its current inlet. Hanauma Bay is a great spot for all kinds of species of fish and underwater animals. Therefore, it is also a very popular destination for many snorkelers.
How to Get to Hanauma Bay
If you drive by car, you should get there are soon as possible because the parking lots are quickly full and then locked. The parking fee is one dollar.
A good alternative is also taking the local bus # 22. http://www.thebus.org/Route/timetables/rt22.pdf. It runs from Waikiki to straight to Hanauma Bay and in addition you can also enjoy the beautiful nature. The bus stops right at the entrance of Hanauma Bay and costs $2.75 per person one way. A daily ticket costs $5.50 which is recommended as the bus driver will not give you any change back. (Prices as of 2018)
If you don’t want to catch the bus or don’t have a rental car you can go on one of the tours to Hanauma Bay. Most of the Hanauma Bay tours offer convenient and free pick up in Waikiki and the drop off later. Check out this Hanauma Bay Tour.
Hanauma Bay Entrance Fee
Hanauma Bay is the only beach on Oahu where you have to pay an entrance fee as a tourist. The fee is $ 7.50 (children up to 12 years are free of charge). Residents of Hawaii get in free of charge with a Hawaiian state ID as well as active military people living on Oahu. (Prices as of 2018)
If you don’t want to take your belongings to the beach, you can rent lockers on site. Prices for small lockers are 8 dollars and for larger lockers 10 dollars. You can also rent a snorkeling set for 20 dollars.
In order to get from the entrance to the beach, you have to walk down a hill but you can also take the shuttle service for 1.25 dollars a ride per person. (Prices as of 2018)
In order to be allowed on the beach, each visitor has to watch a 15-minute video explaining the beach rules and when you are in the water. You should not step on any reefs neither should you touch or feed any fish or animals.
If you want to come back within a year, you can register in a list without watching the video again.
The bay is closed to tourists every Tuesdays in order to allow the fish a day of feeding without interruption by swimmers.
Once down, you have a fantastic view over the bay and the famous volcano crater Koko Head. Do you have further questions? Write us on Facebook!