Who writes itineraries for a vacation in paradise? Not me. Well, not until today. I rather spend most of my time laying on the beach and the rest of the time eating. (If you didn’t know, Hawaii has REALLY good food.) All the time, I have Hawaii-virgins asking me where all the hot spots are in Oahu, and every time, I send them the exact same email, a list of activities and a list of restaurants. So I decided create an itinerary specifically for this post. I’ve also thrown in a few budget tips for those of you broke from the hotel and airfare. The itinerary is based on 5 days in Oahu. Enjoy!
Cheap Travel Tips:
- Transportation: You don’t necessarily need a car in Oahu. You can pretty much get around taking the bus system. Adult fares are $2.25 per ride, or you can get a 4-day pass for only $25. You can even take this bus from Waikiki to North Shore.
- Souvenirs: If you have a Costco card, get your gifts here. They’re cheaper and you can buy in bulk. It is located at 525 Alakawa Street.
- When to travel: Go in the off-season like in March or September. Tourism will be down during those times, so travel companies will adjust the costs to get you to come.
- I’ll say it again, rent a condo! There you can have a kitchen to use, so you don’t have to eat every meal out.
Itinerary and photos after the jump.
|8:00am||Rise and shine!|
|9:00am||Arrive at the Hawaii Nature Center to begin the Makiki-Manoa Cliffs hike|
|12:30pm||Lunch: Side Street Inn (1225 Hopaka St)|
|3:00pm||Hang out at nearby pool/beach|
|7:00am||Breakfast: Wailana Coffee House (1860 Ala Moana Blvd)|
|8:00am||Go to Yamas Fish Market (2332 Young Street) to pick up some spam musubis (spam sushi)|
|9:00am||Surf lessons at Kailua Beach Park|
|12:00pm||Lunch: spam musubis|
|1:00pm||Walk over to Lanikai Beach|
|4:00pm||Back to hotel|
|7:00pm||Dinner: Alan Wong’s Restaurant (1857 South King Street)|
(Fit for a Wed,
Sat or Sun)
|9:00am||Breakfast: Zippy’s (601 Kapahulu Avenue)|
|10:00am||Aloha Stadium Swap Meet (junk, but fun to look at) – $1 per person|
|12:00pm||Lunch: Food stands at the stadium (you can find some good stuff here)|
|2:00pm||Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial|
|4:00pm||Ala Moana Mall|
|7:oopm||Dinner: Curry House (cheap) or Longhi’s (expensive) at Ala Moana|
|9:00pm||Dessert: Cream puffs at Liliha Bakery (515 North Kuakini Street)|
|9:00am||Breakfast: Eggs ‘N Things (343 Saratoga Road)|
|11:00am||Drive to North Shore|
|12:00pm||Lunch: Giovanni’s Aloha Shrimp (59-618 Kawoa Pl)|
|1:00pm||Snack: Shaved Ice w/Ice Cream at Matsumoto’s Shaved Ice (Try to say you’ve had once. Wailoa Bakery has better shaved ice, but it’s by Diamond Head.)|
|2:00pm||Polynesian Cultural Center|
|7:00pm||Dinner: Jimbo Restaurant for hand made udon (the best)|
|9:00am||Snorkeling in Hanauma Bay|
|1:00pm||Lunch: Puka Dog (2301 Kuhio Avenue / Nahua Street)|
|1:00pm||Relax on Waikiki Beach|
|5:00pm||Snack: Shaved Ice at Waiola Bakery (3113 Mokihana St)|
|6:00pm||Dinner: Koterri Ramen at Tenkaippin (617 Kapahulu Ave)|
- Honolulu Zoo
- Waikiki Aquarium
- Diamond Head
- International Market on Waikiki
- Helicopter tours
- Scuba diving
- Sky diving
Restaurants I also recommend:
- Mei Sum Dim Sum – Cheapest dim sum you’ll ever eat
- Big City Diner – Get the kimchi fried rice
- Ezogiku Ramen – They have curry ramen. Yum!