When visiting Oahu sometimes it can be hard to remember that the island had much more the just the hustle and bustle of the downtown metropolis of Honolulu and Waikiki. Today we went on a trip that took us to a place that seemed so far from the concrete jungle of the city......but it only took about 10 minutes to get there.
We waited at the lobby of our hotel for only a minute or two before the white Oahu Nature Tours van rounded the corner and slowed to a stop directly infront of us. The driver got out carrying a clipboard and checked out names off on his list before sliding the door of his van open and inviting us onboard.
Once we were loaded onto the van he began driving through the city in the uphill direction. In a remarkably short amount of time we had completely left the city and found ourselves completely surrounded by a lush tropical rainforest without a single building in sight. It wasn't long before our driver eased the van into the dirt lot at the trailhead of our days hiking area.
The hike that we did is known as "Manoa Falls". It is a local favorite because of it's well maintained trail, lush rainforest, easy access from downtown......and of course, the waterfall at the top of the trail. As we got out of the van our guide passed out our supplies, and a few minutes after that we were trekking through the jungle.
The jungle was beautiful, huge bright green plants with enormous broad leaves lined the trail for many sections. We passed some really beautiful areas. Our guide was great at taking the time to explain different facts about the area as we made our way down the trail. Soon enough we had reached the waterfall. We spent some time admiring the view. Eventually, our guide explained that if we wanted to get a head start on the way back down and go at our own pace we could. So we decided to go on ahead of everyone so we could have some time to set up the tripod and snap some pics. We really couldn't have asked for more from the days experience, the setting, guide and timing of it was excellent.
You are likely aware that Tom Barefoot's Tours carries hundreds of activity companies on all the Hawaiian Islands consisting of thousands of individual tour choices.
Today we checked in at Maalaea just before 7:00AM for our trip aboard the "Maui Magic". Our days plan began with a boat ride all the way around the southern tip of Maui to an area known as the Kanaio Coast.
We offer many different snorkeling trips throughout the state of Hawaii. Each one tries to differentiate itself from the others in the industry by catering to a specific niche group.
Of all the whale watching companies that we deal with on Maui, one of the ones that we get the most requests for is the Pacific Whale Foundation. The reason for this most likely stems from the fact that the Pacific Whale Foundation has really made an effort over the years to be a company that specializes in whale watches.
Today we thought it would be fun to go see the sunset from the top of Mauna Kea. Our rental car company did not want us to drive our little car up there so we decided that it would be a good idea to arrange to go with a guided tour.
The air tour that I did today with Iolani Air was for lack of a better word......perfect. I will try to contain me excitement as I go over the reasons of why I so thoroughly enjoyed my experience.
Speedboats are not for everyone, but if you're the type you're the type of person that enjoys them then......... Then everything else probably seems, slow.
Our trip to the Waipio Ridge Stables was nothing short of incredible. We decided to leave our place in Kona extra early so we would have plenty of time to take in all of the sights on the way there.
If you would like to get out in nature when you're in Hawaii then you should definitely consider adding a hiking tour to your vacation's itinerary. While many of the trails in Hawaii are publicly accessible, many are not and are located on private lands.
See lush rain forests, giant ferns, cascading tropical waterfalls, picturesque streams and unique species. This trail, a hidden treasure that was used by Steven Spielberg while filming Lost World, leads to the tallest accessible waterfall on Oahu, deep within a prehistoric landscape.
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