4 Days Self-Drive in Oahu, Hawaii.

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Being the third largest Hawaiian island, Oahu is sometimes called "The Gathering Place", the home to the majority of Hawaii's diverse population. Oahu certainly lives up to its name as it contrast between the ancient and the modern, which makes discovering Oahu from bustling city life to laidback surf towns.

There is no other better option than to rent a car and drive around this island, public bus is available around the island however it may consume most of your time on traveling on the bus. Taking a cab is another option but it's expensive.

If you choose to rent a car, it's very convenient after arriving at the Honolulu International Airport, majority of the car rental company offer free shuttle buses to pick up your rental car.

We decided to spend 4 days in Oahu which I wouldn't say is enough to discover this beautiful island, even so we still manage to drop by a few interesting places.

Day 1 - 

After picking up our car at the airport, we drove to our airbnb house and end our day by exploring around Waikiki.

Day 2 - To the North Shore.

An hour drive will take you from the bustling Waikiki to the rural countryside. You know you’re close when you pass the Dole Plantation, and travel through the pineapple fields.  Continue driving down the ridge, as you admire the impressive view of the North Shore of Oahu. Roll down your windows, and breathe the fresh cool salty air, as you arrive at the rustic old Haleiwa Town.

It’s time to slow down and relax when you reach Historic Haleiwa Town.  Grab a Hawaiian shave ice, check out the Hawaiian art galleries, and shops before continuing on to the famous Oahu North Shore beaches.

Next, you could stay and check out one of the most beautiful sunset in one of the famous North Shore beaches, but we decided to drove back to Diamond Head Crater.

After Diamond Head Crater, we had our dinner and did some shopping at Waikele Premium Outlet.

Day 3 -

Begin with early morning driving back to North Shore again, this morning is the most exciting day ever to me, yes we're going for skydiving! Read more about my skydiving experience.

After skydiving, we drove a little and did some hiking to the Kaena Point, the place itself appears to be the westernmost tip of land on the island of Oahu, humpback whale in group can be seen here if you're lucky enough!

Then we continue our drive to the east coast - Kailua. There are two things to do in Kailua, Lanikai Beach & Lanikai Pillbox Hike.

Read about my Lanikai Pillbox Hike experience.

You could simply walk back to Lanikai Beach after the hike to catch sunset.

Day 4 - 

It's another early morning 5am, an exausted and yet rewarding challenge, we drove to Koko Head to begin our hike up to Koko Crater Trail.

Koko Crater Trail, better known as “Koko Head Stairs”, is your StairMaster workout for the day, with a rewarding panoramic view up top.  This Oahu hike will test your endurance and strength to continuously take each additional step up the mountain as you stride over 1000 steps to reach the top!  As challenging as it sounds, hiking the Koko Head trail is a fun and very popular hike on Oahu.

After the sunrise at the top of Koko Head, we drive around this scenic area along Hanauma Bay.

Next, we did a last minute shopping at Waikiki and ready for our departure at Honolulu International Airport.

Hawaii's diverse natural scenery, warm tropical climate, abundance of public beaches, oceanic surroundings, and active volcanoes make it a popular destination for tourists, surfers, biologists, and volcanologists. I'll be back again to the paradise!

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