When spending the day in Waikiki or Honolulu, plan to stop at Nico’s Fish Market for lunch or dinner (Mon-Sat) where you can get a fantastically fresh fish dinner with all the trimmings at a fraction of the cost of a fancy restaurant! Gourmet meets “plate lunch” style. Lyon-born Chef Nicolas “Nico” Chaize is a master of French cuisine and has given it his own Hawaiian twist. Covered outdoor seating, very casual. Excellent bar! Tip: closed Sundays. Details
Oahu has enough hiking trails to keep the most hard-core hiker blissed out for months on end. Two of our favorite waterfall hikes are to the Manoa Falls (this is where Steven Spielberg filmed many of the scenes in the movie ”The Lost World”) and the Maunawili Falls, both take you through beautiful rainforests where you will see giant ferns, cascading waterfalls, and tranquil streams, as well as unique plant and animal life that can only be found in these forests. Rare bird-watching opportunities abound.
Learn to surf! There are many good schools to choose from, the best are: Windward Watersports in Kailua, Hawaii Fire located in Honolulu (have a firefighter for an instructor), and Sunset Suzy’s Surf School, a terrific school on the North Shore.
Every winter, powerful swells cross thousands of miles of open ocean and descend upon the Hawaiian Islands, creating some of the biggest, most powerful and most challenging waves on the planet. Every November/December, the surfing world watches the best surfers compete for the crown, the Triple Crown of Surfing.
The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship’s 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941. The 184-foot-long Memorial structure spans the mid-portion of the sunken battleship and consists of three main sections: the entry room; the assembly room, a central area designed for ceremonies and general observation; and the shrine room, where the names of those killed on the Arizona are engraved on the marble wall. More...
We recommend you plan your visit to Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial by reserving your space in advance.