Hawaiian Vacation: October 2013

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Saturday, October 12 - Day 2 on Oahu

View sunrise photos from the morning (2 images)

If you want to go snorkeling on Oahu, you simply must make Hanauma Bay one of your priority stops. We heard the bay was actually less crowded on weekends, so chose this day to go there. At the top of the cliff where you pay a hefty entrance fee, you must also watch a short conservation themed video, then walk or shuttle down the steep paved road to the bay itself. The water was somewhat cloudy and there's hardly anything to see by the way of coral, but the fish were amazing. And it is here where Ginger met her trip snorkeling goal: seeing a wild sea turtle.

View photos from Hanauma Bay (10 images) View underwater photos from Hanauma Bay (87 images)

After getting our fill of water at the bay, we wandered around in the car looking for a point of interest recommended by the valet at our hotel. After much searching, we found the beginning of Mariner's Trail. Not only did we have to stop for directions and wind and u-turn through a residential neighborhood, there is absolutely no signage as to where the trail begins, and it actually begins behind a disregardable No Trespassing sign. Ginger wanted to conserve energy and hiked about halfway up to a lovely view, Neil when the whole way for a higher view.

View photos from Mariner's trail (5 images)

We also chose to hike to the Makapu'u Lighthouse on the easternmost side of Oahu. Warning, this is another grueling hike. While the trail is paved, it's very steep and just plain hot as there's zero shade. Your view from the top however, is fantastic. The view is breathtaking and we even saw hang gliders passing back and forth in front of us. While we chose not to do it, there is a diversion you can take of a somewhat treacherous path down the side of the cliff to view the tide pools.

View photos from the Lighthouse hike (29 images)

After the lighthouse, we drove the scenic highway 61 to stop at the Pali Lookout. We were ever so grateful that the distance from car to site for the lookout was little more about 100 feet, if that. It'll cost you to park, but the view is worth it. If you're feeling adventurous, you can even follow the Pali Trail, which is mostly paved since it was once a real road.

View photos from Pali Lookout (8 images)

Neil was feeling really tired, and needed about a 2-hour nap between 4:30 and 6:30 before dinner. He was so tired, in fact, that he watched about 1 batter of the ALCS Game 1 between the Red Sox and Tigers before sleeping through the rest.

We'd heard good things about Teddy's Bigger Burgers and decided to try it for dinner since it was just a couple blocks from the hotel. It turned out to be a five-Guys style restaurant, a good price for what you got.