My Favorite Honolulu Routine:
Honolulu flights are rare, and so precious. So when I do get my hands on one I take FULL advantage. There are so many things to do on the island of Oahu but theoretically I usually only have 27 hours on the ground therefore I cram all the good stuff in!
Our flight from Houston usually lands around 1:30. By 3:00pm I’m arriving at the hotel, changing out of my uniform & hitting the beach.
If I’m with another fun crew member I might walk to the beach where the booze cruise leaves, right in front of Duke’s restaurant. For $40 cash you’re guaranteed a great time.
If I’m by myself then I’ll call one of my favorite dive shops and schedule an evening dive off shore.
Evening dives don’t leave much time for dinner so those nights are reserved for late night bar food but if I’m looking for a good sunset view then I like to take a seat at Duke’s where the live band plays.
Once the sun goes down I head over to Hertz to pick up the rental car and depending on who I am with I may head out for a few drinks or go to bed early. Time is never wasted in Honolulu. The great part about the time change is how easy it is to get out of bed at 4:00am. By 5:00am I’m headed to Starbucks for some blueberry oatmeal and an iced coffee. I drive through the dark, across the island over to lanai Kai to hike the pillboxes. I swear, this is the most beautiful spot to watch the sunrises. There are great breakfast spots in the area afterwards, Kono’s breakfast burritos are the best. I do recommend hanging around the beaches there, they are beautiful!! My days are usually cut short and around 2pm I’m headed back towards the hotel to shower and change. I always always always grab poke from the poke bar for lunch & an açaí bowl to go while I’m on the way to the airport.
So! If you ever find yourself in a situation where you only have 27 hours in Honolulu, there you go!
For more recommendations on beaches, hikes and restaurants feel free to message me! 🙂