Lanikai - our absolute dream beach
Lanikai - our absolute dream beach

My Hawaii, Manuela reports part 1: How it all began and my trip to Lanikai


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How it all began:

I admit it, I am a fan of the Magnum series. The great scenery that was seen in the series, has always excited me and awakened in me the desire to once go to Hawaii to travel.

Arrival with many options:

Until the time came, it still took a while, because the Hawaiian Islands are not exactly around the corner. The flight is long, not exactly cheap and you need some time, but it's worth it! In the meantime, I have already been to these wonderful islands twice, each time with stopovers and from a different direction. Either one flies westward via USA or Canada or via the Asia/Australia route.

And then arrive:

The airport of Oahu finally reached
Approach to Oahu - Huhuu we are at the finish!

Either way, you arrive a bit groggy and the 12 hour time difference is not so easy to cope with. But the landing approach to Honolulu is already spectacular, with a great view of the famous Waikiki Beach and the Diamond Head.
On our route via the USA, we had already completed the immigration procedure and only had to wait for our suitcases.

There we were now at the destination of our TV series and dreams. Aloha from all sides, which accompanied us from now on constantly.

We took the airport bus to our hotel in Waikiki. High-rise buildings and stores wherever you look. You might think that would be terrible, but we actually did not find. In the background of the skyline these spectacular mountains - that has something!

But first into the hotelWe put down our suitcases, freshen up and then take a short tour. After a refreshment in one of the many small restaurants, we enjoy a delicious cocktail and then it's off to bed.

New day, great trip:

The jet lag is not so easy to overcome, but Oahu wants to be conquered. We had of course informed ourselves extensively in travel guides, especially good is the Lonely Planet. Oahu can be well combined with a rental car explore and low fares can be determined at home when planning a trip.

After an uncomplicated pickup, we headed towards Diamond Head, the famous landmark of Oahu. Here we make a short stop. The climb is not particularly difficult and from the crater rim we had a super view of the east side of the island and of course Waikiki and Honolulu. After the descent, we briefly consider making a detour to the Kahala Mall, but decide against it - today is nature!

On the Kalaianole Hwy. all great sounding names here, we head to Hanauma Bay Nature Park. Here we stop. The extinct volcano forms a beautiful sheltered bay with good snorkeling opportunities. The rugged mountains in the background form a beautiful backdrop. Unfortunately Hanauma is a bit crowded and so we move on, passing Sealife Park and Waimanolo Beach towards Kailua. Our destination is Lanikai Beach - "the Dream beach at all!".

Lanikai Beach - there is nothing more beautiful:

Lanikai - our absolute dream beach
Lanikai - our absolute dream beach

The Beach is not easy to find, because it is not signposted and so we wandered around a bit lost. The best is to try to drive somehow in the direction of Mid-Pacific Country Club, from there it is not far. There is no real parking lot, or rather only a small sandy lot, and so we parked on the street, Mokulua Drive. Since we were there during the week, this was no problem, but on weekends it should be difficult to get a free place.

And then we are finally there: Lanikai is narrower than expected, but a dream beach!

The fine, white sand is like powdered sugar and the turquoise, clear water immediately invites you to swim. From the beach you have a view of the offshore islands of Moku Nui and Moku Iki. I'm really at a loss for words, this is so beautiful!

The fact that there are no restaurants, stalls and other activities doesn't matter at all and thus Lanikai is not a usual tourist beach. However, you should also know that there is no shade, so be sure to take a sunscreen with a high sun protection factor. With drinks and food you have to stock up beforehand.

Lanikai Beach - one of the world's most famous beaches and still space :-)
Lanikai Beach - one of the world's most famous beaches and still place 🙂

Lanikai Beach is often also the backdrop for advertising shots, I can well understand. The sea was calm, without major waves and we enjoyed just lying on the water, enjoying the sea and the landscape. And watch a few kite surfers.

But sun, sea and air make hungry and so we make our way to the car with a heavy heart. For the first day, that was also enough sun.

On the way to Kailua we discovered Buzz's Restaurant. They serve delicious steaks, burgers and salads. My favorite: the "open faced crab sandwich", absolutely delicious!
Strengthened and in a good mood, we make our way back to Waikiki. The sun is slowly setting and a great day with an unforgettable excursion comes to an end. Fortunately, this is only the beginning of our vacation.

Lanikai Beach - my highlight!

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  1. Hello, I find the post super interesting and very helpful! That we certainly a day of my vacation in February.

    Are there any other dividers :)))

    All love greetings!!!!!!!!!!!!


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