Island Fun

I’ve almost seen the whole island now. Before I haven’t been able to see or do much. It’s been incredible and loads of fun. I’ve done things I’ve never done before. I went cliff jumping at Laie Point and I finally saw my FIRST SEA TURTLE! If you don’t know me, you should know that I’m obsessed with sea turtles. The only time I have seen one was in an aquarium and it was for a brief moment. Seeing one swimming around free in the open water is nothing like seeing one in the aquarium. It’s magical and breath taking. Literally. I could barely breathe after I screamed loudly under water. I wanted to cry, but I was so shocked that I couldn’t cry or even say anything besides “oh my gosh” over and over again. Apparently a good place to go snorkeling and to see turtles is Sharks Cove. Cliff jumping was completely awesome. I felt like I could do anything after that. I was nervous at first, not about jumping, but only about getting back on to the rock. It looked a little complicated. But I did it. I’m proud of myself.

While exploring, I have found my where I love to go and relax in the sun. The Makapu’u tide pools. I just want to get me one of those big flamingo floats and relax in the water with friends. It’s peaceful there and absolutely gorgeous. Definitely and instagram worthy location, at least to me it is. But nothing beats my go-to spot at the Nanakuli beach. It might not be the most gorgeous place on the island, but it’s still beautiful and close to the mermaid caves. I love the water there and how it’s not crowded with people like the east and north sides of Oahu. I also go there a lot because it’s pretty close to where I live.

It’s been exciting exploring the island and doing all of these things. I have even found some great places to eat. I went to Boots & Kimo’s Homestyle Kitchen and Over Easy for breakfast with some family friends that are visiting and we ate the best pancakes and omelets that we have ever had. Both of them are delicious, but I think Over Easy was my favorite. Their crispy edge pancake (with the daily fruit and powder sugar) was heaven in my tummy. It’s bit of a drive for me, but I plan to go there more often when I’m on that side of the island. Ever since I moved here, I always said that everything tastes better here, and that’s including shrimp! I do not eat seafood often. Rarely I’ll have a couple of shrimp and some crab dip here and there, but lately, I’ve been eating a lot of it! Shrimp scampi, shrimp stuffed crab cakes and even shrimp from food trucks! And for some reason it tastes even better from a food truck. My dad will probably pass out from reading this and my sister will probably be even more excited to visit me and go out to eat with me. Seriously, this is shocking, even to me. But when you live in a place like Hawaii, you have to get out of your comfort zone and try new things. Who knows! The things you used to dislike might become something you love.

If you plan on visiting Oahu one day, then I just gave you some great locations to check out. To those of you who just moved to a new city or state or even an island like me or if you are on vacation…. get out of the house. Get out of the hotel room. Explore. Go do things outside of your normal routine and comfort zone. Go do the things you’ve always wanted to try. It’ll be fun and totally worth it.

Hanauma Bay


I went swimming with the fishes and the other Mariah that I met here on the Island.

Seriously you guys! I conquered a fear of mine. Ever since I moved to Oahu Island, I decided that I needed to do the following:

  • Get out of my comfort zone
  • Try new things
  • Go with the flow

That’s only a few of the many things that I need to do.

As you know from a previous blog post, I love the beach. I also enjoy visiting beautiful aquariums. I really enjoyed the Bahama’s when I was a little girl because we stayed at the Atlantis Hotel and there are aquariums everywhere and one of the water slides is surrounded by a huge aquarium. It was incredible, I probably went on that slide about a thousand times. It was my favorite part of the whole trip. Really it was!

But despite all that, the thought of being close to a fish creeps usually me out. In South Carolina, our beaches and lakes are murky and you can’t see anything in the water. The fish aren’t colorful and tropical looking. I think they’re gross and smelly. If I’m swimming in the ocean and I spot one jumping out of the water…I’m out! Nope. I don’t want to touch one and I don’t want to eat fish either. Something about the look, smell and taste turns me away. Blech!

It’s strange considering I used to go fishing with my dad as a kid and I absolutely LOVED eating seafood. I loved it! Things changed the older I got and now I can barely stand it.

So, like I said, I conquered a fear of mine. I went snorkeling with my friend Mariah. She had extra snorkeling gear and posted on Facebook asking if anyone wanted to go with her. I don’t know why, but I messaged her and said I would go and for some reason, I was actually excited to go. I was nervous, but I was excited because I could potentially be swimming with a sea turtle (which is my favorite animal, by the way.)

We went to Hanauma Bay. If you’re ever visiting Oahu, that is the perfect place to go visit! You can rent snorkeling gear there or rent your own. We had our own, so all we had to pay for was parking and that was only a dollar.

I was super nervous. Something about snorkeling also freaked me out, but I had to try something new, I had to get out of my comfort zone. So I did it! It was definitely one of the most incredible experiences of my life. Once I got the hang of snorkeling, I was no longer nervous. I was just excited. I was so close to some of the fish that I could touch them. I mean I was just inches away. It was breath taking, sometimes literally. I had to pause a couple of times to catch my breath.

We didn’t have much time to spend there since we arrived close to closing. Nor did we see any sea turtles, but that is just all the more reason to go visit this beautiful place and experience the excitement all over again! Hopefully next time I can get some underwater pictures.