Friday, April 26, 2013
Woke up at 6:30am. It is sunny and it is probably warm too!
Today we are going on the Ultimate Circle Island Eco-Adventure tour offered by Discover Hawaii Tours. We are to meet our bus at the Sheraton Bus station behind our hotel at 8am. I made coffee and munched on shredded wheat. My DH has toast. It is nice having a kitchen!
We are on time to meet our bus, but our tour bus is not. At 8:10am, my DH calls the tour company to ask when we could expect our driver to arrive, they said “soon”. At 8:20am I called the tour company to ask the same question. As I was speaking to a representative, our tour bus pulled up and I said “thank you for your help” and we hopped on the bus! After stops at two more hotels, we are a total of 17 souls off to discover Oahu!
Our tour guide is Bruce, a nice guy our age who grew up on the island. He tells us he is a retired school teacher who taught science and physics at the high school attended by our President, Barack Obama! He said “Barack was involved in student government and basketball. He had an afro out to here! He wasn’t in any of my classes though.”
Bruce was great! He told us a lot about Hawaiian history and I especially liked to hear about the kings and queens and the traditions of the Hawaiian people. If you get a chance to go on this tour, do it! Here is the agenda for the day. Click on the links for more information.
- Laniakea Beach (Turtle Beach)
- Waimea Valley and Waimea Falls Waterfall
- Exclusive Kualoa Ranch Experience
- Oahu’s North Shore Beaches
- Waimea Bay & Sunset Beach
- Scenic La’ie Point Lookout
- Byodo-In Temple
- Nu’uanu Pali Lookout
- Hanauma Bay
- South Shore Oahu
- Halona Blowhole & Halona Cove
- Sandy Beach Lookout
Here is a map or our journey today:
It is best to describe this tour by pictures. I apologize to all my readers with slow internet connections but words cannot describe the wonders we saw on this informative and enjoyable trip.
We returned to Waikiki around 6pm. My DH took a shower and I downloaded/sorted/compressed the pictures I took of the day. At 7:45pm, we went up to the 26th floor of our hotel to see the Hilton Hotel’s Friday Evening Firewords show. It only lasted 10 minutes, but it was excellent!
At 9pm we went to Roy’s for seafood. I can’t remember the Hawaiian names for the fish we ate, just know that they tasted gooooood!
At the end of the evening, we were tired and looking forward to our comfortable bed. Tomorrow will be a lazier day, I think.
Quote of the day: “If this beach is so secret, why are there so many people here?” — Anna