Oahu-Lanikai Beach-Ko Olina Lagoons

Paddling HonoluluA trip to Hawaii is not complete without snorkeling in one of the pristine beaches in the world. We got our gear from Snorkel Bob’s, the most popular snorkel gear rental chain around Hawaii. We snorkeled on the calm waves of Lanikai Beach and man-made lagoons at Ko Olina.

See & Do

  • Snorkel Bob’s: We dropped by Snorkel Bob’s in Kamuki to (you guessed it) pick up some snorkel gear. While we were there, we chatted with the friendly clerk who is originally from upstate NY, and we were upsold on the “premium” snorkel gear for another $2 more ($15 per set) It worked pretty well enough, and interestingly enough when we came to return the gear the next morning, the presumably new clerk said we could purchase the gear for only $7 more. That seemed like quite a steal, so we were about to pay when the more experienced guy came by and said that’s not right, it’s actually $60 or so to purchase it. $60 was a bit out of our budget, especially since we didn’t know about snorkeling back at home–I’m pretty sure we don’t really want to see what’s under the water on the Jersey Shore. Rating: 4/5
  • Lanikai Beach: This beach was absolutely beautiful, with bright white and soft sand and warm and pleasant water. This place was great for beginner snorkelers like us, as there were plenty of reefs and fish to see not too far from the shore. We heard this area is notorious for jelly fish stings, but we didn’t spot any while we were there. Rating: 5/5
  • Ko Olina Lagoons: There are four fairly nice man-made lagoons in a resort type area on the west side of the island. It’s nice and relaxing, and there are plenty of fish to be seen near the rocks. We swam in the fourth lagoon, and then walked over to the third lagoon to have a refreshing drink while watching the absolutely gorgeous sunset behind the palm trees. All in all a short but memorable vacation. Rating: 4/5

Eat & Drink

  • Breakfast at Panya: An Asian bakery that serves bready type items. We grabbed some sweet and savory items, I am a huge fan of the “chewy” bread that you don’t usually get in European/American style bakeries. Around $2 ~3 per bun. Rating: 4/5
  • Lunch @ Saigon Noodle House: A tiny, unassuming place (like a lot of the good eats on the island), this Vietnamese restaurant’s lunch plates were pretty good and relatively cheap. The fact that it’s in a generic American strip mall and has music from the 80s playing in the background certainly creates a unique atmosphere. Around $10 per lunch set. Rating: 4/5
  • Dinner @ Jimbo Restaurant: Our second time here, we actually initially read about it randomly in an in-flight magazine (it was either United or Hawaiian airlines) about a chef that makes his own udon–if the udon is not served within a certain period of time, it is discarded, so what you get is always super fresh. Around $10 per bowl of udon. Rating: 5/5

Visit Date

  • 05/11/2013

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