We stayed at Alauni in Ko Olina, which meant we had to wake up early and get moving! We stopped at Starbucks and headed up the Intrastate, driving past Schofield Barracks. We made great time!
So start with a full Breakfast at Breakers Restaurant and Bar. Grab a table outside and chow down with the locals.
You’ll need all that energy for kayaking with the sea turtles on a self guided tour. We kayaked up the Anahulu river with Sea and Board Sports Hawaii tours. These guys were great, easy to find, and had parking! A couple of sea turtles swam right up to the kayaks, pretty neat! If you’re more adventurous (and one of your teens isn’t a complete klutz), you could try stand-up paddle boarding.
After our 2 hour tour, we hopped into the rental car and headed up to Turtle Bay; usually you can catch a turtle sunning on the beach here.
Next stop, snorkeling at Shark’s Cove. This was awesome!!! We all tried out our new full face snorkel masks, and they worked like a charm!!
We used our underwater camera and the teens took a ton of fish picks.
We used the outdoor showers at Shark’s cove to rinse off the salt water and then changed into dry clothes. Afterwards, we headed back into town for killer tacos at Killer Tacos, these were so YUM! The pork 'longboard burrito', a local favorite, is incredible. All my husband talks about is Killer Tacos and Duke’s (more on that later).
We finished off lunch at Matsumoto’s Shave Ice. The line might be long but it moves fast! Go full out Ichiban, with red beans and ice cream. I KNOW it sounds gross, but try it anyways; it's amazing. We all shared 1 big cup.
Next adventure, horseback riding on the beach!! We pre-booked with Hawaii Polo Trail Rides. After quick introductions and the obligatory disclaimer signing we were off. The guides were patient and told us all about the local history and answered the twins' questions about the horses, they even took a ton of pictures for us. The trail heads up along a very secluded and picturesque beach but you don’t enter the water. We finished up here with each of the teens taking a 30 min trotting lesson. They loved the individual attention but had sore bums the next day! Wear a pair of jeans or capris to prevent saddle burns.
On the way over to Kaena Point, we drove by Dillingham Airfield and were able to see soldiers rappelling out of Black Hawks and Cobra helicopters, pretty cool. Just a little further past the airfield park in the lot where the road ends and go for a hike to Kaena Point.
We were hoping to see the migrating whales. A couple of people in town said that they had seen some earlier in the day. We knew it would be a long shot since we were a couple of weeks too early for the official season to begin. Even if you aren’t there during whale season, don't be afraid to hike out a bit. The trail is for off-road vehicles and is quite the adventure. Just be careful, I twisted my ankle, thankfully not too bad.
Heading back down the coast, we crossed some para-sailing-kiters? We watched them from a distance for a bit, pretty cool, but I’m not ready for that much adventure yet. Maybe next trip, or maybe never.
Now that it was getting dark we decided to head back south to the resort for dinner. BUT since we were so close (we really weren’t close at all, but Keith has an unusual obsession with Duke’s and thinks we should visit everyday…something about the best Mai Tais ever) to Waikiki we decided to eat dinner at Duke’s on the beach. Duke’s is named after Duke Kahanamoku, the surfing legend, and is located inside the Outrigger hotel. We dined on fish tacos out on the beach patio, drank a couple of Mai Tais and relaxed. It was wonderful way to end an adventure filled day.
USEFUL STUFF WE BOUGHT on AMAZON at home before we left for Hawaii. We researched the snorkels a ton before settling on this brand. They had the highest rating with very few complaints. They worked really well!!!! Very happy with this purchase. Click on the pic to purchase, we may earn a small commission on the sale but it doesn't change your price :)
All three of us girls wore variations of this Roxy Rashgaurd shirt, it comes in multiple colors and is awesome for kayaking, snorkeling, etc.
I also strongly suggest water shoes/socks. Buy cheap ones, none of these really last very long and will smell up your suitcase on the way home. So don't spend more than $10-15 and leave them in Hawaii.