Beautiful Hawaii - Part 1
Hawaii sounds like a paradise. Everyone has heard of it but it is quite hard to get there. Especially from Europe. First of all this isn't the cheapest place to go on vacation and second it is by far one of the furthest places to go from Riga - 11 320 km to be exact. But I was lucky enough to find an opportunity to visit this magical place and have to admit - it was deamn worth it..
Coming to Hawaii I absolutely didn't know what to expect. Should I expect civilisation like it is common in USA or on the other hand a resort, kind of like Bahamas or Thailand. As it turned out Hawaii are both.
First impression was quite amazing. Hawaii are definitely a resort but with a civilisation. Nothing like I've ever experienced.
On one hand this is like a paradise - palms, blue Pacific ocean, sandy beaches.
But on the other hand there is Honolulu - huge modern city with skyscrapers, supermarkets, outlets and huge highways.
And together it really makes a perfect picture. One of the best places to live. But I will get to that part later.
As you may have already heard Hawaii is the number one place for surfing. Surfers are absolutely everywhere. Young, old, men and women - everybody surf.
As it turned out the day we've arrived was the last day of the parade. So we got there just in time to witness it. It was quite a show.
This is one of the Hawaiian princesses. They have many districts and every district has its own princess.
Old Merg looks really cool in this aspect.
This really must be how paradise looks like. So green, clean and modern all at the same time. Here is a Hilton hotel. Nope we didn't stay there. :)
Open air fountain in a huge outlet. The temperature in Hawaii is almost always +32C so there is no need for a roof at all.
Microsoft store is located right across the Apple store. Haven't seen any of those yet.
But the main part is of course the beaches. Yeap, this is like you've imagined it would be. A great pedestrian path right down the ocean with palms and different restaurants.
The beach is right next to the city. Here for instance is less than 3m from the city to the ocean.
Surfing lessons right on the beach. I will describe my experience later on.
It was late september but the swimming season never ends here. It doesn't matter if it is July or January.
All those people at the back are surfers waiting for the perfect wave. And that cliff on the background is called Diamond head - a small crater which you can hike.
Very interesting bike that you can ride on the water.
The water is really that light blue. The same as in Thailand only this time we are in a huge beautiful city instead of a desert island.
I guess it's time for a swim. Who would ignore such a wonderful water.
Very original idea, a stand to lock your bicycles to.
Just a few minutes off the beach and you are in a huge city. For those of you who still is mixing the names - this is Honolulu - the capital of Oahu island. Oahu island is one of the seven Hawaiian islands.
Another statue of the surfer. Starting to realise how popular surfing is, right?
Right in the center of Honolulu is located the main Zoo. In front of it is a statue of K. Gandhi.
Very old trees. Roots are hanging from the top and go all the way to the ground.
Even trees are so colourful here.
The zoo itself is nothing special if I'm honest. A couple of zebras, giraffes..
Isn't he from the Ice Age?
Real baboon. Never seen any of those before.
Some elephants are hiding in the shadow. In general nothing special about the Zoo. Wouldn't recommend as a number one place to visit.
As the evening came you can see how many people are still in the water. Most of them are surfers catching the waves.
People are watching the sunset like some kind of a show. And you can see why.
At the end the sun got hidden in the clouds.
One of the best places to eat is of course - The Cheesecake factory. Honolulu Cheesecake factory is the busiest in America. You need to stand in line for at least an hour to get a table.
The next day we went to the Honolulu Ocean Park, to see Dolphin performance.
It was pretty good, although not as good as it was in Tenerife.
But the best part was that you are allowed to swim with dolphins. Not as long as you wish but still.
You are able to touch them, feed them, and get a ride of course.
It was quite fun, something that I've always wanted to try.
Of course you can't do something like this but still.
And even parrots. Lots of them actually.
After ocean park we returned back to Honolulu to see some more of this wonderful city.
I just adore the way people are living here. Everybody do all kinds of sports. And wouldn't you?
Really an amazing spirit. It makes you want to stat trainings too.
Here is another example.
I guess there are training for some kind of performance.
This really is a paradise on earth.
There are lots of different animals in Hawaii. Like small crabs for instance. But there are absolutely no poisonous insect at all.
Took a walk by the ocean.
Coastline of Honolulu.
Another view at the Diamond head crater.
As the evening came I decided to go for a swim.
Yeap, this is me :)
It's amazing that it can be so warm even at night.
Surfers are not intending to leave yet.
As the night came flambeau appeared all over the city.
And the sunset as always is staggering.
In Riga this sun creates a sunrise now but here we see the most amazing sunset.
Check out the second part of this trip.