If you find yourself traveling to the island of Oahu, Ko’Olina bay is the perfect place to take kids or snorkelers. As there are no waves, it is more of a place to relax and play with younger kids in the water. However, in one of the bays, there are tons of sea turtles! It is so much fun to swim with the turtles and experience life under the sea. Along with the sea turtles there are many different types of colorful fish. When we went, there was even a protected monk seal lounging up on the tide pools. It is definitely a cool place to check out and I’m sure you won’t regret it!
This week over break I went to Oahu, Hawaii. We spent a few amazing days on the North Shore where we got to go to beaches like Pipeline and watch the surfers on the powerful waves. The water was a nice 80 degrees, so many of the surfers didn’t need to wear wetsuits. Being that it was Pipeline, they were all very good and caught some impressive rides. There were lots of people that came to watch the surfers do their thing. Living in Hawaii would be a dream, and to be able to experience the environment everyday must be incredible. If you are every in Oahu, definitely visit the North Shore and the beaches along the coast such as Pipeline, Waimea Bay, and Sharks Cove.
As we know this isn’t a typical beach, it is a great place to go to be by the water but also enjoy other things too. You can go down to main street and get delicious treats like the Balboa Bar, have good shopping, or you can just walk along the water. It is also a great place to take paddle boards or kayaks out since there are no waves. It is a beautiful place to bring your dog on a walk or go out with friends. During Christmas time, it is a super fun place to go and look at pretty lights and drink hot chocolate, however, it gets crowded quickly. Another fun thing to watch during Christmas is the boat parade. Residents of Balboa or anyone who owns a boat can decorate it and take it through the harbor. Finally, you can take the Balboa Ferry over to the fun zone where you can play arcade games, go on the ferris wheel, or get food. It is a great place to go with family and enjoy the day!
Thousand Steps has so many different things that you can enjoy. It is located in the beautiful Laguna Beach. Although the name implies that there are 1000 steps, you only have to go down about 230 stairs to get there. There are caves, secret pools, great waves, rocks to climb, and adventures to go on. The caves and secret pools are only accessible at certain times. When the tide is high, no one is allowed to attempt to climb the rocks to get over to them. However, if the tides are low, it is a beautiful place to explore. Most of the time there is a great shore break that allows for body surfers to get some great pictures. Also, if you want to explore down the beach, you can climb on and through some rocks to get to other little beaches in Laguna. It is a lot of fun to spend the day in Laguna going from beach to beach on the trolley and spending the day at Thousand Steps.