Friday, May 1, 2015

Hipmunk City Love: What to Do During Your Days and Nights in Honolulu

When you’re on a tropical island surrounded by clear, azure blue water, taking pleasure in that water should be a priority. Honolulu’s watersport options are plentiful; they range from relaxing kayak rides to adrenaline-pumping kiteboarding adventures. You’re sure to find a way to enjoy the Hawaiian waters on a trip to Honolulu. And you won’t find a better way to end a day of playing than topping it off with a tasty meal and a comfy sleep.

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Watersports Galore

Surfing is the quintessential Hawaiian sport, and you’re in luck if you want to take lessons. Surf HNL offers one-hour lessons taught by professionals. And they don’t just teach the basics, they also teach you about the ocean, and surfing safety and etiquette. Surf HNL has stand up paddleboard (SUP) lessons, and SUP paddleboard and surfboard rentals too.
If you crave a wilder ride, kiteboarding (sometimes called kitesurfing) will be right up your alley. Massimo Sport Hawaii provides three-hour lessons at fairly reasonable rates, so you’ll be up and enjoying the ride before you know it.

Scuba diving is a spectacular way to view the amazing and colorful aquatic life. Rainbow Scuba Hawaii will guide you to two dive sites during an introductory lesson. They also offer advanced classes and Professional Association of Diving Instructors certification classes.
For those who prefer more relaxing watersports, there are several Honolulu establishments that rent kayaks, boogie boards, snorkeling equipment and more. There won’t be a shortage of relaxing pleasures for you.

Meal Time

Your taste buds will savor the Hawaiian dishes that are favorites of both locals and visitors, including lomi salmon (cubed sushi-grade salmon with chopped Maui onions, tomatoes and chili pepper), lau lau (steamed fish and pork or chicken wrapped and tied together in a taro leaf). If your mouth isn’t watering yet, how about some kalula pig (pulled pork with marinated and steamed cabbage) or loco moco (hamburger patties topped with two eggs and gravy)?

There is plenty of Asian food in Honolulu as well because immigrant workers from China, Japan, and Korea worked on plantations in the early 1900’s and introduced their foods to the islands. Many of these foods influenced the Hawaiian cuisine of today, but you can also find restaurants that serve traditional Asian cuisine like Chinese stir fry, Japanese bento, and Korean kimchi.

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Sleep Tight

You won’t have to walk far to get back to your room and its cushy bedding with a stay at Embassy Suites Hotel - Waikiki Beach Walk. The hotel is only 50 yards from the beach, and its rooms are decorated in soothing natural colors that will set the atmosphere for a good night’s sleep.

You can save money and still sleep in comfort when you stay at Courtyard by Marriott Waikiki Beach. The rates are more reasonable because the hotel is a few blocks from the beach; it is still walking distance though, and the hotel consistently receives favorable reviews.

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Be prepared to have the time of your life on your trip to Honolulu. There are many more hotels in Honolulu as well as many more activities to entertain you, so it shouldn't be too hard to plan the perfect trip.

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