Most people think of Oahu as the concrete jungle, but there is plenty of nature to be had while you are here. If you're looking for a little exercise, you can begin your day with a hike to the
top of Diamond Head. Then hop in your car and drive a few miles to the Manoa cliff trail, which will take you on another short hike to the spectacular Manoa Falls. Before you head back down to
the beach, check out the Harold Lyon Arboretum. The next day you can let Oahu Nature Tours do all of the work for you. They will drive you around in an air-conditioned van on a tour of your
choice. Finally, there are some spectacular botanical gardens on the island. So on the last day, be sure to see Foster's and Koko head. They are two of the best on this side of the island.
For more hiking info, check out what hikes the sierra club has going on that week.
, HI 96803
tel: +1 808 538 6616 / +1 808 537 9019
Day 1 -
Invest in a light weight disposable rain poncho for Manoa Falls. It can be hot and sunny at the top of Diamond Head, and then completely rainy on the trail to Manoa. No one ever anticipates it because it's hardly ever raining in Waikiki
, HI 96815
Day 2 - Honolulu
This company has so many tours to choose from. Let them know your plans for the rest of your trip, so that you don't double up on sites.
Honolulu, HI 96830
tel: +1 808 924 2473
fax: +1 808 924 5395
Day 3 - Honolulu
Foster Botanical Garden is a gem in a rather unexpected area. It's right in the heart of the city. But pack a little picnic lunch or just a lite snack, bring your book and hang out for a while. It's a wonderful place to relax.
Off Kealahou Street
(Inside Koko Crater)
Honolulu, HI 96825
tel: +1 808 522 7060