Honolulu’s Best State Park

Hanauma Bay State Park, near Honolulu, Hawaii.
Hanauma Bay State Park, near Honolulu, Hawaii.

When you think of the perfect beach getaway, you think tropical weather, white sand, and turquoise waters. Throw in some leis, luaus, and Hulu dancing, and you’ve got all the best perks of a tropical island along with a rich culture to explore in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Being in Hawaii, every place you go will be a fun, carefree, escape from the grip of your typical 9-to-5, but of all the great places in Honolulu, which spots are the best of the best?

Hanauma Bay State Park is a must-go destination for adventure lovers. The bay was formed within a volcanic cone, giving it a cool curved shape with an intriguing display of marine life. Whether you’re just there to lay out on the beach and take in the stunning surroundings, or to snorkel and scuba dive within the crystal clear waters.

There is also a marine education center in the area, which allows visitors to learn about the ecosystem they are exploring. You learn about the conservation of the area, marine life, and safety rules of the park. Hanauma Bay, roughly translating to ‘a curved bay’ in Hawaiian, sees about one million visitors per year, making a top destination for tourists.

If you want to stay around the area of Hanauma Bay, book a room at The Kahala Hotel & Resort through Bonwi.com to get a great deal and be an 18-minute drive away. The Kahala Hotel & Resort is a beautiful five-star resort home to 338 air-conditioned rooms. After a long day outdoors, treat yourself to the full-service spa, to get a massage, body treatment, or facial. For more fun, head to the pool, spa tub, and sauna.

Kahala Hotel and Resort, on Hawaii.

The Kahala Hotel & Resort boasts five wonderful restaurants, but if you’re too tired to have a fancy sit-down, head to the poolside bar or take advantage of 24-hour room service.

The resort is also close to another popular tourist spot, Diamond Head State Monument, a state park that hikers need to venture to. Like Hanauma, it’s circular shape was also caused by nature– around 300,000 years ago the crater that is now Diamond Head was formed by an explosive eruption.

At Diamond Head, take in views of the coast, city, and Pacific ocean during your hike. There are also guided tour options, from half-day walks to segway rides. The trail to the summit of Diamond Head, or “Lē’ahi” was originally used for O‘ahu’s coastal defense system. Once you reach the top, check out the bunkers and lighthouse from the early 1900’s.

Head back to The Kahala Hotel & Resort for some much-needed rest and relaxation, earning 9,131 points for a scenic $316 mountainside room, or a whopping 36,887 points for a $1,276 ocean front suite.

Use those points towards a flight home, because getting to Hawaii from the mainland isn’t cheap!