As you may or may not know, we love travels at Ôdabaïa. You could even say it is our passion (after swimwear of course); So today, as we dream of sunshine and white sand, we jumped back to one of our most magical travel… Hawaii !
The Hawaiian archipelago is an American state located in Oceania. With a total of 137 islands, there is 8 major islands which are Niihau, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Maui, the island of Hawaii and Oahu where you can find the capital city Honolulu. Yes, just the sound of it is making us travel…
The Aloha State
Before giving you some advice on your trip to Hawaii, we would like to talk to you about this fascinating archipelago.
First of all, the temperature goes between 25 and 30°c all year long ! When you like to wear the most ravishing swimsuits and work on your tan, it seems ideal 🙂
Beyond the weather (which you will enjoy for sure), you will love the Hawaiian culture warm and welcoming. It is the land of “Aloha Spirit“, a way of life full of calm and kindness, a unique thinking you will encounter everyday on those islands.
Aloha has a variety of meanings: hello, good evening, welcome, love and compassion. You will hear that word a lot travelling the islands. More than a common “hello”, it allows to greet with love and respect. An invitation to share we particularly loved during our journey there…
Our sweet recomendations
You will land at the Honolulu International Airport, and for the most adventurous one who would like to come by sea, there is occasional ferry from California and Vancouver.
We would advise you to spend at least two or three days in Honolulu to explore the city, rich in Victorian style architecture and Asian influences. Also, take the time for a sunbath on the wonderful white sand beach of Waikiki (we would recommend a one-piece swimsuit to smoothly face the waves) ! By the way, that is the perfect spot to learn how to surf… Because surf is king in Hawaii, so there is a lot of charming surfers… Well, just saying!
Take a few days to visit the main island of Hawaii, also called the Big Island. The island is, as its name gives away, vast and is overwhelming with breathtaking views. It is impossible to go on the island without visiting the famous Volcano National Park! You will be amazed !
After a few days spent on trailing, sail to Maui and enjoy the most beautiful beaches of the archipelago. You will be able to dive and explore the preserved treasures of the Pacific Ocean. And for those of you who don’t like diving, we recommend to go and observe the humpback whales from Papawai Point. It is a magical moment…
Every Island on the archipelago is different. Between the vast beaches, clear blue waters, volcanos and luxuriant forest, you will feel as you live a dream.
Let’s talk Cuisine
A local cuisine was born in the mystical archipelago of Hawaii. In the Islands kitchen, you will find various influences: Chinese’s, Vietnamese’s, Japanese’s, American’s and even Portuguese’s. A real melting-pot of flavors, for our greatest pleasure.
You will taste some Chicken Luau, a chicken cooked within taro leaves and some coco milk, some Char Siu, marinated pork ribs or some Lomi Lomi Salmon, a dish with salmon, tomatoes and onions. On the sweet side, we would strongly recommend to taste the Haupia, a coconut pudding. Just talking about it, we are salivating at Ôdabaïa…
And if you still have some doubts, imagine yourself sipping on a Mai-Tai, an ananas-mango-coco cocktail, barefoot in the sand, facing a shining ocean… Can you picture it? We can! See you there?