I was just recently in Hawaii for 5 days. It has been my 3rd year in a row making this my annual vacation and I got to pack in all my favorite things to do.
1. Turtle Bay Resort is a beautiful place to stay if you are planning on staying on the North Shore, which should absolutely happen if you are on Oahu. The North Shore of Oahu is the country side which is a stark contrast from the large city of Honolulu only an hour and a half away. Turtle Bay Resort offers a variety of options for your stay. We were lucky enough to be able to camp there because we were attending Wanderlust festival which took place on the resort. We camped steps from the sand on a more secluded part of the resort which was an incredible way to experience the trip.
2. Giovanni's Shrimp Truck is probably one of the best food trucks on the island. Order the shrimp scampi with a side of rice and if you're craving a dessert, you can always get a shaved ice in the truck parked right next to it.
3. Shark's Cove is one of my favorite places to visit whenever I am on the North Shore. Shark's Cove is between the famous big wave surf spots, Waimea Bay and Pipeline and it was rated one of the "Top 12 Shore Dives in the World" by Scuba Diving Magazine. Wether you decide to actually snorkel or just nestle into a little private pocket and hang out with your friends, it is all worth the trip. Just remember to slap on the sunscreen... not coconut oil!
4. Haleiwa is a town on the North Shore about 20 minutes from Turtle Bay Resort. In the 1900s Haleiwa was a community dedicated to the sugar plantation industry. These days you can find some great restaurants, shopping and art galleries.
5. Wanderlust!! The main reason I went to Oahu this year. Wanderlust is a yoga music festival and this is the 3rd year the festival has been on Oahu. You choose your yoga classes during the day and at night there is a great lineup of music. I've seen Moby, Brett Dennan, Michael Franti along with some local artists like Nahko and Medicine for the People and Ron Artis. (photo by Ali Kaukus)