As the holiday season comes into full swing, many couples are in search of the perfect tropical escape. Discover where romantic nights by the beach and the splendor of the holidays meet when you stay at Marina Hawaii Vacations. As one of the best places to stay in Honolulu, Marina Hawaii Vacations has rentals that are conveniently located so that you can experience every holiday happening with ease and relax for a romantic holiday getaway with your love.
The Best Festive Oahu date Ideas During The Holidays
Though the Hawaiian Islands are obviously not going to be a winter wonderland, that does not mean that you cannot find a bit of winter fun during your visit. Slip into a pair of skates and hit the ice at Ice Palace. Ice Skating may seem like an odd activity to find in such a warm climate, but it is the perfect date night activity as you glide hand in hand over the ice.
When it comes to Oahu date ideas during the holiday season, catch an unforgettable display of grace and beauty with the Ballet Hawaii for their presentation of the classic The Nutcracker. Watch as the talented group of dancers leap and bound across the stage in a stunning display of dance and music.
For a romantic night strolling through delightful light displays, grab your honey and head to the Friends of Honolulu City Lights. Discover large displays of Hawaiian Christmas spirit as well as multiple unique events that capture the holiday cheer with a tropical twist. You can find everything from free milk and cookies to carnival rides and live entertainment.
Along with all of these fantastic events, you can find a myriad of other exciting activities and events with Honolulu Magazine and other travel guide event pages. From Christmas light boat parades to craft fairs to live entertainment, you will be sure to find something of interest during your Marina Hawaii Vacations getaway.
Beach Time With Your Honey
When visiting the Island of Oahu, it is common to hit the beach and enjoy the sounds of waves rushing to shore and rolling back off the sand. What better way to celebrate your love than finding the perfect spot on the beach for a sunset? Whether you are looking to propose or are recently married, discover the Fireworks on Friday nights on Waikiki Beach. One reason that Oahu is the best Hawaiian Island for honeymoon getaways is all of the magical events that our community hosts. Watch the fireworks glitter in your special someone’s eyes and fall even further into love under the Oahu night sky.
On top of all of these wonderful holiday happenings, you can always find Oahu romantic dinner options, fun things to do in Honolulu, and one of the best places to stay in Honolulu with Marina Hawaii Vacations. As the best Hawaiian island for honeymoon getaways and the place to be during the holidays, Marina Hawaii Vacations invites you to spend this holiday season with the one you love with us. Discover the magic of the Christmas spirit with one of the best places to stay in Honolulu for an island experience you will never forget.
When visiting new places, it is always interesting to seek out local cuisine and restaurants to get a “taste” of the local culture. When you visit us at Marina Hawaii Vacations, discover some of the best places to eat in Honolulu and sink your teeth into something delicious! Though there are endless options for fantastic dining experiences, we picked out a few that we think are worth checking into.
When it comes to seafood and poke dishes, there are plenty of choices. However, there is a spot that even Guy Fieri and TripExpert have rated as having some of the best food around. At Fresh Catch, you will find a menu full of fresh fish options, plate options, and an array of sashimi. Grab a seat or order by phone and pick up your meal to enjoy back at your Marina Hawaii vacation rental for a night of relaxation and delicious food.
If you love steak, it can be hard to find a dinner that is made just right every time. There is one place that specializes in fantastic steaks and puts an island twist on the meal for a bit of Hawaiian flair. The Steak Shack is passionate about creating incredible chicken and steak meals that are made with quality meats and organic vegetable sides for a mouthwatering combination of flavors.
Whether you are looking for lunch, dinner, or just a few drinks, Tommy Bahama is a top choice amongst visitors. With a few different locations across the United States and one or two international outlets, Tommy Bahama could be considered a chain, but it is far from typical. With a familiar name, you know that this restaurant is a favorite amongst many and well worth testing it out.
The Pig & The Lady
If you are in search of a satisfying dish and a fantastic atmosphere, be sure to try out The Pig & The Lady. Discover the tastes of authentic Vietnamese dishes that hone in on the traditional flavors and techniques of traditional meals that are sure to make your taste buds sing. This family owned and locally operated joint is perfect for trying new things and enjoying a meal in style for a fun and lively place to eat in Honolulu.
Sweet E’s Cafe
If breakfast is your favorite meal of the day, Sweet E’s Cafe has some of the best morning meals on Oahu just waiting for you to take a bite! From delicious omelets to phenomenal french toast, there is no shortage of incredible choices for every breakfast fanatic. The high ratings on sites like TripAdvisor reflect just how fantastic this stop truly is and why it is a favorite amongst locals and visitors alike!
Try out these delicious places to eat in Honolulu as well as many others on your next visit with us at Marina Hawaii Vacations. Discover the tastes of the islands and reference these hubs for fun Oahu date ideas as well as spots to pick up a meal for a romantic dinner right in the comfort of your vacation rental. The island of Oahu is calling your name. Are you ready to explore and discover our beautiful Honolulu, Hawaii home?
The sounds of the waves lapping the shores and the squeak of worn leather under you fill the air. As your horse carefully picks its way through the trails, you reach the beach opening and cannot help but gaze in wonder out into the water. At this moment you realize what they mean when they say, “Life is better when seen between a horses ears.” When you stay with Marina Hawaii Vacations in our vacation rentals in Honolulu Hawaii, this image becomes a reality with a horseback ride through the island.
Finding The Right Trails .
Whether you are a seasoned rider or this is your first time out, there are multiple stable organizations on the island that have access to varying levels of trails. For a laid-back walking tour through some of Oahu’s most beautiful landscapes, visit Kualoa Private Nature Reserve. On the far north end of the island, you can discover a horseback riding experience for everyone. From fast-paced advanced rides to couples rides to explore with your honey, any rider can find the ideal adventure at Gunstock Ranch. For some of the most beautiful scenery, take a sunset ride or early morning ride with Ōhikilolo Adventure Park. One of the best horseback riding experiences you can have on our beautiful island is with Hawaii Polo Trail Rides. These oceanfront trail rides will take your breath away before your horse’s hooves hit the sand. You can head out with a group, book a private ride, or even book a lesson on polo. These and many other stables are a fantastic way to see Oahu from every corner and experience the joy of getting in the saddle.
A Few Tips To The Best Ride
Horseback riding is a pastime that not many people get to experience; here you have the opportunity to climb into the saddle as well as explore our beautiful island all in one. Though this may be a magical moment you will never forget, there are a few things to keep in mind when you set out for your ride.
Wear the appropriate apparel. It may be a warm, tropical climate on Oahu; however, it is essential to wear two key clothing items for an optimal experience. Boots with a heel are preferred, as this will keep for feet where they need to be in the saddle and prevent your feet from slipping in the stirrups. Long pants or jeans are also recommended. This will keep you from getting pinched by the fenders of the saddle and keep your legs protected through wooded areas.
Stay relaxed. The majority of horses used in programs like this are calm and are old hat to trail riding; however, horses can be easily spooked. When you are around the horses or out riding, try not to make sudden loud noises or yell and remain calm. The horse will follow suit.
Posture. Most riding facilities can give you a quick crash course on making sure you have a safe posture when riding. The best way to sit is sitting up tall and your legs slightly in front of you and your heels down. This will keep you from leaning forward and improve your balance.
A Marina Hawaii Equine Adventure
For the ultimate equine adventure while staying at Marina Hawaii Vacations, book a stay in one of our beautiful vacation rentals in Honolulu Hawaii and check out one of the many surrounding trail ride opportunities. Saddle up and head out for a unique adventure! There is no better way to experience our beautiful island than from the back of a horse.
In the opening scenes of the classic film series, Jurassic Park, there are always panoramic views of beautiful mountain formations and a bird’s eye view of a jungle island. They show fascinating depictions of prehistoric creatures soaring through the sky and roaming the lands below. Though there are obviously no real dinosaurs roaming the island of Oahu, the landscapes portrayed in the films are real and just as breathtaking in person. When you stay with us in our vacation rentals in Honolulu Hawaii, you can take a wild adventure to the places this iconic series was filmed, as well as many others like it.
A Jurassic Paradise
Anyone who loves dinosaurs and films will find themselves immersed in a world of wonder when they visit an iconic part of Hawaii. Kualoa Ranch, a short drive from our property in Honolulu, Hawaii, was one of the main filming grounds of Jurassic Park, and it is home to various structures, such as the gates to enclosures and bones, which were featured in the movies. Take a photo next to the Jurassic Park sign, ride horseback through the valleys, float along on a boat tour, pedal your way on mountain bikes, zipline along the jungle treetops, or embark on a jeep expedition! There are also special movie site tours to see backdrops and movie props that still remain on the grounds.
Take A Tour
Along with Jurassic Park and Jurassic World, a large number of Blockbusters have been filmed at Kualoa Ranch. Scenes from Lost, Hawaii 5-0, Fifty First Dates, Godzilla, George of The Jungle, and several others have come to life on these grounds. One of the best ways to soak in the full effect of the area is with a tour. There are several opportunities for ATV tours that will take you through the 4,000-acre lands and dramatic scenery and allow you to get a first-hand look into this natural oasis. The trails take you along some of the most stunning tropical areas of the island as well as to the tallest accessible waterfall on the island, Manoa Falls. Movie buffs and nature lovers alike will be in paradise with one of these tours.
Soak It All In
Though Kualoa Ranch is a popular destination, there are plenty of other fascinating stops on the island to get your film fix close by our vacation rentals in Honolulu Hawaii. Pearl Harbor, Diamond Head Monument, Waikiki Beach, Manoa Trail, and numerous other places offer fantastic opportunities to take in the majesty of our island home. A Marina Hawaii Vacations getaway is the perfect excursion for film fanatics and adventurers, so stay with us in one of our vacation rentals in Honolulu Hawaii and experience it all.
A Luau is one of Hawaii’s most iconic celebrations and is something that attendees will never forget. Imagine passionate and talented fire twirlers, dancers, and performers giving their all to an age-old tradition right before your eyes. When you stay with us in our vacation rentals in Honolulu Hawaii at Marina Hawaii Vacations, the nearby Paradise Cove is the perfect place to discover the beauty of the Hawaiian culture firsthand.
Paradise Cove is a destination within a destination that preserves the culture and traditions of Hawaii in a way that also educates others about the beauty of our ancestors. Whether it is dining on traditional Hawaiian cuisine, singing along with the songs of our ancestors, or watching the powerful dances of warriors of the past, you can find it here. The Hawaiian lifestyle is near and dear to our hearts, and we’re delighted to share it with those visiting our beautiful island home.
When visitors come to Paradise Cove, it is to soak in the true heritage of Hawaii. Several packages offer exciting pieces of our culture. Choices of traditional meals, various arts and crafts, ceremonies, and dances are included in each package in order to feature as much of our traditional luau culture as possible. You can find yourself front row for some of the most spectacular viewings of authentic Hawaiian culture. The Paradise Cove experience is a favorite amongst guests that stay in our vacation rentals in Honolulu Hawaii.
Your Hawaiian Adventure
We are well known for our beautiful landscapes and breathtaking beaches, but our culture is one of the most exciting and unforgettable parts of visiting our islands. Stay with us at Marina Hawaii Vacations and visit places like Paradise Cove for a personal experience that will instill a part of Hawaii in your heart forever. Our vacation rentals in Honolulu Hawaii are waiting for you; so what are you waiting for? Come and experience the incredible traditions of our ancestors with us!
The Hawaiian islands are one of the most magnificent places on Earth. With sparkling waters from the Pacific Ocean, gorgeous flora and fauna, and interesting sites like the Kaniakapupu Ruins on the island of Oahu, it is easy to see how these islands are at the top of many bucket lists. When you stay with us at Marina Hawaii Vacations, lace up your hiking boots and explore the best natural places on Oahu island.
Travel Through Time
An easier trail on Oahu that is also a must-see takes you back in time on a short hike. It only takes twenty minutes or so from our property to reach the historical ruins of Kaniakapupu, the summer palace of King Kamehameha III. Make your way down the trail for less than a mile to the remains of what once was a royal escape and now stands as a vision into Hawaii’s past. It is important that if you visit these ruins, you do not move or remove any of the rocks and that you leave the site untouched. Vandalization has threatened the preservation of this site, so we need to help protect this piece of living history in order to keep it open to the public.
The Best Easy Hikes
Many who visit Hawaii are not avid hikers. Numerous trails are great for beginners to get out and take in the natural beauty of the island. The Diamond Head hike is a favorite due to its breathtaking views and easy to navigate trails. Many other paths, such as Manoa Falls, Pali Twin Falls, and Hanauma Bay Trail offer beautiful water views. Whether it’s waterfalls or views of the ocean, these hikes are sure to make any sea lover swoon.
For The Intermediate Hiker
If you love hiking but are not interested in extremely difficult trails, there are a large number of intermediate trails that would be perfect. Many of these trails will take you through a bit of wilderness to hidden gems that you can only reach by foot. Waterfalls, pools, and caves are waiting for you to discover them without too many dangerous terrains or challenging climbs.
Taking It To The Extreme
For those who are hiking enthusiasts and like to take it to the extremes, trails like Stairway to Heaven offer a challenging thrill. Test your skills and stamina with hikes to the tops of beautiful summits and through harsh jungle trails. Pali To K1 is a perfect example of a trek that offers heart-stopping climbing opportunities, as well as challenging hiking terrain. One of the most exciting and hazardous hikes is the Kalihi Saddle. Make your way over an eroding, basalt ridgeline and through overgrown areas to the top. Trails such as these are not for the faint at heart and require advance knowledge in climbing and hiking as well as the appropriate gear. Be aware of the trails that you are hiking as some may be labeled as illegal treks and stay aware of the difficulty of each trail you consider traversing.
The best way to take in the most beautiful areas of the island is with a hike. Whether it is a beginner hike to the Kaniakapupu Ruins or an advanced hike to the summit of one of our gorgeous mountains, it is well worth the trip. Stay with us at Marina Hawaii Vacations in Honolulu, Hawaii, for a comfortable place to return to and relax after a day of hiking.
The ocean seems to have always been a place of wonder and mystery. With only a percentage of it being explored, there are still many of its secrets waiting to be uncovered. Discover what the waters off the shores of Honolulu Hawaii hold when you stay with us here at Marina Hawaii Vacations.
Take A Dive
One of the most best ways to explore off the shores of Oahu and peering below the surface is to gear up and take a dive. Scuba diving is a favorite activity in many areas of the world as it allows you to get up close to sea life and experience areas of the world that most only get to see in aquariums. You can find companies like Island Divers Hawaii that will take you through a course on diving safety and bring you out to incredible places to explore. You can find intriguing fish like the blue-striped snapper, ladyfish, unicorn fish, and many more.
Be A Little Daring
If you live for the thrills and excitement of adventures like facing rows of teeth from a cage, then there is one excursion you may love. Shark Tank Scuba offers a thrilling experience that will take you into the depths with the ever ominous shark. Find yourself within inches of these massive carnivores of the sea with the only professional shark diving crew in Oahu.
Discover And Learn
If you prefer to stay on land but still want to learn about the Hawaiian Islands and its underwater inhabitants, the Waikiki Aquarium is the perfect place to explore. Take a stroll through the exhibits and peer through the waters from dry land as our finned friends gracefully swim by.
All of these activities can be found within a short distance of our Honolulu Hawaii rentals. Uncover the beauty and wonder that lies beyond Waikiki Beach and meet our sea-dwelling neighbors first-hand. Stay in one of our Marina Hawaii Vacations rentals and get ready to make some waves!
Imagine wiggling your toes under soft sands as you watch other beachgoers glide over waves on surfboards and enjoying a day in the sun. You have a refreshing drink in your hand and look out over incredible scenes of volcanic landscapes and sparkling ocean waters. This is a common view here in Honolulu Hawaii. Stay with us at Marina Hawaii Vacations in our Discovery Bay condominiums to have views of the Waikiki out your windows and have a short trip to enjoy every inch of the beach.
Things To See
Waikiki Beach, meaning “spouting waters,” is a five-acre beach with a three-acre lagoon on the coast of Oahu. On specific days throughout the week, there is a Waikiki Starlight Luau where you can enjoy traditional performances like fire dances under the light of the moon. On Friday nights, find the perfect spot to view a fireworks display. You can kick back and enjoy the views as well as find a shell or two along the shore for a relaxing day at the beach.
Things To Do
For those that want to experience some good waves for beginners, Waikiki Beaches calmer waters make it an ideal spot. You can take surfing lessons and learn to balance and ride the waves. The lagoon offers a little more for activities as it is an enclosed area with calm waters. You can find a kayak or stand up paddleboard to float on the rippling waters. The lagoon area is also better for the little ones as it is safer for swimmers. If you are not keen on water activities but love the beach atmosphere, you could always take a stroll down the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon Boardwalk or the Fort DeRussy Boardwalk.
Where To Stay
Stay close to Waikiki Beach in our Discovery Bay condominiums. Besides the beach, you will be close to many of the other attractions around Waikiki. Find yourself immersed in a beachy paradise when you stay with us at Marina Hawaii Vacations. Call us or visit our website to begin planning your trip and discover the beauty of Waikiki Beach.
When you are planning a tropical vacation to a favorite paradise destination for the first time, it can be a little daunting. Parents with children tend to pack for the children and forget items when packing for themselves or you end up distracted and forget to put that one necessity you can’t live without into your bag. We have all been there. Here at Marina Hawaii Vacations, we want to help take a bit of that weight off your shoulders and curated a Hawaii packing list of essentials, so nothing you need gets left behind.
Comfortable clothing including a light sweater
Lotion with aloe in case of sunburn
Sandals AND walking shoes
Tote for carrying your beach going supplies
Waterproof container for phone and valuables
Camera for capturing incredible memories
Cash and Cards
A Few Things To Remember
When traveling to an island destination like Hawaii, it is important to realize that many of their resources are imported. This can make the prices on regular items a little more expensive. It is good to keep this in mind when you begin packing so that you can have all of your necessities with you already. This tip will help you save a little money on things like shampoo so you can have more cash to spend on fun.
The Most Important Part Of Planning
One of the most critical steps to planning out a vacation to the beautiful islands of Hawaii is making sure you have an incredible place to stay. Discover our selection of spacious accommodations on our Marina Hawaii Vacations website. Once you have picked out the rental you love, give us a call to book your stay and use our Hawaii packing list to prepare for an unforgettable Hawaiian adventure. It is time to discover a brand new place with Marina Hawaii Vacations.
When many people think of a trip to Hawaii, they think of grass skirts, luaus, and mixed drinks in a Pineapple. However, there is so much more to Hawaii than that. Honolulu Hawaii is an area of the world that prides in their culture and traditions and love to share them with visitors. Marina Hawaii Vacations invites you to come and explore our paradise with us and discover all of the fantastic things Honolulu Hawaii has to offer.
Landing In Paradise
When you first touch down in Hawaii, you instantly walk into an entirely different world. Unique landscapes surround you while the strong sense of relaxed beach vibes fills the air. Honolulu Hawaii is a place that is hard to compare with any other corner of the world, and it is one destination that should be added to every bucket list. The minute you get settled into your Marina Hawaii accommodations, head out to explore and take in all of the beauty and experiences that Hawaii has to offer.
Experiencing The Culture
One of the best ways to discover a new place is to learn about its history and experience some of the oldest and most cherished traditions. There are numerous places throughout the islands to learn about the local lifestyles and history, but there are a few places that are at the top of the list.
The International Marketplace is a fantastic stop for not only enjoying a day of shopping but finding exciting events like Luaus and traditional entertainment.
The Polynesian Cultural Center is a favorite among visitors and residents alike. You can find live displays of traditional dances and learn in an interactive way about the rich culture of the Hawaiian Islands.
A Grand Hawaiian Stay
Here at Marina Hawaii Vacations, you will be able to immerse yourself in the experiences that surround our accommodations. Whether you prefer having oceanviews out your window or just enjoy a splash of tropical interior and furnishings, you will be able to find your ideal accommodations with us. You will be close to all of the Honolulu Hawaii attractions that peak your interests and will be in absolute comfort while you are here. What are you waiting for? Come discover Honolulu with us!