After a fun day on Maui, it was time for more venturing around Oahu. As we made our way towards the South Shore, our first stop was at the far east side of Waikiki at Diamond Head, the world’s most famous volcanic crater. As we walked along 3/4 mile path to the 760-foot summit, we witnessed sweeping views of the surrounding landscape and also the heat, as we got off to a bit of a late start and the sun was out in full force. Since this is typical south Florida weather, I was used to it, but C-Lo wasn’t too crazy about it. Once we got to the top though, it was well worth it, as the view was incredible. With great views of Waikiki and the ocean, plus a breeze to cool you off a bit, we weren’t ready to go back down anytime soon. But we eventually did the descending hike, and continued on our way towards the southwest section of the island.
Next up was a relatively unknown and hidden place that I had read about called the Spitting Cave of Portlock. It took a little while to find it, but once we did, we didn’t want to leave. The layered rocky coastline above the maginificent blue water made for some interesting walking about, and the views were some of the most spectacular we’ve seen so far. As we watched the pounding surf smash against the cliffs causing explosions of white water and mist, we happened to notice on the far side off in the distance a bunch of people scaling the cliff walls. Turns out, they were filming a stunt scene from the popular show, “Lost”. Today was the stunt rehearsal and tomorrow was to be the actual filming of it. Apparently another couple had also read about this wonder, as we chatted with the Canadians and tried to figure out what was going on on the cliffs. This was such a welcome relief to the Diamond Head heat, and we were about to experience more relief and beauty at Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve.
The crescent-shaped body of water was a marvel to view from above and even more spectacular once you got into the refreshing water, where we snorkeled and saw many cool and colorful fish. Being my first time ever snorkeling, I didn’t do so great, as I had a hard time figuring out the breathing part. Who would’ve thought breathing could be so hard, but I kept wanting to breathe out of my nose instead of just my mouth. Luckily, C-Lo’s done this before and knew the
secret, so she really had a great time surveying the different marinelife. We both ended up with unwelcome souvenirs from here too, as the sharp rocks in the shallow water sliced her hand and cut the bottom of my foot. But it couldn’t stop us from totally soaking in this treasure as we could not get over how absolutely beautiful this place was. We felt like we were on a movie set (apparently, we really were at Portlock). The only thing that could’ve made this better, besides not injuring ourselves, would have been purchasing an underwater camera to take pictures of all the beautiful fish. Since we had to turn the snorkeling gear in before too late, we headed off up the coast to see the Halona Blowhole.
Instead of going right to the main lookout, we pulled over just before it next to a Japanese fishing shrine, where we ventured out onto the rocks to get a fantastic view of the blowhole. It was certaining ‘blowing’ away as the crashing waves let off some pretty impressive spouts. We then went to the lookout, where we were much less impressed with the view and apparently the blowhole decided not to show off for us anymore. That really blew!
The sun was slowing starting to go down so we continued north to Makapu’u Point. We hiked up a paved trail to a 650-foot summit and lookout platform, where just down below was the Makapu’u Lighthouse, a short little lighthouse overseeing the ocean and several small islands. C-Lo was too tired to make the trek all the way up, as the long day was starting to catch up with her. So I caught up with her on the way down, as we enjoyed the grand sunset over the mountains.