Hawaii Photo Diary

Wearing: 1/ Zimmermann dressJennifer Zeuner wishbone necklace.  2/ Asos backless cami, Lover lace shorts.  3/ Zimmermann lace dress  4/ Mila dress  5/ Mila top, Spell shorts, Samudra clutch, Windsor Smith Bondi sandals.  6/ Shakuhachi dress  7/ Spell playsuit.

It feels like months and months more than the weeks ago that Melissa and I were on Oahu’s North Shore… time has got the better of me since then but I hope this post is better late than never! I’m still dreaming of sleeping with the door open to hear the sound of the waves crashing and letting the ominous glow of the moon drown my room at Turtle Bay Resort.

Here are some of my recommendations for Oahu-

Sights & Experiences
First and foremost, hire a car. Driving is the best and easiest way to explore Oahu. We were based on the North Shore, just 10 minutes north of Pipeline. Within an hour and a half we could drive from one point of the island, to the opposite.
In the North Shore we were blessed with some of the best sunsets and beaches known to man. Snorkel in the shallows of Shark’s cove or surf the infamous Pipeline. Driving to the East we visited the crystal clear waters of Lanikai Beach, where I only learnt how incredible the two islands (Na Mokulua) in the distance were until weeks later (see example here). We road tripped in Hawaiian style (on the back of a ute tray) with locals to the West Coast, that boasted mountain ranges on one side of the road and endless ocean breaks on the other. We visited Yokohama Bay after our initial destination of Queen’s Bath was swallowed by the enormous waves. I wasn’t a great fan of Waikiki, but it obviously suits a lot of people.

You can’t drive for long up the North Shore without coming upon my favourite meals of choice- from food trucks. Giovanni’s Shrimp truck, The Elephant Truck and Pupukea Grill are just a few of the highly recommended trucks. Haleiwa Bowls for the best acai I have ever experienced, and Beet Box Cafe for a healthy start to the day.

We stayed at Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore (where they filmed Forgetting Sarah Marshall!) , in both the hotel for a few nights and the cottages for the rest. The cottages feel like your own little part of the world.

Photos by Melissa Findley