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Explore Oahu with Honolulu Honu Divers

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There are so many beautiful sights to take in on your Hawaiian vacation; mountain ranges, palm trees, white beaches, blue seas, and colorful flowers around every bend.  Some of the most beautiful sights, however, are a bit more tucked away – hidden under the surface of the beautiful waves of the Pacific Ocean around Oahu.

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If you’re looking for a truly unique, once in a lifetime activity to make your vacation memorable, Honolulu Honu Divers can show you a side of Oahu you otherwise wouldn’t see; the underside!

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Hector established Honolulu Honu Divers based on his absolute passion and love for the underwater world.  He has truly set himself apart from the other dive companies on the island by following a strict 1:1 or 2:1 dive ratio meaning that the only time you will ever dive with someone other than just him is if you book with a dive buddy you know!

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Whether you want to explore the different dive spots around the island by boat or stick to a shore dive, the personalized one on one experience of Honolulu Honu Divers can’t be beat.  Call today and let Hector “show you the time of your life.”

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Hawaii Duck Tours’ 15th Birthday Giveaway!

Hawaii Duck Tours has been splashing around Maunalua Bay since 2000.  Read on to hear about Hawaii Duck Tours’ 15th Birthday Giveaway!
Hawaii Duck Tours is giving away free body scrubbers for those who book Maunalua Bay Duck Tour in the month of March and April, 2015.
Come take a ride on one of our unique amphibious vehicles known as a DUCK and experience all the sights and sounds that Honolulu has to offer. You’ll proceed in our open-air vehicle past some of the major landmarks of the other side of Honolulu and the various districts that make up the South Eastern Shore of Oahu.
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Here are three steps for how you can obtain the free gift. 1) Book “Maunalua Bay Duck Tour” (link: https://fareharbor.com/hawaiiducktours/) in March or April, 2015. 2) Select Seek Spot for How did you hear about us? 3) Leave a comment on “Facebook” (link: https://www.facebook.com/HawaiiDuckTours) letting us know you how many body scrubbers you’d like to order. *One free gift per one person. Order more? $5 per item, but you’ll get 10% discount. Quack, quack!

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11 Family Friendly Spring Break Activities

Mid March means Spring Break on Oahu, a time that can be both exciting and overwhelming!  The kids are home from school and ready to be entertained –  luckily, there are plenty of family friendly events going on around the island to keep your keiki busy.

We’ve compiled a list of 11 family friendly Spring Break activities, from historical to hands on.

HISTORICAL
Take your kids for some fun extra credit.  Show them they can have fun while learning about the wonderful island of Oahu.

1. National Memories Exhibit Opening
Opens March 14th

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Pacific Aviation Museum Pearl Harbor is the first stop of the “National Memories” 2015 United States tour. The exhibit, which first went on display in the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen in 2010, has toured Mainland China and Taiwan. Through the use of imagery and more than 100 historic photos taken by the 164th US Signal Photo Company in the China Burma India Theater, “National Memories” brings to life the camaraderie that existed between Chinese and U.S. soldiers as their countries joined forces during World War II. The Museum’s permanent “Flying Tigers Exhibit” featuring a WWII-era P-40 aircraft, will anchor the photographic display.

2. 125 Years Through the Eyes of the Bishop Museum
March 11th- March 16th
125For 125 years, Bishop Museum has chronicled life in the Hawaiian Islands. Over that time we’ve seen tremendous changes to Hawai‘i, our people, our cultures, our environment, and our place in a global society.  The emphasis of the exhibit will be the common lived experience of life in the Islands. Rather than create a linear chronological sequence through the period, the exhibit will examine change thematically, with more than a dozen large graphic panels exploring topics like Communication, Work Life, and Transportation.

3.  Kapolei Prince Kuhio Ho’olaule’a
March 14th

Part of the Prince Kuhio Festival which honors the life of Prince Kuhio, “The Citizen Prince,” this is a free, all day event that includes hula, local entertainment, traditional food prep lessons, local vendors, crafts, and traditional Hawaiian games.

OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES
Looking for something different to do outside with the little ones besides plopping them on the beach?  Look no further!

4. North Shore Keiki Surf School Camp
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North Shore Keiki Surf School specializes in teaching children how to surf and they’ll be holding a Spring Break camp!  Take some time for yourself and rest assured your children are in great hands as they spend the day in the beautiful waters of the North Shore.

5. Keawe Adventures
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Whether you want to visit Pearl Harbor, explore the North Shore, go fishing, hiking, or snorkeling, Keawe Adventures has a tour for you! Let them help you build your dream Hawaii Vacation or Staycation this spring break with one of their premier private guided tours on Oahu. 

6. Hawaii Duck Tours
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Explore Oahu in a way you never have before with an amphibious tour from Hawaii Duck Tours!  If you book any time in March or April, mention Seek Spot, and like them on Facebook, you get a free Rubber Ducky Scrub – sure to be a hit with your kids.

7. Gunstock Ranch Horse Day Camp
March 17th

This day camp is geared for the beginner rider ages 7-13 years old. It is the perfect introduction to learning about horses. This day will be filled with horse fun, education, and adventure. Students will be oriented and taught safety around horses. They will also learn how to properly mount and dismount, learn basic commands of making a horse do what they want, and go on a trail ride. Students will also learn through hands-on experience basic care for horses, how to saddle, and ride in the Western style.

8. Pipeline Womens Pro
Holding Period: March 16th-24th
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9. Learn To Play Hockey with Jami Yoder
March 14th

Okay, so this one isn’t exactly outside, but if your kids need a break from the hot sun, let them learn to play hockey with Team USA’s Jami Yoder!

HANDS ON
Let your kids’ creative side flourish with these hands on activities.

10. Explorers Club: Astrophotography
March 19th & 20th
All day STEM programs for 3rd through 8th graders. Students explore topics in science, technology, engineering and math.  This session will focus on learning about celestial objects and using technology to enhance images of the cosmos.

11. Paint The Night Away
March 20th

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Fun for the whole family!  On March 20th, you and your keiki can create a beautiful Mermaid painting at Haleiwa Joe’s 3rd Friday Art & Music Event.

12. Honolulu Music, Arts, & Food Festival
March 13th-15th

Explore the “5 festivals in 1” and enjoy more than 17 bands, arts & crafts vendors, local artists,  food from some of Honolulu’s best restaurants, petting zoos, games, pony rides, bully dog show, wine and drinks for the parents, and so much more!

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The Best Activities on Oahu!

Experience everything that Oahu has to offer in and around the beautiful Pacific Ocean.  SeekSpot.com has found the best activities for you to enjoy.
You can explore the ocean with Under The Sea, on their new glass bottom boat. View the exotic marine life in a one of a kind way.
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You can find dolphins off the coast of Leeward Oahu with Iruka Hawaii
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and  you can swim with spinner dolphins and see them up close with Ko Olina Ocean Adventures.
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Or you could enjoy a sunset sail with Hawaii Nautical
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or dinner cruise with Ocean Joy Cruises
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Discover the Beautiful Waianae Coast with West Oahu SUP.

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On the Windward side 
You will find TwoGood Kayaks,
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where you can rent a kayak and explore the pristine ocean of Kailua. 

Sammy’s Aloha Watersports offers clients the chance to explore the ocean and learn a new sport with personalized quality instruction.

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You can get your adrenaline pumping by Paragliding over the ocean with Aloha Paragliding.
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Or go on an adventure with Holokai Kayak Adventure Tours,
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and see parts of the island you have never seen before.
On the South shore 
Sail past the surfers in search of treasure off the shores of Waikiki all the while defending the ship against passing boats with water cannons with Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures. Hawaii Pirate Ship Adventures Or, glide through the pacific at speeds up to 40mph with all 1,420 horse power on the Honolulu Screamer Honolulu Screamer Fly across the open sea, and get your adrenaline pumping with Xtreme Jet Ski X-treme Jet Ski or experience the ultimate airborne ride of a lifetime with Xtreme Parasail. X-treme Parasail Dedicated to teaching you to Surf, Stand Up Paddle and Double-Hull Canoe away from the crowds and with Aloha. Spend a day with Hawaiian Surf Adventures. Hawaiian Surf Adventures Enjoy spectacular cruising amongst these majestic high islands in the mid-Pacific with Honolulu Sailing Honolulu Sailing Enjoy Stand-Up Paddling, Fly-Fishing, Light-Tackle Fishing, Diving and Snorkeling  with Keawe Adventures. Keawe Adventures View the clear blue waters of Hawaii from the deck of a stand-up paddle board with Tropical Blends Tropical Blends Take in beautiful views and beautiful experiences, aboard a sailing boa with Tradewind Charters Tradewind Charters or come explore the beautiful underwater habitats surrounding Oahu with Pearl Harbor Divers. Pearl Harbor Divers
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Observe Galapagos and Sandbar sharks in their natural environment with Hawaii Shark Encounters. Hawaii Shark Encounters

Rent surfboards, bodyboards, stand up boards, and snorkeling equipment from North Shore Surf Shop.

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Enjoy a beautiful sunset sail with North Shore Catamaran. north shore catamaran Have the fishing experience of a lifetime with North Shore Sport Fishing. north shore sport fishing
Or learn to surf with North Shore Surf Girls. north shore surf girls

Chase down pelagic fish from Ahi, Mahi Mahi, and Ono, and hunt after the elusive giant-Ulua with Deep Blue.Deep Blue

There is so much to do for all ages on Oahu. Visit www.seekspot.com for more awesome activity ideas.
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Windward Oahu ADVENTURE Itinerary

The East side of Oahu, also known as the Windward side, has baby powder soft sand and electric blue water. It is calmer than some of the other sides of Oahu, which makes for epic ocean adventures. Not to mention, the drive along the Windward coast is absolutely breathtaking. Here’s an itinerary for a day of adventure on the East Side:

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The east side is a paddler’s paradise with offshore reefs to protect you from the big ocean waves, secluded islands to explore, and Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii’s largest natural harbor with the Sunken Island just up the road. Rent a kayak or get a guided tour from Twogood Kayaks and they’ll put their 30 years of experience to work making sure you have an escapade of a lifetime in the Pacific.

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Get lifted — on land and in the air. Go tandem paragliding or off-road Hummer four-wheeling to experience some of Oahu’s most thrilling views. At Aloha Paragliding Adventure Tours, a United States Hang-gliding and Paragliding Association – USHPA certified Tandem Instructor will take you on a one-hour tandem discovery paragliding flight combined with flying over Hawaii’s ridges and valleys, waterfalls and majestic Ko’olau and Waianae Mountains. On their exclusive off-road, HUMMER excursion, you can explore Hawaii’s rugged beauty on a scenic hike including snorkeling and a picnic on a secluded beach.

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Now that you’ve worked up an appetite, check out any of these spots for a delicious, local lunch!

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Kaneohe Bay, located within He’eia State Park, is Oahu’s only barrier reef. This means that there is no open ocean swell, which allows coral to grow much more abundantly and nurture a greater variety of sea life. Holokai Kayak Tours Adventures will take you to some of the best snorkeling spots and stunning parts of the bay, many of which are only accessible by boat. Holokai can take you there.

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End the day with ono Hawaiian grinds on a show you won’t be able to see anywhere else in the world. Chief’s Luau is TripAdvisor’s #1 ranked paid attraction on Oahu. An authentic, interactive and romantic experience culminating with a spectacular 10-minute, 8-man fire knife dance is held atop a marvelous ocean-mountain vista at Sea Life Park’s private and scenic Makapu’u Meadows. The panoramic backdrop is beyond your wildest postcard dreams.

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Hiking on the Windward Side of Oahu, Hawaii ( Hiking Trails)

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Old Pali Hwy Trail

While this hike is not technically on the windward (east) side, it is a can’t be missed highlight for any who want a magnificent view of Windward Oahu and the Nuuanu Pali! It is rated as an easy hike of about a mile, but you will need tennis shoes and the trail can be steep. As you drive up the Pali Hwy., Hwy 61, from Honolulu, you will come to the Nuuanu Pali Lookout. From here you can see Kaneohe, Kailua, and much of the Windward Coast. The Old Pali Hwy Trail winds down from the right side of the lookout. Since you are at about the 1200 ft level it can be cool, sometimes rainy or wet, and always windy. Bring a jacket and take it slow, enjoying the views which often include some great waterfalls! When you reach the end of the trail, by the large boulders, just circle back up and do not continue on the lesser traveled dirt trail that winds down between the boulders. The dirt trail leads 10 miles down, to Waimanalo, and is for experienced hikers! After your hike, you can continue on the Pali Highway over into Kailua.

Lanikai Pillboxes (Kaiwa Ridge Trail)

This moderate hike is only about a mile, but it’s a steep climb so be prepared. The reward is worth it! You will have an incredible view on the journey up, and don’t stop when you reach the first pillbox (other than to take in the view of Lanikai and the Mokulua Islands), because the best view is from the second pillbox. These pillboxes were built during World War II and you can easily see why, since the location offers sweeping vistas of the Windward coastline! From the second pillbox you can see all the way from the Makapu‘u Lighthouse on one end to Mokoli‘i Island (Chinaman’s Hat) on the other. When you first start out on the trail, don’t get discouraged by the underbrush you have to get past, as the trail opens up after about 10 yards. Depending on your pace, the hike takes about an hour up and back. Once you reach the second pillbox, turn around and travel back down to where you started. To get there head towards Lanikai Beach in Kailua. Once on Kailua Street you will go until you reach Kawailao Street and turn right. This street becomes Aalapapa, so don’t let it confuse you, and you will turn right off this street onto Ka‘elepupu Drive. You will see a few parking spaces on the right hand side by the Mid-Pacific Country Club. Park and walk to the side street on the left and look for the small “Pillbox Hike” sign. Remember…wear good hiking shoes, bring water, and when you reach the top, enjoy the impressive views!

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Best Beaches Windward Oahu, Hawaii

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The windward coast of East Oahu is a scenic 30 miles, with the beautiful Koolau Mountains as a backdrop! On this side of Oahu you will find beaches popular for windsurfing and kitesurfing, since the trades are almost always blowing here. You will also find beaches with golden sand and panoramic views which are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, and soaking up the sun! The following are a few favorites, listed in order as you will encounter them if traveling south to north, which is our recommended route.

Kaupo Beach Park

Just opposite Sea Life Park, this small beach area is sometimes called Baby Makapu‘u. It has gentle waves and shallow, sand bottomed “pools” on the north end, created by the lava rock. Families like to come here with their children to explore and play in the pools. A historical note of interest is the large rock on the beach, Pohaku Pa‘akiki, said to be a monument to an agreement made centuries ago between the Hawaiian people and their shark amakua (God) that there would be no shark attacks in the waters offshore here. This beach has parking, restrooms, and showers. However, there are no lifeguards at this beach.

Waimanalo

The fine, powdery, white sand of Waimanalo stretches more than three miles, from Sea Life Park to Wailea Point. It is a favorite beach area of many who live on Oahu, as well as those visiting, because it is well protected and swimming is safe year round. Snorkeling is good here also. There are three beach parks along this stretch. For fans of the old TV series, Magnum PI, this is the beach where Magnum would be shown “taking a dip” after a long day! There are lifeguards and facilities at these parks, along with parking, but please do not leave valuables in your car as there have been break-ins.

Lanikai

A little farther along, this is one of Hawaii‘s most photographed beaches! Even its name is beautiful since Lanikai means “sea heaven”. With a reef that extends about a half mile out, this beach is a very protected beach. Almost like a crystal clear lagoon, it is great for swimming and kayaking! There are public right of ways to this beach along Mokulua Drive, but there is no parking area set aside. While there are lifeguards here, it also does not have public restrooms or showers.

Kailua Beach Park

Continuing north you come to a two mile crescent of soft powdery sand bordering Kailua Bay. Nestled at the foot of the Koolau Mts, this beach is a favorite with visitor and locals offering safe conditions and panoramic views! The fine coral sand is excellent for building sandcastles and each year they hold a sandcastle building contest here. Another popular windsurfing beach, the windsurfers here must stay beyond marked buoys that designate the swimming area. There is also a bike path, volleyball court, kayak rentals, and even a caf.! It has lifeguards, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, and parking.

Kualoa Regional Park

Fringed by tall coconut palm trees, this glistening strand of white sand offers safe swimming and snorkeling year round plus stunning views! At low tide you can walk (wearing tabis or tennis shoes) to the small island offshore known commonly as Chinaman’s Hat. In addition, at the south end of this park is Moli‘i Fishpond which was built in the very earliest days of Hawaii and still stands today. You will find plenty of parking, picnic tables, restrooms, showers, and lifeguards on duty (daily in summer and weekends during winter months).

Kahana Beach Park

Just past Ka‘a‘awa, heading north, this bay has a beautiful crescent shaped white sand beach with calm waters for swimming. It is also popular with kayakers and is a favorite fishing spot. You will find a couple of fun little hiking trails, as well as public amenities and parking.

 

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A Day on Windward Oahu, Sample Itinerary

Taking a drive over to the Windward Side begins very dramatically when you head over the mountains on the Pali Highway, stopping for a fantastic view from the Pali Lookout! Take binoculars, if you have them, and your camera of course! After stopping at the lookout point, head down into Kailua town.
In Kailua, go straight to Twogood Kayaks and rent Kayaks for yourself and those with you. They offer different adventures, guided tours and turtle safaris. Head over to lovely Lanikai beach for a beautiful and leisurely place to kayak the waters of Windward Oahu. Travel a little farther down, to Kailua Bay, for more Kayak time and to enjoy the spectacle of wind and kite surfers who flock to this beach! After you return the kayaks, enjoy a little shopping at the cute boutiques of Kailua, such as nearby Maya Bella, where you will find great beachwear, accessories and one of a kind treasures. From Kailua take a drive towards Kaneohe to see the gorgeous Kaneohe Bay and then continue up the coast for a spectacularly beautiful and relaxing drive with lots of spots for more beach time, stopping for a bite of lunch along the way. Allow time for the return drive and head back to Kailua, stopping to take in the gorgeous sunset over the mountains, and then enjoy a delicious dinner at The Grove offering globally inspired island cuisine from award-winning Chef Fred DeAngelo. This will surely top off your day on Windward Oahu!

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*See itineraries in other regions for more ideas!

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