For those of you who don’t know my “story,” here’s the long and short of it. My husband and I were living in Northern California, in the city I grew up in, and weren’t loving our jobs or where we lived. I felt unfulfilled and like I needed an adventure, because I was going stir-crazy spending most of my time working and the rest of my time working on our house, doing yard work, and watching way more TV than I’d like to admit. We felt like we were in a rut and needed a change. So, we decided to quit our jobs, sell our house, and move to Hawaii to open a small business. It’s been almost 5 years since we made that decision and we haven’t really looked back. Of course, it hasn’t always been easy, but it has been one of the best decisions we’ve ever made together.
I started this blog mostly to be about our travels abroad, but I want to include my favorite spots and tips about adventuring around the island of O’ahu as well.
First up, my absolute favorite spots to catch the sunset!
Depending on the time of year, the sun will set right over the water in some places, or it will be hidden behind mountains, so you want to make sure wherever you choose, that you’re choosing it at the right time of year.
- My first and most favorite sunset spot is Spitting Caves, in Hawaii Kai. If you’re here in the fall/winter months, this is a must do! Of course, it’s beautiful all year around, but in the summer months, the sun is hidden around the corner and you won’t see it setting on the water. When visiting here, make sure you are being extra careful.
- When the sun is hiding around the corner in the summer, we head just a few blocks away at China Walls to get a better view. This is another one of my favorites because the sun sets right over the water, the surfers are so much fun to watch, and during whale season, we always see whales playing in the distance. Many people have been injured or have died at Spitting Caves and China Walls because they weren’t familiar with the area or the strong currents. I prefer staying far enough back to just enjoy the view instead of jumping in and risking getting hurt!
- Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore has one of the best views in my opinion. The drinks are a bit pricey, but if you grab a Mai Tai (they make some of the best I’ve tasted) and sit on the benches facing the surfers, you’ll be in for a serious treat. I’ve seen crystal clear skies here, deep, dark stormy clouds, purple and pink hues, fiery reds and every color in between. I’ve been here at all different times of the year and could always count on a beautiful sunset.
- Ala Moana Beach Park is a great place to watch the sunset basically all year. You can often catch the sailboats passing by as you relax and enjoy the view. It’s a busy area with tons of opportunities to people watch, and if you’re interested in getting out on the water, you can take a stand-up-paddle yoga class from amazing instructors at Yoga Kai Hawaii while the sun goes down. No SUP experience needed and I promise you’ll have an absolute blast!
- Ka’ena Point on the North Shore is a peaceful, less crowded spot where you can see stunning views while relaxing on the beach.
- Maunalua Bay Beach Park in Hawaii Kai will absolutely surprise you in the winter months. I drive past this little beach park every day on my way home and although it’s pretty, it is right off the main, busy highway road and isn’t somewhere you would think to stop for sunset. In the winter, it’s absolutely gorgeous though. Most of the time I’m driving home, glance over my shoulder and immediately decide to pull over and watch it. Sometimes we sit on the back of my husband’s truck and watch with a glass of wine, or just sit in the pebbly sand on a towel. The best part about sunsets is they are always changing. Each day I feel like I see something new and every single time I feel incredibly lucky to be able to sit and enjoy nature’s beauty. I believe you can never spend enough time watching the sun go down. Check back soon for my favorite sunRISE spots!