Have you ever spent a day of your group trip completely away from your friends? It’s something I always try to do on a big trip & even something I make time for during my regular, at-home “travels,” too. Being off on your own for an adventure is liberating: you can do exactly what you like, when you like. You can eat when & where you want, splurge on dessert if you want to (hah!), stay at the beach forever or not at all (can you guess what I usually do?)…
It takes courage to travel on your own, even for a single day, but practice makes you better at it & the benefits of exploring alone are well worth the fears you may have & the things you’ll discover about where you are & who you are, are absolutely amazing!
During my week in Hawaii at the end of April this year, I spent a day exploring Kailua & Lanikai all on my own. I didn’t have a rental car to myself (I’m too cheap), so I spent $2.50 on a bus ticket & spent forty five minutes rolling down the coast with the locals. Taking a bus in & of itself is an interesting experience: especially in America, you are not (usually) exploring with tourists, but rather hanging with the locals & getting a good drive through tour of a lot of residential areas. It’s a great experience & the resulting day at the beach was definitely well worth heading out on my own.
Of all of the beaches that I visited in Hawaii, the edge of the island where Lanikai is located was one of the places that took my breath away most of all. The beach was made of wide beaches full of light, soft sand & even though there were more people than where we were when we visited the North Shore, it was not nearly as crowded as Waikiki & honestly, the number of people felt just right.
I spent a TON of time in the water & then wandered down the sand, checking out the outriggers (I would totally do that if I were a local!) & imagining what life would be like if I lived on this amazing island.
Hawaii has some serious gorgeousness going on. Check out those classic flowers! Aloha, beauties!
To get from Lanikai over to Kailua’s town proper, I headed over a hill. In the heat of the midday, it was a slightly tough climb (especially in flip flops!), but I was well rewarded with the view. Wouldn’t you spend the day here happily?!
When I got into town, I was already starving for lunch (all that sun & swimming!), but the pizza place I wanted to get a slice from wasn’t open yet! Don’t judge: I started with a shave ice (dessert first!) & then came back for a slice of pizza. (See, these are the kinds of things you can get away with when you’re exploring on your own! haha)
Oh my goodness. After a long day at the beach, this pizza from Bob’s was literally just the thing I needed. One slice was as big as my face, I swear, but it really was the perfect “dessert” to my shave ice! 😉
All in all, my day in Kailua & Lanikai was fabulous. Even the bus ride (& even leaving my cute hat at the bus stop on the way home, which was sad) was fun. This place was definitely a beach paradise if I’ve ever seen on! I can’t wait to go back!
Photography: Simone Anne