Adventures on the North Shore

We did spend quite a bit of our time in Hawaii exploring the North Shore. The whole island of Oahu is so beautiful that it would be a complete shame not to explore as much as you could! We decided to rent a car for a day, so that we could travel freely around the island and stop wherever we wanted. It was one of the best decisions we made!

The first stop on our trip was the Dole Pineapple Plantation. I have to admit, I am a sucker for pineapple. And I heard that Dole offered one of the best pineapple desserts going around – the world famous Dole Whip. And let me tell you, it did not disappoint! It was softer than ice-cream, and wonderfully smooth and sweet, just delicious. The pineapple plantation was so cute! Everything was so bright and colourful, and of course pineapple shaped. They also had one of the best gift shops I have ever been to, with SO many different kids of pineapple flavoured foods and pineapple shaped gifts. Our highlight of the plantation was probably the Pineapple Express Train Tour. Seeing all the pineapple fields was crazy! Dole supplies pineapples and other products to most of the world, including Australia! You can find Dole pineapples in Coles!

We spent the day just driving around. Looking at the mountains and the beautiful countryside, stopping at roadside fruit stands and small Hawaiian town along the way. It was so nice and relaxing to just drive around and explore. If you’re going to rent a car from Waikiki here are a few things to remember:

  1. If you’re under 21 you have to pay a young drivers fee of about $25 everyday you have the car, plus tax and a full tank of fuel when you return it. Make sure you calculate that into the price before you book it, because it often costs double the advertised price.
  2. If you can, don’t return the car at the very end of the day. We spent about an hour waiting in the line to return our car, since we were silly and returned it right before they closed. All the car yards around Waikiki are extremely busy, so it’s good to get in early if you can.


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Emma Shaw

Emma is a travel photographer and blogger, living in Melbourne, Australia with her husband Thom in between adventures. She started A Make Believe World to share her experiences, travel tips and destination advice, and to inspire others to travel the world and their own backyard whenever they can.

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