Watson Bay has a lot to offer other than the famous fish’n’chips at Doyles and the history and sorrow of The Gap. If you are visiting Sydney for the second time and have an afternoon to spare, take a ferry to Watson Bay and start exploring this charming harbourside suburb.
Honolulu Ocean View Retreat was like a clipping taken straight from the Home & Garden magazine.
Like the place we stayed at on the Big Island (link), I found our Oahu accommodation through Airbnb. I turned my eyes to Airbnb because I found the rooms and facilities in most big shot hotels in Waikiki dated and unflattering. The common theme with these big old hotels seemed to be: dark patterned carpet, yellowish vanity set and an ancient TV set that is as thick as the mini fridge. Ugh.
What to eat in Oahu? Here’s my list of the glorious food we had:
- Helena’s Hawaiian Food ★★★★★ (must try!)
- Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck ★★★★★ (must try!)
- Macky’s Shrimp Truck ★★★☆
- Teddy’s Burger ★★★★☆ (for all burger lovers!)
- Dole’s Whip ★★★★★ (must try!)
- Ted’s Bakery ★★★
- Matsumoto Shave Ice ★★★
- Duke’s Steak House ★★★☆
- Cheesecake Factory ★★☆
- Ramen Nakamura ★★☆
The Dole Food Company is the world’s largest producer of fruit and vegetable. Mr James Dole opened the first pineapple plantation on the island of Oahu in 1901. Nowadays, the iconic Dole logo has become synonymous of pineapples worldwide.
When I was researching our itinerary, Dole Plantation was under my “skip if no time” column due to my fear of it being a tourist trap. Turned out, I probably should have skipped it.
This trip was actually not my first visit to Hawaii – My parents had taken Ju and I on a family holiday….maybe 20 years ago? To be honest, I didn’t remember a thing. Not until we were ushered to our first-come-first-serve seats at the long table for our Luau dinner at the Polynesian Cultural Centre, with a fresh flower lei around my neck, I had the deja vu moment: “I had been here before”. Just like my dad said I would.