A Couple…Things to do on the Island of Oahu, Hawaii!

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i am working on a new series entitled “a couple…(insert subject here).” it’s meant to provide tips, ideas, thoughts that couples should try because they’ve been tested by this couple (and other couples in the future).

this first one is a recap of our 3 full days in Waikiki Beach, which is located in the city of Honolulu on the island of Oahu in the state of Hawaii (whew, that’s a mouthful).

a couple tips:

#1 ask your hotel if they have any available rooms on a higher floor, looking out at the ocean. you never know if you don’t ask (or if your husband doesn’t).

view of the beach

#2 take time for yourself and indulge in your own desired activities.

my husband’s activity of choice was scuba diving! he wins in the picture game. wondering why i didn’t go with him? read this article on maintaining your individuality, even in marriage.

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mine happened to be “sit on the beach, soak up as much sun as you can and keep the birds from taking your snacks.”

couples blog travel hawaii peanut butter jelly

#3 stop by a local grocery store and buy a loaf of bread, peanut butter and jelly. make an agreement that you will both have one meal a day consisting of pb&j sandwich to save money!

couples blog travel hawaii bring your own snacks

also be prepared to pay $6 for a loaf of bread. still cheaper than a restaurant for 2!

find some other snacks but if you ever buy bananas-keep them very far away from your other foods because then everything will taste like bananas and that’s the worst. those damn infiltrating banana fumes.

#4: go explore other parts of the area you are in together!

we had a rental car (pretty affordable in Oahu) so we ventured to North Beach, about an 50 minutes north (duh) of Waikiki. North Beach is world-renowned for it’s waves but only for expert surfers.

couples blog travel hawaii north shore wavesduring the winter months, most of these beaches are meant for professionals to do the surfing and you to watch (and not swim).

#5 write both of your names in the sand because it looks adorable.

couples blog travel to hawaii north shore written in sand

 #6 go find shave ice in North Shore

we got some tips that Matsumoto grocery store had the best shave ice so we waited about 10 minutes in line to get our paws on these.

couples blog travel to hawaii north shore matsumoto shave iceif the line is too crazy, there are 2 other shave ice places literally 50 feet away and they looked good too. costs around $3 each and you can get ice cream on the bottom if you want or BEANS!!!!! i know, ew. i despise beans, even more so when they try to get in on a dessert but i saw a few people get them!

chelsea eating shave ice

#7 take sunset photos because every single sunset is amazing and will make you look so tropical. it’s like a freakin’ postcard every single day/night.

couples blog ryan avery chelsea avery sunset in hawaii

couples blog travel hawaii sunset waikiki beachenjoy the opportunity to be together. rekindle that sometimes stressed, crazy and unique relationship that you both share. i can personally attest…there is nothing more romantic than being in love while on the beach during a sunset. hot dang!

any other tips or comments to add?? please share them below on the blog!


  1. Corinne

    October 28, 2013 at 5:38 am

    My husband totally does #1 each time we’re away. It embarrasses the heck out of me but I do enjoy it when it pays off 🙂
    #2 – totally agree!
    #6 – I heard they’re the best. I’m intrigued by the beans.. Cooked? What type?

    Now you’ve made me even more tempted to go to Hawaii. How long would you recommend staying? Max / min?

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