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Day 31 - Friday 29th May 2015

Waikiki

sunny 27 °C

We had a big sleep in today, almost twelve hours of rest and it was 9am before we got up. One thing about where we are staying, there are noises throughout the night to wake you - sirens, people shouting, trucks, cars - not a spot for a restful sleep. We decided after all the travelling we'd done that this last leg of the trip would be more about relaxing and not so much sightseeing.

We put on our swimmers under our clothes and headed out for something to eat as by now it was after 10am and getting hungry. We got totally ripped off at Seattles Best Coffee in the next street - 2 medium coffees (their mediums are large in Australia) and a bagel and muffin both with bacon and eggs and cost us $29. After downing that food we crossed the road to the beach and waked along to find a spot where we some shade from hot sun as it was already 27 degrees Celsius. We both jumped in to the water, it was quite pleasant and not cold at all, as you'd expect. The beach is shallow, you can walk out a long way and still touch the bottom. The hard part is watching out for the board riders - the waves are small and lots of people rent boards to try and surf. The inexperienced ones are the people you need to watch out for so they don't hit you.

I was drying off after my swim and the guy next to me noticed my Aussie board shorts so starting chatting, as he was from Sydney also. We got chatting to him and his family, he was there with four kids and also his cousin and nephew. They had holidayed over in Florida and like us were on their way home via Hawaii. He offered me a beer and wouldn't take no for an answer! We sat there chatting for a while, playing with their kids, they were all a friendly bunch.

We went back to our room to shower and change and by now it was after 5pm so we decided to walk down a different street away from the beach looking for somewhere to have dinner. That was fruitful as all the restaurants and shops are along the beach road so we turned down and headed there. Along the way we saw a Mexican restaurant that had a few people eating so we thought we'd give that a try. Interesting name for a restaurant - La Cucaracha - which i believe translates to "The Cockroach" ! We had a margarita each and ordered just a main meal but that was more than enough.

After dinner we walked down to the beach as the Hilton has a fireworks display every Friday night. Unfortunately we didn't get to see any of it, we hadn't walked far enough west along the beach to get to a vantage point as the Hilton is far west and around the point. As we walked back to our hotel slowly we were tempted into getting ice cream from Horgen Dasz for dessert - not that we needed to eat more! But it still nice ice cream if I say so myself.

After walking back to our hotel we started to watch another movie we rented from the hotel, 50 Shades of Grey. Have to admit I fell asleep through some of the early parts, and we decided to pause and watch the rest another night so we hit the sack.

Posted by Ace from Oz 21:17 Archived in USA Tagged hawaii waikiki

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