Top Lodging Gem #2 –  Kahakai Cottage Beachfront, Kaaawa, Oahu Island, Hawaii

Want to avoid the crowded beaches of Waikiki? This room is located on the North Shore of Oahu, just down the road from Kualoa Ranch, where movie scenes for 50 First Dates, Pearl Harbor, Jurassic Park, Lost and others were filmed. And, if you want a photo of Chinaman’s hat, head down the road to Kualoa Regional Park early in the morning when there are fewer crowds. 

The room is perfectly located on the beach, so grab a noodle or other floatation device from their outside storage unit and walk 10 steps or so to the beach. The outside porch is perfect for a sunrise breakfast, moonrise or for air drying swimsuits in the ocean breeze. Best of all, leave the porch doors open and fall asleep to decadent ocean smells and sounds.

There’s a lot to do on Oahu including swimming with sharks, if you have an adventurous side. Head up the shore to Haleiwa for a memorable shark experience. We did!

View of the ocean from the cottage.