Saturday was one more beach day and one more diving day for Dan and Ray. Sadly, this was our last day together with the Lakes, because they were leaving the next day for the Big Island.
Angela did some research on beaches and suggested we go to Lanakai Beach (interesting fact- lanakai in Hawaiian means “heavenly sea”) . Lanakai beach is located in an upscale residential neighborhood and the only parking available is on the street. If you do not get there early, you will not find a place to park. Also, the beach does not have any public facilities, so if you got to go, you got to go in the ocean:)
Besides the above mentioned caveats, this beach is incredible. The water is crystal blue, there are beautiful islands off in the distance (that many, many people were canoeing to), and the sand is the softest sand I have ever felt (feels like baby powder). Here are some pics from our time at Lanakai.
testing the waters
loving the sand
Back from the dive
Unfortunately for Dan and Ray, this beach was not ideal for diving. They got a good swim, but didn’t see much sea life:(
Lanikai beach is located on the Winward (or east) side of Oahu. We really wanted to hit up Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck before our trip ended, so today was the day. It was a bit of a drive, but so worth it. We showed up at the truck to discover an hour wait! We were starving, so that was not happening. They directed us to their lesser known truck in Haweiwa, so onward we went. It only took us about 20 minutes to get to this truck and we were served immediately (score!). Dan and I split the shrimp scampi and he also chowed down on the garlic hot dog. This plate was definitely for garlic lovers (which we are). Not healthy, but absolutely delish.
What a yummy end to a fun day. Last night was grown up night. Kids stayed back at the hotel and the adults went to The Beach House, a fancy restaurant in the Moana Surfrider. The setting was beautiful; it was on the back porch of the hotel that is located on the beach.
Disappointingly, the service was horrendous and the food was mediocre. Regardless, the company was fantastic! We love our friends!!!!