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Guide to 5 Days on Oahu: Day 5

I emerge out of the water in slow motion as I shake my head left to right, lips parted and slowly taking in precious air. Beads of water are expelled off my body catching the light from the rising sun temporarily giving the illusion of tiny diamonds emanating off me.

Five days really fly by on the Island. Good thing we are packed and ready to go. First order of business is head to the beach one last time and get something to eat at Rainbow Drive-In before heading to the airport.
I just have to squeeze in one last outing at the beach. Luckily our VRBO is down the street from Queen’s beach. The water is calm thanks to the wave barriers protecting the shore. I’m hesitant to dive right in because instinctively I think the water hasn’t warmed up yet because the sun is barely rising, which makes no sense. True enough, the water feels cool as I dip my feet in. It takes a few seconds to get acclimated. I wade away from the shore as my lower half gets immersed slowly. I stop halfway knowing full well that the initial shock of the cool water would only last a few seconds but the thought of it still gives me a reason to pause. No time like the present. I take one deep breath and kick my feet against the sand and launch myself forward and down I go. It’s honestly not so bad. I do a few dolphin kicks and breast strokes as I empty the oxygen from my lungs out my nose. And in true Hollywood fashion I emerge out of the water in slow motion as I shake my head left to right, lips parted and slowly taking in precious air. Beads of water are expelled off my body catching the light from the rising sun temporarily giving the illusion of tiny diamonds emanating off me. When in reality, I come out of the water out of breath and wiping my face profusely because I can’t stand the salt water in my eyes. “Expletive* it’s cold!”
Rainbow Drive In
Let’s do a recap on our trip here on Oahu. Click the links below to check out the previous blogs.
1. Dole Plantation
2. Waimea Valley
3. Giovanni’s Aloha Shrimp
4. Kualoa Ranch
5. Macadamia Nut Farm
6. Queen’s Surf Beach
7. Waikiki Fireworks
1. Diamond Head Trail
2. Farmers market
3. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve
4. From Here to Eternity Beach
5. Waimanalo
6. Ono Steak and Shrimp Shack
7. Byodo-In Temple
8. Mike’s Huli Chicken
9. Kailua Beach
10. Also Moana Center
11. Waikiki shopping plaza
1. Lulu’s Surf Club
2. Lanikai Beach
3. Town of Kailua
4. Kailua Beach
5. Chief’s Luau
6. Leonard’s Malasada
7. Waikiki shopping plaza
1. Manoa Falls
2. Waimanalo Beach Park
3. Keneke’s Waimanalo
4. Hawaiian Island Cafe
5. Kailua Beach
6. Pali Lookout
7. Waikiki Shopping Plaza
8. Duke’s Marketplace
Day 5
1. Queen’s Beach
2. Rainbow Drive-In is a staple on the Island. This is a definite must stop. The food is delicious and inexpensive. But remember to bring CASH unless you want to use their ATM on the premises.
We thoroughly enjoyed our time here on the Island. It’s bittersweet to leave on my birthday but I’m thankful for the lifelong memories. We will definitely be back. That’s a promise. I hope you enjoyed this travel series as much as I enjoyed sharing snippets of it.

Always remember… there’s more to explore. Mahalo Oahu!

ALSO CHECK: Guide to 5 Days on Oahu: Day 3

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