If you follow my personal Instagram (@littleladylove), you would have seen that we made a last minute trip to Hawaii for our babymoon. My husband and I always wanted to make one last trip to enjoy our time together alone before our baby arrives in April but for a long time, I couldn’t decide where to go.
I don’t know what has come over me but pregnancy has made me extremely indecisive! I don’t know if this is a common pregnancy symptom. Perhaps it’s similar to the decision syndrome you get when you’re planning your wedding and you’re just tired of making decisions. Although my husband and I managed to purchase most of our baby items way back when I do generally find making big decisions tough.
For example, it took me forever to decide on what colour Uppababy stroller I wanted. I went back and forth, back and forth. In the end, I ended up purchasing the white Loic colour and then immediately regretted it. I do this all the time even when ordering at the restaurant. Over the years, I’ve gotten better but I’m still really bad at trusting myself and making decisions!
Another part of it I think is also realizing that I’m becoming a mother so my decisions don’t just affect me but they affect my child too. I found myself being overprotective of myself and irrationally creating reasons why I didn’t want to do something and choosing the safer (and more boring) option instead. I think this is a natural and common thing that new mums experience!
Initially, I had my heart set on going to Switzerland to see the mountains during Christmas but we were so busy at the end of last year with work and baby prepping that when we finally reached out to a travel agency – the prices tripled! We debated going to other places, but we decided to stay in Toronto for the holidays instead.
I was pretty bummed about the missed opportunity. Then when New Year’s Day 2019 rolled around I started to panic! Only a few months left before we could make a trip. I started to research plane tickets and found out that most airlines wouldn’t accept you on the plane after 30 weeks so we had to go quick! So we quickly booked a trip to Hawaii right before I hit 30 weeks and got a note from my midwife saying that I had a normal and uncomplicated pregnancy and was fit for travel and we went!
In the end, I am so glad we made this trip together. It was only for a week but it was so nice for us to get away. We made sure not to stress ourselves out and over plan our trip (something I tend to do!) and instead just really enjoy our time together (and some Dole Whip – a Hawaiian Pineapple Ice Cream!)
It was our first time going to Hawaii and I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Below, I’m going to take you through a photo blog of some of our best times in Oahu, Hawaii!
On a couple of days of our trip, we rented a car so we could drive around Oahu. We read online that if we didn’t rent a car to drive around, we would be missing a lot of Hawaii had to offer! It was so true – the beauty of Hawaii can be found outside Honolulu. I’ve always been a lover of rocky coasts and Hawaii is full of them!
We drove around with no real plans and stopped whenever we wanted to. We stopped at a few lookouts that were just photographically gorgeous! The blue waters were pristine and the sun was just glorious!
These blue waters were sparking. I wish I could have stayed here forever to enjoy the waves coming in. So relaxing!
Although Oahu is more developed than the other islands of Hawaii, the landscapes are still amazing. The vast mountainscapes along the East Coast were just so spectacular!
The beaches outside of Honolulu are much more prettier than Waikiki. I didn’t know this, but the famous Waikiki Beach in Honolulu is a man-made beach created by sand from California. It would have been nice to have had more time to spend time at these beaches outside Honolulu.
We made various stops along the East Coast including going to Kualoa Ranch. We didn’t have time to do the tours to see the ranch in its entirety but it was nice to see the place where Jurassic Park (and many other famous films) were filmed. It’s really majestic in person with the mountains in the background!
There are so many Instagrammable locations in Hawaii. There’s actually a very famous road in Hawaii (which I won’t name) that has exploded after going viral on Instagram. Since social media, the place now has plenty of signs prohibiting you to take photos on this road and there’s even a security guard sitting right there. It’s really sad because it’s such a beautiful place!
Since we had driven all the way there, we considered doing it anyway – but I’m so against breaking rules so we drove off. It was still really cool to see in person! We then drove off to our next stop and found another road that is very similar and took a photo there instead. This tree lined road with the mountains behind is just gorgeous!
We then drove to this incredible Japanese temple (Byodo-In, The Valley of the Temples). Again, it is so stunning with the mountain backdrop – especially with the fog too!
Along the East Coast, we saw plenty of beachside swings where I had to have a go of it!
Another famous landmark in Oahu is the Chinaman Hat! It’s located along the East Shore of Oahu and is really so cool to see in person. You can do kayaking tours towards Chinaman Hat but it was fun to see from a distance too. Here’s my Korean man with his Aussie Hat in front of the Chinaman Hat, haha!
By this point, we were close to sunset so we drove all the way down to the Tantalus Lookout close to Honolulu. Unfortunately, our GPS took us on a weird route to the lookout and we missed sunset but we caught dusk. The colours were incredible that evening and so amazing to see in person (even for about 5 minutes) before we got kicked out by park rangers!
On the way back to our hotel, we drove past the famous Leonard’s Bakery. Although it was late at night, we decided to make a stop to try what all the fuss was about…. AND IT WAS THE BEST DECISION EVER!!!!
These Portuguese Malasada Puffs, were literally TO DIE FOR and were my things to eat in Hawaii for our whole trip. They were so good, we had to go back. Strangely, when we went back they were very disappointing. They weren’t fresh – not crispy and was served to us room temperature. SO SAD!
But on our first trip over – they were so hot, so crispy and the puff fillings oozed out so deliciously! My favourite fillings were the coconut and guava. So good! I didn’t like the original (no filling) as much. I would seriously go back to Hawaii to have this again!
Will be posting another blog post next week with Part 2 of our babymoon in Hawaii!