A riding tour to the South Shore of O’ahu, from Kane’ohe to Diamond Head. ***PHOTO HEAVY***

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    It’s a beautiful 26-mile drive from Kaneohe (green mark) to Diamond Head crater (red mark). There are constant breath-taking sights along the way.

    The first stop is Marine Corps Base Kaneohe. Cameras are not allowed on base so the next two photos were taken from the interwebs.

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    Kaneohe Bay, facing East. The area right above the yellow kayak is where we live. Great views!
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    For reference: This photo was taken from our hale (Hawaiian for villa) looking towards Marine Corps Base Hawaii; back towards the previous photo with the yellow kayak.
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    One of our favorite places to eat is Ba-Le in Kailua. All of their sandwiches are good, this is lemongrass-chicken. Sadly, the Ba-Le closed down at the end of April 2018.

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    The TW waits across the street while I eat.

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    Next stop heading south is the Bellows Air Force Station. Once a full-fledged Air Force Base, now a training station. The Marines and Army practice amphibious landings and assaults here constantly. It has a great family beach, tent and cabin camping sites.
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    Our favorite camping spot at Bellows

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    Pristine Bellows Beach
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    After Bellows, we go through Waimanalo. We usually stop and eat here on the way to or from the South Shore. Kenekes makes great hamburgers and a lot of other menu items as well.

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    Serg’s Mexican Kitchen was one of Stando’s favorite places of the past. They are now closed. Hopefully another Mexican restaurant will come in.

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    Sea Life Park. Located on a beautiful shore of Oahu. We have not visited, and based on friend’s assessment, it’s no Sea World. We’ll skip it. On a positive note however, we have heard from many people that they have a very good luau.

    3276A785-CCAE-4755-AA62-15C6FDAA216B.jpeg The Oceanic Institute. Most of their research facility is on this side of the road. Looking seaward, across the road…
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    ….is their pier facility.

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    Riding further South you see the Makapu’u Lighthouse. The Easternmost point on Oahu.

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    This beach, right before the lighthouse (barely seen in the background here) is very nice and offers tent camping. I also commonly see paragliders and hanggliders overhead here; wind conditions must be perfect.

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    Past the lighthouse and about 1/2 mile further is Sandy Beach. This is a place for surfing, kite-flying and frisbee throwing. The Goat, parked here. Although I only use the top box when out for fun, it is useful for carrying my camera and all of my beach gear and clothing change. Take off the ATGATT stuff and change into beach attire, and back.
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    At the most southern point of the ride you will be at the Kokohead arch. This hike is exhilarating as it ascends from sea level quickly and provides a beautiful panoramic view of the Sandy Beach shoreline.

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    Coming around the southern point, and heading back Northeast, we see the eastern face of Koko Head, famous for its’ “stair” hike.
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    Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is famous for reef snorkeling. There is a fee for this beach, proceeds go to ocean research.
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    After Hanauma Bay, the ride takes us past Hawaii Kai (upscale neighborhood), and into Honolulu. I’m not going to ride report on Honolulu because it is a big city; cannot easily be done. Prior to the sprawling city as we head south to north, is the famous Diamond Head Crater.
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