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The Hidden Gems of Oahu, Hawaii


Planning for a vacation can be exciting and nerve-wracking. Most of the time, you might need to plan every detail to ensure a higher chance of a smooth sailing getaway. Some people seek help from travel blogs that suggest places to visit, while others ask their trusted family or friends for recommendations. But no matter how different your planning processes are, there is one thing for sure – Hawaii will always be suggested as one of the must-see places.

Hawaii is a tourist favorite for many reasons, such as its world-class beaches, pristine forests, and majestic volcanoes. The island is also home to hospitable locals and mouth-watering dishes. Each Hawaiian island has its own beauty, adventure, and luxury many people would love to experience.

But among the islands of Hawaii, Oahu is, by far, the most popular one. With millions of tourists flooding the island every year, it is continuously living up to its nickname – The Gathering Place. This island is a perfect slice of paradise and bustling life, basically the best of both worlds. Oahu is filled with many sites that any tourist will never regret visiting. But among the destinations you can find on this island, there are two that could easily stand out – Waimea Botanical Garden and the Byodo-In Temple

The Hidden Gems of Hawaii

Spending your vacation in Hawaii is undoubtedly a time that will be well spent, and the Waimea Botanical Garden and the Byodo-In Temple are here to prove you just that. 


Hawaii is a place where you can experience fun-filled activities. But it is also a state where you can spend your time in peace and reflect, and if this is what you are looking for, visiting Waimea Botanical Garden is something you should consider. 


The exceptional botanical collections at Waimea Valley promote dozens of distinct gardens representing different flora worldwide. Some of the botanical ensembles in this valley came from Ogasawara Islands from Japan, Central, and South America, Fiji, Guam, and the Mascarene Islands in the Western Indian Ocean. 


But aside from the flowers and plants from different countries, you can enjoy an assortment of plants you can only find in Hawaii when you visit the Waimea Botanical Garden. Many of these plants are rare and endangered; thus, you must remember to only look at them and not pick on them. In addition, you can also witness different animal species in this garden. 


All the things mentioned above are just some reasons to entice you into visiting the Waimea Valley. You can rent a car or ride a bus going to this tourist spot, but if you want to explore the valley conveniently, you might want to check out Go Tours Hawaii’s Waimea Botanical Garden Tour. This excursion will not only allow you to traverse through the beauty of the valley but will also let you visit nearby attractions, such as Sunset Beach and the Dole Pineapple Plantation. 


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  • Byodo-In Temple

If you are seeking another tourist spot where you can let the time pass and devote your vacation to a tranquil space, visiting the Byodo-In Temple is undoubtedly the best option for you. 


The Byodo-In Temple is one of the most popular tourist attractions you can find for your all of Oahu tour. This 11,000 square fit temple is a smaller-scale replica of the same temple in Japan. The Byodo-In Temple in Hawaii was established on June 7, 1968, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants that arrived in Hawaii. 


People from all walks of life are welcome to worship in this temple. While it was built following the design of a Buddhist temple, it is non-practicing. This means that everyone, regardless of religion, age, gender, or race, is allowed to meditate inside or just simply appreciate its beauty. 


The temple grounds are a lushly landscaped paradise nestled in a cleft of the pali. Aside from serving as meditation grounds for locals and tourists alike, the Byodo-In Temple Hawaii is also home to many wild peacocks and hundreds of Japanese koi carp. Its grounds also sport a large reflecting pond, meditation niches, and small waterfalls, perfect for travelers who seek a peaceful time. 


If you are staying in Waikiki, there are several ways you can go to Byodo-In Temple. One is through driving or renting a car. The others are riding a taxi or bus. But if you are looking for a more comfortable way of visiting the temple, booking a Byodo-In Temple Tour with Go Tours Hawaii is the most convenient choice. 

The same with the tour of Waimea Botanical Garden, the Oahu excursion in this temple will also bring you to neighboring tourist spots like the Halona Blowhole. You will also be seeing the beauty of Oahu North Shore and might even see some Green Sea Turtles while you are there. In addition, you can enjoy a sumptuous lunch at a local Hawaiian restaurant and clean your palette afterward by munching on some fruits at a tropical fruit stand. 


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Hawaii has more tourist spots that are just waiting for you to see. But these two are certainly more than enough to prove to everyone that this aloha state is worth every visit. Go Tours Hawaii’s Hidden Gems Oahu Tour will help you capture the beauty of these two tourist destinations. 

Have fun in Hawaii with Go Tours Hawaii

Going on a Hawaiian vacation is a reward everyone deserves. Therefore, it should be filled with nothing but fun and excitement. If you are looking for a way to relax and energize yourself, planning a getaway with Go Tours Hawaii is the best decision you can make.


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