I’m very excited to be hosting a stop on the Finding Paradise blog tour! Since the book is all about Hawaii and romance, author V.P. Ortiz has put together a list of some of the most romantic things to do in Oahu, Hawaii. *sigh* I totally need a vacation!
Finding Paradise by V.P. Ortiz
Release date: September 24th, 2016
Publisher: V.P. Ortiz Publishing
Genre: New adult, romance
Formats: eBook, paperback
Mila Quinn is ready to finally move out of the college dorms into an apartment with her longtime boyfriend, Ethan Lowe. But when Ethan reveals a big secret, her world is suddenly turned upside down, stirring up old memories of love and loss. Completely torn apart, she boards a plane to Hawaii to escape for the summer.
Even though Mila wants to spend her time in paradise in isolation, fate has other plans when it drops sexy local Gage Madden in her lap. Hesitant at first, she agrees to let him take the reins on her island exploration. As Mila discovers the wonders of Oahu with Gage, it becomes harder for her to fight the budding attraction between them.
But behind the curtain of island adventures and undeniable chemistry, trouble is brewing where Mila least expects it. Secrets begin to bubble to the surface that could destroy her all over again. Will Mila find her paradise? Or will she leave Hawaii with another broken heart?
TEN MOST ROMANTIC THINGS TO DO IN OAHU, HAWAII
Hawaii is a beautiful place. From the ocean waves to the warm weather, it’s hard not to fall in love with the islands. I know the feeling myself. I’ve only visited Oahu twice, but I’m already planning out my retirement in Hawaii.
Finding Paradise is a romantic story that takes place on the gorgeous island of Oahu, which is the most visited island in Hawaii. Today, I am bringing you the Ten Most Romantic Things to Do in Oahu! If you’ve read Finding Paradise, some of these might even seem a bit familiar to you.
- Watch the sunrise on the windward (east) side of Oahu: What could be more perfect than watching the sun rise over the Pacific Ocean? Snuggling next to someone you love while you do it! Don’t worry about cold weather – even at the crack of dawn, the weather is fantastic. Just be weary of rain during the winter months.
- Go paddleboarding: Stand-up paddleboarding is a cool way to get in some exercise and get out further on the ocean, especially if you don’t know how to surf. In the winter, Waikiki Beach is your best bet because the waves are much too large on the North Shore to paddle. But in the summer, the opposite is true. The North Shore has calmer waves and you might even spot some sea turtles like Mila and Gage did in Finding Paradise!
- Have a picnic at the Liliuokalani Botanical Garden in Honolulu: This botanical garden is the garden of all gardens. Some of the tropical plants in the Liliuokalani Garden can only be found on the Hawaiian islands. There are plenty of places to have a sweet and romantic picnic. Just be sure to clean up after you leave! Hawaiians take great pride and care of their home.
- Hike up to Manoa Falls: Just as Mila and Gage did during one of their first few outings together, hiking up to Manoa Falls is a great way to get some quiet, romantic time together. Tucked in the neighborhoods of Honolulu, Manoa Falls offers a gorgeous waterfall at the end of the hike. Just try not to sneak in a smooch in this place!
- Snorkeling at Hanauma Bay: Grab your honey’s hand, put on your flippers, and snorkel your way through Oahu’s most famous snorkeling beach. Together, you’ll find multitudes of coral and fish. Maybe you’ll even spot the Hawaiian state fish – the humuhumunukunukuapua’a (“who-moo-whoo-moo-new-coo-new-coo-ah-poo-ah-ah)!
- Go on a helicopter tour: There’s no shortage of helicopter tours on any of the Hawaiian islands and some tours if you’re willing to fork out the money and the time, will take you to multiple islands. Nothing beats seeing the beauty of the islands from the sky while holding your lover’s hand. Just remember to keep your seatbelts fastened, no matter how much closer you want to get.
- Go whale watching: In the winter, the humpback whale ventures down to the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean and can be seen all around the island. Book a boat tour and while there’s no guarantee that you will see a whale, it’s a romantic ride that will only be made even more perfect by seeing one of those majestic creatures leaping from the ocean.
- Hike up the Koko Crater Trail: Since the Haiku stairs closed to the public, the next best hiking trail to get a panoramic view of part of Oahu is through the Koko Crater Trail. Though it is strenuous and a bit crowded later in the day, the view is astounding and breathtaking, much like you’ll feel when you have your sweetheart by your side for the ride.
- Go on a dinner cruise: Taking off just before sunset, most dinner cruises will take you past Waikiki Beach, around Diamond Head crater, and to the windward side of the island. Enjoy a glass of champagne with your loved one while taking in the views of the island from the ocean before sitting down to a five-star meal. Some dinner cruises offer live entertainment and dancing. What could be better than learning the hula together?
- Watch the sunset on Waikiki Beach: As your day winds to a close, the hotel patios welcome live music from local artists and their melodies travel through the salty air. The ocean roars in the background just as the sun begins to set over the ocean. The orange sky reflects off the ocean and into your lover’s eyes. As the ukulele plays a Hawaiian song of love and forever, you realize that paradise isn’t just on Oahu or Hawaii. It’s with the person in your arms.
Many of the locations visited by Mila and Gage in Finding Paradise, some of which are on this list, are actual places that I have visited multiple times. Because I’ve been asked several times since Finding Paradise was published for photos of those tourist spots, I posted a photo tour guide on my website at www.vportiz.com/findingparadise-phototour. I hope this brings your experience of Mila and Gage to life even more! If you haven’t picked up Finding Paradise yet, I hope this intrigues your curiosity for both Hawaii and for Finding Paradise!