Hawaii FIVE-O: A Travel Fit Fifty Dollar Day In Waikiki
Yep this is not the Hawaii FIVE-O mustangs and muscles, but a day out from dawn till dusk on $50USD, a healthy fit fifty dollar day all inclusive meals and entertainment. Yesterday Sasha and I challenged ourselves to do a complete day of food and fitness on $50 each, in the middle of Waikiki.
This week in Waikiki has an amazing. Staying at the Outrigger Waikiki on the beach, a well known institution this is a hotel buzzing all day long. Our room has a direct view of the waves below. Overall it’s an ideal location to base yourself for exploring, surfing, running, dining and shopping.
Whilst there are many options of places to go, eat, play and stay, my mission here is to find the healthy fit options in central Waikiki that are all within walking distance. Not such an easy task.
The challenge is finding something that is just simple, fresh, no sugar added, ‘no added juice’ free healthy. I’ve got a great short list so far and am looking forward to putting it all together.
In the meantime here’s a quick tip of a fifty dollar fit day out.
Here’s what we did with our Hawaii Five-O ($50):
Morning – wake up and workout with a walk along the beach from the Outrigger Waikiki down to the Hilton Towers
Along the way here there are tons of surf/stand up paddle board hire spots and some smaller or more manicured beaches – especially in front of the upmarket KOA resort and The Hilton Hawaii.
This is always a great way to start the day if you’re not up for a surf and want to ease yourself into the morning. Never a dull moment on the beach and turtle spotting is also pretty frequent.
Tip: Earlier mornings are the best time to head out for a walk or run beachfront as there is less foot traffic along some of the narrower hotel paths beach side and it’s somewhat more relaxing than navigating yourself through deck chairs, umbrellas and sunbathers.
Breakfast – antioxidant packed bowls of goodness from Lani Kai Juice (tucked in the back of the Hilton resort by the pool).
Green Mana Bowl with kale, spinach, blueberries, banana, chia seeds, spirulina, mango, coconut water and apple for me and Protein Quinoa, Oat & Chia Bowl for Sasha. I’d ask for extra protein powder to fortify these bowls as well otherwise to me it still feels like a lot of fructose sugars – note they also use granola that’s toasted in honey, so if you’re super sugar conscious you could just ask for raw oats.
The great thing is you can add extra shots of wheatgrass, spirulina, hemp proteins, kale, spinach and more. Whatever you feel like. The portions are extremely generous. Prices $5.95-$9.95 average.
On the way back we swam at a smaller beach in front of the luxe Halekulani Hotel and walked back up the the Outrigger. The smaller beaches in coves here are fun for a dip. Just watch out for the Mai Tai catamaran coming in between trips.
Mid Morning: Went to our Hawaii office (the Honolulu Coffee Co In Between The Outrigger Wakiki and the Moana Surf Rider) and did a couple of hours work there. Note there is no free WIFI at this one so it’s ideal if you’ve things to do without being distracted by emails.
A coffee each here and a low sugar free oat cake with pecans, oats, sultanas, chia seeds made the perfect accompaniment to our laptop session. It’s my absolute recommendation for coffee in central Waikiki. Great baristas, friendly staff, awesome quality Acai bowls too.
Afternoon break ocean swim out to the waves, a crystal clear day and an easy swim out to the back, followed by a light 20min jog up towards the Hilton and back for some sand running. Slower due to the packed beach but loads of fun and great way to end the day before we head out for an early dinner. Board rental for a quick surf was $5 per hour on Koa street so well within budget and easy to find.
Make sure you take a sunset walk or run along Waikiki beach – it’s stunning looking back at Diamond Head.
Finishing off the day: An early dinner instead of a late lunch…
Dinner for happy hour sushi menu at the Doraku (above Kate Spade Kalakaua Ave) OUR TOP PIC FOR YUMMY FOOD! The menu here is endless, service is great and prices are very reasonable. Sit at the sushi bar or book a booth. Happy hour from 5-7pm serves great dishes from $5-$6. Fresh and modern this is a top spot that we keep finding ourselves at time and time again. Our selections below brining us well within our day budget each.
- Chicken lettuce Wraps
- Tuna Tataki
- Deluxe Spicy Tuna Rolls
- Salmon Cappaccio
- Green Tea
This weeks guide making is getting jam packed with ideas and I can’t wait to share the complete top tips travel fit with you. In the meantime hope you enjoyed some inspiration on an easy day. Stay tuned for my next post about run spots, surf boards, stand up paddle, ocean fun and some great quality board rentals that will have you on the water for more than $5 an hour. I’m also interviewing the amazing Bitsy Kelly from the Outrigger Group family on what keeps her active and passionate about the philosophy of outdoor fitness.
If you’d like to sign up for my HAWAII FIVE STAR FIT TRAVEL GUIDE mini ebook (IT’S FREE) then leave a comment with your email address below and I’ll add you to the list. You can also EMAIL ME HERE
Health & Happiness from Hawaii!