Snorkeling

Rainbow over a bay in St. Thomas

Rainbow over a bay in St. Thomas

It’s summertime — time for a well-deserved Caribbean escape — and planning your island vacation is at the top of your list. The U.S. Virgin Islands sound nice, but which island to choose? You’ve talked to friends who’ve stayed on St. John and St. Thomas, and you’ve heard rave reviews about both. Hm. Decisions, decisions. Well, this is where Oyster steps in. Both islands are great so your choice should be based on what you plan to do. Want to see colorful, tropical fish? Party late into the night? Or just get away from the everyday hustle and bustle? We’ll help you pick the island made for just what you’re looking for, and we can tell you where to stay once you get there. So relax. Picture your toes in the sand with a drink in your hand (and an umbrella in that drink), and let us take it from here. Read More »

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Waikiki Aquarium in Oahu, Hawaii

Waikiki Aquarium in Oahu, Hawaii

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With the Pacific Ocean lapping at its shores, the island of O‘ahu is the perfect place for discovering a multitude of rainbow-hued tropical fish. Snorkelers will love the chance to get right in the water with the creatures of the deep, and landlubbers can observe the underwater world without getting their feet wet. Check out these popular stops near downtown Honolulu for some fabulous fish watching.

Waikiki Aquarium -  Sure to be a hit with kids, favorite sights at the Waikiki Aquarium include a real-life Nemo (technically a Clownfish) and  two endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals. At the aquarium, kids come face-to-face with more than 500 species of aquatic animals and plants. Reef sharks? Sea Jellies? You’ll see them here. Not far from Nuka ‘au and Maka onaona – the resident monk seals – the Edge of the Reef outdoor exhibit recreates a profile of habitats you might find along a Hawaiian rocky shoreline. It also features a touch pool where visitors can feel underwater creatures like sea cucumbers and red pencil urchins. Parents with young children will appreciate the wide walkways allowing for easy stroller access. The Waikiki Aquarium is just a short walk from hotels like New Otani Kaimana Beach Hotel and The Lotus at Diamond Head.

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