Hawaii is a great place to get stationed because of all the outdoor activities offered. Beautiful beaches and warm oceans await you here in this tropical paradise.
Kaneohe Bay is on Oahu, where Hawaii’s state capital Honolulu is located. Hawaii can be very expensive because it is a vacation hot spot, but the expensive costs of living will be made up for in a cost of living allowance and the general beauty of this duty station.
There are 19 islands in total that make up the state of Hawaii and provide a great point to begin exploring this beautiful place. There are several other bases located on Oahu: Pearl Harbor Naval Base, Schofield Army Barracks, and Hickam Air Force Base.
The weather in Hawaii is beautiful. The average high is in the 80’s and the average low is in the 60’s. Kaneohe Bay usually gets about 4-5 inches of rain a month.
What is there to do around Marine Corps Base Kaneohe Bay?
Ho’Omaluhia Botanial Gardens: Designed and built by the US Army Corp of Engineers to provide flood protection for Kanoehe. Includes nature walks, camping opportunities and more.
Byodo-in Temple: Also called ‘Valley of the Temple Memorial Park’ which was built to commemorate the 100 year anniversary of the first Japanese immigrants to Hawaii. This Budhist temple is built entirely without nails and is a scale replica of a temple in Japan that was built over 950 years ago.
Haiku Stairs: A dazzling hike that takes you up the side of a mountain on wooden stairs strung together by rope. Make sure you come prepared with good hiking shoes, flashlights, food, water, gloves, and anything else you deem necessary for an arduous climb.
Pearl Harbor Arizona Memorial and Remembrance Tour: A free two hour tour onto the USS Arizona. Tickets are given out early in the morning, so get there early and avoid the lines. Making an advance reservation is the best (and only) way to ensure that you will have a ticket for a particular day and time. Click here for more information. Leave your bags in the car, no bags allowed on the Arizona.
Aloha Stadium Swap Meet: Over 700 vendors, crafters and artists, opened only on Wednesday and Saturday.
Dole Plantation: Visit the Pineapple Maze, Plantation Garden Tour, or Pineapple Express train ride. Military discounts are available.
Hanauma Bay: A famous marine preserve laced with coral formations and abundant tropical fish. Closed Tuesdays.
Iolani Palace: Tour America’s only royal palace.
Waikiki Aquarium: Offering several exhibits including coral gardens, aquatic communities, Hawaiian monk seals, Pacific Six Fingered Threadfin and more.
Kanoehe Bay Sandbar: A wonderful beach to visit
Ocean: Hawaii is a hotspot for snorkeling, scuba diving, fishing, kayaking and surfing.