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Oahu and Kauai - changed my itinerary - need help AGAIN!

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After reading and re-reading everyone’s posts on my other thread, I’ve decided to change my itinerary. I originally wanted to spend 1-2 days in Honolulu (skipping the north shore) and the majority of our time on Kauai (splitting our time between north and south).

I have since decided to spend some time on Oahu’s north shore and stay on the north shore of Kauai for the entire time we are there. It might mean a little more time in the car (getting to south shore for sightseeing) which my husband isn’t crazy about. But after trying unsuccessfully to get him to put in his 2 cents on the trip planning, I decided he’ll have to deal with my plans.

I want to spend part of my time in a condo or apartment but also want a few days in a resort. I had my eye on the Sheraton in Poipu, as it was the only one I could come close to affording. After reading some reviews on Yelp and checking out the property some more, I suddenly lost interest in paying over $300 per night for just an OK place with OK pool, etc.

So I started looking at Turtle Bay on Oahu. Hmmm…...it’s about $100 less per night and gets fantastic reviews! And when I found out it was the setting for the movie “Forgetting Sarah Marshall” I was sold. Every time I see that movie I think the hotel seems so very “Hawaii” and the type of place I’d like to stay if I ever go there. And I guess I was short changing the north shore of Oahu. Now my husband can get a sense of two islands. The savings of $100 per night for several nights will pay for my Hawaiian Airlines flights between the two islands.

I’m really just looking for your thoughts (again) on an itinerary as you are the experts and have probably done the islands in a variety of ways.


Day 1: Arrive Honolulu - have dinner and get some sleep.

Day 2: Tour of Honolulu (including Pearl Harbor). I found a tour company that covers the main sites of the city and includes a full tour of the Arizona Memorial. I think it’s the best way to cover Honolulu in one day rather than doing it on our own. Back by 2:30. Hang around Waikiki rest of the day.

Day 3: Here’s where I’m stuck. I feel like we should fly to Kauai in the morning and spend the next 6-7 days on the north shore, then fly back to Oahu and spend the next 4-5 days at Turtle Bay.

OTOH, we could spend the first part of our vacation doing Honolulu and Turtle Bay, and spend the rest of the time on Kauai. On our day of departure we would have to fly from Kauai to Honolulu late in the day, get our luggage from Hawaiian Airlines, go through security again for USAirways, and then take 3 flights home.

Your thoughts are appreciated. With your help I’ll nail down my itinerary and make my condo and hotel reservations. Thanks in advance and sorry for driving you crazy with my constant questions!

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