30th birthday Hawaii vs US Virgin Islands

Old Feb 20th, 2012, 04:33 PM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 2
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
30th birthday Hawaii vs US Virgin Islands

I am trying to put together the best birthday(30th) I've ever had. Im wondering which would be best for my vacay Ideas. Let me lay a few things out, no leaving the US, I want the best snorkeling, and my birthday is the day after Christmas so i will also be staying for the new years, the girl I'm going with also wants to swim with dolphins... Also to make things a little more difficult I'm not the richest person, so I'm looking for the best bang for my buck! Thanks in advance, Rick!
GOODnRIGHT is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2012, 04:46 PM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 95,367
Received 12 Likes on 11 Posts
I'm crazy about Hawaii. For starters it is much much larger, more islands, and more diverse. I mean there's an active volcano Big Island for starters. Lots of history and gorgeous beaches on Oahu. Kauai and Maui and both incredibly beautiful islands with natural wonders like Waimea Canyon (Kauai) and Haleakala (volcanic crater on Maui). Plus the smaller islands including Lanai and Molokai. Endless amount of things to see and do.

The three USVI (St Thomas, St John, St Croix) are very small in comparison. Certainly it is a nice place, but for me personally didn't hold a candle to Hawaii.

Both places have snorkeling. Try to talk your girlfriend into doing a tour to see dolphins in the wild instead of those "swim with captive dolphins" parks. Do a little research online and you'll see why I say that.

But let's back up... where are you flying from?? The airfare will be your single largest expense. Are you closer to USVI or Hawaii?
suze is offline  
Old Feb 20th, 2012, 09:13 PM
  #3  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 2
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I would be flying out of Oregon.
GOODnRIGHT is offline  
Old Feb 21st, 2012, 03:12 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 12,269
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
konaweb.com stayhawaii.com
princeresortshawaii.com good packages
for me into Kona in the past from LAX $1kpp
Hapuna Prince and car last for me stayhawaii.com
many other options great snorkel and wild dolphin enounters.

Hotels that cage dolphins for show
are despicable abusive I do not
support them in any way but they are there.
qwovadis is offline  
Old Feb 21st, 2012, 06:32 AM
  #5  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 95,367
Received 12 Likes on 11 Posts
Ohm my gosh, from Oregon, absolutely no contest... HAWAII!!!

(I'm in Seattle) It's an easy 6 hour nonstop flight (make sure you get a nonstop not one that routes you thru Seattle or San Francisco. Plus time change goes 2 hours backwards, so you leave west coast US say at 10am and arrive the islands 2pm their time.

Your hardest task will be picking which island(s) you want to go to. Read up on the Hawaii threads here on the U.S. forum. There's loads of information. The forums at Trip Advisor are also good.

aloha, suze
suze is offline  
Old Feb 21st, 2012, 09:59 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 95,367
Received 12 Likes on 11 Posts
Do read, or repost, over on the U.S. forum boards. A LOT more people read there, than do on this general "Travel Tips" branch.
suze is offline  
Old Feb 21st, 2012, 11:56 AM
  #7  
 
Join Date: Nov 2010
Posts: 11,180
Likes: 0
Received 17 Likes on 4 Posts
Yes Hawaii. I just found a review site of aquariums of the Pacific- http://www.aquariumvisitor.com/reviews
Have you been to the aquarium just south of Newport?
tomfuller is offline  
Old Feb 22nd, 2012, 01:54 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 22
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
I would recommend Hawaii too. It is such a beautiful place and lots of natural beauty and many islands. And as Suze said there is an active volcano as well, which is a must see. Beaches are terrific, no doubt. Two of my personal favorite beaches are in Oahu and Maui too. Try to enjoy the wildlife as well. Enjoy your trip!
Rebelfone_Inc is offline  
Old Mar 12th, 2012, 02:44 PM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 1
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
Hey what's you email I'm trying to get a flight a good deal as well I live in wa and trying to decide from virgin islands and Hawaii for my wedding if you fin any information pleas let me know our wedding will be on 12/12/12
israel25 is offline  
Old Mar 12th, 2012, 06:02 PM
  #10  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 27,867
Likes: 0
Received 0 Likes on 0 Posts
As stated, from west coast it is most logical to go to Hawaii. Sign up for email alerts from alaska air. They have great deals.
DebitNM is offline  
Old Mar 21st, 2012, 05:38 AM
  #11  
 
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 13,723
Received 4 Likes on 1 Post
Another vote for Hawaii!!! There is no contest on this one. The caribbean is nice, but Hawaii has so much more. Flights to the caribbean from the east coast at christmas time will be just as much as flying from the east to Hawaii. So, I imagine you will get some good deals flying from Oregon to Hawaii.
There is so much to see and do and each island is unique. I did find the Big Island would have pretty much everything on your list.
girlonthego is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Natalee
United States
9
Sep 23rd, 2012 11:01 PM
Luke_the_traveler
Cruises
6
Feb 28th, 2009 10:29 PM
maribethp
United States
8
Oct 23rd, 2005 06:05 PM
scottfenton
United States
16
Oct 21st, 2005 07:48 AM
LPOWMACBACK
United States
14
May 15th, 2005 01:10 AM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Do Not Sell My Personal Information


All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:17 AM.