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Should we do a island cruise or just pick 2-3 islands to see

Old Mar 7th, 2012, 08:57 AM
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Some people like to just play it all by ear, depending on how everyone is feeling, the weather, the mood.

I am one of those. I really hate to end up in Hawaii on a schedule.

RTH is essentially a day-long trip. The dawdling along the route is part of it, so you could plan on 3 or 4 hours from Paia.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 09:04 AM
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We left our condo around 8:30 and thought it was a perfect time to be on the volcano (around 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.)...that road is very difficult to drive, lots of curves and narrow; I can't imagine driving it in the dark, although I know a lot of people do it. And there is trying to get two teenage boys awake that early...not sure it's worth it. My son is 19, so I know the challenge.

I would get a Maui guidebook and read up on the road to Hana...Maui Revealed is a detailed one, and you will have all the info you need to make a decision.

As far as just driving around, it's not all that relaxing because there is traffic on both islands in different areas. I would choose a destination and make it a day or partial day with lunch. For example, we combined Haleakala with a visit to Paia and lunch at the Paia Fishmarket; I recommend that. Also close to Haleakala is the Kula Botanical Gardens.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 09:39 AM
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Or you could also combine a Haleakala visit with a trip to the winery and lavender farm.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 12:11 PM
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I have done the NCL cruise around the islands and enjoyed it. Although NCL isn't as plush as Princess or Royal Caribbean, it's better than Carnival, IMHO. What I liked about it was that we got a taste of all of the islands......

About what suze said regarding getting up gawdawful early (I avoid getting up early at all costs) to see the sunrise~if you do it, remember that it's COLD.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 12:46 PM
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Even later in the morning it's FREEZIN up there. Excellent tip! I hadn't brought any cold weather clothes so had to pile on almost everything in my suitcase!
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 01:39 PM
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To each their own and getting the young ones up early can be a challenge - but they can sleep on the way up - and I think the sunrise is worth the extra effort to get up early. IMO - the drive isn't that bad, plus in the dark - you have headlights on so you know if somebody is coming down the hill - which rarely happens at that hour in the morning anyway. And you don't have the bike riders to possibly worry about.

Again, I don't think it's that scary of a drive - and doesn't really have any big dropoffs as I recall. Have driven much hairer/fun roads than that.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 01:42 PM
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And for snorkeling equipment rental (assuming you don't take your own gear) - check out the Snorkel Bob's of this world. (Also check the tourist mags at the airport when you arrive). I believe you can even rent stuff on one island and turn in on another, and the weekly rentals are fairly inexpensive - for the basic stuff - which works just fine usually. If they haven't really snorkeled before - practice in a pool somewhere to get comfortable - and make sure there aren't any hairs underneath the mask - as that can lead to some water trickling down into the mask and mess up the visibility.

http://snorkelbob.com/cgi-local/Soft....htm?E+scstore
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 01:47 PM
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One more thing. The drive to Hana takes time - what - with some 600 curves. If anyone is prone to car sickness - have them sit up front and also plan to stop along the way - which is fun to do anyway.

Start early - and on the way home - you can drive it in the dark - and some locals prefer that - as then they can tell by the oncoming lights if anyone is coming around the next curve.
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 03:06 PM
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We will play getting up early by ear dep on how everyone feels to see sunrise. Thanks for everything! Now what shouldnt we miss on oahu
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 03:19 PM
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On Oahu, you should not miss:

1) Kailua and Lanikai beaches (kayaking is great)
2) Hanauma Bay (snorkeling)
3) Hike up Diamond Head if it's a clear day
4) Drive across the middle of the island (spectacular) from southeast to northwest
5) Haleiwa for shave ice
6) North shore beaches
7) Pearl Harbor
8) Waikiki
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Old Mar 7th, 2012, 04:47 PM
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Oahu, continued

9) Punchbowl Cemetery
10)Pali Lookout
11)Meal at Cheeseburgers in Paradise for the boys
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Old Mar 9th, 2012, 04:23 AM
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Thanks all
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Old Mar 9th, 2012, 08:34 AM
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Also for Oahu: Plate lunches, Thai food, Hono Chinatown great dim sum there too,, walking along Waikiki beachs, Sea-Life Park, and definitely snorkeling at Hanauma Bay - my #1 choice above all else.

And assuming you get over to the Kailua side - the Valley of Temples is cool: http://www.trekaroo.com/activities/v...-kailua-hawaii
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Old Mar 9th, 2012, 12:52 PM
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I second the Oahu votes for:

Hanauma Bay snorkeling
Pearl Harbor
shave ice (as often as possible!)
Punchbowl Cemetery
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Old Mar 23rd, 2012, 10:30 AM
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We can spend a week plus on the North Shore, never run out of things to do, and be sad when we leave. Our family of four recently spent 8 days there and the vacation total was $3761 (we flew with miles). Including taxes and fees, out condo near Turtle Bay was $158/nt. We did everything sf suggests but the Punchbowl, never felt rushed, spent lots of time snorkeling, lots of time reading, and pleanty of time relaxing. I love Oahu, but I am planning my 11 days on the Big Island right now. It was tough to not go back to Oahu, but we are looking forward to July in Hilo and Kohala.
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Old Mar 23rd, 2012, 05:15 PM
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Pls be sure to let us know what you finally schedule, ok?
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