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SNORKELING in January: Calm winter beach on Kauai or Oahu??

SNORKELING in January: Calm winter beach on Kauai or Oahu??

Old Oct 11th, 2012, 04:33 PM
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If you want to snorkel I would suggest Hanauma Bay in Oahu. It is truly a wonderful experience.

http://www1.honolulu.gov/parks/facility/hanaumabay/

http://www.gohawaii.com/oahu/regions...lu/hanauma-bay

Tunnels on the North Shore of Kauai is also one of my favorites. But check with the local dive shops because it can be dangerous because there is an underground "river" that can sweep you out to sea if you aren't aware. There is no life guard on that beach. The dive shops are very good about advising people on dangerous day to day conditions on the various beaches.
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Old Oct 12th, 2012, 08:54 AM
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Going in December would not be different, weather-wise, but early December, after Thanksgiving and before Christmas, is THE least crowded, least expensive time to visit Hawaii.
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Old Oct 12th, 2012, 01:42 PM
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Even if you go on to an outer island - which I recommend - suggest you stop for a couple days at least on Oahu and definitely snorkel at Hanauma Bay. Again, go early - when it
is usually the calmest with the best visibility.

And if you don't bring equipment (we don't take it anymore due to the extra charge for baggage) - if I didn't mention it earlier - check out the tourist mags for rental deals - and I always check Snorkel Bob's - for not only the equipment/prices - but also you can rent on one island and then take it with you to the next island. see: http://www.snorkelbob.com/cgi-local/...ks.htm?E+store
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Old Oct 12th, 2012, 01:45 PM
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Not sure if that cut and paste for Snorkel Bob's is working. If not - try this one: http://www.snorkelbob.com/cgi-local/....htm?E+scstore
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Old Oct 20th, 2012, 02:17 AM
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Hey thanks you all! Looks like we are spending 4 nights on Oahu and 4 nights on Kauai! This is our winter anniversary trip (January or February.)

Oahu: Found a b&b in Diamond head. Snorkeling at Haunama Bay is on our to-do list!

Kauai: Booking the Sheraton Kauai, I'm pretty sure. I understand we might be able to swim/snorkel on this beach in the winter. I can get the Sheraton's Deluxe Ocean Front room for less money than the Hyatt's Partial Ocean View.

We will have a rental car on both islands to explore the islands!

THANKS so much for all the info on snorkeling etc.!
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Old Oct 20th, 2012, 06:35 AM
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The remodeled and revamped Sheraton will be nice. The beach there really is great.
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Old Oct 20th, 2012, 09:32 AM
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Both locations sound fine, but...do you want to waste precious time flying between islands with such a short stay? I've never lost less than four hours -- getting to the airport, checking baggage, getting there in time for the TSA nonsense, waiting for baggage, getting the car, getting to the next hotel and checking in. Are you coming from the west coast? Able to fly into HNL and home from Lihue?
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Old Oct 20th, 2012, 01:56 PM
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I'm not trying to dissuade you at all, just want to be sure you know that the Sheraton (no matter how great the remodeling) and the Grand Hyatt are not in the same class/style of hotel. The Sheraton is on a better beach, however.
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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 01:06 AM
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wekewoody: I'm pleased the Sheraton was remodeled. We especially love staying on a beach that has swimming/snorkeling in winter, which isn't easy to find!

ChiSue: I suppose you are right that we will "lose" some time by leaving the airport and staying on 2 islands. But our flight would have to connect in Honolulu in any case, even if we only visited 1 island. Yes we are flying from the west coast but still have to connect in Honolulu. I hope we don't regret visiting 2 islands. But my husband really wants to see sites such as Pearl Harbor...we have never visited Oahu. But I didn't want to spend the whole winter trip on Oahu. From the air, I can see that Honolulu/Waikiki area is overbuilt for my taste.

sf7307: Yes I know there is a world of difference between the sheraton and the Hyatt on Kauai. On tropical islands, aside from a morning swim/snorkeling at the beach, we won't spend much time at our hotel or resort. We tend to head out and explore the island. Now, if only we could move the Hyatt over and plop it at the nice beach where the Sheraton is located, we'd have everything! Ahhh, but then it would get even more expensive. Here is my impression... The Sheraton embraces the ocean...whereas the Hyatt embraces itself. (That probably won't make sense to anybody else except for me. )
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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 09:28 AM
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Actually, that makes total sense to me! I think you'll be very happy with your choice.
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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 04:12 PM
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Go for it. It's a fun/scenic flight from Oahu to Kauai, as about the time the Flight Attendant brings you your beverages - the Captain is announcing - prepare for landing - as it's all of about a 20 minute flight.

And the Shearton is fine. But check the local entertainment - and see if they have a kid's hula class and or dance demonstration at the Hyatt, wherever - which is/are fun and free. Double
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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 04:17 PM
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BTW - for touring Pearl Harbor - and if you want to get to the USS Arizona - go early - and take the "Navy" tour - which is the only one that actually docks at the Arizona. Check out the schedules and think you can make a reservation? http://www.nps.gov/valr/planyourvisit/index.htm

After that - since you are part way there - continue on up toward the North Shore - going up the middle of the island - through/past Schofield Barracks - on to Haleiwa (30 minutes? from Pearl) - and then around Turtle Bay and on down the east side of the island.
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Old Oct 21st, 2012, 04:42 PM
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sf7307: Now that I've made the accommodations decision, I'm getting more excited! Looking forward to learning more about things to do and great local places for casual eating.

Tomsd: Hey thanks for that advice. I was focusing on accommodations and snorkeling, and now it's time to look into the sites and dining!
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Old Oct 22nd, 2012, 05:25 AM
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How exciting Melissa! You might check out songdoc's trip reports here on Fodors for additional things to do and places to eat.
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Old Oct 22nd, 2012, 11:35 AM
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Melissa, The Hyat has a torchlighting followed by a hula show on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, I think Tue and Fri is the keiki (children's) hula show, they sell leis after the show to raise money for their hula school. It is free, at the Ilima Terrace, great place for a drink and maybe an app, you could if you wanted go to dinner at Tidepools there after the show.
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Old Oct 27th, 2012, 07:34 PM
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great local places for casual eating

A few places we've enjoyed around Honolulu so far this trip:

Nico's at Pier 38 http://nicospier38.com/ get the furikake ahi

Whole Ox Deli http://wholeoxdeli.com/ if you like meat

Pig and the Lady http://thepigandthelady.com/ at various farmers markets

Town http://www.townkaimuki.com/

Salt http://salthonolulu.com/

Went to Hanauma Bay this morning. I think it's been 18 years since we were there last! We were told weekends are usually less busy so were pleasantly surprised to find the parking lot only half full when we got there just after 9:00am. No line at all and got tickets for the 9:30am film which lasted about 10 minutes. The water was pretty clear and we saw a spotted eel which was cool. Didn't see any turtles but we saw them every day at Ko Olina. Visibility was better than Ko Olina. By the time we left around 11:00am, they'd closed the parking lot.
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Old Oct 28th, 2012, 09:13 AM
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Interesting reading. Topping this thread to move Hello Relaxation down another notch.
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Old Oct 28th, 2012, 09:39 AM
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If you are in the Hanapepe area on a Friday night, the Art Walk thing is low key, but fun. There are some good eats there too, especially the Right Slice pie tent. Delicious sweet and savory pies!
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Old Feb 13th, 2013, 05:33 PM
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I'm here to answer my own question! We are home from our vacation. For us this year, the best "winter" snorkeling was at these 2 spots:

--Poipu Beach Park, Kauai

--Haunama Bay Preserve, Oahu

Will post a trip report soon.
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Old Feb 14th, 2013, 02:44 PM
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Melissa5, just wanted to let you know I appreciate you topping/replying to your old post. I've been wondering the same thing and am lurking old threads to avoid driving the Fodorites mad with my many posts for the end of this year.

Will watch for your trip report.

Enjoy-la!
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