gopherguy06 wrote:Planning a family trip to Hawaii. Anyone have any suggestions on:
1. Which island to go to?
2. What to do there?
I am not sure if it is easy to jump between islands or better to just stay at one. Looking at about a week. Saturday to Saturday.
Hawaii is wonderful. We go every 2 years. Mostly Maui, but we combo sometimes with a few days in Oahu.
George is right. 7 days is very brief. My wife's minimum is 12-14 days. (She doesn't have to twist my arm)
take a boat day trip to Molokini. Great snorkeling.
Hookipa beach has world class windsurfers all the time. Very fun just to watch.
Hana - It's an all day trip. Take your time. The fun is truly enjoying getting there. Take the road all the way around. The rental car maps say you can't, but you can and it's very beautiful. Charles Lindburgh's grave is just past Hana.
We spent a few days in Hana one year. Very relaxing. I recommend starting the vacation there. Hana is beautiful but rainy. It's better to finish a vacation on the sunny side of Maui.
Whale watching season is Nov-Mar. We usually go to Hawaii in Oct, but did it in March 1 year. You will see whales breaching from just about any place on the island. A whale watching cruise is a must.
We usually stay in Napili, just to the north of Lahaina and Kaanapali, in a condo. My in-laws have gone there for 40 years on an annual basis, so it's just a logical choice for us. Kaanapali is my recommendation if you want a hotel, Napili is great for a condo. Napili Bay has fun snorkeling. We always see lots of sea turtles and sometimes seals.
Wailea and Kihei are more deserty. Wailea hotels are more expensive and you pay more, yet you are further from the water. Kihei is mostly very close to the water, but many of the hotels/condos are on the inland side of Kihei road. We stayed once at Hale Pau Hana. I could underhand a rock into the ocean from our lanai. Kamaole Beach in Kihei has very calm water, a real plus if you have little ones.
On Oahu - Waikiki is overcrowded, the hotels are blocks deep. Not our style. We love the beaches on the north shore and around Laie. There are ones that are absolutely pictureque and completely deserted but for us and occasionally a few others. So much preferable to the hubub of Waikiki.
Pearl Harbor is a must. Don't miss out on going to the Punchbowl WWII cemetary. A wonderful visit.
Haleiwa is a surfing town on the North Shore. We've gone on boat tours from there to go shark watching in cages (10-12ft galapagos sharks were all around us - a favorite activity of the kids). In the winter the waves get huge. A fun place to watch some serious surfers.
Haunauma Bay is a snorkeling treat - all kinds of tropical fish and sea turtles. It's very crowded. They are closed 1 day of the week (I forget which) for cleaning. There is also a daily limit on people, so it's best to arrive early. It's where Elvis was hanging out on his surfboard in Blue Hawaii.
Laie is where the Polynesian Cultural Center is. It's an all day event. Lots of fun.