Post # 1
Never in my wildest dreams would I have guessed that we’d be headed to Hawaii this morning! A great friend of ours got us buddy passes to fly standby. It’s saving us $3200 in airfaire!
6 days in Waikiki, Oahu is costing us $1400 for the hotel. I’m flabbergasted. And thrilled!!!
If you’ve been there, what is fun to do? I think we will not be island hopping, though it’s not off the table. Should we rent a car?
Post # 3
That’s incredible! I can’t give advice as I have never been to Hawaii but FI and I are hoping to go there for our honeymoon too! 🙂
Post # 4
@solidarity: You’re going to have a great time! I’ve stayed in Waikiki twice, and I absolutely love it. We’ve never rented a car while we were there (although we needed to in Maui…keep that in mind if you’re island hopping). On our last trip, we arranged to have a service pick us up and take us to our hotel, as the shuttles take quite a long time due to dropping people off at several different hotels. The Waikiki Trolley is great. It’s got three different lines/routes, that go to different areas. You can get passes at different locations in Waikiki. As for things to do, there are tons of different tours you can go on. If you happen to go on a tour that includes the Dole Pineapple Plant, make sure you try the pineapple whip ice-cream. I’m still dreaming about it!
Post # 5
Yes, rent a car! I live on Oahu and there’s just so much to do and see, especially if you want to see the “local gems” (and escape the hustle and bustle of waikiki) that won’t be accessible through tours or busses. I would definitley reccomend you spend a day on the north shore; go to waimea bay (jump off the rock), check out the pipeline, especially in the winter, to see some huge waves and expert surfers, stop off at Laniakea Beach to get up close with some sea turtles, and make a stop at Scoop of Paradise in Haleiwa town to eat some yummy ice cream!
I would also suggest a day in Kailua, a small local town full of life. You can go to Kailua beach and Lanikai beach (lanikai often has beautiful, calm water and really soft sand), hike the pill boxes in lanikai for an amazing view of kailua, lanikai, and some of waimanalo, go to maunawilli falls and swim in the waterfalls, and stroll around kailua enjoying the laid back pace. You can try lanikai juice for some acai bowls, uahi grill for some local food, yogurt mama for frozen yogurt, or buzz’s for some overall good food and even better desserts (their key lime pie with lilikoi sauce is to die for). You can also rent a kayak in Kailua and paddle out to flat island and the mokes; if youre lucky you’ll spot some sea turtles and endagered and native birds.
There’s also hanauma bay of you want to do some snorkeling, and if you’re up for some short hikes, you can try mariner’s ridge for a view of Hawaii Kai or Makapu’u lighthouse for a panoramic view of the ocean. You can pm me if you want other places or things to do 🙂
Post # 6
Aloha!!! Awesome that you’ll be visiting O’ahu – you’re going to have a blast. Definitely rent a car, at least for part of your trip. There is SO much to do and see beyond Waikiki. Pretty much everything Giraffes said! I also live on O’ahu and Waimea Bay, Kailua, Lanikai, North Shore, Haleiwa, are some of my favorite places to spend time.
I think you may have arrived now so please just keep an eye on the news –
I think it’s unlikely that O’ahu will see major effects from the storm but please just keep in touch with the news and any flash flood / high surf warnings. Now, since we’re probably going to get some considerable rain, if you drive along the windward side of the island, you’re sure to see some gorgeous waterfalls along the Ko’olau mountains.
Another tip, use Yelp (the app or website) on your phone to check out potential restaurants, attractions, etc. Yelp is great for getting tips and pretty spot-on reviews of places. Since things can be a little pricey here, it’s good to get the scoop before plunking down some cash on a disappointing experience.
Feel free to PM me with any questions! 🙂
Post # 7
@MissPine: We ended up missing the standby flight my friend set up for us. The plane was too full. I heard the storm was pretty bad, so it’s unlikely we would have had good weather there, anyway.
We did a long road trip in 5 cities instead.
Post # 8
@solidarity: I’m sorry that the flight didn’t work out. Your road trip sounds awesome, though – and Hawaii will still be here! Depending on where you live there are often some pretty good deals on airfare. My parents have flown roundtrip for as little as $400 each. Hope you have the opportunity to come in the future!
Post # 9
@MissPine: I’ve set up some airfare watchdog sites and I’ve noticed it’s not all that bad. My friend said we should consider going in January after kids are back in school from break.