Post # 1
My husband was born in Honolulu & we REALLY want to go back and visit. I just did SOME exploring and saw that a flight from ATL, GA to Hawaii would be around $800 round trip. I am thinking about vacationing there but don’t know anything about what time would be best to go, what the best hotel there would be, and what is the least expensive way to do things! I need advice from someone who’s been 🙂
Post # 3
@Lees4308: I went to Hawaii in 2005 and absolutely loved it! Now for me it wasn’t that expensive because all I had to pay for was my plane ticket and spending money. My friend that I went with is in the military. We were able to stay in the Hale Koa Hotel (military hotel) on Oahu. She also was able to get a military discount on the rental car.
We stayed a week and had a blast! We spent a lot of time on the beach. We spent an entire day at Pearl Harbor – a MUST if you go. And we did a luau and a dinner cruise.
Total I spent about $1500. =) I would love to go back!
Post # 4
@MissusTman: I will add Pearl Harbor to my list 🙂 It’s one thing I DEFINITELY want to do sometime soon so I really want to go, I just want to find the least expensive way to do it. I know there are cruises but they all depart out of area’s I can’t really get good access too. Thank you for the advice, & I’m so glad you had a great time!!! 🙂 It makes me want to go even more!!!
Post # 5
Hawaii is amazing. It’s an expensive place to visit, but absolutely worth it. If you’re looking to go for a week or more, I would look into renting an apartment/house as opposed to getting a hotel room. From what I’ve heard, this is a good way to save money sometimes.
Post # 6
It was pretty but not the most amazing experience ever. I’ve been to almost 30 countries as an oceanographer – there are definitely more spectacular, more affordable, and more adventurous options out there. I kind of consider Hawaii to be the Carribean resort of the Pacific. Not my cup of tea – but ok. I’d much rather be trekking in the Galapagos or driving along the coast of Namibia.
Post # 7
Crayfish, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: can we be friends? 🙂 (sorry to threadjack…)
Post # 8
Ooh ooh – black sand beach (on the big island) is pretty cool. They have humongous turtles just chilling. 🙂 Be sure and catch the sunset at LEAST twice. haha. We stayed at the Hilton – Kona (I think it was Kona) on the big island. We went snorkeling a lot and had a big ol’ turtle stalk us. It was hilarious and great. Yeah it was expensive – so I would shop around for deals. But if you haven’t been then I recommend going.
OH and I’m from ATL too. Ha. We had a layover in Arizona though.
Post # 9
We had a wonderful time during a week-long vacation in Hawaii. We’re not big ‘beach people’ (almost all of our other vacation are backwoods hiking) but we were able to have a relaxing, lovely trip. I think it depends on where you go – as crayfish said, parts of the state do have that ‘Caribbean’ feel, but you can find isolated hikes and near-empty beaches if you’re looking for privacy, too. I found it to be a good mix of easy and still exotic.
We loved(!) our hotel on Maui, http://www.mauian.com/. It’s on Napili beach, and while there are some other hotels right there, it’s not part of the big resort complexes that cover large swatches of Maui. If you like the look of it, definitely ask for one of the buildings near the beach. You can sit on your lanai with delicious (included) scones and coffee in the morning, 15 steps from the beach. Gorgeous. Also, less expensive than many of the hotels in Hawaii.
Post # 10
Thank you all for the wonderful advice! It definitely sounds like a place I’d like to go someday SOON.
@canuba: I checked out that hotel and you’re right, it IS amazing!!! And so beautifully decorated!! You would really feel like you’re in Hawaii staying there. Is that close to Honolulu though?? I want to be able to experience the whole Hawaii feel and since my hubby was born in Honolulu, we’d like to stay there.
What do you typically do about travel? Do most people rent a car or just take a cab?
Post # 11
I agree with crayfish in that there are definitely places I’d rather visit than Hawaii, but having said that, my husband and I did have a phenomenal time when we spent a week there last spring. We were in an amazing resort on Big Island, but we left the resort for at least part of every day to explore the island. We ate at local cafes, explored lava flows and tiny beautiful beaches, hiked up and down cliffs and around waterfalls, and just had a blast. In the resort, we snorkeled in the saltwater lagoon with fish and rays and sea turtles which of course was also wonderful. We could definitely see ourselves enjoying living in Hawaii one day, it’s just a relaxed pace of life. Definitely rent a car and go exploring, otherwise you’ll be stuck in your resort the whole time, which is fun of course but you miss out on so much that way.
Post # 12
We went to Oahu for our honeymoon in June and we had an amazing time. I really didn’t find Hawaii as expensive as everyone made it out to be. I expected the flight to be pretty pricey…but I didn’t want to stay in Michigan for our honeymoon…so the price of the flight didn’t bother me.We went through a travel agent and I really do think she helped get us a great deal.
We stayed on the north shore of Oahu, we were in Waikiki for a day…and that was more than enough for us. It was just so packed…I love that the North Shore was fairly quiet. We did rent a car, which wasn’t expensive at all. I think taking a cab everywhere you want to go would get super costly, really quickly.
If you guys want to see big waves or are interested in surfing at all. I wouldn’t go in the summer…the water was super calm during that time of year. Which worked for us, because we weren’t that interested in surfing. But if would have been cool to see some of the monster waves.
I hope you guys get to go soon!
Post # 13
SO and I went this past summer. It was amazing! We Island hopped from Ohaohu, Maui then Kona(sp). For hotels we pricelined everything- and stayed at 4 stars. In Maui we rented a condo which was great! We went for 2 weeks which gave us plenty of time to see a lot.
Happy and safe travels.:)