Planned the whole trip through Costco Travel, including Flights, Hotels and Car rentals.
Covered two islands – Maui(5 days) and Oahu(4 days) in Summers of July 2015
- Stayed at the Aston at the Maui Banyon, Kihei. Good hotel right in front of Beaches,I, II, III. If you are planning to cook, ask for rooms with Kitchenette.
- Haleakala National Park- It is cold there. If you go for Sunrise, take Jackets, Scarfs, gloves.
- Road to Hana – adventurous drive. Involves driving on curvy narrow roads, some roads where only one vehicle can cross at a time, involves driving at edges. Lots of view points, waterfalls, beaches(we visited Black Beach) on the way.
- BlowHole- This is a beautiful long drive and then a small hike down to the blowhole. Be careful, do not go very close too the hole. Enjoy from a distance.
- Snorkeling at Molokini Crater.
- Hawaii dance performances – Luau
- Best Pineapples ever. Don’t miss it. You can pick some at the Dole Plantation.
Get full insurance on rental vehicles. There are incidents of car scratches, someone trying to unlock the car at parking. Full insurance saves you from the hassle of filing FIR and stuff. The rental company takes care of it all.
Stayed at Luana Waikiki Hotel & Suites
- Waikiki beach (day at the Waikiki beach and night at Hard Rock Cafe).
A walk at night is must at Waikiki. You will see groups performing on the streets, crowded bars and nightclubs.
- Diamond Head Crater (2 mile round trip hike)
- Hanuama Bay- Best for snorkeling (Must visit)
It is open 6 AM- 6 PM, closed Tuesdays. Entry fee is $7.50 and $1 for a car that takes you up/down to the bay 150 feet below you. Snorkel gear rentals available.
- Oahu has great bus system called The Bus. They have a 4 day pass available.
- Beaches and Points-
– Lanikai Beach(must visit)
– Kailua Beach
– Pali Lookout
– Chinaman’s Hat, La’ie Point
– Waimea Bay
- Polynesian Cultural Center
They have the best Lu’au show on the island.
You will often come a local gesture called ‘shaka’. This is done by extending the pinkie and the thumb while leaving the three middle fingers curled. It is a friendly sign of greeting and means ‘Hey’.
- Amazing Fireworks show on 4th of July.
- Pearl Harbour & USS Arizona Memorial
Reach this destination early in the morning. You will find long queue even at 6 AM. You can get the Pearl Harbour Pass for $65 which includes admission to U.S.S. Bowfin & Mueseum, the Mighty Mo tour on the U.S.S. Missouri, Pacific Aviation Meuseum and the audio tour for Pearl Harbour.
The free visit includes an excellent 23 minute film, a short boat ride and 15 min at the memorial. They handout 2000 free tickets to visitors daily. The earlier you get there, the more likely you are to get the time you want to experience this 75 min activity.
‘Aloha’ means Hello! & ‘Mahalo’ means Thank you!
Use these words while you are at Hawaii <3, for your dream vacation!
Don’t forget these:
- Water resistant Sunscreen (2-3)
- Multiple Swimsuits
- Water shoes (Best investment. Also available at Costco)
- Insect repellant
- Snorkel, masks, fin and lifejackets (buying is a better option, get from your home city)
- Caps, Hats
- Waterproof pouches/covers for mobile phones
- Cooler (for water, soda, juice, fruits; can buy from safeway there. Yes, we were able to pack it back home in our travel bags. :D)