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User currently offlineeirbus06 From Ireland, joined Apr 2006, 252 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 13 hours ago) and read 3168 times:

Afternoon everyone,
I'm getting married next July and i'm currently planning our honeymoon. I went to a few travel agents to help in the booking and when i mention that i want a relaxing hotel by the beach, they all offer the Hilton Waikiki beach. When i check this on the Internet, it seems this hotel is very close to the city. I'm not saying i disagree with there selection but i don't think this hotel is very honeymoon(ish) if you get my drift. Our budget would be roughly €1750 for 7 nights.

Question: Can anybody suggest an alternative hotel that is more like a resort.

P.S.: I'm not lazy, i have checked some out myself but i'm looking for anyone that has experienced other resorts first hand.

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User currently offlineLAXintl From United States of America, joined May 2000, 24307 posts, RR: 47
Reply 1, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 3151 times:

Yes the Hilton is a resort in the middle of bustling Waikiki. The property is fine on its own, but its certainly not a quiet location or facility.

If you want a tranquil location, you need to certainly get out of Waikiki, and likely even head to another island besides Oahu.

Also why a resort? Most properties in Hawaii are not all inclusive facilities, but stand alone hotels. You do your own thing and head out for food, entertainment, and search out various beaches.



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User currently offlineJean Leloup From Canada, joined Apr 2001, 2115 posts, RR: 20
Reply 2, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 3128 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
If you want a tranquil location, you need to certainly get out of Waikiki, and likely even head to another island besides Oahu.

     

We stayed in Waikiki for our honeymoon, a year ago next month, and while we loved it, it is definitely not what you're looking for, based on your description above. The density and noise of Waikiki is, in my own perhaps limited experience, rivalled only by Manhattan! We stayed there because my wife wanted to do the high-end shopping and restaurant thing that Waikiki offered, and being as it's still on the beach, I was happy enough to do it. But for our moments of enjoying the beauty of Hawai'i in a quiet way, we had to get out of there.

In fact, as LaxIntl said, if you want a relaxing environment, you should probably just avoid Oahu and go to one of the other islands instead. They all offer that. Probably the big island especially, but I really like Kauai (LIH) myself. Lots of quiet, beautiful spots, with some natural sand, and it's all the same ocean.

If you do want to stay on Oahu to stay close to the amenities, there is the Turtle Bay Resort on the North Shore of the island, about as far away from downtown Honolulu as you can get. I haven't been there myself, but it looks like a nice place based on the movie Forgetting Sarah Marshall, which was filmed there. It also seems to be one of the few full resort-type places on the island, if indeed that's what you want.

All the best!

JL



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User currently offlineAirstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2539 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3094 times:

If you want quiet relaxation, I need to warn you about all of Hawai'i - not just Waikiki.

Hawai'i is a family destination. Any place you stay, there's going to be a fair number of kids there. I stayed at the Kaua'i Marriott - and don't get me wrong, I had a great time, but waterside relaxation was not to be had. There were always kids romping around the pool, and the beach making noise, allllll the time.

A year earlier I vacationed at the Brisas restort in Ixtapa, Mexico, and had the most relaxing five days of my life. Yes it is equipped with a separate children's pool so we adults could have our own total relaxation, and the Kaua'i Marriott did not have this amenity; perhaps you can find a resort in Hawai'i that does. But in Mexico, even the beachfront was totally quiet all the time!! You'll be hard pressed to find that sort of the thing in the Islands. Point of fact: All beaches in Hawai'i are public property; Hawai'i state law forbids private ownership of beaches. Makes it tough to guarantee peace and refuge.

Anyhu, those are things to think about. You might find what you're looking for, but given Hawaii's popularity with families, and its beaches' uberaccessibility, you'd do well to do extra homework to find the quiet places.



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User currently offlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4355 posts, RR: 27
Reply 4, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 3088 times:

Quoting Airstud (Reply 3):

Hawai'i is a family destination. Any place you stay, there's going to be a fair number of kids there. I stayed at the Kaua'i Marriott - and don't get me wrong, I had a great time, but waterside relaxation was not to be had. There were always kids romping around the pool, and the beach making noise, allllll the time.

True, but, but like many of these places, it varies highly on season. Summer and Christmas, spring break- oh absolutely. But other times I don't find it overrun.


Now to business.

Honolulu is a great city, Oahu is a great island. There is so much to see and beautiful scenery on the island as a whole. There is a great cultural melting pot of the entire Pacific rim. Unfortunately the traffic and urbanity The low point is Waikiki. Unfortunately it's where they want all the tourists to stay, and there aren't any real hotels on Oahu other than Ko'Olina and Turtle bay. With a rental car, you can have a wonderful vacation staying in Waikiki but able to drive around and see the gems of the island. It just won't be your quintessential 'relaxing' honeymoon, it's a large city and a populated island.

You are Irish? You're traveling halfway around the world for a great honeymoon. You cannot come all that way and stay for a week on Waikiki. I forbid it! Hawaii is worth it, Waikiki is not. If you're going to stay for a week just int he general Waikiki area, you should just go to Mallorca. First thing you should decide is if you're looking at Waikiki by default, or if you genuinely want to see anything there. If you do, i'd mix in a few nights on Oahu (where you're likely to be transitting in some capacity) and then another island. Or just another island.

First thing you should do is ditch the travel agents hotel advice. They won't have your best interest in mind. They'll give you the big name properties they make nice commissions on.

I'd familiarize yourself with the other islands, and decide what you most like. Maui is a very popular honeymoon spot with a good all around mix of what Hawaii has to offer. Very nice resort hotels (the priciest you'll find in Hawaii). Kauai is also great, and is probably the most relaxing and least crowded (though it always depends where you stay). It has the most stunning scenery. The Na Pali coast, the Waimea canyon, the beautiful north shore. It's a lovely place. Weather can be the most temperamental, but the south is usually sunny. Big Island is one of the most diverse places on the planet. It has a snowy mountain, green highlands with cattle, barren lava fields, tropical rain forest full of waterfalls and rain, flowing lava, and everything in between. It is big, and the Kohala area provides some fantastic resorts with beautiful beaches and the most dependable sunshine in the Islands. They also can be well within your price range, more so than Maui.

I also usually try to make a point to stay at several different places, even on the same island. There are so many wonderful bed and breakfasts and small inns that can really make a vacation, and you won't hear about them from a travel agent. I have many recommendations if you want, especially on the Big Island. A few nights at these places combined with a resort stay could give you an excellent mix of experiences.

One more suggestion: the tiny little island of Lanai and the Four Seasons Lodge at Ko'ele. This is one of the greatest values around. It's a small island that used to be the world capital for pineapple production. When that industry moved, it became primarily the home to 2 beautiful Four Seasons resorts. One is on the beach, and very expensive. The other is up at 1300 feet in Lanai City- that's the lodge. You can usually find rates there for as low as $200-250 USD. It's a true, first class 5 star hotel for a great price. It's perhaps the most relaxing places i've ever visited, and you're only a 15 minute hotel shuttle away from the sister beach property and all of it's amenities. Strangely enough, the grounds have a kind of English feel with cooler temps, greenery, and sprawling croquet and lawn bowling fields. Very unique and beautiful place. Bill Gates actually held his wedding here. You can reach Lanai via a ferry from Maui or air service.

I love Hawaii, go there often, and pretty much know all the options. I've arranged many trips there for friends and family, and if you'd like more detailed info on these places, feel free to shoot me PM.

[Edited 2012-08-29 18:44:33]


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User currently offlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4355 posts, RR: 27
Reply 5, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 3031 times:

Quoting eirbus06 (Thread starter):
they all offer the Hilton Waikiki beach.

I hadn't even realized this. I had assumed you meant the Hilton Hawaiian Village, and not the Hilton Waikiki.

Yikes, run. It's not even on the beach. It's not a resort, its a city hotel. Decent place, but not at all what you're looking for. I don't think these travel agents have any clue about the destination or your preferences.



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User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2611 posts, RR: 2
Reply 6, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 3020 times:

My wife and I stayed at Waikiki for our honeymoon last year. We chose Waikiki because we wanted to be close to the shops, restaurants, we didn't want to feel alone in the middle of nowhere...
It was in November, and I didn't find Waikiki crowded.
Of course, if you want to stay in a very quiet place, Waikiki is not the place to choose...
I heard Maui is nice, but BE CAREFUL, it is VERY WINDY!!!
We stayed at the mighty Aston Waikiki Beach Tower, which offers spacious and elegantly furnished one- and two -bedroom suites.

If you want more info, don't hesitate to contact me.

BTW, which airline did you choose?

[Edited 2012-08-30 05:02:20]


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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16688 posts, RR: 51
Reply 7, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 3003 times:

Don't stay on Oahu, go to Maui, Kauai or the Big Island. Waikikii has all the same issues any major US cities, crime, conjestion etc.. Go to Maui.


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User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2611 posts, RR: 2
Reply 8, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 2997 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 7):
Waikikii has all the same issues any major US cities, crime,

That's true for Honolulu downtown, not Waikiki IMO



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User currently offlineAeri28 From United States of America, joined Dec 2000, 703 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 2989 times:

I live here, and I have to tell you, I would find no issue in coming to Waikiki and staying at the Sheraton or Royal Hawaiian or Hilton or Halekulani or wherever on Waikiki Beach for a short time. Especially if I was coming to destress. Very few places you can be in a hotel resort,, on the beach, walk across to world class shopping and stores,, and restaurants and eating and bars and clubs etc.

If you're coming all this way from Ireland for only seven nights, I would choose wisely. Outer Island may be a better solution, Nonstop flights to Maui and Kona are available. I still think you could do worse in the world by visiting Waikiki. I mean, I certainly WOULD go to Maui or Big Island or Kauai, but there definitely is an appeal and a place in someones itinerary for Waikiki as well. Sitting poolside with a drink, going to the spa, relaxing in an inifinity pool overlooking Waikiki and seeing Diamond Head. I wouldn't necessarily knock it. I think that is my point.

I think a lot has to do maybe with where you are coming from and what 'you' want out of a trip. Would I fly all the way from Ireland to stay completely in Waikiki? Probably not as you'd want to go to Big island , see the black sand beaches, see the volcanoes and the great beaches north of Kona , or see the tropicalness of Kauai, or visit old Hawaii and visit Hilo. But still, if you are only coming for seven nights, why not choose something closer to home? it'd take you a day and a half to get here. I know when I went from Honolulu to Paris a few years ago,, I left on a Sunday night and arrived in Paris on Tuesday afternoon! (that was delta to SFO, British Airways to LHR, the BA to CDG).

Lots of tourists are always on the busses, going downtown, to chinatown, or taking the #42 or 19 or 20 to Pearl Habor or the #52 up to the north shore or circle island. I notice too lots of Australians are visiting here lol. There are also a ton of European, many from Scandanavia, who are going to school here or taking language schools. Quite a range of visitors!

[Edited 2012-08-30 08:06:42]

User currently offlinedaviation From United States of America, joined Sep 2008, 536 posts, RR: 1
Reply 10, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 2978 times:

I spent one week this month for my first (but not last!) visit to Hawaii. I am a single parent with two teenage children. Since we were limited to one week, we chose Maui. We flew nonstop HA JFK-HNL, which was very good. We connected in HNL to WP HNL-JHM to avoid the long drive to Kapalua.

Instead of staying at a huge resort, we chose a condo/timeshare property (The Gardens of West Maui, to be exact). The rooms were perfectly fine, if not exactly The Ritz. We were located one block from Napili Beach which is open to the public.

I love Maui - for me, it has the perfect combination of sights, shopping, beaches, tours, and relaxation. We alternated each day to something different. It was not especially windy at all. Really, I loved every moment of this vacation. I would be happy to return every year.



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User currently offlineDucatiRacer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 9 hours ago) and read 2961 times:
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Quoting daviation (Reply 10):
I love Maui - for me, it has the perfect combination of sights, shopping, beaches, tours, and relaxation.



Totally agree. We go to Hawaii every year, usually Maui (we leave 2 weeks from next Wednesday to head there as a matter of fact). Some years we do the other islands, but never Oahu again. Quite frankly, I think the vibe there can be found in Miami/South Beach (which is even better in some respects), and that is only a 2 hour flight from DFW. See Oahu, Pearl Harbor, and such if you must, but do try to get to one of the other islands for at least a little time. As far as kids are concerned, we go during the school year so it is never an issue (on Maui we also stay at the Four Seasons Wailea, which has an awesome adults only serenity pool which entirely takes children/loud music/drunk carrying-on, etc. out of the picture). If you are concerned about kids interrupting your relaxation, many of the hotels have adult serenity pools now I think, so look into that.


User currently offlineMadameConcorde From San Marino, joined Feb 2007, 10723 posts, RR: 38
Reply 12, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 2954 times:

You can go to Oahu and stay up on the North Shore at the Turtle Bay Resort.

You can make it as secluded as you like, two pools and long stretches of beaches within short walking distance right around there. Lots of things to do and amazing places to see, Polynesian Cultural Center, Waimea Bay, Haleiwa town, Sunset beach and so much more.

http://www.turtlebayresort.com/explore/

Another most favourite spot of mine is Kaiula Beach or better even Lanikai Beach further up the road. You can play POTUS and get a rental there (less Air Force One and the body guards).

It is so beautiful there.
http://www.portaloha.com/SecretsOfHawaii/KailuaBeach.htm

The bestest hotel in Honolulu - a bit off hte Waikiki strip - is the Halekulani.
http://www.halekulani.com/

That is one exclusive place.

  



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User currently offlinealoha73g From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 2334 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2927 times:

Someone already recommended Lanai. The 2 Four Seasons there are both excellent. The island is quiet, uncrowded and quite relaxing. It has nice views of nearby islands (Maui, Moloka'i, Kaho'olawe), some dramatic scenery and some fascinating cultural/historical sites (Garden of the Gods).

On O'ahu, others have already mentioned Turtle Bay & Ko Olina for those wanting to stay outside of Waikiki. Both are nice.

Another hidden treasure on O'ahu is the Kahala Hotel. Its in the nicest (richest) suburb of Honolulu just over Diamond Head from Waikiki. It is quiet, has much less traffic than Waikiki, close to Kahala Mall, has a nice beach, dolphins you can swim with, beautiful scenery, a golf course, nice restaurants AND...is less than 2 miles from Waikiki and all it has to offer. The Kahala Hotel is a well known luxury property and often hosts Presidents and royalty when they visit the islands.

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User currently offlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4355 posts, RR: 27
Reply 14, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2925 times:

Quoting MadameConcorde (Reply 12):

The bestest hotel in Honolulu - a bit off hte Waikiki strip - is the Halekulani.
http://www.halekulani.com/

Yeah, it' s nice place. But still, being at their pool and beach area is similar to a sardine can, not a lot of space or privacy, not somewhere i'd want to honeymoon.



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User currently offlineBA777-236 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 673 posts, RR: 5
Reply 15, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 4 days ago) and read 2911 times:

I was in Waikiki and Big Island last year and the difference is night and day.. Both were fantastic places to vacation but for relaxation and quiet, you must go to the Big Island, Hilo to be specific. We stayed at the Castle Hotel and while it's nothing overly fancy it was afordable and our room over looked the volcano, and the ocean!

Good place for a honeymoon..



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User currently offlineN174UA From United States of America, joined Jun 2006, 994 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 2904 times:

Regardless of the island you choose, check out www.vrbo.com (Vacation Rentals by Owner). I found the beachfront condo in Maui last year, and Kona this year, on that site. You deal with the owner directly, and in my case for Kona this year, found a great deal in August. They also support international visitors...my cousin and her boyfriend live west of LHR, and found their condo in Lahaina and rented with no problems at all.

If you choose the big island, consider staying a few nights in Kona, and a few in Hilo. You can see all of the sights in a week, but the roads aren't interstates...so it takes 2 hours to go 100 miles. I stayed in Kona, but my day trip to Volcanoes NP also included 4-5 hours of driving round-trip. The Big Island is bigger than all of the other islands combined in terms of land area. It is also the most geographically diverse...of the 14 climate zones in the world, you can see 11 of them on the big island. Splurge and buy the tour up to Mauna Kea for sunset and stargazing. $200 per person, but worth every penny.

If you choose Maui, bring lots of money. Restaurants are expensive, so is food. The beaches are much better on Maui, however. Be sure to go snorkeling, too. Consider going to a luau at the Old Lahaina Luau, which is within walking distance north of Lahaina. The road to Hana is an adventure, start early and take your time to take pictures and enjoy the waterfalls. Get up super early one day and drive up to Haleakala with your new wife to enjoy a spectacular sunrise (should be great weather in July) together.

It's been a while since I've been in Honolulu and Kauai (1981 and 1990, respectively) so I can't comment intelligently on what those islands are now. I've heard Honolulu is very congested, but let others on the site who have been reccntly and live there provide more information.

Enjoy!


User currently offlineeirbus06 From Ireland, joined Apr 2006, 252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 17, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 20 hours ago) and read 2891 times:

Thanks to everyone for all the replies and the very in depth views. Going by everyone's recommendations , we have shortened visits to Las Vegas and Chicago to spend more time in Hawaii. We now have an extra 5 days so i think we will spend a few days (2-3 maybe) around Waikiki and then head off to Kohala area on the Big Island.

Quoting LY777 (Reply 6):
BTW, which airline did you choose?

The way we have worked it out so far is

From LHR - LAS ----> British Airways

From LAS- HNL ------> Hawaiian Airlines

From HNL- ORD -----> United

From ORD- LHR -----> American

These are the most direct (and Affordable) flights for us at the moment.


User currently offlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4355 posts, RR: 27
Reply 18, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 2886 times:

Quoting eirbus06 (Reply 17):
We now have an extra 5 days so i think we will spend a few days (2-3 maybe) around Waikiki and then head off to Kohala area on the Big Island.


That sounds pretty nice. Be sure to have a car and explore all the Big Island has to offer, and get over to Hilo side even for the day.

As far as the resorts, my favorite up there is the Mauna Lani. It's not as outwardly flashy as some others, but a more subdued elegance. They don't nickel and dime you, and many activities and internet/parking etc is included. It's situated near historic fishponds and is a great area to explore. The beach is only ok though, but there are plenty others nearby. My favorite beach in the world is by the Mauna Kea hotel. Perfect crescent with a light/moderate waves and a wonderful sandy bottom.

Heres a great source to evaluate all the resorts: http://www.hawaiirevealed.com/free-t...info/big-island/big-island-resorts

If you wish to break up your stay on the Big Island, these are a few smaller inns and b&bs which I hold in highest regard. All are great places to spend a night or 2 in a different area.

Hilo- Orchid Tree B&B
Volcano- Kilauea Lodge
South Kona- Ka'awa Loa Plantation- this place sets the gold standard for me in terms of a small Inn experience, fantastic
http://www.kaawaloaplantation.com



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User currently offlinejpetekyxmd80 From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 4355 posts, RR: 27
Reply 19, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 3 days 8 hours ago) and read 2849 times:

Late edit: apparently Mauna Lani changed their longstanding policy of including things in June, and now they're as bad as anyone. Which sucks.


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User currently offlineBA777-236 From Canada, joined Oct 2001, 673 posts, RR: 5
Reply 20, posted (1 year 7 months 2 weeks 14 hours ago) and read 2753 times:

Quoting eirbus06 (Reply 17):
From LHR - LAS ----> British Airways

From LAS- HNL ------> Hawaiian Airlines

From HNL- ORD -----> United

From ORD- LHR -----> American

Just remember that your HNL-ORD flight does NOT have any meal service and has a fairly poor selection of food to buy on board.. Pick up a good meal in Honolulu before you leave and pack some snacks with you.



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User currently offlineeirbus06 From Ireland, joined Apr 2006, 252 posts, RR: 0
Reply 21, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 23 hours ago) and read 2712 times:

Quoting BA777-236 (Reply 20):
Just remember that your HNL-ORD flight does NOT have any meal service and has a fairly poor selection of food to buy on board.. Pick up a good meal in Honolulu before you leave and pack some snacks with you.

Thank you very much for the heads up! I had noticed that when i checked the UA website, it said that it was a B.O.B service.


User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18666 posts, RR: 58
Reply 22, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2679 times:

Quoting LAXintl (Reply 1):
If you want a tranquil location, you need to certainly get out of Waikiki, and likely even head to another island besides Oahu.

Agreed. First of all, if your budget is that low, you may have trouble finding accommodation and decent activities to do. Second, you want to go to Maui, Kauai'i, or the Big Island on a honeymoon. I've been to Maui (has everything, very classically "Hawaiian") and Kauai'i (sleepier, smaller, more "Romantic"), but not the Big Island.

My suggestion is to avoid a large resort hotel. They are like large people containers with big, fake landscaping jobs. Furthermore, they nickle-and-dime you for every little thing (makes FR look like an honest business  &nbsp . Instead, I'd go to a more inexpensive hotel in one of the beach towns (Lihue, Lahaina, etc.). Save you money and you'll still have a great time.

I will point out that Maui has the best snorkeling.


User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16688 posts, RR: 51
Reply 23, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2621 times:

I'm writing this right now from the Grand Hyatt in Kauai, my Wife and I are here on vacation and I strongly recommend Kauai. We've previously been to Maui and Oahu and by far Kauai is the best.


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User currently offlineLY777 From France, joined Nov 2005, 2611 posts, RR: 2
Reply 24, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 2580 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 23):
I'm writing this right now from the Grand Hyatt in Kauai, my Wife and I are here on vacation and I strongly recommend Kauai. We've previously been to Maui and Oahu and by far Kauai is the best.

That's great! Why is it better?



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User currently offlineSTT757 From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 16688 posts, RR: 51
Reply 25, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2544 times:

Kauai is the least developed, and more scenic in my opinion. No nightlife though.


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User currently offlineDocLightning From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 18666 posts, RR: 58
Reply 26, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2543 times:

Quoting STT757 (Reply 25):
Kauai is the least developed, and more scenic in my opinion. No nightlife though.

It is the least developed. It also has horrid (and I mean HORRID) traffic because the roads are all two-lane and especially around Lihue, it just gets ugly.

It's absolutely gorgeous. But I found that finding a lot of activities became difficult. The kayaking was limited. The snorkeling was limited. The hiking and helicopter rides were phenomenal, though.

I liked Maui better for its greater variety. But really, both islands are absolutely stunning and you'll love either one.


User currently offlineDucatiRacer From United States of America, joined May 2005, 246 posts, RR: 0
Reply 27, posted (1 year 7 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2539 times:
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Quoting DocLightning (Reply 26):
helicopter rides were phenomenal



If on Kauai, you MUST do the doors-off Hughes 500 helo tour. We did it when we were there last spring, and it was, without question, the best thing I have ever done on a vacation - totally exhilarating. My partner was on an MH-53 flight crew during his time in the Navy, and even he was blown-away by our pilot's skills and finesse with that helicopter.


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