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Which Area / Island

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Which Area / Island

We are considering a holiday to Hawaii, combined with a few days first in Vegas or San Fran the first two weeks in October but really have no idea of the best area / island to go to.

We are a couple (44 and 36) with no children so would like a resort that caters for both the relaxation side but with nightlight etc too.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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1. Re: Which Area / Island

Aloha and welcome to the Hawaii forum! Will you be renting/hiring a car? That will really determine which islands you can go to - as only Oahu has good public transportation. There really is no one best island or area - they are all different, and we all have our favorites. To learn more about the islands, check out the right hand side of the page - there is a summary of each island - www.gohawaii.com also has summaries/descriptions of each island.

If you are wanting nightlife, Waikiki on Oahu is the place for you. If you want help with your resort, post on that specific forum listing your nightly budget. Happy planning! :)

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Hawaii isn't like many destinations where you stay in one resort or resort 'compound'. Read about the various islands of Hawaii in the right margin of this page. Most first-time visitors enjoy some time on Oahu. If you have at least ten nights, you could stay on two islands. (Maui is the most-developed of the others.)

October will be HOT in Vegas; I'd prefer San Francisco. I'd also look for flights to Hawaii on a widebody aircraft (767, 330, etc.). We avoid 757's. (Check departures from Oakland if you decide on San Francisco.)

When you decide on your islands, give us a lodging budget and we can suggest hotels. (Condos are also popular in casual Hawaii.) You will need a rental car everywhere except Honolulu.

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3. Re: Which Area / Island

Thanks Guys, I think we need to do some serious research before making a decision :-)

Not even considering hiring a car, would that be necessary if we just stayed on Oahu?

We are planning on around 10 nights in Hawaii, we have 14 nights in total including the stay in Vegas or San Fran, so we can hopefully fit in both the relaxation ( i love lying on the beach or around the pool) and sightseeing on whichever islands we choose.

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While many folks recommend having a car at least for a day or two on Oahu, it isn't necessary - you can get around with public transport. :) However, for any other island, you have to have a car.

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Aloha! You need to hop on this. Summer is slipping away!

First thing is to do is determine your dates. You can't plan anything without your dates. How many nights will you be on the Mainland USA? How many nights in Hawaii?

I agree with ChiSue above that San Francisco is a much better choice than Las Vegas in October. October is wonderful in San Francisco! Fall along the California Coast is gorgeous.

Second - as odd as it may sound, the issue of renting a car is primary. Realistically, you will need a car on any of the major Islands with the exception of the City of Honolulu on the Island of Oahu. And Oahu is mostly rural - so visitors rent a car to explore ... or some take tours or transportation provided by some activities.

If you actually have 10 nights (at least) - you should consider seeing two Islands.

At this point you need to dive into some good travel guidebooks like "Hawaii for Dummies" and get a good overview of your options -- something to base your decisions on. Get a good map of Hawaii as well. Pull up www.gohawaii.com. It terribly, terribly commercial - but helpful for first-timers.

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6. Re: Which Area / Island

It will probably be warmer here in Hawaii in October than it is in Vegas. The average temp. in Vegas in October is 82 degrees. If you want Vegas, this would be the time to go.

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