We would like to go to Hawaii (from Montreal, Québec) in July 2014. Ideally, we thought of going for 10 nights but are contemplating 14 nights.
We have three children: 13 (boy), 11 (girl) and 6(girl);
We were thinking about going to Maui and I a wondering if we should add on Big Island or Oahu. Considering that we are coming from far, I would like to take advantage of being in Hawaii and experience as much as possible. I know that with the time that we will be there that more then 2 islands is not a good idea.
The volcanos on Big Island are a big interest but considering our 6 year old…the activities on the rest of the island and the distances to drive are not as interesting. I am thinking of even going to Big Island just for the volcanos and then switching islands. I don't see how we can go to Hawaii and not go see the volcanos…it seems like something that just has to be seen. Is it worth it?
My kids enjoys the beach….for a limited amount of time (we definately will go but not necessarily every day); they will hike…again for a limited amount of time; what they like are activities that are "fun" and also enjoy learning about new areas. We, as parents, want to "see" Hawaii and enjoy driving around, learning about the area, discovering new things etc. We enjoys pictoresque towns etc; We enjoy local tours that give us an understanding of the area (but prefer that it be with locals versus a highly touristy tour). My family will snorkel but I hate it.
As far as our accomodations, we will look for a condo. My husband insists on ocean front views when they are available. We prefer luxury but not if it's overbudget (there is a limit!). I am willing to pay up to 400 $/night but would prefer cheaper if I found the right place.
I really don't know where we should decide to go. Like I mentionned…Big Island for the volcanos; Oahu for the movement (but I am afraid that it is going to be too much of a feeling of a "downtown" and not enough of an "island" feel; And Maui…which seems to have a good combination.
I would appreciate your advice and suggestions.