Aloha! My husband and I are taking the Pride of America for our 10th anniversary (treating it as a floating hotel so expectations set there ;) and just wanted to float our plans by the experts! ;) We are healthy, active, young 30s and while yes, we want to see the big highlights we hate the cheesy huge group canned touristy stuff.
Thurs Jan 15th - arrive 8am, 840am pickup at the pier to go to airport for Safari Helicopters Tour. Reserved the front two seats (commence diet now) and then they will drop us at car rental approx 1030am. Here's where my dilemma comes in. I had originally thought we would head straight to Waimea Canyon but reviews say go early early in the am (I'm guessing we would get there around 1130amish). I would do it the following morning except my plan was to return the car late Thursday (to save $, not have to deal with parking it, etc) and then Fri am tube the ditch with Kauai Backcountry (cabbing it there, lunch inc, then cab back to ship). Ship departs 2pm.
Had also thought about maybe hitting the Koloa Zips after Waimea on the first day assuming the timing worked out. Am I better off moving this around, paying a little more for parking and an extra day car rental and tubing on Thursday and whatever else and then just doing Waimea only on Friday and getting there early or what would you recommend.
I had thought about maybe doing Smith's luau but we are planning on doing the one at the PCC on Oahu our first day there (we could skip that and do village and HA! show only - maybe eat at Ted's in between ;). I know theres also the fern grotto but honestly barging it down the river with the masses isn't top of my list.
Thoughts? Recommendations? Thank you!