The good news? Airfare is booked! Now the fun begins of planning the actual vacation. It's our first time to Hawaii...
We'll be arriving at OGG (from LAX where we will be spending 2 days at the Breeder's Cup at Santa Anita with Mr jtwiz's best friend) on a Sunday morning and our plan is to stay 7 nights, then head over to Oahu for 3 nights (almost 4, since our flight home is at 9PM at night.)
We've pretty much decided to stay at Marriott Wailea Beach because I can use my Marriott points for our stay. I like the fact that there are some restaurants, shopping within walking distance and of course, the beautiful beaches of Wailea are right there as well.
So my questions are this...for a 50+ couple (in good shape, I run 25+ miles a week :-) what are your suggestions for "can't miss" activities?
In reading through the forum and looking at other sources, I am thinking of the Road to Hana (although I must admit, a 12 hour day sounds exhausting!) and definitely an afternoon exploring in Lahaina, with an early dinner. We will have a car, although I am considering a tour for Hana. I seems like a lot of personal driving time on roads you need to pay a lot of attention to! I'm not sure we are up for that on vacation.
We love to swim and body surf, but not into snorkling. We'd like to get a lot of beach time in - we both have very hectic work lives. Any other beaches beside Wailea that we should go to?
My BiL and SiL recommend the summit at Haleakala, but I wasn't sure what the best option is for that...I see biking, hiking, helicopters! People leaving their hotel at 2 AM, etc.
As said, I really want to relax and enjoy the island, but of course, we want to do some activities as well. We're looking for a happy mix, not an every-minute-filled-with-activity kind of vacation. And beside that, we'll be doing a lot of actual sight-seeing in Honolulu.
Thanks in advance for your help!