Hello everyone! This will be my second trip to Hawaii. I'm quite excited, perhaps more so than I was the first time I went. I have a possible itinerary and I would appreciate any suggestions or tips you all might have.
Arrive on the island around 230PM. I figure I'll just relax and wander around Waikiki and people watch since it will be late in the day and I will probably be tired from travelling from the East Coast. I'll look for some Thai food and make an early night of it.
Pick up car rental and do a driving tour of the island, stopping at random points of interest. I'll probably use the tour that was suggested here on TA.
I don't have anything planned until 1PM. I'll do a O'ahu Nature Tour, Valley of the Rainbows. I did one of their tours last year and enjoyed it very much. What to do the rest of the day? Maybe some nightlife? After all, it is Friday night. Can't just sit in my room. I do that at home.
Get up early and hike Manoa Falls. What to do the rest of the day? Any local events? Festivals? Church happenings? 5Ks? (I like to run.) The date will be May 21.
Get up early and hike Koko Head. What's the best way to get there? I'm not renting a car except for that one day to tour the island. I hear this hike is pretty tough so I'm booking spa services for later that afternoon. What shall I do the rest of the day?
7AM-4PM, do the Kualoa Ranch all day tour. 5PM, luau at the Hale Koa. 9PM flight home. Too much for my last day? My flight is late and I have to check out of the hotel at 12 noon. I will be quite bored so I figured I'd pack it with activities. The luau is only a few hours, so I figured I'd get right on the bus afterward and head to the airport.
What do you all think? I've got some days where I don't really have much planned. I am not a beach person (what am I doing in Hawaii, right?) I don't know how to swim so snorkelling and all that jazz is out. I like to hike. I like to eat. Maybe I should treat myself to a fancy dinner? I like the tours but I think I've got enough tours going on, or maybe I don't. I like looking at stuff. Is the Polynesian Cultural Center worth it? I figured since I was going to the luau at Hale Koa, I didn't need the PCC. Or do I?
Last year I went to Diamond Head, Pearl Harbour, the gigantic swap meet, the botanical gardens, and Dole. I might do Diamond Head again because I'm going to bring with me a brand new camera, but the others I am not interested in seeing again.
I'll also be skipping the shopping. We've got the same fancy overpriced stores here in DC.
I appreciate you guys, TA. Thanks in advance!