My hubby and I are coming to Hawaii in Sept/Oct with our 18 month old son. We will be there for 16 days (but that includes the day we arrive and depart). We are coming from Australia so we have to fly through Oahu. Our plan had been to spend just 3 nights on Oahu to recover from jet lag and help our son adjust to the time zone before moving onto the big island and/or Kauai.
However, I have been debating over whether or not this is too rushed and as a result one option I have is to spend more time on Oahu and then only go to one other island. I have to be honest I haven't done much research on Oahu as I was deterred thinking it was crowded, busy and very commercial. SO, I am wondering what else there is too Oahu once you get away from the hustle and bustle of Waikaki. I guess our interests are being outdoors. In past trips (pre-kids) we enjoyed hiking, snorkelling, biking etc but obviously there will be less of all that this trip. Our attraction to the Big Island was the Volcano NP and our attraction to Kauai was the natural scenary.
THANKS in advance for any advice.