Posted June 19th, 2017, 11:20 AM
Hi - I'm looking for feedback from all of you Hawaiian experts! We'll be in Oahu about 5 days before our POA sailing and since we've never been, I'm trying to plan out our days to give us a rough idea of where to go. Am I missing anything? Or doing too much?
DAY ONE - MONDAY JULY 24
Arrive around 12:30 pm local time.
Get rental car.
Day at HHV
DAY TWO - TUESDAY JULY 25
Arrive by 7 to get tickets to Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona Memorial (no tickets available online)
DAY THREE - WEDNESDAY JULY 26
Arrive between 8-9 - Diamond Head
Drive North Shore.
Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole Lookout, Makapu'u Beach, Kailua Beach Park , Nuuanu Pali Lookout, Byodo-In Temple, Sunset Beach, Waimea Valley Falls/Botanical Garden, Dole Plantation
DAY FOUR - THURSDAY JULY 27
DAY FIVE - FRIDAY JULY 28
Return Rental Car
DAY SIX - SATURDAY JULY 29
3 pm - Board ship
Hi tommyjean. I did almost this exact same trip back in October 2015 except I had 7 days on Oahu (3 days pre-cruise and 4 days post-cruise.) It is my favorite trip to date and I really think you will enjoy it. You will be exhausted, but it is so worth it
I think all your plans are fine except for Day 3......IMHO, I don't think you will make it to all those sites. You might want to move some of those that are closer to Waikiki to another day. The day we went to the North Shore (we followed the same route you plan to travel), traffic was really bad...especially on our return trip going towards the Dole Plantation.
When you go to Manoa Falls, I highly recommend you bring some bug spray and extra old shoes you won't mind getting muddy. It is a nice little "rain forest" and about halfway in you will start to encounter the bugs and mud. It was a nice little hike and I am so glad we went there. Make sure you go early.......we had the trail pretty much to ourselves going in, but there were lots of people walking in on our way out.