Feedback on planned Oahu Days

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#1
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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
Waikiki
Manoa's Falls
Germaine's Luau


DAY FIVE - FRIDAY JULY 28
Kualoa Ranch
Return Rental Car
HHV Fireworks


DAY SIX - SATURDAY JULY 29

3 pm - Board ship
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#2
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Joined Jan 2015
Originally posted by tommyjean
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
Waikiki
Manoa's Falls
Germaine's Luau


DAY FIVE - FRIDAY JULY 28
Kualoa Ranch
Return Rental Car
HHV Fireworks


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.
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#3
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Joined Mar 2011
Thank you! So it's sounding like the North Shore drive is a day in and of itself? I wasn't planning on stopping at all of the stops, but listed them as reference points. I'll take another look. Thank you so much!
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#4
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On day 3 are you planning to hike Diamond Head and then drive around the island? I guess it is technically possible, but it will be a long day and you may get into some heavy traffic. Keep in mind that Dole Plantation is a big gift shop with some pineapple plants. Now I have to say we always stop there, it it is a quick stop to buy a few souvenirs and get a dole whip. We also always stop at the Byodo-in Temple. Beautiful spot to take photos . It is so peaceful. If you find yourself up near the Polynesian Cultural center (going toward north shore) not too far down the road (15 mins?) you will find the white Giovanni's shrimp truck. Be sure and stop...it may be crowded, but super yummy.
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We spent 3 days in Oahu following our Sydney to Honolulu cruise. We took the Escape Waikiki Tour. Kevin was wonderful. He will customize your tour if you want. His knowledge and enthusiasm made the trip so much fun. I recommend this tour as great wys to get your bearings. It is the best tour we have ever taken.

https://www.escapewaikikitours.com/
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#6
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Day 3 may be a little ambitious. If you are planning on hiking Diamond Head, figure it will take you two to two and a half hours to do that by the time you wait for parking to open up and do the hike. Parking is limited there, so you may have to wait for a spot.

If you plan to snorkel Hanauma Bay, these two activities would be a day in themselves.


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