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We are in Oahu for 1 day with a toddler, going Pearl Harbour in the morning then plan on spending afternoon on Waikiki Beach and eating around there in the evening, would it be easier to rent a car so baby's bits can stay in Car, or get Cabs/Bus all day long.



Thanks in advance as I'm totally confused

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Having traveled to Honolulu with our 3 since they were 6 months old I would suggest NOT taking the bus. If you are just going to do PH and Waikiki a cab or shuttle service would be fine. If you want to do other things then I would get a car at one of the Waikiki locations that you can pick up in the a.m. and return that evening. If you have a car you can easily stop at the Aloha Stadium before or after PH, eat somewhere besides Waikiki, stop at K-Mart, drive up to Diamond Head, etc. I think a day on Waikiki beach is so much fun with kids/babies of any age. You will have a GREAT time. Cherie

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How many hours will you be in Honolulu? If you are on cruise critic, I guess this means that you are coming in on a cruise ship. Do you plan on spending the entire day off the ship? Will the ship be departing late in the evening? If your answers to these questions are yes, then, you should rent a car. The bus system in Honolulu is terrific, but there will be a lot of waiting around and sometimes very crowded buses.


If you want a car for the full day, rent it from the airport. If you only need a car for the morning and afternoon, then rent it from Enterprise on Nimitz, near the cruise terminal. The sooner you rent the car, the better the rates.


There are so many places you can take a toddler.


Honolulu Zoo / Aquarium in Waikiki Parking is free at the Kapiolani Band Stand if you can find a spot.


Diamond Head tide pools. Sandy Beach tide pools. Tide pools can be a little rough if the weather/ocean is bad. I think there are tide pools in front of the Aquarium.


Every beach in Hawaii is public and free. There are some places you will need to look for access alleys.


Be sure to stop by Waiola Shave Ice (google it) for a refreshing treat.


Walk along the shopping promenade at Ala Moana Shopping Center (Diamond Head side/Apple Store). There are some nice ponds with Koi. Or go have a picnic with a plate lunch at Ala Moana Beach Park / Magic Island.


North of Pearl Harbor / Arizona Memorial is the Dole Plantation (about 20 miles???). They have a cute train ride and maze to explore (entrance fee).


Ewa also has a sugar cane train ride.


Have lunch at Nico's at pier 39 and walk among the fishing boats.


This is just the start of the many things you can do with a young child in Honolulu. Have fun.


displaced local girl

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As has been said above...there are many things to enjoy in Honolulu/Waikiki. Pearl Harbor and the beach at Waikiki sound like a good day to me but there are so many options. The only thing I will disagree with is renting a car on Nimitz or the airport. There are MANY major rental car companies in Waikiki that do not charge more than the airport and are sometimes less because they do not charge the airport tax. If you are just there for the day make it easy on yourselves and just take taxis or make shuttle reservations. It really is not difficult and just taking the time to enjoy Pearl Harbor and Waikiki beach will be a terrific day. JMO Cherie

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