In order to fly from Fiji to San Francisco, I stop for five hours in Honolulu . . .
So . . will I be able to do anything outside the airport or will I have to stay in the airport since I will be in transit . . if the former, what could I do and if the latter what does the airport have to offer?
Has anyone experienced this, and if so do you have any time to explore after going through customs, immigration etc (I am assume I will need to do the latter since it will be my first arrival in the US?)
PS Message for Peter, I was not sure where to post this, so apologies if I should have gone under North America!
No worries Becky -- it did belong in North America though Sorry to say I was about 10 years old when I last went to Honolulu, so can't be of much help.. usually on long stopovers you can get out of the airport. Can't remember how far the airport is from anything though.
From Honolulu airport to Waikiki beach is about 20 minutes by taxi. If you have 5 hours to kill, here is what you can do.
- Make sure you have your boarding pass for your next flight to San Francisco, so when you come back to the airport you won't have to wait in line at the ticket counter, but you can go straight to the security check and then to your gate.
- Chances are your check-in baggages will be transfered to the plane going to San Francisco, therefore, you won't have to lug them around town. You might be able to check some of your carry-on items at the airport for a minimal fee. Take your camera and catch a taxi to Waikiki beach - be sure to change into comfortable walking shoes. There are plenty of activities at the beach and along the streets nearby. Other attractions around Waikiki is the International Market place, where you can buy souvenirs, clothings ect. If you are in the mood for shopping then get the taxi to Alamoana Shopping Center. My favorite store there is the Japanese department store. It has many items from Japan, and a Japanese restaurant inside the store, too. Since you are coming from Fiji, you might be tired of swimming, otherwise, a short swim at Waikiki beach could be refreshing after many hours sitting on the plane from Fiji.
- What I just suggested is a token of what one can experience in Honolulu. If you have more time, then going to Hanauma Bay (about 25 minutes from Waikiki) to see the corals and watch people swimming or snorling is also nice.
- There is an aquarium place at Waikiki beach, admission is few dollars. Here you can see marine lives found in Hawaii.
- I don't know what time of the day you'll be coming, but in the evening, there is a Hula dance performance to entertain visitors.
- Besure to get back to airport about 2 hours before your departure. Taxi from Waikiki to the airport is about 20 minutes. If you want some adventure, pick up one of those free weekly advertise magazines, look for limousine discount coupon (something like $25 to the airport), get to a hotel and ask them to call the limousine for you. $25 for a limousine ride is awkful cheap! Well, give the driver a five dollar tips!
- After you check back in, you can enjoy walking thru the tropical garden inside the airport (I wish all airports have a garden similar to Honolulu). Each time I get to this airport, if I had time, instead of waiting at the gate, I went for the garden, until boarding time.
Have a good time!