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1. Posted by cplford (Budding Member 98 posts) 9y

I've been to Hawaii a couple of times but have only done the Oahu thing. I will be there for about four days in Oct 08 and would like some advice on seeing some of the other islands. Any suggestions?

2. Posted by john7buck (Respected Member 458 posts) 9y

You can't go wrong with either Maui or Kauai. Kauai is much more mellow and in my opinion more scenic. It also has some great hiking trails. Maui is much more developed and touristy, but still good if that is what you're looking for. The Big Island is a bit more rural, and the beaches are black sand, but can be fantastic as well. You'd probably want to head to Kona on the Big Island, but there are many other nice parts. Not to mention, a still active volcano.

Oh, and by the way, Inter-Island flights are now pretty cheap. I think somewhere in the range of $39.

[ Edit: Edited on Aug 14, 2007, at 5:56 PM by john7buck ]

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

And now there also is a superferry between the Hawaiian Islands so you can reach most islands in a few hours, including your car. No need to spend time on those boring airports, waiting for your luggage;)

4. Posted by cplford (Budding Member 98 posts) 9y

Thanks for the advice. Now I have enough leads to stimulate my declining brain cells to action!

5. Posted by lagered (Budding Member 230 posts) 9y

I spent 10 days on Maui and it was a lot of fun. Snorkeling was a personal favorite! They have snorkeling trips out to Molokini crater which was a great time - saw a lot of sea turtles and humpback whales. The trip to Hana isnt so bad either if you have a decent rental car. If memory serves me correctly, just after Hana there are the 7 pools. This is worth the trip itself! Hope this helps.

6. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

If you want to explore nature, an active volcano and much more nice natural stuff then going to the Big Island is nice. Hilo is not particularly nice, but it is a good place to base yourself to go out and explore all the nature that the Big Island has to offer.

7. Posted by Ham Radio (Respected Member 284 posts) 9y

Consider touring some of the coffee plantations on the Big Island. If you are a coffee drinker, it's hard to beat Kona coffee right from the source.

Of course, too much caffeine = or possibly

8. Posted by Martinka (Budding Member 13 posts) 9y

We were in Kauai last month for 8 days. I haven't been to other islands, so I can not compare to them..

Kauai has very beautiful nature and everything is near (not more than 1-2 hours drive..) There is the gorgeous Napali Coast, wide rivers, beaches everywhere, romantic, not crowded, whereever you are on the island even if you are not looking for, you end up on beautiful beach, then there are great (easy or difficult) hiking trails with great views on the ocean, cliffs, forests, then there is the Canyon, then the waterfalls...
People are kind and relaxed, and very helpful if needed.

Also there many tours you can do there with boats, helicopters, kayaking, horseback riding, zipping...
For the night life, I can't say much, because we were very active during the day, so at night we were so tired and went to bed at 10-11 pm, but as much I've notice, there isn't much of it (but, again, I might be wrong on this). Even the Luau evening (hawaiian dinner and dance) lasted from 5 to 8,30 pm.

9. Posted by Calcruzer (Moderator 1989 posts) 9y

Just got back from Maui on Monday. Both Maui and Kauai are great and scenic (as said by others above). The road to Hana is spectacular, though winding and long. Sunrise at the crater of Halaakalai (10,000 feet high above the water is something else).

Boy that vacation flew by fast. I prefer Maui and my wife prefers Kauai--so I'll let you take your pick (Neither of us have been to the big island yet).

Oh, and an update--the superferry has been grounded, so to speak--they didn't do an environmental impact report as is required by Hawaii state law--so they have to go do that (which will take months) before they can start service. They just lost this lawsuit in the Hawaiian supreme court--so no more appeals are possible.

Enjoy Hawaii.