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nuxx
04/03/2015, 09:17 AM
Hey guys,

Looks like we might be going to Oahu in July for my wife's 30th birthday.

We went to Maui last December and loved it.

Since we haven't been to Oahu before, I just wanted some feedback on it.

When we stayed in Maui, we stayed in Kapalua and rented a Jeep for the time we were there. We were easily able to drive anywhere we wanted each day.

Can we stay anywhere in Oahu and also easily drive where we want each day, or should we stay in multiple hotels?

Any suggestions for Hotels, Restaurant and dive/snorkeling locations?

Thanks :beer:

Baiggann
04/03/2015, 09:52 AM
Just got back from Oahu a week ago. In my opinion you can stay in 1 hotel and drive where you want

nuxx
04/03/2015, 10:03 AM
Just got back from Oahu a week ago. In my opinion you can stay in 1 hotel and drive where you want

Thanks so much :)

ace_92101
04/03/2015, 02:26 PM
Outside of the obvious ones, check out Kahe Point, very good coral growth, and Sharks Cove if it's calm.

nuxx
04/03/2015, 02:43 PM
Outside of the obvious ones, check out Kahe Point, very good coral growth, and Sharks Cove if it's calm.

Awesome thanks :)

My wife's in research mode now!

r-balljunkie
04/05/2015, 05:38 AM
Nuxx,

I was in Hono in March, stayed for two weeks.
Was a bit of a sourpuss about going, thought I wasnt going to have a good time, but have to say, had a blast. Tons of fun ... i left with ohana vibe.

It was me and the wife + kiddo to start with. Gotta cryptic message from the motherinlaw, saying she's coming in from canada. Make that +1


Place to crash


More than likely you will stay in Waikiki if you visit Oahu. There's the less "busy part near the marina/Marriott and the "super busy" part near Kuhio Beach Park. Your pick.

Don't know your preference, but we enjoyed it closer to the marina. It felt like you were stepping out in a real neighborhood at times, but still 2 blocks from the beach /marina

I would suggest you look up vacation rentals by owner. We spent less than 165 a night and stayed at a really nice condo with parking.

http://i1212.photobucket.com/albums/cc452/imnprsd/Executive%201%20Bedroom/2a_zpsd444e29a.jpg (http://s1212.photobucket.com/user/imnprsd/media/Executive%201%20Bedroom/2a_zpsd444e29a.jpg.html)

I dont know how old you are, or what your interests are. We found it nice to step out on the streets and feel like it was a neighborhood, yet a couple of blocks from the beach/marina.

Things to do

Waterfalls and hiking:

Waimea Falls Park
Diamond Head

Goofy stuff:

Wet 'n' Wild Hawaii
Ice Palace

Must see:

Pearl harbor. You can go direct and buy tix, try not to get stuck on a cattle car bus herded. if you select the "do everything package" be prepared to spend a long day touring.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r158/cchavis/03-08-15%20Hawaii%20processed/P3102710_zpsijth5whh.jpg

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r158/cchavis/03-08-15%20Hawaii%20processed/P3102767_zpsbegd66d6.jpg

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r158/cchavis/03-08-15%20Hawaii%20processed/P3102778_zpsolojhyey.jpg

Dont buy the optional headphones...meh, not worth it.


Snorkeling:

Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is a nice beach. It seems to attract a lot of tourists, snorkel, mask rentals are available. There was a fair amount of people enjoying the sunshine. We didnt bother to snorkel hear since the waters are 82 where i live and it was probably 75 here...brrrr too whimpy :) I would check out the previously suggested areas too if indeed you are wanting to snorkel

Food

I live on a really small island, no restaurants. We love food, so this was an important part of our trip and waistlines.


Serg's Mexican Kitchen has decent Mexican, ...we went to both locations, and the food consistency was a bit off, but passable.

Please pass Greek food was Olive Tree Café. After elbowing and hustling for a free table, it took an hour to get your food and its so so quality wise IMO. We left after we ate and went to grab a bite cause we were still hungry, no-LOL. Not a good value

Foodcourt at the Ala Moana....lotsa fun, and good selections of pacific rim food. Sorry, no Cinnabons. Good for people watching and cheap eats!

Sushi, you gotta go to Kats Sushi. You MUST call ahead and confirm/reserve a table, its a small cozy place. Its a quant all you can eat sushi spot. There's two sushi chefs and a cool waitress, add five tables. You pick it off the menu, what sushi (s) you want, they make it in front of you

Hono has a lot of good local spots too. Dont be afraid to venture out past the cheesecake factory.



Drives:

Try to bring a GPS. Load the newest maps. There's some places that will rent you scenic drive GPS's plotted. We just kinda plotted a few places we wanted to see, freestyled the rest. Going East, it'll be easier. On the west side, there's rail construction that straddles the freeway in some places. It's a bit hectic.


http://www.honolulutransit.org/rail-system-guide/interactive-route-map.aspx


Go east young man.

Lotsa places to pull over and take some pics. I found it nice to leave to hustle of waikiki and get out in the countryside. Feel free to pull over and wing it on a place to grab some food.

http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r158/cchavis/03-08-15%20Hawaii%20processed/P3092476-2_zpsqelmwtsf.jpg


Byodo-In Temple was enjoyable. Lots of places to stop on the way.


http://i143.photobucket.com/albums/r158/cchavis/03-08-15%20Hawaii%20processed/P3092529-2_zpsokhrwq9h.jpg


We skipped the Waikiki Aquarium, but opted for the zoo, whch was a good experience.


The Sea Life Park was on the radar, but never happened. I looked at the packages they offered, meh didnt seem like a value.


Car rental. I would suggest getting a set of wheels while you are there.

Enterprise was running a 10/day deal (off airport) if you're thinking of getting a car for the weekend only.

Have fun!


C

nuxx
04/06/2015, 10:14 AM
Wow stunning pictures!

Definitely a lot to do there :)

We're now up in the air about going to Oahu or going to Mauritius/Reunion Island. We wanted to go to both this year, but might just pick one because of time restraints :(

ace_92101
04/06/2015, 01:22 PM
Wow stunning pictures!

Definitely a lot to do there :)

We're now up in the air about going to Oahu or going to Mauritius/Reunion Island. We wanted to go to both this year, but might just pick one because of time restraints :(

Mauritius!!! I'd definitely go back. And all things being equal, if if was going back to Hawaii the Big Island would be my choice. The best diving in the state.

nuxx
04/06/2015, 01:26 PM
Mauritius!!! I'd definitely go back. And all things being equal, if if was going back to Hawaii the Big Island would be my choice. The best diving in the state.

Have you been before?

What did you think?

Would try to go to Reunion for a few days as well.

ace_92101
04/06/2015, 03:25 PM
I have been to Mauritius, but not to Reunion. My understanding is that Mauritius has the better diving. Culturally, it was very interesting. A mixture of Indian, African and French cultures. Needless to say, the food was very good. Was based out of Flic En Flac. I was a member of the British Sub Aqua Club, and we dove with a divemaster who took us on his self built sailboat. Many different and remote sites. If you're already there, why not try Reunion? I've heard there isn't as much coral there. Or you could combine it with a safari To East Africa.

nuxx
04/06/2015, 03:28 PM
I have been to Mauritius, but not to Reunion. My understanding is that Mauritius has the better diving. Culturally, it was very interesting. A mixture of Indian, African and French cultures. Needless to say, the food was very good. Was based out of Flic En Flac. I was a member of the British Sub Aqua Club, and we dove with a divemaster who took us on his self built sailboat. Many different and remote sites. If you're already there, why not try Reunion? I've heard there isn't as much coral there. Or you could combine it with a safari To East Africa.

Yeah Reunion looks a bit more on land adventurous. Mauritius more for the water.

Ever see any interesting fish in Mauritius? Gems, Zebras, Leopard Wrasses, etc...?

ace_92101
04/06/2015, 05:01 PM
Gems are fairly common. The divemaster we dove with was also a collector, mostly shipping to S. Africa, had discovered 3 or 4 new species. One dive that stood out had hundreds of lion fish. They were literally everywhere.

nuxx
04/06/2015, 05:06 PM
Gems are fairly common. The divemaster we dove with was also a collector, mostly shipping to S. Africa, had discovered 3 or 4 new species. One dive that stood out had hundreds of lion fish. They were literally everywhere.

Great :)

Think my wife is leaning towards Mauritius, esp. since we just went to Maui.

Any recommendations for dive / snorkeling companies out there?

ace_92101
04/06/2015, 05:36 PM
We dove with a local dive master, so I'm not sure on outfits. With Emirates out of Dallas, the flight shouldn't be to bad. If you want to break it up, you could dive Oman. I was there a few years ago. Shallow coral reefs, but interesting diving. And Muscat is an interesting city.

nuxx
04/07/2015, 08:54 AM
We dove with a local dive master, so I'm not sure on outfits. With Emirates out of Dallas, the flight shouldn't be to bad. If you want to break it up, you could dive Oman. I was there a few years ago. Shallow coral reefs, but interesting diving. And Muscat is an interesting city.

We might break up the flights, not sure. My wife deals with all the logistics ;)

Could you PM me the name of the dive master down there if you don't mind?

percula99
04/10/2015, 08:17 AM
Check out the link below for some of the best snorkel spots in all the hawaiiam islands.

http://www.shorediving.com/Earth/Hawaii/index.htm

AZRippster
04/12/2015, 10:10 AM
I have dove both the Big Island (Hawai'i, Kona, etc...) and Oahu. I'm not trying to be negative, but Oahu leaves Much to be desired. The Big Island has some nice diving. There is an area called Puako on the Big Island that is fantastic and offers great shore diving with incredibly easy access. My wife and I are considering returning there and staying in a VRBO to just dive Puako for a week or so. Blue Wilderness in Waikiloa offers tank fill cards so it makes shore diving very reasonable. They are also a great bunch of folks.

Oahu on the other hand feels like I'm diving a wet desert. In areas the fish life is GREAT, but coral I found sad. I think a big problem is too many people diving all the same reefs. I'm sure there are little or less known spots that if you charter or own your boat, or know someone who has their own, are probably still nice.

My last 2 cents, I had a horrible experience this past March with Island Divers. They forgot me at my hotel. They did eventually pick me up, but that dive was stressful. Secondly, although I'm sure their instructors/masters are fine divers, they miss an incredible number of already sparse things to point out. Fortunately I don't really need them to. Being I go there for work, I get paired or have to stick with a staff diver to fulfill the buddy system. I was amazed at how they blow right past so many wonderful, and preciously few things, there are to see. Oh well.

Deinonych
04/29/2015, 11:36 AM
I have dove both the Big Island (Hawai'i, Kona, etc...) and Oahu. I'm not trying to be negative, but Oahu leaves Much to be desired. The Big Island has some nice diving. There is an area called Puako on the Big Island that is fantastic and offers great shore diving with incredibly easy access. My wife and I are considering returning there and staying in a VRBO to just dive Puako for a week or so. Blue Wilderness in Waikiloa offers tank fill cards so it makes shore diving very reasonable. They are also a great bunch of folks.

Oahu on the other hand feels like I'm diving a wet desert. In areas the fish life is GREAT, but coral I found sad. I think a big problem is too many people diving all the same reefs. I'm sure there are little or less known spots that if you charter or own your boat, or know someone who has their own, are probably still nice.

My last 2 cents, I had a horrible experience this past March with Island Divers. They forgot me at my hotel. They did eventually pick me up, but that dive was stressful. Secondly, although I'm sure their instructors/masters are fine divers, they miss an incredible number of already sparse things to point out. Fortunately I don't really need them to. Being I go there for work, I get paired or have to stick with a staff diver to fulfill the buddy system. I was amazed at how they blow right past so many wonderful, and preciously few things, there are to see. Oh well.

+1

IMO, Big Island has the best diving in the Hawaiian Islands, followed by Lana'i. Puako, and the entire Kohala area for that matter, is simply wonderful. We usually dive with Kohala Divers out of Kawaihae.

cbm369
04/30/2015, 06:49 PM
Glad I found this thread. Wife and I are going to Ohau in mid June for 10 days.
Went with the VRBO condo route, away from Waikiki.

r-balljunkie
05/01/2015, 03:54 AM
I have dove both the Big Island (Hawai'i, Kona, etc...) and Oahu. I'm not trying to be negative, but Oahu leaves Much to be desired.


I agree. It's a bit apocalyptic looking at the reef in Hono.

If i had a chance to do a deep dive to see some flames, i'd do it.....shallow snorkeling, meh.