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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #30 on: February 18, 2013, 02:24:51 PM »
looks really good, I would say skip the submarine tour and just leave diamond head for Monday, otherwise looks like you have a great itinerary
thank you. So it doesnt seem  like too much to cover?
how long do i need at Diamond Head? - flights at 1:45 and i dont want to wake up too early morning after purim.

how about all the other stuff time wise, have you done them to know how much time is ideal per attraction (the specific ones i asked that is)

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #31 on: February 18, 2013, 02:29:06 PM »
Leaving For Oahu on tuesday morning iyh from LAX will get there by noon time.
heres my Activity List i put together for the few days ill be there. i would like some input and advice please:

Tuesday
Visit Chabad
Hike Manoa falls ----How long will that take?
Back to Airport ----pick up a friend
Head over to Lanikai beach----- stay for sunset

Wednesday
Hanauma Bay snorkeling------early morning (sunrise) and stay for how long ?? I would say 2 hours is plenty
Koko head park
Halona blow hole
(Diamond head)---------if theres time....how much do i need for this - would recommend leaving until mon

Thursday - Fast Day
Pearl Harbor
Drive across H3 highway
Walk up to Pali lookout
Polynesian cultral center (luau) ------has anyone seen it? worth the money? Never did that particular one, but I wasn't impressed in general with luau
Waikiki Boardwalk
Sunset atwaikiki
(dole plantatation) --------if theres time ----is it worth it?- never did

Friday - North Shore
Haleiwa beach
Weimia bay
Sharks cove
Banzai Pipeline - waves

Sunday ------ PURIM

Monday till noon
Atlantis Submarine Adventure--------worth it? - don't think it is
or Diamond hill if didnt do on a diff day

Please tell me if there are things i missed, can skip or i should prioritize. Also if i should change around the order for diff days etc..
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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #32 on: February 18, 2013, 02:30:43 PM »
I did the whole diamond head in 2.5 hrs with a pregnant wife, you can do it much quicker
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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #33 on: February 18, 2013, 02:34:16 PM »
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cool.
a friend of mine told me that hanauma bay is worth it to make a whole day trip out of it. but i guess that depends how much u enjoy the sand, water and snorkeling.

Any type of car recommended?

where is a nice sunrise/sunset that uve seen this time of year?

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #34 on: February 18, 2013, 02:35:49 PM »
cool.
a friend of mine told me that hanauma bay is worth it to make a whole day trip out of it. but i guess that depends how much u enjoy the sand, water and snorkeling.
agreed, I actually spent a whole Friday there. I was saying that I think 2 hours is enough to enjoy the snorkeling without feeling your missing anything and get on with your itin
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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #35 on: February 18, 2013, 02:36:06 PM »
I did the whole diamond head in 2.5 hrs with a pregnant wife, you can do it much quicker
manoa falls is quicker or longer would you say?

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #36 on: February 18, 2013, 02:38:40 PM »
manoa falls is quicker or longer would you say?
i spent less time on the hike, and more time at the falls. IIRC there are multiple trails. you can definitely do it in 1:30
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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #37 on: February 18, 2013, 02:42:51 PM »
ok...Any type of car recommended? (AWD or ...?)

where is a nice sunrise/sunset that uve seen this time of year?

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #38 on: February 18, 2013, 02:44:14 PM »
ok...Any type of car recommended? (AWD or ...?)

where is a nice sunrise/sunset that uve seen this time of year?
i had a convertible, never felt the need for an AWD. I was there in the summer, and not much of a sunset guy
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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #39 on: February 19, 2013, 02:18:53 PM »
Leaving For Oahu on tuesday morning iyh from LAX will get there by noon time.
heres my Activity List i put together for the few days ill be there. i would like some input and advice please:

Tuesday
Visit Chabad
Hike Manoa falls ----How long will that take?
Back to Airport ----pick up a friend
Head over to Lanikai beach----- stay for sunset

Wednesday
Hanauma Bay snorkeling------early morning (sunrise) and stay for how long ??
Koko head park
Halona blow hole
(Diamond head)---------if theres time....how much do i need for this

Thursday - Fast Day
Pearl Harbor
Drive across H3 highway
Walk up to Pali lookout
Polynesian cultral center (luau) ------has anyone seen it? worth the money?
Waikiki Boardwalk
Sunset atwaikiki
(dole plantatation) --------if theres time ----is it worth it?

Friday - North Shore
Haleiwa beach
Weimia bay
Sharks cove
Banzai Pipeline - waves

Sunday ------ PURIM

Monday till noon
Atlantis Submarine Adventure--------worth it?
or Diamond hill if didnt do on a diff day

Please tell me if there are things i missed, can skip or i should prioritize. Also if i should change around the order for diff days etc..
Why are you spending so much time on Oahu instead of Kauai or Maui??

Anyway
-Manoa Falls is nice, maybe 1-2 hours.  I hiked a little past the falls into the bamboo forest.
-Hanauma Bay is overcrowded and you have to watch a video about preserving the coral.  It's overrated, though Oahu isn't known for great snorkeling.
-Diamond head is 1-2 hours, nice view at the top.
-Pearl Harbor can have long lines. allow 2-3 hours.
-H3 and Pali are nice
-I'd skip the Luau.
-Waikiki is worth a walk down I suppose.  There are probably better sunset spots.
-I think dole is for kids. CMIIW.
-Jetskiing on Banzai pipeline was great

-I'd do the kayaking trip to the sandbar that I wrote about in my TR over some of the stuff you have on your list.
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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #40 on: February 19, 2013, 04:49:37 PM »
Why are you spending so much time on Oahu instead of Kauai or Maui??

Anyway
-Manoa Falls is nice, maybe 1-2 hours.  I hiked a little past the falls into the bamboo forest.
-Hanauma Bay is overcrowded and you have to watch a video about preserving the coral.  It's overrated, though Oahu isn't known for great snorkeling.
-Diamond head is 1-2 hours, nice view at the top.
-Pearl Harbor can have long lines. allow 2-3 hours.
-H3 and Pali are nice
-I'd skip the Luau.
-Waikiki is worth a walk down I suppose.  There are probably better sunset spots.
-I think dole is for kids. CMIIW.
-Jetskiing on Banzai pipeline was great

-I'd do the kayaking trip to the sandbar that I wrote about in my TR over some of the stuff you have on your list.
Thanx for your input. Just landed and so far birds eye view and weather is gorgeous

I think I'll skip dole Plantation and maybe less time at Hanauma Bay. And do the kayaking. The problem is that Thursday is a fast day and I'm trying to make it simple stuff not to sweat out.
Friday for North Shore. And only Wednesday and little bit of Monday unless I take a few hours on purim

Which bay did u leave from to kayaking? And how long did it take.

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #41 on: February 19, 2013, 05:02:20 PM »
Thanx for your input. Just landed and so far birds eye view and weather is gorgeous

I think I'll skip dole Plantation and maybe less time at Hanauma Bay. And do the kayaking. The problem is that Thursday is a fast day and I'm trying to make it simple stuff not to sweat out.
Friday for North Shore. And only Wednesday and little bit of Monday unless I take a few hours on purim

Which bay did u leave from to kayaking? And how long did it take.

Only input I have is about Pearl Harbor, I was there for 5 hours and didn't finish everything to see there. Depending on how much detail you enjoy depends on the length of time it will take you. If you go early in the morning you have a better chance of going to the site as they are limited tickets. Also they do not allow any bags on site you need to check it in for a small fee (if I remember it was about $3.00).
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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #42 on: February 19, 2013, 05:12:24 PM »
I am confused about Pearl Harbor tours and stuff. Do I need to do a tour? I do not want to spend more then 3 hours there. Any recommendations or ideas?

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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #43 on: February 19, 2013, 05:17:41 PM »
I am confused about Pearl Harbor tours and stuff. Do I need to do a tour? I do not want to spend more then 3 hours there. Any recommendations or ideas?

No you do not need to go with a tour.

If you want to go out to the memorial (The Arizona) You need to get there early, as I mentioned there is limited amount of tickets. They show you a video about the attack for about 45 min, and then you go on a boat out to the memorial.

There are several Museums on premises as well, including the USS Bowfin (submarine). Off site there is an Airplane Museum and another ship that served in WWII.

There is a fee to go to the off-site exhibits.
They do not allow any bags in the park, so you need to drop it off at a check in area for a small fee (I think it was $3).
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Re: Oahu, HI Master Thread
« Reply #44 on: February 20, 2013, 11:37:02 AM »
Only input I have is about Pearl Harbor, I was there for 5 hours and didn't finish everything to see there. Depending on how much detail you enjoy depends on the length of time it will take you. If you go early in the morning you have a better chance of going to the site as they are limited tickets. Also they do not allow any bags on site you need to check it in for a small fee (if I remember it was about $3.00).
what's considered early?