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Pam Cole

Overland Park, Kansas

Is the Groupon 3-Day Island card a good deal?

Traveling with my husband for a week stay. We've been there before and seem to spend a lot of time trying to figure out what to see and do. Is the Groupon worth it?

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  • Annalisa Unbedacht

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    Pam,

    I was a tour and activity concierge in Waikiki for a few years. I've sold the Go Oahu card a lot, and many people have loved it. But it's not for everyone. The card is essentially your pass to all of the most touristy (cheesy, highly profitable) activities on the island. If you're super into closely guided big group tours and super family friendly outings (like visiting Sea Life Park and taking the kids to a big luau) then yes it's a great deal.

    But if you'd rather experience the real Hawaii (go on a waterfall hike, eat at cool local spots, hang out at beaches away from the crowd, snorkel on your own, rent a car and drive around the island, attend a locally owned luau, etc) then most of the activities on the card aren't for you.

    So all in all, it depends on what type of tourist you are and how you want to experience the island as a whole. Another thing is, you can get great deals on activities and island tours in Waikiki without the card (small locally owned companies are more fun to tour with than the the big companies that Go card books with). But instead of just picking out activities for the day as you would with the card, it would take a bit more effort to book each individual tour once you arrive in Waikiki. I'd say, it's worth it to book individual tours and avoid those big companies that the Go card uses. Hope this helps! Sorry for bad grammar, I just woke up. Aloha!

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  • Michael Ching

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    To me it all depends on how long you plan to stay this trip and during what time of the year you are looking to visit. That being said most of the things on there are things that I would consider almost all day things like Polynesian Cultural Center or Arizona Memorial / Battleship Missouri / USS Bowfin / Pacific Aviation Museum. Personally I would suggest making a list of things that you want to see & do, maybe contact those places directly (or look at their websites) to see how much time they suggest you set aside to actually enjoy it and then if you think it is worth it then pick it up.

    I ask people when are they thinking of visiting so that I can suggest local events to them that I think they might enjoy like cultural events, music festivals, etc. Like this past Saturday was the Liliuokalani Church's Annual Luau with authentic Hawaiian food and entertainment with Hawaiian Music & Hula. Which to me unless you are being invited to someone's baby luau this is the closest thing you will come to it.

    Also since you have mentioned that you have been here before if you don't mind responding when were you last here and what have you done so far would help. That way people can tell you if there have been changes or additions to the places that you did enjoy that you might want to check out.

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      We have a timeshare at Hilton Hawiian Village and were last there about three years ago. We're visiting in Sept, which is when we usually go. We've done the all day island tour twice and loved it both times. Feel like we spend a lot of time figuring out what's good. not so much into cultural or shopping... Wanted more sightseeing, evening activities, etc... Thanks! · (0 likelikes)

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