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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 16, 2016
Where to go in order  (9 Answers)

Hi guys,
we are going to Hawaii for my wife's 30th.

we are going to


We are going to start in Honolulu then fly to Maui then go to Kaui then back to Honolulu for our international flight back.

Is this the best way to go or would you switch it?

Obviously have to start in Honolulu cause we land there!

We were looking at doing 3 nights in each place what are people's thoughts ? we are active and will pack in plenty in a short period


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 11, 2016
Where to go for 30 yr old couple  (7 Answers)

HI Guys,
We are going to Hawaii in April for my wives 30th birthday - We are a active couple from Australia and love adventure / diving and we are trying to figure out where we go should go!

Any advice would be amazing!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 06, 2016
Planning first trip to Hawaii (Late 50s) for older couple (no GOLF!)  (7 Answers)

We worked really hard to retire. Finally happened this week. Looking to go someplace we've never been before. She's never been to Hawaii. I've only been on business or Military. And that was decades ago. Looking to experience "off the beaten track" Hawaii. Places tourists usually never see. 7 days, $20k budget. Not looking for outrageous spa packages or "nosebleed" priced luxury hotels. Hoping to find nicely appointed beach cottage close to cool sights. Want "Hawaii Coolness" and great scenery/food. Suggestions for island, hotels, restaurants appreciated! Will even document trip to share on site with others! She's stood with me through thick and thin. This is her dream. Help me make it her reality!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 14, 2016
is 5 days too long in Yellowknife in December?  (1 Answer)

Hi. My my mom and I will be going to Yellowknife in December hoping to see the northern lights. Initially, we are planning a 5 day trip to maximise our chance to see the lights but now I am having second thoughts if that 5 days is too long especially with -30 to -40 C weather. We will be renting the full winter outfit during our whole stay but I am worried that it won't still be enough to go out for a long period of time even with proper layering. What do you think? Any thoughts would be appreciated. Thank you.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 02, 2016
Cruising into Kauai and Maui, things to do?  (4 Answers)

Our cruise is stopping in these two locations and as yet we haven't booked any excursions. I'm looking for advice on things to do or see/ beaches to visit that are not too far from where the cruise ship docks. We will be there end of September.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 20, 2016
First time visiting - to cruise or stay put? Help!  (7 Answers)

Hubby and me are planning our first trip sometime in Nov or Dec and are trying to decide what's better in terms of getting a good feel for the islands. Option 1 is a 7 day cruise on Pride of America (first time cruisers also), option 2 is picking 1 island and exploring in depth.

A little background on us, we're in our 40's/early 50's and not big on a lot of physical activities such as hiking, surfing, biking, etc. We like doing sightseeing tours, cultural events, and hanging out at the beach/pool. A cruise sounded great until I realized how small the cabins are and considering hubby snores so bad that I don't think I'd get much sleep. The ship does have the single suites so that might be an option or we just pick one island.

Question is Which one??? Oahu seems like the best pick as it doesn't seem like the other islands have enough of the type of activities we like to keep us active/interested for a whole week. And I really don't want to spend too much of my vacation on planes island hopping. Is it feasable to fly to say, Kona, for the day, do some sightseeing and be back to Oahu that night without being totally exhausted the next day? Help!! Any suggestions/advice would be greatly appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 22, 2016
HAWAII ISLANDS, 8-9 DAYS.  (4 Answers)

My wife and me want to spend 8-9 days in Hawaii during the second half of february. We like to move around, but not to walk long time (we are around 70 y.o.) or to sunbath in a beach. We will arrive to HLN from Barcelona.
Please, which are the more interesting islands or places to visit during this time?. Which is the best way to go around? Always the aeroplane or also some ferry? Do you advice some local address to organize this trip?
Thanks a lot for your advice!!!
Dr. Romà Massot, Barcelona

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 05, 2015
interisland flights  (5 Answers)

Is Hawaiian Air my only choice for flying from Kuaui to Oahu?

What is a good one way rate?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · October 24, 2015
How many nights should I split between Waikiki,Maui and Hawaian Island  (5 Answers)

I have never travelled to Hawaii before. I intend to spend at least 5 nights in Waikiki, would 3 nights in Maui be enough and 3 nights in Hawaii Island be enough. How do you travel between each island? Is air travel the only way?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 31, 2015
My !st time in Hawaii  (3 Answers)

Planning a 1st time trip to Hawaii. which island is the best to stay on? Is there on cheaper than another? Safer?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 23, 2015
Camping in Hawaii, Maui in particular  (2 Answers)

i'm planning a trip to Hawaii and want to go camping on Maui--not a fan of big resorts. there's surprisingly little information around about camping on the islands... has anyone done that recently? can you share tips and info on Maui campsites? thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 18, 2015
Money smart Hawaii trip  (5 Answers)

Anywhere you travel knowing when and how to get good price, atmospher and service is a great advantage. I am looking for tips on everything from flight, lodging, meals, sightseeing and mini adventures for a one week stay in Hawaii.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 05, 2015
hotels pools  (5 Answers)

what the best hotel to stay at that close to beach and have wonderful pools

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 01, 2015
price of a beer  (2 Answers)

we will be cruising around the Hawaiian Islands in August, I have tried to find out the average price of a beer on board the Pride of America to no avail. Does anyone know?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 18, 2015
Travel buddy/meetup Sept 2015?  (3 Answers)

Hello, new member here and first trip to Hawaii planned for Sept 2015. So far 'solo' trip, but thought it might be nice to have a travel companion or even meet up with others with similar interests. Active 40-something female leaving from East coast on 9/21 to Honolulu, staying in Waikiki (Outrigger Beach Hotel) until 9/25 then flying to Maui staying at Kaanapali Beach Hotel until 9/30, depart for home that afternoon. On Oahu would like to see Pearl Harbor, North Shore for a day, possibly Polynesian Cultural Center. On Maui would like to do sunrise at Haleakala Natl park, road to hana, check out Lahaina, a few hikes would be great as well, and of course relaxing on the beautiful beaches.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · April 12, 2015
Alternate ways to get out of Hawaii when you are an adult travelling standby? its on just United?  (31 Answers)

Hello, I just joined this network to see if there is anyone out there who would know an alternate way to get from Honolulu to mainland US. My friend who works for United did not realize that flights oversell and/or cancel, and thus it can be close to imposwsible to get out of Hawaii as a non revenue stand by passenger. SAdly, she made it back to Colorado without her 3 teenagers, husband , and 2 yr old--all awaiting a flight on United that might possibly have seats since Wednesday April 8th at Honolulu airport!!!!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 26, 2015
Maui hotel  (4 Answers)

Want to stay someplace we can listen to the ocean from our room at night. We stayed at the Sheraton 10 years ago when we came and had oceanfront on Black Rock, but could not hear the ocean as there was no beach for the waves to crash on. Any suggestions would be helpful. Thanks,

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 06, 2015
Where to buy high quality Backpack ?  (7 Answers)

Recently , I plan to travel .When i packed up my clothes , i found my bags got worse. Oh ,it is so bad for me .Who can tell me where to buy high quality backpack .Thanks !

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · January 01, 2015
Two island stay  (3 Answers)

Am now considering an Hawaiian vacation with partial stay at the Big Island finishing up in Maui. I can get a really good rate at a hotel on the Big Island because of my employment but have heard that Maui is very lush and tropical which is why I want to experience that island as well. My head is swimming because I'm trying to figure out how to cost effectively travel to the big island, then transfer to Maui and then go back home from Maui. Because of the better hotel rate I can secure on the Big Island maybe it's better to stay there for the entire visit and take a day tour to Maui. Is this a feasible option in a days time frame? Any advice at all will be very helpful as I have never traveled to Hawaii before. Probably will spend 7-10 nights total mid to late April. To complicate and confuse things further, I also just read that Kaua'i is the most tropical of all the islands, is this true?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 23, 2014
5/6 nights in Hawaii - Honolulu, Maui or both?  (8 Answers)


I'm probably going to combine a mileage run with a holiday in Hawaii in July.

I've never been to Hawaii.

Honolulu would seem an obvious choice, as I'd like to see the capital and the famous Waikiki Beach. There are also some attractions and museums that I think I'd like to visit. Finally, being a foodie, I'm sure there'll be plenty of options.

However, I'm afraid that spending 5 or 6 nights in Honolulu may not be particularly relaxing. I wouldn't mind spending a few days just sitting by a beach or a pool without too many people around.

What would you recommend? Do you think spending some time in both island would be mad considering the short amount of time after so much flying to get there? I can easily get an inbound flight to HNL and a return from OGG though.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · December 19, 2014
Camping in The Islands  (1 Answer)

I wonder how the campgrounds in the islands are. I'm planning a campervan trip (more than a year from now) and trying to figure out the best way to enjoy that beautiful state.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · November 22, 2014
Hyatt Place on Waikiki Beach  (5 Answers)

Hi, this is our first time to Honolulu/Waikiki and after going through many hotels on the website, we have zoomed down to the Hyatt Place.

Is this a good choice? Based on previous guests at the hotel, they were all very happy with their stay and despite it being a little off the centre of Waikiki's happenings, it still got pretty good rated.

Would love to hear some opinions from anyone who knows about this hotel before we book it. We will be staying 1-14 April 2015.

Thanks in advance!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · September 01, 2014
What are the best Hikes and Drive Up Beaches on the Big Islandon the Big Island  (2 Answers)

What are the best hikes and drive-up beaches on the Big Island

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 21, 2014
Adventure and a beach  (3 Answers)

I'm adventurous and my husband likes the beach. Can someone recommend a day or two of rafting, hiking, etc and a beach that my husband can relax at the same time? A good hotel with lots of pools would also do the trick. thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 17, 2014
Excursions  (4 Answers)

Can anyone rate excursions for us. We will be on the cruise from sept. 27-October 4. We will see Maui, BI Hilo and Kona, Kauai then finish on Oahu. Staying for 6 days there after cruise. Did not know if just booking off ship or an island tour company would be better. Want to see volcanoes national park, Waimea canyon and Haleakala crater.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 07, 2014
Snorkeling in late Dec/early Jan. Maui or Big Island?  (3 Answers)

We are planning a trip to Hawaii for 10 days during Christmas/New Year holidays and are trying to decide between Maui and Big Island. We are flying into HNL airport so we are planning to spend 3 days in Oahu and then spend rest of our vacation either in Maui or Big Island. One of the important activities we are looking to do is snorkeling/diving. We want to hike, relax on the beach and snorkel. I have read that Maui has great snorkeling but the winter storms may kick up sand and the waves may make it not ideal for snorkeling. Any advice on snorkeling conditions comparison between Maui and Big Island in December-January? Do you recommend one island over other from snorkeling and beach perspective? Thanks for any help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · August 03, 2014
Hawaii Family Vacation  (2 Answers)

Looking to take a family vacation to Hawaii, 2 adults, 2 teenagers. Never been, not even sure which island to go to or hotel to stay at, would like an all-inclusive hotel near the water. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thank You!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 13, 2014
Hawaii Aloha Travel  (2 Answers)

Has anyone used this company for their travel plans? How were they to deal with?  Have any issues? 

I have only ever used a travel agent that I can go to and sit down with.

We like to rent a condo with full kitchen and washer/dryer in unit and it sounds like they only use hotels for reservations.  I don't know if this is factual though.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · July 07, 2014
ask someone who know the road about the destination I want to go  (1 Answer)

How can i go to the Iolani Palace from Pearl Harbor by public traffic,such as bus or Waikiki Trolley.I hope someone could tell me quickly,i'm in hurry.Thank you very much

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · June 21, 2014
First time in Hawaii - where should I go?  (5 Answers)

Hi! I'm hoping to visit Hawaii for the first time in October, and I'd like to get some input as to which island(s) I should visit. I'm not much into the whole beach scene, but I'd like to see the volcanoes, do some hiking and explore some historic sites. I'll have about 2 weeks to tour around Hawaii. What would you recommend and why?

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