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Hawaii in November 2012

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Hawaii in November 2012

Hello,

My husband and I are now looking into a Hawaiian trip (ten days) in November 2012 after realizing some of our other trip ideas are not going to work out due to timing (Galapagos etc).

Any suggestions on where to start if we are interested in staying in nice locations, have a 15k budget, want to be active, enjoy romantic beach time, and have an overall great time? We are willing to drive, would prefer not to ...would like to island hop...and might consider cruises....

Thank you so much.

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1. Re: Hawaii in November 2012

The only area you can really get by without a car is Honolulu on Oahu...every other island requires driving to see the sights and enjoy the island.

With 10 days I would do a max of 2 islands...island hopping really eats up most of a day of vacation and you end up learning more about airports!

November is a great time to visit, go before Thanksgiving,

If you want to do a cruise check out the NCL 7 day cruise...then spend 3 days on Oahu.

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2. Re: Hawaii in November 2012

The NCL 7-day cruise is the only way to glimpse highlights of Kauai, Big Island of Hawaii and Maui in a week. It's not a deluxe experience. Think of it as room, board and transportation, and book a plain cabin. Rent a car at most ports for DIY touring. (The ship's tour of Volcano National Park is one of the few I'd opt for.)

Most first-time visitors to Hawaii with at least ten nights in the state stay on Oahu + Maui or Kauai. If you were interested in Galapagos...maybe Kauai and Big Island would suit.(Big Island requires more time due to size, and you need to 'move house' to stay both sunny Kohala (NW) and view the volcano (SE).

Are you tied to school vacation timing? (Noting your locatiion.)

Would you fly out of Chicago or St. Louis? (Getting to Hawaii being a long day's travel.)

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3. Re: Hawaii in November 2012

Thanks for the input so far!

I work for the University so I am a bit "tied" to the break periods right now. I could elect to travel anytime really from October through January if I wanted but I am trying to use some of the holiday time to avoid using all of my vacation.

I would probably fly out of Chicago or Indy...although we have been flying out of Bloomington, IL which connects in Chicago, Atlanta, or Dallas. Easier option for not having to drive to the airport and pay for parking.

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4. Re: Hawaii in November 2012

10 days = two islands

I would skip the NCL cruise. You have little time for water activities and Hawaii is all about the beach and water activities.

I would choose Kauai and Hawaii, or maybe Kauai and Maui.

Try really hard to avoid Thanksgiving week. Everything will cost more and be busier.

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5. Re: Hawaii in November 2012

With 10 days you can easily do two islands. With a budget of 15K I wouldn't be spending it on a cruise!! I'd spend it at one of the premiere hotels on Waikiki and then either Maui or Kauai.

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6. Re: Hawaii in November 2012

Aloha,

I'd look at Christmas (4-5 days worth) in the Waikiki area, then move to either Maui or Kauai for the more laid back time. But Christmas in Waikiki will be a blast and you will make everyone back home really jealous, LOL.

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7. Re: Hawaii in November 2012

I also like the end of December (Christmas), but it will be much more expensive.

You are much better off financially if you can go a different time. Christmas time is peak visitor time in Hawaii. Much more expensive for flights, hotels & cars.

So for that reason alone, look for different times.

$15,000 is more than enough to have a good time in Hawaii.

You are better off staying about 5 days on each of two islands than spending a few days on one island and a 7 days cruise.

Figure $1000 each for roundtrip airfare including an interisland flight. Try to fly into one island & back from the other. $2000 total for 2.

Most times of the year you can find good lodging for $200/day. You can pay a lot more or a lot less. $2000 total for 10 nights for two.

Car rental, parking, etc per day $60 total. $600 total for 10 days. If you go through Priceline, you can do better. If you want a private condo, many times parking is free.

Those are your major expenses.

That is less than $5000 for the major expenses.

So gives you $10,000 left to have a good time.

I think two people can have a good time in the islands for $200-$300/day including dining & attractions.

So you still have $7,000-$8000 left.

Go to the Oahu forum (also Maui, Kauai & Island of Hawaii).

Use the search function: trip report

Read about 10 of the trip reports on each island forum. Then you'll have a better idea what islands interest you.

There are also threads about budgets for each island. Many ask about $5,000 for an entire week for two & it is very possible.

Go to the Oahu forum (also Maui forum, Island of Hawaii forum & Kauai forum). Read the Top Questions on the right side of the page.

Order the free Hawaii & each island travel planners:

1-800-GOHAWAII

Whatever island(s) you choose, rent a car on each. You can see the islands much better with a car.

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8. Re: Hawaii in November 2012

Ah, so you could connect from Bloomington to DFW. AA flies a nonstop from DFW to OOG ( Maui) and one to HNL widebody 767 aircraft. I prefer one long leg to Hawaii, and especially returning, as I can sleep. (We buy coach and use AA miles to upgrade to first, earning more miles for the purchase and for the miles flown.) If you connect via the west coast you may get an uncomfortable 757 and your redeye return dumps you on the coast after midnight with another long leg home.

If you are more interested in nature than nightlife, I'd look at Maui, Kauai and Big Island. (Choose one or two.)

We go to escape winter in Chicagoland and to see the whales, which are abundant in the channel between Maui and Lanai -- most in the January-March timeframe. Whenever mainland schools are on vacation, rates increase and there are more families vacationing in Hawaii. Still, your budget is generous -- and you can go when you can go!

I think *I* would choose January and include Maui, if only for the whales!

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9. Re: Hawaii in November 2012

Hawaii is great location and has something for everyone.I will be there for some of November December this year. if you want to see a lot in the 10 days the cruise on the pride of America is great.at sea at night on shore every morning.you would need to hire a car or book a tour though on all the islands.

We loved it.And are going back again.we really loved Kauai and have rented a beach house at Hanalei Bay for a week of our trip this time.We hired a car when we got of the ship on our cruise in 2010 and drove the whole island.when we pulled up at this lookout and seen Hanalei for the first time we were in awe of the beauty that was before us.When we returned to the ship to sail back to Oahu we had already made up our mind that we were definitely coming back to Hanalei Bay.When crew members asked what we had done

with our time on Kauai and we mentioned Hanalei we were told that we were

lucky we got to see the true Hawaii.If you are looking for a place thats not

commercialised Hanalei is for you not even a Mc Donald's just quiet villiage

local store owners.Would also highly recommend the Pacific whale foundation snorkelling tour on Maui. boat was well crewed with knowledgeable marine

biologist or students.First boat out to Molokini before all the other boats turn up

then off to the Turtle Arches.We also love the night life on the main strip at

Waikiki great atmosphere.

Edited: 8:21 pm, August 18, 2012
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10. Re: Hawaii in November 2012

OLD post, people.