I agree. Six days is not a lot of time to spend in Hawaii, especially since your 1st and last days will be tied up with travel. Plus, once you get to Maui, grab a rental car, grab a bite...you won't have that much time to relax and enjoy the island. I would say, stay exclusively on Oahu for this trip. Then, next time...stay a few weeks and you can visit 2 islands.
the ferry ride is more than 3 hours and can be very rough. we took the early ferry that left honolulu at 6am, and most people were sleeping. there was a high wind advisory that day, so it was really rough. many people got sick. our trip back was pretty smooth. it all depends on the weather.
of the three hours, i would say that there is a view for less an hour or less. for a large portion of it, there is nothing but ocean. you may be able to see dolphins or other sea life passing by, but it's not guaranteed.
it might be better to book boat tours from honolulu and maui separately and fly in between the two islands.
if you really want to ride the ferry, you might consider riding one way and flying back. a round-trip would take an entire day in itself riding the ferry alone.
Sounds like a catamaran ride on the northshore or Waianae maybe more enjoyable.
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