My husband, I and our two children just spent an amazing 10 days at the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach. The time at the hotel was simply amazing. The hotel was newly renovated back in August of 2012. So, everything is still nice looking. The staff was great and the room was clean. Some tips we've learned:
1. The hotel charges an obscene amount of money to rent beach chairs and toys. Your best bet is to go across the street to one of the ABC stores and get cheap beach toys and foldable chairs to use on the beach. You would think as a hotel guest, you would receive beach rentals for free. But, its not the case. It's 25 bucks to rent a chair all day. You could spend 25 bucks at ABC and use your chairs all week. And then pass it on to another family before you leave. This is what we did.
2. Waikiki beach is overly crowded. You feel like a packed sardine. I would suggest renting a car and going to Hailewea beach on the North Shore. Less crowded and more beach to spread out.
3. While you are over at the North Shore, check out the Thai food restaurants in the area, They are amazing.
4. If you are interested in activities like visiting Pearl Harbor etc. Do not go through the activities desk. Their people work for Expedia and a lot of their packages are way over priced. For our Pearl Harbor tour, we booked it ourselves and spent half of the money we would have going with one of their packages. I would suggest shopping around early. Visiting the hawaii discounts website etc. If you plan early, you will save money.
5. If you want to go snorkeling, go to Huanema bay early. I believe the park opens at 7am. Be there at 7am. Because by 10am, you will not be able to see the fish in the water due to all the suntain lotion and other chemicals that come off everyone's body in the water.
6. Check out Leonard's Bakery for their famous malisades pastries. They are like doughnuts but without the holes. This is a very famous bakery on Oahu and you have to visit it.
7. For Luau's, go for Paradise Cove. The Polynesian Cultural Center has a good show but their dinner sucks. And the Chief's Luau is ok but the setting is not that great. Paradise Cove has it all and the food was great. Go for the orchid rate and you will be fine.
This was our second time in Hawaii. Next time, I think we will plan on staying on Maui where its less crowded or staying on the North Shore on Oahu. Unless you like crowds, jacked up pricing and loads of high - end shopping, then stay on Waikiki.
Hope you have a good time.
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- Also Known As:
- Outrigger Waikiki On The Beach Hotel Honolulu
- Outrigger Hotel Honolulu
- Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort Hawaii/Honolulu
- Outrigger Honolulu
- Honolulu Outrigger