If you have one chance to visit Hawaii, and ten days to devote to exploring the islands, this is what I would recommend. After reading more reviews that I care to admit I compiled this ten day itinerary. Might be a little ambitious for my own vacation (grad school budget and all) but there are some great free spots too!
Arrive at Honolulu
Pick Up Rental Car
Consider renting a car, the roads are easy to navigate and everything is within driving distance. There are only three major roads, so you can forgo the on board navigation, just do a little research before you head out. From what I hear internet and phone is comparable to that in the continental US and shouldn’t be an issue. There are also come great coastal highways, so if money isn’t an issue a convertible might be a good choice.
My Top Picks: Nobu Waikiki Parc Hotel 2233 Helumoa Rd Honolulu, HI 96815
Sushi Sasabune 1417 S King St Honolulu, HI 96814
Morimoto Waikiki 1775 Ala Moana Blvd Honolulu, HI 96815
*Pricey* This is Iron Chef Morimoto’s restaurant, and apparently with that name comes the ability to charge a TON of money.
$7.50 per person for equipment
Princeville Botanical Gardens, Kauai, HI
Tours by Appointment $49 for a 3hr. Tour with Fruit and Chocolate Tasting
USS Arizona Memorial
The tickets are free but go fast, so get there early. You can also reserve online, but in my experience this is equally difficult, and there are very few open spaces.
Volcano National Park
Several one-day tours are offered from the different island, and most include round trip airfare and transportation to and from the parks. Be sure to visit Volcano National Park, even if you don’t choose a predetermined excursion.
Vans Triple Crown Surf Competition- North Shore
Try a group surf lesson, or a private lesson if you’re really interested in catching a wave. There are tons of companies specializing in lessons and most are situated on Sunset Beach, on the North Shore.
Haiku Stair Hike, Kaneohe, HI
If you click on the picture it will take you to the link on Alltrails.com. Basically this is an amazing hike but it is situated in a residential area and regularly patrolled by police. If you plan on doing this hike you should get there before dawn and prepare to be turned away if there is a guard stationed.
Kalalua Trail, No’Pali Coast, Kauai
There is a two mile trail that goes down to a hidden beach and back, and if you are more adventurous you can continue on to the waterfall a few more miles up the trail. The longer hike is much harder, and you should leave plenty of time to get out and back before dark.