Expert Travel Advice to Hawaii

Top Answers To Hawaii Travel Questions

  • Kim answered:
    HI Kathy, Summertime, when families descend on Hawai‘i, constitutes high season. So does wintertime (from mid-December through March), when a blanket of brrrr covers most of the mainland. Holiday periods like Thanksgiving and Easter also draw throngs. Be careful about coming in late April: There are three simultaneous holidays in Japan at that time, which means the Japanese are traveling in greater numbers than usual. In general, the north and eastward facing coasts tend to get more rain. But even when it's raining on the north or eastern shore, it's often not on the south or westerly shores. And rain showers don't tend to last that long, like they do on the mainland. Check this out ==>http://www.govisithawaii.com/hawaii-weather/ And you might also want to pick up a copy of my Hawaii: An Explorer's Guide :-) ==> http://www.amazon.com/Explorers-Guide-Hawaii-Complete/dp/0881508098/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1308801035&sr=8-1 Kim Grant
  • Alistair answered:
    Absolutely, Donna, you don't have to look too far to find both snorkeling and tennis at any number of beachfront resorts! My top pick for this combination would be one of the resorts on Maui's west coast, which fronts some of the continent's best snorkeling. The Grand Wailea (http://bit.ly/zCtuFh) is close to some good beach snorkeling at Ahihi Bay, plus gazes out toward the world-class snorkeling (and diving) in offshore Molokini Crater. The resort can furnish you with gear plus set up excursions to Molokini. Further north up Maui's west coast -- with any number of great snorkeling sites, detailed here: http://bit.ly/y8pvBn -- the Kapalua Resort also offers excellent tennis facilities as well as access to more great snorkeling sites in Honolu'a Bay. The other region I'd look at would be the Caribbean, with too many resorts to mention here. To help with your research, here's a link to an article detailing Away.com's top-ten snorkeling spots: http://bit.ly/j4SOla. You can pretty much rest assured that you'll find a suitable resort in most, if not all, of these recommended places. Off the top of my head, I'd recommend BVI's Rosewood Little Dix Bay, The Ritz-Carlton, Grand Cayman, or Bonaire's Harbour Village Beach Club.
  • Anonymous user answered:
    I spent 3 weeks in Hawaii in May. My time was split between Kauai and the Big Island. Kauai is definitely less crowded and touristy, although there are some bigger resorts/areas where you'll find a lot of people (especially the Poipu beach area -- beautiful but lots of condos, hotels, and restaurants). Still, with some research you'll find there are several isolated beaches and quieter resorts. The purpose of my vacation was more for active travel than for romance, but I don't think you'll go wrong with Kauai. Plus I found everyone to be very friendly and helpful. Definitely plan to rent a car to get around the island.
  • Alistair answered:
    It's not the continental U.S., but in my opinion Hawaii is the best all-round destination given your interests. I think somewhere like Molokai would tick all the boxes. There's good year-round snorkeling at Murphy Beach Park, or you could go on a charter snorkel trip with someone like Molokai Fish and Dive for snorkeling above a 30-mile offshore reef. Sailing charters also take snorkelers and beach lovers across to Lanai. Molokai is also highly regarded for its mountain biking, with some calling it "Mini-Moab" for its network of over 50 rugged off-road trails. There's also stellar road biking along quiet roads with killer vistas. Maui is another spot with some great snorkeling and impeccable romantic bonafides. Biking here ain't bad, either, including a rip-roaring descent down the side of a volcano in Haleakala National Park! On the U.S. mainland, there's some decent snorkeling in Florida in places around Caladesi State Park near Clearwater or John Pennekamp Reef State Park and Key Biscayne National Park over on the east coast -- but these places have got nothing on Hawaii, or some of the Caribbean Isles and Belize!

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