Originally Posted by maurice.cowell
Some Hawaiian cruise deals mean you could be snorkeling in the aqua blue waters off Lanai one day, exploring the natural wonders of Volcanoes National Park i think in Kona a few days later and whale watching off Maui. I don't have any idea how much the price range but its worth it.
We opted for a more expensive aft balcony cabin on the POA, but it comes out to about $300 per person per day for the two of us ( cruise only ). Not bad when you consider it includes your food and entertainment as well. But, You could do it for less money in an inside cabin or ocean view. You will hardly be in there after all! This will by far be the most expensive vacation we have ever done, a once in a lifetime perhaps, but for a once in a lifetime milestone anniversary, so some celebration was required!
We think the POA has the BEST itinerary for seeing Hawaii! Pretty much two full days on each of 3 islands and we are tacking on a post cruise vacation in Oahu as well, so will see 4 islands total. Of course, add ons like excursions will increase our expenses, but the sights on the islands are easily accessible by inexpensive rental cars, so except for a snorkel trip in Kona and a once in a lifetime helicopter tour on Kauai, it is not that bad.
In Maui we will drive ourselves up Haleakala, eat dinner at Mamas Fish House ( top 10 in US list ), beach day on Kaanapali. In Kauai, take a scenic heli tour of canyons, waterfalls and Napali Coast; drive the north shore, Hanalie Bay, watch the sunset over the Napali coastline with champagne on the outdoor patio of the St Regis; ( all on our anniversary ). In Hilo, tour Valcanos National Park and other sights with a small group tour, in Kona, catamaran snorkel tour. There is nothing like Hawaii!
Hope someday to be able to see a tiny bit of your great country Australia.