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<p>So, 14 days in Hawaii in late October, early November...</p>
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<p>We know we want to do a day of scuba, some snorkeling and a lot of kayaking. We'd like to get off of Oahu, but I'm not sure what islands to visit. We're thinking Maui and maybe a day of horseback riding.</p>
<p>I'm not made of money either...</p>
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<p>Suggestions?</p>
 

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<p>   We did Hawaii about five years ago - 2 days in Honolulu, the rest of the time on the big island. Did the Arizona memorial while in Oahu, pretty much all we did there. Flew into Kona and rented a car - drove around the bottom of the island and stayed at the Macadamia House B&B on the southeast coast - the highlight of the trip in my wife's opinion. The lady that runs the place was very friendly. Did a couple of day trips up to the volcano from there, the drove up  past Hilo and crossed the island on the main road across the top.  Spent the rest of our trip at a resort up the coast from Kona - had a dolphin encounter for the kid (book well in advance) but not much else. Did drive up to visit the the observatory's information center - but didn't make it all the way to the top.</p>
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<p>  BTW - our visit was over Thanksgiving, so late November. I was surprised how cold the water was.</p>
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<p>  Personally, I find Hawaii to be too claustrophobic. After a couple of days you've seen everything on your island - anything else requires changing islands. Admittedly there are several we didn't see.</p>
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<p>  Probably won't be able to respond further for another week - we're finishing up an Australia trip now.</p>
 

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<p>We went for our 15th anniversary.  We stayed in Maui and made a day trip to Oahu to see Pearl.</p>
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<p>On Maui we did the Road to Hana, which was awesome, and the sunrise volcano trip, which was really awesome.  For the volcano trip, they pick you up, take you up to the top of the volcano, you watch the sunrise, which is absolutely spectacular, then you ride bikes down the road.  I think it's something like an hour on the bike.  They're big beach cruiser type bikes and you ride the brake almost the whole time.</p>
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<p>The Road to Hana we did ourselves, but you can take a tour.  They take you to the secret waterfalls and swimming holes and everything.  </p>
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<p>You can probably google both and get good companies and rates.  I'd really, REALLY recommend both.</p>
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<p>We also did a luau, which was pretty cool.</p>
 

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<p>I always prefered the Big Island when I lived there and even when going back to visit after I moved.  Good hiking areas and the changing scenery due to the occasion eruptions of the Volcano are sometimes interesting.  I'm not a beach person so I can't help you with which island would be bestf for snorkeling.</p>
 

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<p>On Maui we did the Road to Hana, which was awesome, and the sunrise volcano trip, which was really awesome.  For the volcano trip, they pick you up, take you up to the top of the volcano, you watch the sunrise, which is absolutely spectacular, then you ride bikes down the road.  I think it's something like an hour on the bike.  They're big beach cruiser type bikes and you ride the brake almost the whole time.</p>
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<p>The Road to Hana we did ourselves, but you can take a tour.  They take you to the secret waterfalls and swimming holes and everything.  </p>
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<p>You can probably google both and get good companies and rates.  I'd really, REALLY recommend both.</p>
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<p>We also did a luau, which was pretty cool.</p>
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I've been to Hawaii once and spent our entire week on Maui.  Agree with everything that Lincoln posted.  You mentioned horse back riding.  Well, we did the road to Hana in our rental car and made the stops along the way at the waterfalls and pools.  There's a ranch (or was) located in Hana and if you book ahead of time, you can go horseback riding on the ranch along with cliffs where the surf crashes in.  The ranch has a great restaraunt too, so we had lunch and then spent the afternoon horseback riding.  I'd say it was the highlight of our trip.  Enjoy and post pics. <br>
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<p>We went to Hawaii in 2003.  Spent 5 days on Oahu and 4 on Maui.  Best things on Oahu were Pearl Harbor and the Polynesian Cultural Center.  We rented a car on Maui and did the road to Hana.  Also drove to the top of Haleakala, which was awesome. </p>
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<p>I loved every minute of the trip, and can't wait to go back.  I'd live there if it weren't so damn far from everything. </p>
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<p>I looked back at some of our old pics.  Maybe I should make this my avatar...</p>
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<p>My experiences in Hawaii back in November of 2004 are pretty much the same.  Spent a week on Oahu mainly hanging around the beaches of Waikiki, into Chinatown and flea market at Honolulu stadium.  Did the tours of Pearl Harbor and Arizona Memorial, up around Diamond head circle tour of the Island.  Did do a day trip circle tour of the big island.</p>
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<p>Second week was spent on Maui with rental car trip to Hana.  You can buy an audio CD tour for the Road to Hana which will guide you to all the interesting stop overs and waterfalls grottos and parks.  Also did the sunrise trip to top of Haleakala Volcano and bike ride/coast down.  Iao Valley was beautiful.  Stayed at B&B in Wailuku but did a lot of trip over to Lahaina side of the island and the beaches of the windward side.  Finished up my trip by running the Maui Marathon.</p>
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<p>Have fun.</p>
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<p>Been to Maui twice (a week each time)</p>
<p>Did a Luau both times, pretty interesting</p>
<p>The road to Hana is incredible.</p>
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<p>Never made it to Pearl, but a coworker said it was amazing</p>
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<p>Have fun</p>
 
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