October 2017 - 15 Night Hawaii Carnival Journeys (Los Angeles Roundtrip) Cruise on Carnival Miracle
Once in a Lifetime
Going to Hawaii was great. Experience on the ship was just OK. Everything worked, there was plenty of food, just nothing special. Just make sure that you pack properly. Weather in Pacific Ocean is not the same as the Caribbean.
September 2017 - 7 Night Western Caribbean (Port Canaveral Roundtrip) Cruise on Oasis of the Seas
Nawiliwili, Kauai - Rented a car again, they have a shuttle, it was great.
Kailua-Kona, Hawaii - We road the Kona Trolley for $2. Road all around town and out the coast a ways. Just get on and don't get off. The trolley will pick you up across the street from the tender port by the banyan tree if you can get there in time for the shuttle it is a great deal and a pleasant ride. You can get off the shuttle a few stops from where you started and walk back thru the town area.
Honolulu, Oahu - Rented a car in Honolulu but there is no shuttle here as well. Got a better deal renting at the airport location with no shuttle. Took Uber to pick up the car for about $17 each way. Taxi was $30 each way. There is a car rental office closer with shuttle but they closed much earlier in the day and wanted the car for longer. We were able to see a lot of the area. Went to Pearl Harbor but the boat out to the Arizona Memorial couldn't run because of the high wind. Get your Arizona tickets online 2 months before you go. They are first come first serve otherwise and you will not have time to get over in time to get a ticket otherwise.
Kahului, Maui - Rented a car and drove through area on our own. A shuttle will pick you up at the port and take you to the rental car facility. Much better for us than an excursion.
Hilo, Hawaii - Rental car again. If you have a car, make sure you visit Big Island Candy, had a lot of yummy samples for free. Saw a lot of beautiful scenery. ride up to Rainbow Falls and there is a scenic route by the coast that was beautiful as well.
Ensenada, Mexico - If you need to stretch your legs and got off the ship walk up the sidewalk to the fountain area that you can see from the pier. The town was crowded and a little scary to us. They have a bus that will take you to town for $3, just be careful, we were not impressed with the town but they have put a lot of effort to make the pier nice so take a nice little walk.
Carnival Miracle - If you take the Miracle to Hawaii for 15 days, take some warm clothes. We were not prepared for the cool windy weather that we encountered between "Sunny California" and Hawaii.
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