Thursday, December 08, 2005

Vacation Planning

This is what we've put together so far for planning the cruise. A compilation of reviews and research on the Internet:

Day Port Arrive Depart
Sun. Hilo, Hawaii 8:00am 7:00pm
Volcano National Park (45 min $10 parking fee), Chain of Craters road, Rainbow Falls, punalu'u blacksand beach, thurston lava tube

Mon. Kahului, Maui 8:00am overnight
Tue. Kahului, Maui - - 6:00pm
Car rental - road to Hana 2:30 am haleakala

Wed. Kona, Hawaii 7:00am 6:00pm
Tender, local guy offering snorkeling for $30 a couple.

Thu. Nawiliwili, Kauai 8:00am overnight
Fri. Nawiliwili, Kauai - - 2:00pm
Hanalei Bay, Wailua Falls, Waimea Canyon, Hanapepe blowholes, Wailua river and fern grotto
There are free shuttles to Hilo Hattie's, Wal-Mart, etc. in many ports. When you dock in Kauai for two days, there is a free shuttle every ten minutes to a shopping mall called Anchor Cove less than a mile away. My husband walked to it. If you're not doing an excursion or have free time, get beach towels and take the shuttle. Walk through the small mall, cross the little bridge to your left and you will find a gorgeous beach behind the Kauai Marriott.

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