oblongatta, on 10 June 2015 - 10:29 AM, said:
hey look, a travel thread! I was wondering where to put this...
I'm heading to Hawaii in a couple days. For those of you that travel a lot is it worth it to get wifi for a 6hr flight? (U000, I know you mentioned using it in the past). After having gone some long 20+ hour flights in the past, 6 hrs seems like nothing. Hell I might sleep right through it. But now that I have a tablet and can stream from my tivo/amazon prime, does it work well enough to be worth it or is it only going to be useful for posting on CIA?
Anyway, first time going to Hawaii. Going for a conference so some short work time and then a bunch of vacation time. There's going to be about 8 pretty good friends (and another group of people I know from work) so it should be decent. The good thing about that is one of them is a planner which helps. I think I made some pro moves as well, instead of staying at the conference hotel in Honolulu, I picked a beach resort for a little more just a little further down the road. Seemed like a no brainer to stay at a place where I could get a drink and walk right out onto the beach. I also got some advice to buy a snorkeling kit ahead of time and take it rather than rent. I think we have tentative plans to go snorkeling, go to the pearl harbor stuff, fly to the big island and stay at Volcano, and maybe some other stuff. Anyone travel there often with any last minute must do suggestions?
I usually get the wifi for flights that long, but I use it on my laptop so I can save my iPad for watching videos I have recorded.
Do Pearl Harbor, but go the first morning you are there...you'll be up really early since it's 6 hours behind, and you need to get there no later than 8:00 or you'll wait hours to get out to the monument. Hiking Diamondhead is cool, but that's another "do it early" thing.
Honestly, Waikiki sucks otherwise...too crowded, overrun with Japanese tourists, and the beaches are small...staying on the north shore is a vastly better experience. The best thing I've done in Hawaii is on Maui - you get up at 2:00 AM and go watch the sunrise on Haleakala, then bike down...absolutely amazing experience. Maui and Kauai are both way better than Oahu (those are the 2 islands we're hitting when we go this summer), and if you're going to be on either, let me know and I can give you a lot of recommendations.