|Diamond head crater hike, Honolulu (Oahu). Only a short ride bus away from Waikiki, a simple 1hr (or less) hike - but with a spectacular view all around.|
I've always wanted to visit Hawaii to see its active volcano (no, not to ride their scary surf), and so finally booked my ticket, packed my bags, hauled my family group and took off.
The good and bad news about the flight is that - it's relatively short from Manila (10hr 1-way), but there seems to be no reliable airline. The local 'P' airline I used was delayed by 6hrs going out, and at least 4hrs going back. A waste of precious time!
But Hawaii did not disappoint. This is probably my most "chill" travel, so far - staying several days in one place, even 1 whole week in Waikiki. I thought that spending a week each in my 2 target islands will be enough.
Big Island (Hawaii) was my first target, staying in both Hilo and Kona. Hilo is quieter, more like a retirement paradise. That is, if you don't mind frequent rains. If you're after the volcanoes (Mauna Kea, Mauna Loa, Kilauea) - then this is a good jump-off place.
Kona is more alive with good beaches, nice restaurants and bars.
Oahu to the north is a must-see, assuming you somehow heard of 'Waikiki' and Pearl Harbor. I wish to hike the Haiku stairs - but not wanting 'trouble' I opted for the simpler hikes.
All in all, a great family trip. Easy, relaxed and as I said - Chill!