RVing in Paradise

Discussion in 'Destinations' started by Buckeye Chuck, Jan 29, 2008.

  1. Buckeye Chuck

    Buckeye Chuck New Member

    We are leaving for Hawaii Saturday morning. We will be on a 10 day cruise but while we are there I plan on checking out RV rentals for possible future use. We found this on the Big Island: Island RV

    Does anyone have suggestions about other RV rental agencies on Hawaii or other Hawaiian Islands?
     
  2. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

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    Think I would go with a rental car and a condo, for the price they quote I could stay 2-3 weeks for the cost of one. Plus a lot of the sites to see in the Islands are not suited for RV travel and too far to walk. JMO

    LEN
     
  3. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

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    Hello Buckeye Chuck.hey I am with you, if you afford to take a 10 dayscruiseyou can afford to rent an RV and go your own way just like the ad stated. So in my MO go for it. I am lookinginto an ALASKAN10 DAY cruise for the wife's CHRISTMAS surprise And if we stay on shore I will look into a rental maybe not a RV but an SUV. We love to out on our own and not with atour guide. anyway best of luck and enjoy your cruise.
     
  4. rjf7g

    rjf7g Senior Member

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    I have a little experience with Hawaii but no experience with RVs in Hawaii. I saw a lot of homeless people sleeping in makeshift tents, but really don't recall seeing any RVs. Can't imagine taking an RV to some of the places we went...
     
  5. utmtman

    utmtman Senior Member

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    Having been to Hawaii, let me tell ya you can drive completely around the island in one day. Also I never once saw an rv park or camper park for that matter.
     
  6. Buckeye Chuck

    Buckeye Chuck New Member

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    Wow! I never would have guessed that from looking at this web site:Island RV This site shows the Big Island having 1500 miles of "byways" and at least five parks that allow camping with permits. The county has 8-10 parks that allow camping and if I read correctly Volcano National Park allows camping. I guess I'll find out next week.

    My plan, as it is now, is to go back in a couple of years an spend a week on the big island in an Rv I want to relax, enjoy the weather and beaches, and take my time seeing as many sites as I feel like seeing. From there We'll spend some more time in hotels on the smaller islands.

    -BC-
     
  7. Buckeye Chuck

    Buckeye Chuck New Member

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    I feel the same way as you do about guided tours. We are only taking one tour arranged by the cruise line. The rest of the time we will rent a car/jeep and go off on our own. I had some friends that went on an Alaska Cruise last year. They loved it. I hope you can do it soon.

    Have fun,

    -BC-
     
  8. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

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    You can spend easily 2 weeks on the big Island. Two to 3 days at the volcano and another day south of Hilo 2-3 days south of Kona and you haven't touched things up the north west shore and the ranch country. Then theres the high country to explore also. Ya you can do a quick drive through in a week but all it will be is a drive. I usually spend about 10 days on the other Island feel rushed and I know where most of the hings to see are.

    LEN
     
  9. Buckeye Chuck

    Buckeye Chuck New Member

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    Len,

    We're going to have to "talk" when I get back. I can't wait for Saturday Morning. We had near blizzard conditions here last night and this morning.

    I plan on researching as many camping areas as the DW will stand for. Any input from you and others will be appreciated.

    -BC-
     
  10. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

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    OK sounds good to me. With the cruise ship a stop on each Island. On Kauai I would do the Waimea canyon tour. On Oahu I would do the Polynesian center and/or Pearl Harbor/city tour. On Hawaii Kona side try the place of refuge, Hilo side the volcano. On Maui try the road to Hana or the up country tour, Iao valley(the needle) tour. Have not done the Cruise Hawaii but these are some of the better land tours and you should be able to book though the ship(better before you leave for the stateside) as they will fill up.
    I just 5 min ago booked our yearly Hawaii trip, this year Kauai for first 2 week in December.
    Places to eat if you are eating away from the ship. Maui, Momma fish house( great food a little on the $$$ side) Kauai, Dukes and a must is the Hula pie desert, Oahu, the Hana Hana room top of the Sheratin hotel view of diamond head crater( great food a little on the $$$ side).

    LEN
     
  11. Buckeye Chuck

    Buckeye Chuck New Member

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    Hi Len,

    Thanks for the info.

    Breakfast and Dinner most likely will be on the Ship most days. Since we will be ashore we'll have to look for lunch at local places. I think that the DW has mentioned The fish house and also Dukes as sounding interesting. She has been researching for almost a year...LOL.

    On Oahu we are staying at the Waikiki Hilton Resort (three nights). Is the Sheratan you mentioned the one close to Royal Hawaiian? If so we had drinks there at the bar by the pool a couple years ago. It was very nice. That trip we stayed at the Outrigger Reef, nice restaurant (two actually) on the beach.
     
  12. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

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    Hey BC stayed at the Outriggers several years back . it was very nice and close to Diamond Head. JUST REMEMBER TO HAVE FUN don't worry about what going on back home as it will there when you return.
     
  13. Buckeye Chuck

    Buckeye Chuck New Member

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    Hi Hollis,

    Thanks. I'm planing on having a great time. It will be good just to be away from this snow and ice for a while. When we get back we will have less a month and a half until we can get the camper out of storage.

    I think I'll stop by at the Outriggers and have a brew at the bar by the beach for old times.

    Take care,

    -BC-
     
  14. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

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    The Sheraton is right in the same area as the royal hawaiian and the outrigger, the hana hana room is at the top and a private elevator to get you there on the street side. If you do this do the sunset dinner time it is out standing and the food is "GREAATT" . The cost is, I guess if you look at Hawaii in general not TOO expensive like $30 $35 a plate but as I said a $1000 view. Since you have the time in WAKI WAKI if you have not done the Polynesian center is an all day deal, book a bus to it and go top of the line price believe me it is well worth it, food is great and so is the entertainment. Plus with the top of the line deal you are lead around in small groups and really treated to the best of the best and the seats at the evening show(did I say this show is like broadway) are front row center. This is like from morning to mid evening . You already know by being there before rent a car by the day, no parking in WAKI WAKI or it is really costly. If you go to the Pearl Harbor thing got as early as possible, bus's take you right there and the wait to get to the arizon can get really long if your not in the first bunch's.

    LEN
     
  15. H2H1

    H2H1 Senior Member

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    just remember to have one for me. I been watching the weather and you guys are catching it , seem like you can't get a break. any way best of time when you get there and when you break out the camper.
     
  16. Buckeye Chuck

    Buckeye Chuck New Member

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    Len,

    Our friends are going to Pearl the day before the ship leaves. We were there the last trip so we're passing this time to do some shopping in Waikiki (DWs idea, not mine). Maybe I'll let her loose in the International Bizzar while I go across the street and have a beer in the Sheraton. I wonder if the Spam is any good at the Hana Hana Room...LOL. The Polynesian Cultural Center is a must for us this year. We plan on spending the better part of the day there including the Luau.

    Hollis,

    I'll be sure to do that. Maybe two even. I'll need to thaw out after these single digit degree days we've had lately. We are having a heat wave here today. Got up to 18 degrees today.

    -BC-
     
  17. Buckeye Chuck

    Buckeye Chuck New Member

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    Hi,

    If I can find a computer on the ship to use I'll try to drop a line or two and tell ya what I see about campgrounds. Maybe about "beer joints" also if you want.

    -BC-
     
  18. LEN

    LEN Senior Member

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    What ever you do, don't start with the glow in the dark shooters they have on Waki Waki. In my younger years(not that long ago) after a bud and I started that way. I ened up on the dance stage at a night club the only whitie on the stage teaching a bunch of new friends the electric slide at 2:00-3:00 in the morning, then doing the two foot forward three step back with a couple ladies we met to get home. But I did make it to the beach by 1:00 the next day.

    LEN
     
  19. brodavid

    brodavid Senior Member

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    David has been and said all should go before they can't
    after he gets better, maybe I can talk him into it.
    God go with you,
    msjackie
     
  20. Buckeye Chuck

    Buckeye Chuck New Member

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    Hi all,

    Just an update. We had rain for kthe last three days. We will be back on the big Island in a couple of days. I don't think that I'll be checking any campgrounds. The DW says that she will not camp or RV the next time back. SDhe wants to do the hotel thing. I guess she is right again. Oh well!

    More later. BTW the food on the ship is very good but the lines to get it are very long. I don't like "FREE STYLE" cruising.

    -BC-
     

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