Hawaii, Oahu Island, Honolulu

Trip Start Sep 25, 2012
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Trip End Mar 01, 2013


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Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Summary: First taste of Hawaii. We spent our few days on this island in the city of Honolulu. We swam on Waikiki beach and snorkeled at Hanauma Bay. We bought a replacement netbook. Locals were incredibly friendly and helpful. There were a shocking amount of homeless people sleeping on the streets in severe contrast to the luxurious 5 star hotels.

Shrnutí v češtině: První ochutnávka Havaje – ostrov Oahu a hlavní město Honolulu. Místní jsou velmi přátelští a snaží se za každou cenu pomoci. Všude je spousta bezdomovců. Slavná pláž Waikiki obklopená hotely se nám (i přes ty hotely) líbila. Zajeli jsme si zašnorchlovat do Hanauma Bay.

We had a 5 hour flight to Honolulu from San Jose airport which passed really quickly between snacks and snoozes.  We got to the info desk at Honolulu airport and Jacinta was so tired she asked where to get the bus to Wikipedia instead of Waikiki (lol). The helpdesk woman told us that ‘The Bus’ (the public bus company) didn’t allow big luggage on board and we’d have to pay $30 for a shuttle - instead of $5 for the bus. It just felt like a way to rip off tourists. We decided to take our chances anyway and the kindly driver allowed us on as long as our big backpacks fitted under the seats :)

People were really friendly on the bus, asking where we were from and eager to help us with directions and recommend where to eat and shop. We got off a few steps from our ‘flash packer’ hostel right in the heart of Waikiki.

We spent 2 nights in Honolulu. Waikiki beach itself wasn’t as big or as developed with high rise hotels as we expected. There were lots of surfers about the city just carrying their boards across the city streets in their swimwear. We bought a new laptop in Walmart and the next day we took a trip along the coast to Hanauma Bay which is a protected reef that was meant to be great for snorkeling. It was $7.50 entrance to the bay and although the views were beautiful we thought the reef was quite grey and we didn’t see so many fish.

Everyone we met in Honolulu has been lovely. Random strangers on the street have often stopped to offer advice or help. The city has a nice vibe but there were very many homeless people everywhere too which was sad. Very few Europeans make it to Hawaii so people were constantly hearing our accents and asking where we were from.

On Thursday 4th October morning we were due to take a 30min flight to Maui. As we waited at the airport we were called to the desk and told that our flight was overbooked and we were being bumped to the next flight, 2 hours later. By way of compensation we were then handed a cheque for $270. That little stroke of luck had just paid for our new laptop :)
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