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The wife and I are headed to Hawaii in a few weeks and are looking for feedback. Have any of you visited the JW Marriott resort on Oahu? We do not want to stay on Waikiki beach. The only crowd we want to be in is on game day! Thanks in advance!
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stay at any of the Outrigger Hotels on any of the Islands. Great Hotels! Very nice! Liked Maui the best!
This post was edited by kooltiger 17 months ago
Oahu is small enough to do any activity any day. Turtle Bay and north shore is a more relaxed area. Personally I find the Big Island area north of Kona to be the best. Kona Village resort is a small resort that is secluded and amazing.
JW Marriott is an incredible resort. My wife and I returned from her business trip about 2 weeks ago. I smuggled myself along for this. It is in a much quieter area of the island. The beach is a manmade lagoon but serves the purpose quite well. The grounds are fantastic. The food is pretty expensive, but everything on the island is. The breakfast buffet is $30.00 per person! But you must try the Banana Macadamia Nut Pancakes, sold al carte, they were awesome! Beers will cost $8.00 each , mixed drinks $11.00 each. There is another Marriott around the corner that has a Steak House, I think it is called Chuck's Steakhouse very good a little better on the wallet. You must go to the North Shore if for nothing but the Shave Ice. Try a place called Akois, it is cheap and awesome. It is no the place the tourists all flock to, so no lines. They also put ice cream in the bottom! Aloha, and have fun!
This post was edited by Jacoby07 17 months ago
Marriott was nice. We did our honeymoon on Oahu but got married on Maui. Once we got to Oahu we felt like we should have stayed on Maui and just chilled. Maui is much more relaxing and much more untouche3d so to speak...
But if you are going to be on Oahu...Do the cirlce island tour. And dont miss your chance to do Germaines Luau...Best one I have found great for all ages and flavors!
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The JW is nice. Food is good but spendy but that is not exclusive to the JW... It's Hawaii in general. It's right next to Disney Aulani resort. Not a whole lot to do around that area so if you are looking for someplace quiet you hit the spot. They opened up a few new restaurants across the street Just Tacos (fun place, good drinks, TVs for sports) and Monkey Pod (pizza, local Fish, a little bit of everything) if you want a less expensive dinner. I've been to every island for the most part and Wailea Maui is hard to beat. Thats my preference but honestly all of them are great.
We did Germaine's as well. It was very good although I felt like I was at the price is right !
I learned that I do not have the hips for hula dancing....But it was fun to have the lovely ladies of Germaines try and teach me. LOL
Really enjoyed the un-earthing of the pig. Made me want to dig a pit in my backyard.
My first trip to hawaii was with my grandparents. And one of the things I remember the most was doing Germaines the same day as we did Pearl Harbor (very differtent exp the second time around. Really realized that honoring the lost lives is not what most people do that trip for. Kids yealling and screaming and acting like it was a playland and not a memorial. So much disrespect that if I had acted that way with my Granddaddy he would have knocked teh fire out of me. He was a navy vet and lost a lot of friends in Pearl.)
But as we sat at the luau three choppers flew over us and I asked my grandad "What are those helicopters for?" his response stuck with me through today..."Those helos are making sure that Pearl never happens again". Wasa very special trip. One that I will never forget.
We stayed at Aulani last May, and are going back this May. Last year, after eat a couple of meals at Disney, we ventured over to the Marriot to try their restaurants. We didn't eat dinner at Disney again, and I doubt we have any on this trip.
The beach is very nice. Uncrowded, with lots of chairs. Like stated before, it's a manmade lagoon with breakers, so it's almost like a lake. No real waves to speak of. Snorkeling isn't bad, there's a green sea turtle that likes to hang out by the breakers and plenty of tropical fish. Do yourself a favor and drive out to Hunauma Bay. The snorkeling there is great! Here's a pic of Hunauma Bay from the ridge above, the other pic is the beach where you are staying.
I've done the island hopping and the Waki thing. You see more diversity if you hop, or stay off Ohau. Waki is nice and is a "location". Lots to see with relative ease or you can rest on a great beach steps from downtown. Pearl Harbor is a must see. For me if this is your only trip to the mid pacific I'd do a 2 island trip including the big island and Oahu. Kinda get the feel of authentic and resort. Give some thoughts to flight times as its a LONG flight.
Thank you all for taking time to share some of your suggestions and experiences. I always said there was free advice and experience. Both can be good or bad but only one is free. Thanks for the advice! Hopefully, we can draw from the experience of others to make our trip very enjoyable! War Eagle my friends!
We stayed at the JW in Ko' Lina. The area is very secluded and very nice compare to other resorts. The resort is right off the beach. We went there during the week of the pro bowl. The NFL and the players stayed there as well.
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This post was edited by Weve Won 9 17 months ago
Aubie hit the nail on the head.... We've been to Oahu, Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island. The Big Island is very different from the rest - like being on the moon, but really cool to see. Kauai and Maui are without a doubt our favorites. Kauai is exactly what I thought Hawaii was about - remote, exotic and like a throw-back in time. If you go there, look up a company called Kauai ATV tours and do one of their trips. It was awesome! You can rent either an ATV or a small two-seater dune-buggy. Napali coast and Tunnels beach are great.
Maui is like Kauai except quite a bit more modern. We spent 12 days there in Jan 2012.
The USS Arizona tour on Oahu is one of the most moving experiences I've ever encountered, but is about the only thing I was terribly impressed with on Oahu. We were very disappointed with Waikiki beach.... These comments are all with regards to comparing it with the other islands.
You can't go wrong with Hawaii in general. Someone once told me the if God had made a more beautiful place he would have kept it for himself.
This is for the Auburn Family and everyone who played here before we did. I love ya'll, War Eagle!' Nosa Equae 10/19/13 Kyle Field Texas A&M
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