Visiting Hawaii for the first time. Would like to spend a lot of time walking around seeing the sights, but need a quite clean nearby hotel.
So what I guess I'm asking is: what's the best island to do touristy pedestrian friendly things and which part of that island or city is it best to stay in for a light sleeper? I'm very picky when it comes to hotels and cleanliness. I'll be walking so a hotel that is close to the action is preferred. Ill be relying on the hotel's insulation and security to recuperate every night. Thanks for the insight.
Are you saying you want to be a pedestrian in Hawaii and not get a car? If so, your only reasonable option is to stay in Honolulu's Waikiki area on Oahu. You can walk everywhere in that area and there's lots to do, but it is truly touristy and not the "real" Hawaii. It's just a cool district in a big American city. There are also dozens upon dozens of hotels to choose from in Waikiki. Other islands really require a rental car. You can't walk to all the cool places on Maui or Kauai (which I think are far superior to Oahu). If you only walk your experience will be limited. about 5 years ago
I've visited Hawaii 10 times over the last 15 years. I would highly recommend using either Maui (recommend Kaanapali Beach) or the big island of Hawaii (recommend Kailua-Kona) as your anchor location. Depending on how much time you plan on staying, you can then take a short flight (about 1 hour) to other islands. As far as nice hotels, this is a subjective question, and it also depends your pocketbook. I prefer to stay in condos; there are available at many price points. A good site to visit is vrbo.com. about 5 years agoAnswered by Jeff K via WorldNomads.com