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SimmonsCrew7's Port Reviews of Honolulu, Kauai, Maui, Hilo, Bora Bora, Moorea
Sapphire Princess cruise in October 2011
Member Name: SimmonsCrew7
Cruise Date: October 2011
Embarkation: Los Angeles
Destination: South Pacific
Member Review: SimmonsCrew7's Sapphire Princess Review
Honolulu
Dinner Cruise Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Fantastic! The closest you can get to a luau without going to one - which is difficult to do when ships leave port early. Great meal, authentic South Pacific dancing, and a chance to join in.




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Kauai
Port Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

This was a Walmart stop. Stocked up on water and other essentials. There is nothing right at the port to do.


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Maui
Lahaina Walking Tour Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

First stop after getting off the tender is the Old Lahaina Courthouse where you can pick up a free "self-guided walking tour." Lots of places within a short walk to visit. There is a lot of shopping nearby.




Maui Ocean Center Rating: 4.0 out of 5+

We took a city bus out to the Maui Ocean Center ($2-$3)- it is a short walk to the bus stop and the bus takes you right into the parking lot. It is a first rate aquarium and a great place to visit. There are nearby restaurants and shopping here as well. Taking the bus out saved a lot of money over what the cruise line wanted.




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Hilo
Island Tour Rating: 5.0 out of 5+

Right outside the cruise ship we found a tour operator offering a 4 - 5 hour trip to the farmer's market, the Volcano, the orchid farm, the macadamia nut farm, the Liliuokalani gardens, the King Kamehameha statue,and the black sand beach. This was much cheaper (and more stops) than through the cruise ship and they promised to have us back in time. They also gave us flexibility in the amount of time we stayed at each place and actually added the black sand beach to the itinerary when my daughter asked.




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Bora Bora
Port Rating: Not Rated

Relaxing day at the beach. Crystal clear water. Shallow with no waves you could walk out a quarter of a mile. We had stingrays swimming with us. The only draw back was that it is a coral beach and you MUST have swim shoes or you will tear up your feet.



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Moorea
Island Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+

We had an excellent guide you not only pointed out the interesting and beautiful features of the island but also share insight into the people and the island lifestyle.




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Pago Pago
Island Tour Rating: 5+ out of 5+

What an experience. Everywhere you look there is something to marvel at. I feel like I would have to visit several times to see it all.




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Tahiti (Papeete)
Island Tour Rating: 3.0 out of 5+

A much more "financial district" feel to the island. There is a lot of graffiti as you travel around the town.




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