The tour driver made this whole tour very informative.
Pali Outlook Rating:
Very impressive views
Pearl Harbor Rating:
The main reason for taking this cruise was to visit the USS Arizona and Pearl Harbour and we were not disappointed. The film show presentation was excellent as was the organization of ferry to the Memorial. Shops, restaurants, attractions and amenities at the site.
Excellent tour and excellent driver / tour guide. Waimea Canyon is very impressive and we were fortunate to visit on a totally clear day and consequently we would agree with Mark Twain's opinion. The tour also went paste where Captain Cook first stood on the island and the Spouting Horn at the volcanic beach at Poipu.
We did not take an organized tour in Maui instead opting to walk around the attractive town of Lahaina. We agreed that this was the best place to do that souvenir shopping and have a spot of lunch and a few beers at the Pioneer Inn Café, which we recommend. It was the only island where there was a semblance of a traditional Hawaii welcome (as depicted in those old 1930s movies) and on leaving the tender jetty, you cannot miss the very impressive sprawling banyan tree where I guarantee you will take a picture or two! Maui is perhaps the only island in Hawaii we would return to.
Disappointing water falls. If you have walking difficulties, you may not be able to get to the viewing area. Also be careful of straying off the path as one lady with us stepped into the bog on the side of the path and sank down to her knee losing her shoe in the process.
Botanical Garden Rating:
Our tour in Hilo was not very interesting and this was the 'highlight' stop. The zoo was poor and the main attraction, a Bengal tiger, had died a few months earlier. Some interesting plants and a play area for the local children / families to use.
A stop away from the States is a legal requirement for returning cruise ships and this is just that. Our afternoon visit was very disappointing and the walk into town was just passing a parade of women and children begging on the sidewalk. Once in town there was nothing to keep your attention. If we were to stop here again, we would remain onboard.