I think by this stop, the teenagers were revolting from getting up early every day. My husband and I got off the ship at 8 to pick up the mini-van, then parked it at Anchor Cove, close to the ship. My husband was still wondering where his ... Read More
I think by this stop, the teenagers were revolting from getting up early every day. My husband and I got off the ship at 8 to pick up the mini-van, then parked it at Anchor Cove, close to the ship. My husband was still wondering where his stay-cation was, so he and son hung out on shipe while my cousin and I drove the girls to Poipu Beach and the spouting horn. This was beautiful and probably the most relaxing time of the trip. The girls loved the shopping at the Spouting Horn! We got the van back to boys at 1:30 so my husband could take son to golf at Wailua Municipal Golf Course. Son is a beginner and wanted to play golf in Hawaii, but I didn't want to pay $200 for him to do this. They got in about 9 holes (course was scenic, but busy) before son came back to the ship to join us for the luau we had booked thru the ship. Luau was good...something the kids wanted to do. Most enjoyable part to me was getting sat at a table with 5 Australians (dad & mom and 3 teenagers/young adults) and getting to visit with them and share knowledge of their country and lifestyle. The last day we did a kayak trip to Jungle Falls. The ship's excursion was full, but we booked thru an agent at Anchor Cove (a lot cheaper, but probably cheaper still if you just drive directly to it). Again, very enjoyable, very memorable.
Another tip I picked up from cruise critic was to bring sandwich bags and pack your own lunch from the breakfast buffet in the Aloha (PB&J or ham & cheese + fruit). We used this time/money saving tip for the Road to Hana, Volcanoes National Park and the Jungle Trek in Kuaia.
There is not enough time in the day to do everything you want. Cram in as much as you can and enjoy. I think looking back even the teenagers will appreciate it! Read Less