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Old 09-20-2016, 01:39 PM
 
Location: Upland, CA
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I vote an AI in Cancun (thats what we did, I believe we stayed in Playa Del Carmen)

Should be a lot cheaper.
Less travel involved.
Less planning needed..you can do as much or nothing if you want.
Don't have to think.... Wake up, eat, pool or beach, afternoon delights perhaps, a nice dinner, activities at night.. Boom!
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Old 09-21-2016, 10:22 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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That is a huge cost savings, but I am wondering if the OP will really want to do their own cooking while on their honeymoon? I know when I am on vacation I don't want to cook!
Well if the OP does end up in Oahu they can try the Steak Shack:
https://www.yelp.com/biz/steak-shack-honolulu


It's like $8 for a heaping portion of tasty chicken or steak, rice and salad. One meal actually lasted me for two meals.


Also, they could 'maybe' stop by an ABC store or one of the other corner/street stores and get things like maybe boiled eggs or fruit for breakfast and I even grabbed some pretty tasty yaki soba noodles already cooked and pre packaged poke for a couple of lunches. I know those stores are not exactly cheap since they're convenience stores and it's not gourmet food but it wasn't bad and it's an alternative to both expensive restaurants and time spent cooking in the room.


I also packed two large bags of pistachios, some trail mix, like a dozen plus granola bars and my favorite cookies and brought them with me and these items subbed for many of my lunch meals while out hiking or lounging, etc.


Just a few thoughts to cut back on cost.


I forgot the duration of the trip (2 weeks?) but OP could stay a shorter timeframe as well. 9-10 days instead? Sometimes that could make it an even better trip because you have a few days to truly take your time packing/preparing to go, and take your time unpacking, relaxing and settling back in when you get back.


Best of luck in your decision Please do update us on your choice!
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Old 09-21-2016, 10:29 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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There are a lot of things to do in Oahu other than staying in Waikiki.

For example, the hiking destination that OP mentioned -- Haiku Stairs (Stairway to Heaven) -- is one of the most treacherous trails but also offers the most gorgeous view. Most tourists, unless young and energetic and venturesome, will not dare hike on it.

Others like Pali Lookout which is so windy but also offers magnificent view of the Windward side of the island. Byodo In Temple, which is exactly a replica of the temple in Kyoto, offers you a rare opportunity to feed birds with food on your palm.

The most ideal itinerary is: 7 nights in Oahu + 2 nights on Big Island + 2 nights on Maui
Haiku stairs isn't accessible to the public is it?


I'm enjoying this thread as I plan to return to Oahu in November and possibly do a 2 night stay on another island (Kauai?). And I also plan to visit Mexico in December (would love to do maybe Guanajuato>San Miguel de Allende>Isla Holbox>Playa del Carmen).
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Old 09-21-2016, 01:34 PM
 
Location: Honolulu
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Haiku stairs isn't accessible to the public is it?


I'm enjoying this thread as I plan to return to Oahu in November and possibly do a 2 night stay on another island (Kauai?). And I also plan to visit Mexico in December (would love to do maybe Guanajuato>San Miguel de Allende>Isla Holbox>Playa del Carmen).
Actually I shouldn't recommend Haiku Stairs because it is illegal to trespass even though many hikers still take the risk.

There are many hiking trails on Oahu which view is absolutely stunning, i.e. Sacred Falls. But the problem is the more gorgeous the trail is, the more risk the hikers take.
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Old 09-21-2016, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Atlanta
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Actually I shouldn't recommend Haiku Stairs because it is illegal to trespass even though many hikers still take the risk.

There are many hiking trails on Oahu which view is absolutely stunning, i.e. Sacred Falls. But the problem is the more gorgeous the trail is, the more risk the hikers take.
I was hoping you'd come back and say it's been reopened


It looks amazing. I'm not much of a thrill seeker but I would love to get see what kind of photos I could get from such a vantage point. Oh well. I'll look into Sacred Falls though.


ETA: So I looked up Sacred Falls. It's been closed due a landslide that resulted in several deaths and injuries.


I could see how this would happen; I about broke my neck slipping and sliding around while stepping on muddy rocks at Manoa Falls. So word to the wise: whatever kind of activities you're into, make sure you research them first and prepare accordingly. Safety first.
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Old 09-21-2016, 04:55 PM
 
Location: Endless Concert
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Where did OP go ? There's a lot of great comments on here !
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Old 09-25-2016, 06:09 PM
 
Location: Mid-Atlantic
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Vacation with the family is one thing, honeymoon is another

Judging from the budget the OP gave, I don't think HI is really doable unless the budget can be increased, though
My brother and his wife did that. They ate very little for breakfast, and were out for the day, so bought food wherever they happened to be. Their primary meal was usually a late lunch, but they had dinner at a nice restaurant a couple of times.
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Old 10-03-2016, 01:28 PM
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Location: Thousand Oaks, CA
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Been to both many times and all I can add is Hawaii's nightlife is about as exciting as North Dakota's. The water will be colder too. So because I care a lot about nightlife and swimming in the ocean, Cancun wins for me all else being equal. Its also closer to you...
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Old 09-03-2017, 05:30 PM
 
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Interesting that the word "weather" doesn't occur once in this thread. Might be a consideration comparing Hawaii and Yucatan...
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