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  • Day285

    Honolulu, USA

    June 11, 2017 in the United States

    Nach dem Südseeabenteuer ging es für uns weiter nach Hawaii. Bei dem Flug haben wir die Datumsgrenze überquert und einen ganzen Tag dazu gewonnen. Wir mussten dafür auch zwei Mal eine Unterkunft für den 8.6. buchen 😊. Das war ganz witzig den gleichen Tag zwei Mal zu erleben.

    Gelandet sind wir auf der Insel O'ahu in Honolulu. In Honolulu hatten wir eine sehr zentrale Unterkunft, wo wir die ersten Tage zuerst mal die Rückkehr in die Zivilisation genossen haben.

    Wir haben ein paar wenige Sehenswürdigkeiten wie Pearl Harbor und den Waikiki Beach abgeklappert. Da wir den letzten Monat fast täglich an irgendeinem Strand verbracht haben, haben wir uns dazu entschieden auf Hawaii keine Strände zu machen, sondern wandern zu gehen. Zwei Wanderungen waren eher kurz hatten aber einen schönen Ausblick auf die Insel und das Meer. Die dritte Wanderung hatte es ganz schön in sich. Der Wanderweg war zum Teil sehr sehr sehr steil, rutschig und schlammig. Beim Abstieg merkten wir schnell, dass runter laufen unmöglich ist. Wir mussten die steilen Stellen im Matsch runter rodeln. Glücklicherweise befand sich am Ende des Wanderweges ein Bach, indem wir den ganzen Schlamm an unseren Schuhen, Hosen, Beinen, Händen und Köpfen entfernen konnten. Ansonsten hätte uns der öffentliche Bus vermutlich nicht mitgenommen 😃. Gesamt waren wir 8 Stunden unterwegs. Aber auch bei dieser Wanderung war der Ausblick am Berggipfel atemberaubend und entschädigte alles 😌.
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  • Day21

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    May 9, 2016 in the United States

    Well all the panic about long lines for the immigration check proved to be as expected, with the line snaking up and back down the royal promenade.
    We arrived very early and were right at the front of the queue.
    We had all our paperwork and our tour tickets to prove that we had an early pickup.
    It turns out that they didn't even ask for our proof of pickup and we sailed through the immigration check, except for the officer who checked my passport minutely examining the stamps in it and asking why I had so many for the middle east.
    Paranoid or what?
    Anyway as I said we sailed through it all, not like the poor buggers who stuck to their allotted times and ended up in the massive queue

    I love the USA but their immigration officers are the worst and most paranoid on the planet.
    We boarded our tour bus right on time and had a great day at the Pearl Harbour memorial site.
    The only one down side of the trip, was that we didn't get to see the USS Arizona monument up close as the navy had suspended the ferry out to the ship, due to high winds or something.
    But the rest of the Pearl Harbour site was brilliant and very moving.
    On the way back our guide, the very knowledgeable Keith Fujiyama, gave us a great tour of the city and its interesting sites.
    I must admit that I can see why people fall in love with Hawaii and especially Honolulu.
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  • Day28

    Honolulu, Hawaii

    January 31, 2014 in the United States

    24C when we arrived and the sun was shining. We decided to take the open topped red city tour bus, costing US$25 each but is an excellent way of seeing all the highlights in one go. We hopped off the bus at Waikiki Beach and strolled along the long promenade, passing the statue of Duke Kahanamoku, a Hawaiian Olympic surfing champion. The water was 26C and the beach was busy. We caught the bus again, passing the statue of King Kamehameha, the founder of modern Hawaii, the Iolani Palace, Chinatown and the Aloha Tower.Read more

  • Day200

    Iolani Palace

    March 25 in the United States

    Weiter ging es zum Iolani Palace. Ein 1882 erbauter Palast in hawaiianischem Stil, der die Residenz von König Kalakaua war. Leider konnten wir die reiche Innenausstattung und Ausstellung über die Monarchie nicht anschauen, das sonntags keine Touren stattfinden.

  • Day1

    Honolulu downtown

    October 5, 2016 in the United States

    A small walk in Honolulu downtown. The Capitol with wonderful atrium, little nap in the gardens if the Iolani Palace and selfie with king Kamehameha were nice start of the discovery trip.
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    Malá prechádzka v centre mesta Honolulu. Kapitol s átriom s úžasnou modrou strechou, malá siesta v záhradách paláca Iolani a mojka s králom Kamehameha-mom sú príjemný štart výletu.

  • Day15

    Miami to Honolulu

    October 27, 2017 in the United States

    We didn't really get to sleep in today, knowing we had to make our way to Miami airport for our next flight. As expected, the breakfast area was completely chaotic, as everyone tried to cram in their last onboard meal before having to depart. Fortunately the disembarkation was an easy process and we managed to hail a taxi not long after.

    The taxi ride was something of a scam though. We didn't have the exact amount of money and asked to pay electronically. The driver claimed the electronic machine was not working (whatever) and when it came to giving us change, he conveniently didn't have enough (meaning his tip was more than we'd planned on giving). We tried not to let it piss us off too much, and concentrated on our journey ahead.

    On our flight with American Airlines, the crew kindly us complimentary food again (just snacks but we were very grateful) before we arrived in LA. Our original plan was to fly from Los Angeles to Sydney but since business class was looking unlikely (even economy wasn't that rosy), we made a change of plans and decided to go via Hawaii instead (which was our original plan of getting here - so our holiday has been reversed)!

    Our first option of flying United Airlines was wide open so before you knew it, we already had tickets for the flight! Connecting to the UA terminal was easy, so Ted went online and booked us some last minute accommodation through Air BNB.

    Our flight on UA was pleasant and I passed the time watching "Guardians of the Galaxy 2". When we arrived in Honolulu, we decided to take a taxi as we couldn't find any wifi to use Uber. Our accommodation ended up being an apartment in the Waikiki Grand Hotel, which is the same building as our favourite Hawaiian venue Hula's. What a coincidence! And even better is the location, with a view of the beach and Diamond Head. What luck!

    After today's long day we weren't really in the mood to go partying, but we still have tomorrow to explore.
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  • Day21

    Sea Day, It's Homeland Security Sir!

    May 9, 2016 in the United States

    Today we dock in Honolulu, Hawaii.
    This is the first American port since leaving Sydney, Australia, and everybody is expecting the usual USA immigration hold up.
    The immigration procedure is expected to last for approximately 4 hours, and done by lifeboat station order, the first batch starting at 7.15am and the last batch starting at 11.30am.
    With the passengers who had Royal Caribbean tours included in the first group, irrespective of their lifeboat station number.
    No consideration was given to the passengers who had private tours booked, so we had to go asking if it was ok if we joined the first batch also.
    I was told by guest services that it should be ok as long as I have proof of a private tour.
    I have proof, so we'll see.
    It appears once again that all the ship's management has focused on is passing the US immigration inspection, and the passengers are as I said in an earlier post just a necessary inconvenience.
    So watch this space!! Lol.
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