An August 2004 trip
to Oahu by AngelaMHaven
Quote: Oahu is just not Honolulu. Honolulu is a large, bustling beach and city vacation, but an hour outside of Honolulu are small towns that remind you of what Hawaii really is.
If shopping is your pleasure then Honolulu is your place! Any type of shopping you can imagine. Visit Ala Moana shopping mall and you have your choice of shopping options. Also Victoria Ward Centers has 16 movie theatres and a farmer's market for fresh food.
Take a drive to the North Shore and experience the real Hawaii. Stop in a town called Haleiwa. During the winter months this town is overrun with surfers taking on the memorable pipeline. During the late summer, the water is calmer so you do not have the serious serious surfing going on but you will always find surfing. This town is a historic town with great little shops and restaurants.
A great beach stop is Waimea Bay. This is a great bay on the way to Haliewa. The water here is very blue and snorkeling was ok. You can be adventourus and jump off the rocks into the ocean. There is also a lifeguard on duty.
At the end of your day, see the sunset from Sunset Beach. Great sunsets and great snorkeling here. Not alot of fish but rocks and tunnels to check out.
Honamau Bay is a great day trip. This is a cove that offers great views and snorkeling. Personally I was not impressed with the snorkeling, it was too shallow and too many rocks to skim over and the fish were not abundant, and even though there is a limit of how many people can come in during a day, there were still too many people for you to run into while snorkeling.
Once you leave Honamau Bay, take a stop at Sandy Point Beach. This is a great place to go body surfing and hang out with the locals.
Hotel | "Imperial Hawaii Vacation Club"
We were confirmed into a studio unit. For the time that we spent in the unit, this worked just great for us.
Studio units do sleep 4 people with a murphy bed and a pull out sofa. With space limitations, I would highly recommend only 2 people staying in a studio sized unit. Studios have a mini fridge and a microwave; these worked for us for drinks and popcorn. The bathroom was a nice size: shower only but good water pressure. Bathrooms had hairdryers so no need to pack one. The countertop on the sink was small but there was a vanity over the toilet with shelves that helped.
Housekeeping comes once a week to clean and exchange towels. You can always get fresh towels from housekeeping at anytime and the resort offers beach towels so no need to pack yours.
When staying at this resort, I would recommend asking for a higher level floor. We were confirmed into the 3rd floor and our balconey looked out onto another building. The higher you are the better chance of having a view.
Parking in Honolulu is very scarce. The resort does offer valet parking for $15 per day. This is actually cheaper than some of the parking garages around. Just be aware and every hotel/condo charges a VAT tax or accommodation tax.
If you are looking for a nice resort in a great area, then this is the place for you. Resorts in Honolulu are not luxurious because of space requirements - there is no space but up! But if you are looking for the vacation because of the location and being there to experience the island, then this is the place for you!
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 15, 2004
The Imperial Waikiki
205 Lewers Street
Honolulu, Hawaii 96815