Let me give you a potentially useful tip. 🙂
When you are planning your holiday, as you find things you want to do and you work out which provider you want to book with.. it is better to make the booking once you have decided than to leave it all to the “last minute”.
I just did a booking spree – booked 3 tours and one airport transfer. This sounds like such an easy thing to do, right?
Ok, one of the tours was 100% easy. Oahu Photography Tours has long been on my want to do list, ever since I read MrsCombs post about it (which you can read here and you can see some of MrsCombs photos here). So it was simply a matter of deciding which of the three tours we wanted to do. We chose the complete tour.
The Big Island tours are another story.
First up, let me talk about our decision not to rent a car on the Big Island. We would be driving an unfamiliar car on the wrong side of the road, and on our second day we would be driving it up to the summit of Mauna Kea which is over 13,000 feet above sea level.
I have never been more than 2,000 feet above sea level, apart from on a flight where the cabin is pressurised so you are not affected by the altitude and lack of oxygen. I am a bit worried about how I will be affected by the altitude but to be honest am somewhat more worried about the other half.
My understanding is that roughly one car each week is rescued from Mauna Kea for one reason or another. Here is a post from one of the Big Island bloggers who works at the summit with one such example. That prompted this letter to county officials.
We would much rather take a tour where someone else who is used to the altitude and the roads etc can worry about the driving. So that was a big part of the decision. Plus most rental cars cannot be taken to the summit at all.
We are only there for 3 nights and we would like to take a Circle Island tour – again where we can sit back, relax, look out the windows while someone else worries about the driving.
All of these are choices we made for our own holiday, I am not saying they are better than the other options available, I am saying these are the things *we* wanted to do. To each their own. 🙂
First up we had the Mauna Kea Summit Tour. I had narrowed these down to between Hawaii Forest and Trail, and Mauna Kea Summit Tours. We took a look at the reviews for these tours and chose Hawaii Forest and Trail.
Price wise there is not a lot of difference, there is not much difference in the tours themselves, the major difference is in the dinner provided and either of these tours had an option which would suit. So we spent a while trying to pick between the two. I remember I made the decision a few months ago but I couldn’t remember which one I picked to book!
By this time I was starting to get a headache.. then it was time to book our Hawaii Circle Island Tour for the Big Island. After much debate, we chose Roberts for the tour, and I booked the airport transfers at the same time.
I’m now looking at possible options for a morning snorkel tour before we leave the Big Island.
Our holiday is getting closer, I am getting pretty excited. 🙂 The itinerary had to change around a little to fit the Oahu tour in.