Hawaii is a spectacular place to visit. The weather and natural beauty are superb. Sitting in the shade at Waikiki Beach watching the surfers and paddle-boarders enjoying the pristine blue waters was nature at its finest
While the shopping and dining were amazing, it didn’t outshine the experience of attending a Luau. People were very friendly and helpful. I felt included in the festivities at all times. The traditional Luau buffet, native dancing, fire twirling and beautiful singing made the evening unforgettable.
This was my first-time visiting Hawaii. Being just a 3-hour direct flight away from Vancouver makes it a very popular destination, in my opinion. Although I had some disappointing aspects, I believe this came down to my own lack of research. When I plan my travels, I’m usually meticulous about the smallest details. I urge anyone traveling to check and double check the details that are important to you. I did confirm that the hotel was wheelchair accessible and it was, however, the ‘accessible’ room I thought I had booked was not. Luckily, we were able to make do for our 3-day and had a fantastic time.
My travel dates: Oct 18 – Nov 6, 2019
My flight: I took a 10-day cruise on the Norwegian Pearl to Hawaii from Vancouver and flew back to Vancouver on Air Canada [AC 302]
Practical Tips for Hawaii
- Here is a list [PDF] of the ITEMS Nancy took along for her trip to Hawaii
Three things I would like to highlight :
- Buses were wheelchair accessible and had air conditioning
- Hotel staff were helpful and tried to sort out problems
- Our hotel was in an excellent location
Three things to bear in mind:
- Taxis were difficult to get
- Pearl Harbour excursion bus was not wheelchair accessible
(but the regular bus was, so we took public transport instead)
- My hotel room was not accessible
Hotel Nancy stayed at:
- I stayed at the
The Ramada Plaza by Wyndham Waikiki
I would give the hotel a of 4 out of 10 rating because the washroom was not suitable for my Hoya Lift. I did confirm before arrival that the hotel was wheelchair accessible which it was, however, the ‘accessible’ room was not.