No Worries Hawaii: A Vacation Planning Guide for Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island

No Worries Hawaii: A Vacation Planning Guide for Kauai, Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island

by Jerry Sprout, Janine Sprout


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Half of Hawaii's 8 million yearly tourists are first-timers, often unsure of which island to visit, where to stay, and what to choose to do from among hundreds of attractions, parks, and beaches.

NO WORRIES HAWAII, a companion book to the Sprout's adventure guides for each of the islands, comes to the rescue.

Readers first take an "armchair voyage," in which they visualize the type of vacation they'd like to have, what their interests are, and what type of surroundings they'd prefer. These likings are matched with what Hawaii has to offer. A clever but simple self-test allows readers to sort through Hawaii's assets-beaches, nightlife, trails, gardens, attractions, cultural sites, surfing, snorkeling-36 categories in all, to determine which are important and which island is best.

In the second part of NO WORRIES HAWAII, readers take their decisions from part one and receive all the practical and money-saving advice needed to book a vacation that makes the armchair voyage become a real one. Included also is a complete list of what to pack.

The third part of the book is full of tips on what to do-and what not to do-after arriving in the islands. Readers will deplane as kama'aina (locals), having the benefit the Sprout's 20 years of exploration. Sections include how to plan days to maximize fun and avoid hassle, finding free entertainment, and other cost-cutting options. Readers are advised on how to, and whether to, book tours (snorkeling, sailing, helicopter, horseback, etc.). The book's safety tips are a literal lifesaver, and the everyday advice on driving, hiking, and beach-going essential for a smooth vacation.

The meat of NO WORRIES HAWAII is its Best Of section,a listing of Hawaii's top things to see and do-rainforest hikes, snorkeling coves, walk-around beach towns, surfing spots, museums, places to watch surfers, mountain bike trails, botanical gardens, peak hikes, cultural sites, luxury resorts, volcano hikes, bird-watching forests, waterfalls, remote beaches, family beach parks, and more. Taken together, the 50 categories neatly sum up the best of Hawaii. Readers can use these listings as a reference when they get to their chosen island.

NO WORRIES HAWAII is beautifully designed, complimented by more than 100 color photographs, and written concisely and with humor, making it as fun to read as it is useful.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780967007298
Publisher: Diamond Valley Company
Publication date: 09/15/2007
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 9.08(w) x 6.18(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Jerry and Janine Sprout have been exploring the American West for 20 years and sharing their experiences in the Trailblazer Travel Book series: Kauai Trailblazer, Maui Trailblazer, Oahu Trailblazer, Hawaii the Big Island Trailblazer, No Worries Hawaii, Golden Gate Trailblazer (San Francisco and Marin), Alpine Sierra Trailblazer and No Worries Paris.

Table of Contents

How this Book Works     8
The Armchair Voyage
First take the journey in your mind
Why Hawaii?
Ten Big Truths about Hawaii-and only Hawaii     11
A Fling or a Meaningful Relationship?     13
What do you want out of your vacation?
Pick a vacation style that best fits you and your travel mates
A Self-Test to Pick Your Island
Self-test instructions     14
Sample self-test results     15
The 36 Best Of Hawaii category headings     16
Whats Your Type?
Hawaiian Islands map
Pick the Hawaiian locale that rings your chimes     18
Strategies for Visiting Your Island     28
Hawaiian Islands     18
Kaua'i     31
Oahu     32
Maui     33
The Big Island of Hawaii     34
Da Plan! Da Plan!
Time to whip out the credit card and make your vacation happen
Little Grass Shack or Granite Countertops?     37
How to score the accommodations you want and for the best price
The Mini-Ordeal of Transpacific Voyaging     40
The ins and outs of airlines
Wheels     41
Rental cars
What you need and how to get it
Packlist     42
What to put in your suitcase and what to buy when you get here
The Elements of Island Style
What to do, and not to do, when you get toHawaii
The Seven Stages of Aloha     46
Altering your point of view after a two-week vacation
Making a Gotta-Do-It List     47
To plan and not to plan, that is the answer when scheduling
Picking an Island Style     48
What kind of tourist bird are you? it matters
Tour{dollar} or Independent Travel     49
What you get for your money. Is It worth it?
Surfing, Sailing Cruises     50
Snorkeling     51
Sightseeing, Hiking     52
Helicopters, Horseback Rides     53
Kayaking, Bicycles, ATVs     54
Livin' Large for Less     56
Saving money and finding free entertainment
How Not to Have a Killer Vacation     58
Tips that take the danger out of everyday life in paradise
Free Advice & Opinion
Beach & Trail Access     61
Roads & Driving     62
The Best of Hawaii
How to Use the Best of Hawaii Results     65
Best of Hawaii Scorecard     66
A summary of of winners for each of the islands
The 36 Best of Hawaii Category Winners for each Island
Swimming, Snokeling & Beach-Going     68
Coastal Hiking & Beachcombing     79
Surfing, Windsurfing & Kayaking     86
Entertainment & Sightseeing     95
Mountain and Forest Hiking      118
Bicycling, Horseback, Golf     130
Wikiwiki Phonebook
Directory of Listings     137
Index     151
Your Notes     158
Trailblazer Travel Books     160

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