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    Aruba vs Hawaii

    This March we decided to take our annual Aruba trip in Hawaii . We spent a week in Kauai and a week in Maui, while we enjoyed this trip we did miss our beloved Aruba.

    Some thoughts and comparisons:
    Firstly coming from Ontario, Canada getting to Hawaii is a very long, long trip. Aruba is two flights but 6 hour total flying time vs. 12 hours of flying time to Hawaii and 3+ flights.

    We enjoyed Maui more than Kauai. Weather in Aruba is consistently beautiful and hot all year while Hawaii it is not. Our first week in Kauai the weather was rainy and cold. We had to go an buy some warmer clothing and we only saw one day of real sunshine. Weather is cooler and if you don't have the sunshine it is cool. Maui the weather for the most part was very nice and sunny most of the week. We were told that the weather our first week was a bit of an aberration and I am sure that had some effect on our feelings about Kauai.

    Hawaii is gorgeous and really far more scenic than Aruba. Maui was beautiful and so picturesque but spending time in the ocean is not so easy as it is in Aruba. The beaches in Kauai were really not that nice, imo, and far too rough to swim in. Maui the beaches were stunning but again, not for swimming like in Aruba. We stayed at the Marriott Ocean Club at Kanapali Beach and to our surprise NO ONE was sitting on the beach...EMPTY! We quickly found out why, the hotels will charge you for putting out chairs and an umbrella. The Marriott charges $35/day for an umbrella and two chairs. Each additional chair is $5/day. The sand is very soft with no shells but hard to walk in and it gets very hot so you can't walk on it without shoes. Now this will make all my Marriott SC/OC friends never complain about renting a palapas again, in Maui the Marriott have these large double wooden lounges with a canopy on them. These sit along the "front row" of the property overlooking the beach. This is the best place to sit on the property but these lounges are reserved online ONE YEAR IN ADVANCE for $50/day!!! I have a picture of them which I will try to add later as it is on my phone.

    We found the food better in Kauai than in Maui but Aruba wins in this department hands down!! In addition, we found in both islands that their is no one left in any of the restaurants past 9pm. By 10pm nothing is even open. One night we wanted to go for coffee at 9:30pm and nothing was open. We compared that to our evenings walking the "strip" at Palm Beach and stopping somewhere for a coffee or an ice cream...NOTHING is open and no one is out past 9:30pm!

    So we had a great time in Hawaii but all in all, Aruba wins! Can't wait to get back "home" in December!!
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    You hit the nail on the head many times.

    Hawaill is nice to look at........Aruba is nicer to be at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randi View Post
    This March we decided to take our annual Aruba trip in Hawaii . We spent a week in Kauai and a week in Maui, while we enjoyed this trip we did miss our beloved Aruba.

    Some thoughts and comparisons:
    Firstly coming from Ontario, Canada getting to Hawaii is a very long, long trip. Aruba is two flights but 6 hour total flying time vs. 12 hours of flying time to Hawaii and 3+ flights.

    We enjoyed Maui more than Kauai. Weather in Aruba is consistently beautiful and hot all year while Hawaii it is not. Our first week in Kauai the weather was rainy and cold. We had to go an buy some warmer clothing and we only saw one day of real sunshine. Weather is cooler and if you don't have the sunshine it is cool. Maui the weather for the most part was very nice and sunny most of the week. We were told that the weather our first week was a bit of an aberration and I am sure that had some effect on our feelings about Kauai.

    Hawaii is gorgeous and really far more scenic than Aruba. Maui was beautiful and so picturesque but spending time in the ocean is not so easy as it is in Aruba. The beaches in Kauai were really not that nice, imo, and far too rough to swim in. Maui the beaches were stunning but again, not for swimming like in Aruba. We stayed at the Marriott Ocean Club at Kanapali Beach and to our surprise NO ONE was sitting on the beach...EMPTY! We quickly found out why, the hotels will charge you for putting out chairs and an umbrella. The Marriott charges $35/day for an umbrella and two chairs. Each additional chair is $5/day. The sand is very soft with no shells but hard to walk in and it gets very hot so you can't walk on it without shoes. Now this will make all my Marriott SC/OC friends never complain about renting a palapas again, in Maui the Marriott have these large double wooden lounges with a canopy on them. These sit along the "front row" of the property overlooking the beach. This is the best place to sit on the property but these lounges are reserved online ONE YEAR IN ADVANCE for $50/day!!! I have a picture of them which I will try to add later as it is on my phone.

    We found the food better in Kauai than in Maui but Aruba wins in this department hands down!! In addition, we found in both islands that their is no one left in any of the restaurants past 9pm. By 10pm nothing is even open. One night we wanted to go for coffee at 9:30pm and nothing was open. We compared that to our evenings walking the "strip" at Palm Beach and stopping somewhere for a coffee or an ice cream...NOTHING is open and no one is out past 9:30pm!

    So we had a great time in Hawaii but all in all, Aruba wins! Can't wait to get back "home" in December!!
    Randi - I hear ya... Hawaii is beautiful scenery but the other aspects... Aruba winds, hands down!

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    Quote Originally Posted by act1966 View Post
    Randi - I hear ya... Hawaii is beautiful scenery but the other aspects... Aruba winds, hands down!
    Wins and Winds!
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randi View Post
    Wins and Winds!
    Heh. Our celebratory champagne has kicked in!!

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    Hi Randi - thanks for sharing your thoughts. We visited Maui and had the same experience as you. While it was beautiful, every time it rained a part of us wanted to climb over that rainbow and land back in Aruba. It was a wonderful place to visit and we are so glad we went,but it is hard to compare with the weather guarantee in Aruba.

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    Thanks for this comparison. I always hear "If you're used to going to Aruba, nothing else compares" Makes me ok with the idea that I don't have the cash to travel as much as I'd like right now
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    Informative.... thanks for the comparisons.

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    We went to Hawaii seven years ago. We went in mid Sept, so it was quite warm. We did have a little rain on a couple of days. I agree that the scenery is breathtaking. However, the trip was such a long one, I have no desire to do it again. Now, we like to travel in Feb. and Hawaii is unpredictable that time of year. Aruba is easier to get to, even considering that we have to change planes, and I know that I am going to have sunny, perfect days for our stay. Aruba wins every time.

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    Ah, Hawaii all the way!!! And I'm sure the vast majority would agree.
    (Top 25 Islands in the Caribbean.)
    But personally, I would much rather go to Aruba any day. I would even select Aruba over a free trip to HI
    Last edited by __steve__; 04-05-2016 at 04:17 PM.



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