Oahu Tourist Traps

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Oahu Tourist Traps

  • International Market Place

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    There's a stall or 2 that sell perfume. These look like name brand perfume (only slightly cheaper than Duty Free). We bought "John Gaulteir Le Male" for $50 yet on getting this home we found it was nothing but a cheap knock off. When you buy the perfume, check that it is labelled with the brand, and check the item given to you before you leave the...

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  • Shopping

    Waikiki Tourist Traps

    Notice that the high-end shops in Waikiki and Ala Moana (Hermes, Gucci, Prada, Chanel, Rolex, YSL etc.) are gorgeous and well-stocked. If you're from Japan or somewhere else where there are ridiculous import tariffs, you'll stock up. Check out Duty Free Shoppers as well -- you'll need a passport. If you're from anywhere else, you can buy all that...

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  • Waikiki

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    Watch out... I worked this out but my friend got hooked in. We were walking down the street and a guy had a parrot/ cockatoe and said "here hold this and I will take a photo of you with the bird', I was like no thanks but my un-travelled friend said ok. Anyhow after holding the bird, the guy asked for a $20 donation towards the wildlife. I said I...

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  • Waikiki

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    If you just slide up (north or maka) Kapahulu Ave within about a mile, you'll find a much more authentic Hawaii. Restaurants, coffee bars, surf shops, a couple of off-beat bars. Going even further afield, take a look at this site: http://absolute-hawaii.com/absolute-must-sees/obamas-residence/ You could try this for a GREAT view and spectacular...

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  • Dole Pineapple

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    Ok, I guess I should have read VTers’ tips better. What can I say; this place is a ROYAL waste of time, especially the idiotic train that takes you on a 20 minutes plantation tour. Can you imagine how many pineapples you’ll see in that time?! There are some good things to say about the place, like the world’s largest maze. This place is kinda fun,...

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  • Much Over-priced! Shop around

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    Well I'm ashamed to say that I was sucked in big time by a lady selling crystal. It was my first ever visit to Waikiki and I guess I was high on the thrill of just being there! I went into a gift shop and after looking around for 5 minutes I was approached my the shop keeper who offered some 'real Hawaiian crystal' to me! I wasn't really interested...

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  • Hanuama Bay

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    When it's your first time to the island, you have your dreams of escape. If getting away is your plan, plan on the other islands. Oahu with all its beauty is a tourist trap. There are a number of different places where you can snorkel on Oahu, however, the best place is Hanama Bay just outside of Honolulu. You should note that it does get crowded...

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  • Free Breakfast deals

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    One trap is the Free Breakfasts offered by tour companies. Because we were first-timers, we went, even though I read it was a tourist trap. It boils down to - you get what you pay for. The free breakfast was terrible. Cold powered egg, frozen reheated hash browns, sausages that looked like little p**ps. However the tourguide's presentation was...

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  • Polynesian Cultural Center

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    The Polynesian Cultural Center is a once in a lifetime experience (I hope!). If you're looking for an authentic taste of all the different nations of Polynesia, then visit all of the nations of Polynesia! But, if you're looking for an ersatz Epcot Center-like experience shared with busloads of tourists, but plunk down big bucks and spend a day at...

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  • Taxi-cabs, Shuttles & Trollies

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    Honolulu Airport Shuttles is owned by someone who owns 3 other taxi companies. So they tell you you are getting a good deal as compared to other companies, which they own and offer you "VIP deal" just for you of course. The prices are rediculous ($80 to go to Pearl Harbour when it costs $2 on the bus) and the owner is the rudest person I have met....

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  • Waianae Coast

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    The Waianae Coast is the far western side of Oahu, and it looks inviting on a map. Unfortunately, it is the most impoverished, poorly-cared-for, junkiest part of Oahu and is only worth visiting if you've seen everywhere else on the island (and some of those places many times over). Most of the beaches on this coast have been taken over by camps of...

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  • Scenic Disappointments

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    Honolulu and Waikiki are nothing but one way streets so be sure to have a map handy AHEAD of time. Don't be stuck like we were driving around for two hours, trying to navigate all of the one way streets! We went to Diamond Head Crater and the Blowhole, which weren't all they were advertised to be. Don't waste your time (in my opinion). Actually, I...

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  • Kahuku Sugar Mill

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    We were happily winding our way around the island and Valories sister was reading the upcoming destinations. Oh the Kahuku Sugar Mill is up here. So we decided to swing by and check it out. Well we got to the place and there was a sign welcoming us......but the Mill was gone! The only thing left are a few large pieces of machinery and some pictures...

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  • Package Deals or Steals!

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    Never leaves any value in your car. Thieves are watching for tourists-cars and are waiting until they are out of sight and in less than a minutes they will have broken into your car taking off all your valuables. I have heard that an old lady has stopped at a lookout to take a photo, and saw a group of tourists park their car, open the trunk, and...

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  • Whale Watching

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    The tours are often expensvie and include lunch and activities - this is because tourists will often have to go out 2 or 3 times to actually see a whale. The cruise was beautiful aboard the Star of Honolulu and being able to see Honolulu and Diamond Head from the water was worth the time, but if you have your hopes set on seeing a humpback whale or...

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  • Hilo Hatties

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    This is a waste of your time, and not worth all the hype in all the travel magazines. The store has limited options, and in all honesty you can find absolutely everything there for a lesser price, if you keep looking. The free trolley runs about every 20 minutes or more, so if you're done shopping there, it's a pretty boring wait for the trolley to...

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  • Hilo Hatties

    Oahu Tourist Traps

    They ply you with coupons and free trolley rides to get you to come to their stores. I use to really enjoy going to Hilo Hatties in previous visits. Now they are so commerical and over-priced you are better off going elesewhere. If you have to go to Hilo Hattie's then I would recommend you skip the jewlery and the fashions and go straight away to...

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  • PCC & other Luau's

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    This place is a total rip-off. It looks more like a bad Disneyland ride from the 50's--and the show finishes with an advertisement for the Mormon Church. Even met a guy that used to work there at our hotel later--says they exploit even their employees. The worst part of our two week trip. One to avoid.

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  • Sea Life Park

    Honolulu Tourist Traps

    My daughter's family went there today for the dolphin encounter. She said the water was absolutely filthy. She said that the park had really gone downhill since we were there 5 years ago. The water was so dirty in the sting ray exhibit that they wouldn't even go in it. You can't take your own pics so you have to pay their outrageous prices if you...

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  • Obama Mania

    Obama Mania has struck the islands of Hawaii. Obama themed shirts, toys and even Bobble Head dolls can be found every where. We even saw an Obama themed Chia Pet....what the heck is going on....

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  • Hawaiian Waters Water Park: Why?

    Hawaiian waters is a place for local families to entertain their children in a safe, fun atmosphere in exchane for forking over large sums of money. THere's no reason for a visitor to do this.

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  • Parrot Guy

    Watch out... I worked this out but my friend got hooked in. We were walking down the street and a guy had a parrot/ cockatoe and said "here hold this and I will take a photo of you with the bird', I was like no thanks but my un-travelled friend said ok. Anyhow after holding the bird, the guy asked for a $20 donation towards the wildlife. I said I...

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  • Polynesian Cultural Center -- Not for...

    The Polynesian Cultural Center is a once in a lifetime experience (I hope!). If you're looking for an authentic taste of all the different nations of Polynesia, then visit all of the nations of Polynesia! But, if you're looking for an ersatz Epcot Center-like experience shared with busloads of tourists, but plunk down big bucks and spend a day at...

    more
  • Dole Plantation

    Ok, I guess I should have read VTers’ tips better. What can I say; this place is a ROYAL waste of time, especially the idiotic train that takes you on a 20 minutes plantation tour. Can you imagine how many pineapples you’ll see in that time?!There are some good things to say about the place, like the world’s largest maze. This place is kinda fun,...

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  • Dole Pineapple is NOT Worth Losing Beach...

    One of the most beautiful sites in Oahu used to be looking over vast pineapple fields as they reach towards the mountains. As late as 2002, the top of the broad central plain was devoted almost entirely to cultivating the fruit long associated with Hawaii. Often, passing rainstorms would leave rainbows to accentuate the rows of spiny leaves in the...

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  • Kahuku Sugar Mill? Where?

    We were happily winding our way around the island and Valories sister was reading the upcoming destinations. Oh the Kahuku Sugar Mill is up here. So we decided to swing by and check it out. Well we got to the place and there was a sign welcoming us......but the Mill was gone! The only thing left are a few large pieces of machinery and some pictures...

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  • For Completists Only: Drive the Waianae...

    The Waianae Coast is the far western side of Oahu, and it looks inviting on a map. Unfortunately, it is the most impoverished, poorly-cared-for, junkiest part of Oahu and is only worth visiting if you've seen everywhere else on the island (and some of those places many times over). Most of the beaches on this coast have been taken over by camps of...

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  • The International tourist trap

    Every place that has a huge tourist influx will have at least one place that is the ultimate tourist trap. The International Marketplace is the ultimate tourist trap on Oahu. There is no bigger one.Filled with numerous stores and stalls, not much here is worth purchasing. For the most part it is cheap junk. If you really want to do some shopping,...

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  • Animal Solicitation - it's illegal!!

    Do not let anyone put birds on you in Waikiki and take your picture. First off, this is completely illegal. It's called "Solicitation of Animals", and it is against the law for someone to charge you money and use an animal in doing it. Secondly, parrots are not even from Hawai'i! They are just pets being pimped out. Third, all of the guys with the...

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  • Hilo Hattie's

    They ply you with coupons and free trolley rides to get you to come to their stores. I use to really enjoy going to Hilo Hatties in previous visits. Now they are so commerical and over-priced you are better off going elesewhere. If you have to go to Hilo Hattie's then I would recommend you skip the jewlery and the fashions and go straight away to...

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  • Dole Pineapple Plantation

    Unfortunately this was a part of the "circle island" tour that we booked. Even our driver admitted it was a tourist trap.We went inside the big yellow "house" to the gift store and eatery places. It was teeming with tourists purchasing pineapples for shipment home, others finding their way through the world's largest maze (not the one out doors but...

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  • Watch out for the birdman

    As you stroll along the streets of Waikiki, you'll see people with birds (parrots) on their shoulder asking you if you want a picture taken with them. It's innocent enough, but when you are finished, they ask if you can give a small donation. It's not such a big deal, but if you get your picture taken, give them a couple bucks...no sweat off your...

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  • Tour Bus Trap

    Do NOT do NOT go on the tour buses. Sure the brochures will include wonderful pictures of upside down waterfalls & hieroglyphs. In reality, the tour buses are so unorganized; they pick you up at your hotel LATE and you spend much of the day driving. It is a waste of money. Only pro is that the guides are really informative and fun to listen...

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  • Waikiki

    Waikiki is Hawaii's biggest tourist trap. The beach is beautiful but over crowded. The shops are over priced, and its just all very tacky. Just take some pictures of it, maybe enjoy one night of strolling the strip, but then head out around the island see things that unfortunalty not many people see because they waste to much time in this tourist...

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  • Pineapple Plantation - Nothing to shout...

    Leave this ti the last if you have to see it. There are a lot more interesting things to do in Oahu.The only reason we when there was because we have a free round the island tour and this is one of the stop.

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  • Paradise Cove Luau

    Ugh!! We were hearded in to the luau like cattle through gates then seated at tables that reminded me of school lunch tables - long rows. The food was okay and the mai tai's weren't bad either. The dancing was fun but I really prefer the old hawaiian hula to the mission hula that was prevelant here. What was really cheesy were the "county fair"...

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  • Dole Pineapple Plantation & Maze - SKIP...

    e-gads! what a waste of time... this was nothing more than an oversized gift shop. I asked a local woman about the maze - she said it was such a waste of money that she would not feel right reccommending it. "Its hot in there, and its boring - the children are often disapointed!" if you have to do it, then do it... but just remember - I TOLD YOU...

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  • Time Shares

    You will for sure be asked to attend a Time Share seminar. They promise you tickets at a lower cost or for free to different exhibits, boat rides, trips, etc. These tickets you can purchase on your own pretty much thru out the island at lower costs. Unless you want to waste your valuable time sitting thru a seminar on Time Shares, don't get...

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  • Don't get sucked into the "FREE...

    We purchased a package which included a free breakfast the day after we arrived. But we got sucked into buying several tours, then figuered out that it would of cost a lot less to rent a car, and take the tour on our own. You really can't get lost! You are on an island, the worst that can happen is you will probably end up going around in...

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  • Waikiki - The tourist trap

    You haven't been to Hawaii if you've only been to Waikiki. This crowded boiling pot with its highrise hotels, world famous beach and souvernir shops is not what Hawaii is all about. Even though it may be tempting to stay at Waikiki beach all day and hang out in the beachside bars at night, do yourself the favour and see more of the island.

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  • Fun Cruise-NOT!!!!

    Thinking of taking a FUN CRUISE? think again. Fun cruise offers food, drinks, games & water fun. The one I took consisted of girls sunbathing on the decks & you couldn't walk around without tripping over them. I would only recommend taking this while the kids are in school.

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  • Whale Watching Tours

    The tours are often expensvie and include lunch and activities - this is because tourists will often have to go out 2 or 3 times to actually see a whale. The cruise was beautiful aboard the Star of Honolulu and being able to see Honolulu and Diamond Head from the water was worth the time, but if you have your hopes set on seeing a humpback whale or...

    more
  • All about Pineapples it's NOT

    Dole Plantation is merely a tourist shop. In the back is a small area with pineapple information and several good places to take pictures. There is a "large shrub maze" off to the right, which is another gimmick. The only "pineapple" thing about the maze is the aerial view in which the maze is shaped like a pineapple. Be prepared to pay high buck...

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  • Hanama Bay

    When it's your first time to the island, you have your dreams of escape. If getting away is your plan, plan on the other islands. Oahu with all its beauty is a tourist trap. There are a number of different places where you can snorkel on Oahu, however, the best place is Hanama Bay just outside of Honolulu. You should note that it does get crowded...

    more
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