Trip Start Sep 18, 2011
25Trip End Oct 31, 2011
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Not knowing where to begin we headed out of our hotel and straight to Waikiki beach. There were a lot of people surfing, swimming and paddle boarding in the water. After our short walk we headed back to the hotel tour desk to work out what to do over the next couple of days.
The lady at the tour desk was helpful, but didn't have the tour that Don really wanted to do, so we looked it up ourselves on the Internet and Don booked it direct - more about our tour tomorrow. Today we decided to head to Pearl Harbour on the hop on / off bus and see if we could get a ticket to the USS Arizona Memorial which we were told was normally fully booked by midday and it was already 11.45 by the time we left Waikiki.
Once we arrived a Pearl Harbour we were able to grab a ticket for the 2.30pm boat out to the USS Arizona memorial. This gave us time to explore the various other exhibits and memorial items including the USS Bowfin, missiles, guns and a submarine command centre including two periscopes.
Our tour commenced with a 20 minute video explaining the events of 7 December 1941 - the day the Japanese Bombed Pearl Harbour and effectively brought the USA into World War II. After the video concluded we boarded a navy vessel and headed to the USS Arizona memorial. It was interesting to see the structure that has been built over the sunken battleship. There are parts of the battleship visible under the surface of the water. We could also see droplets of oil floating to the top of the water. When the ship sunk it was fully loaded with oil and it has been slowly leaking ever since.
Once we made it back to shore we jumped back on the bus and headed back to the hotel. Soon after we headed back out on the bus to the largest outdoor shopping center and had some dinner and did a little bit of shopping. We were happy with out day out since we didn't have anything planned at the start of the day, and it was fortunate for us that we were able to make it onto the Pearl Harbour tour and to learn some more history.
A glorious morning and time to hit Waikiki beach for a swim. Don is not such a keen swimmer so I headed out into the breakwater area for a very refreshing swim while Don took some photos - I'm looking very "Baywatch" in the photo. Again there were lots of people out enjoying various beach activities which was great to see.
After my beach swim it was time to test out the hotel pool. The pool deck is located on level 10. Don used the wireless Internet while I had a quick swim in the pool and a spa.
After I showered and got changed we grabbed some lunch before waiting on the curb for our movie and TV location tour focusing on the TV show "Lost" which finished about a year ago. For those of you who don't know "Lost" was a show about a plane crash on an island and lots of weird stuff happened to the "survivors" over the course of the show. The show was mostly filmed in Hawaii. I think I watched the first two seasons and got a bit bogged down it, but I watched most of the last season with Don who was a fan the whole 6 seasons.
Our large Hummer arrived on time and the tour was quickly under way with only one other couple on board. I will let Don fill you in on the details, but I will say that Don was completely in his element talking about Plot lines and different movies and so on. It was wonderful to see how much enjoyment it gave Don to visit all of these locations first hand. I have to admit, for the locations I could recognize I thought it was pretty cool too. The guide got us to re-enact some if the scenes and we got some video footage. Needless to say that I don't think we will be winning an Emmy or even a Logie Award for our acting efforts.
After the tour we headed out for some dinner followed by and ice cream and a wander around the main streets in the warm balmy weather.
Warning: If you didn't watch Lost this part of the entry will mean nothing to you :)
I really enjoyed the Lost tour, we saw several key places including but not limited to the pier where the Darma sub is docked, the part of Hawaii used for the 'others' and the tower that held the Hydrogen bomb.
The tour guide was really good and had a wide knowledge of not just Lost but also Star Trek (he played a Klingon extra in Deep Space 9!!) and other movies. While the tour was mostly Lost we did see places used in "50 first dates", "You, me and Dupree" and the current new series of Hawaii 5-0. During the tour we had to skip one of the Lost locations as they were actually filming that day and had a fake helicopter set up with all the trailers for the actors and stuff.
The last part of the tour we went to the big open area that was used in Jurrasic Park 1 where Dr Grant and the two kids run away from flocking dinosaurs and hide behind a huge fallen over tree.
This was also near Hurley's Golf Course and the other couple on our tour got engaged. They were avid Lost fans and he said he was waiting for the right location.
The tour guide also had a few toys which he staged silly photos with. The photos didn't really turn out but it made the tour fun.
Who would believe that the Internet lies???
Today was our shopping day to the Premium Outlets at Waikele. The website told us to wait for the bus outside the Marriott. WRONG!! We asked three different hotel staff and they all pointed us in different directions. Eventually I saw a bus come along and I flagged the driver - he told me in a very gruff manner that he couldn't stop there and that the stop was around the corner. Don and I chased the bus around the corner and fortunately there was space for us so we managed to get on the tour.
It took about 30 minutes to get to the outlets. When we arrived we had to book our return time, so we settled on 3.30 which gave us about 4.5 hours to look around.
The variety of shops didn't seem as good as the Las Vegas outlets, but nevertheless we still managed to grab a few items including new runners for both of us. I tried on various pairs of jeans, but without success.
Once we made it back to the hotel we asked reception where the new Ross for less shop is, and we headed there. I had successful shopping and managed to get some jeans, so I was happy.
After our shopping we grabbed some dinner and headed back to our hotel to start getting ready for our final flight home tomorrow night.
A relaxing morning slowly packing our bags before checking out and leaving our bags with the bell hop since out flight is not until 10pm.
We jumped on the trolley bus to the shopping centre for some last minute purchases including a copy of Battlefield 3 limited edition for Don to play when he gets home. He is already trying to tell me that he needs a new computer to run this game. We'll have to "discuss" in detail once we see our banking details when we get home.
Everything we purchased today besides our bus fare has been on credit card. We only have $30 left and that needs to buy us dinner and tip the shuttle bus driver and we don't want to use an ATM or be left with a lot of cash.
After our return to the hotel we were given a complimentary room for 1 hour to freshen up and move a few things around in our bags before waiting in the lobby for the shuttle to the airport .