Whale Watching is one of the most exciting thing you can do in Hawaii. Seeing the world’s biggest mammals putting on a little show is an amazing experience. You can spot Blue whales, Bryde´s whales, Sperm whales, Fin whales, sometimes even the Killer whales. They say you can also hear whale's sing from the shore.Make it Happen: The best time to see the whales in Hawaii are between November and April. You could also go see whales in Sri Lanka during the same time.
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Getting AroundMost days cruise employees are going to have enough time off to make their rounds on foot. As the Hawaiian islands aren't very big and most shops set up near the ports on foot is generally a good way to travel. Other times though the shops and restaurants are more than a 10-minute hike so taxis are always waiting at the port to take passengers anywhere on the island. Rental cars are also an easy option to see more of the island, and can either be booked on board the ship ahead of time or at the port as soon as you step foot on land.After a morning swim and assuming you still have some time before work back on the cruise ship the best place to enjoy libations and friends is the Row Bar, an outdoor tiki bar in the concrete office and condo complex across the street from the cruise terminal. Their flat bread pizzas are quite tasty, and their drink selection is at the dispose of the bartender’s creativity. Now, once you visit a few of bars a few weeks in a row the bartenders will figure out you are indeed a cruise ship employee, to which they normally respond with “That’s rough, have a free drink (or three).” Row Bar was definitely one of these places, and I wish I had discovered this place before my last month in Hawaii.A good swim, a few bites and a few drinks and it’s back to work. Don’t worry, most employees aboard the cruise ship have had a few drinks before they get to work. It helps the day go by.
Kona Inn Shopping Village
Where to Eat/DrinkAt 7:00 a.m. there isn’t a lot to do just yet, except enjoy the dozens of Kona coffee shops along the main coastal road. My personal favorite was a small coffee shop located in the Kona Inn Shopping Village. I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker just yet, but every Wednesday morning before anything else would open I would be parked next to the ocean drinking my volcano-grown coffee with a slight breeze and not caring about anything else in the world.
Ala Moana Center
Across the street from Ala Moana Park is the Ala Moana shopping center, a high-end shopping mall that has great fashion and high-end jewelry between the usual tourists trinkets associated with Hawaii. If a stop at Tommy Hilfiger isn’t in your weekly budget there is also a Wal-Mart about a block behind the mall as well.