We cruised Hawaii 8 years ago and LOVED it, plan to make it our first stop again on our more extensive Pacific tour starting this summer from Washington
. I hear that the decrepit state of the marinas is due to a law from the 60s that has not been able to be overturned that keeps the public marinas from charging
more than $10 a day or $300 a year. Not sure the numbers are right, but that's what some of the harbormasters told us. Yes, anchoring
is more attractive than the marinas, but we prefer that anyway.
We did NOT find people unhelpful, in fact the harbormasters treated us well. The prices were wonderfully inexpensive, and some places had showers which we don't have on our boat so are glad to find. Kaunakakai had a fabulous shower
. Hanalei bay had some cold water showers for beachgoers. Hilo (Radio Bay) had showers. Nawiliwili had showers, but no door for the shower
facing the parking lot. Oh well. Yes, most places were in poor repair, but we were thankful for what we got considering the 0 to $7 per night fees
is moderate - not like Mexico's scalding summer temps. Each island is different in culture and flavor. And it's a great jumping off place for the rest of the Pacific. Lots of good things about Hawaii despite the bad press.
We have some cruising notes here: Oh the Places I've Been... - Sailing Phoenix