Is it possible to have too much fun on your Hawaii vacation? One way to know is to leave a day off on your schedule.

Most of us slow down a little on vacation, and Hawaii already moves at a slower pace than many places on the mainland. One of the joys of vacationing (or living) in Hawaii is adjusting to that time change — in addition to the change in time zones.

On a recent visit by friends from the mainland, their first idea was to do one activity each morning and one each afternoon. I suggested they plan for one item each day instead. Some activities take more time or energy than it looks like on paper and all activities are more enjoyable if you aren’t worried about wrapping them up to get to the next item on the agenda.

Some things can double up. It depends on the travelers as much as the attraction. For example, we had visitors who went on a Pearl Harbor tour from 6 am – 3 pm and then did a sunset dinner cruise. Those activities went together well for them because they were fairly passive (not hiking or snorkeling) and the pace allowed for an afternoon nap as well as a relatively early bedtime. However, having an early morning call and a full day of touring was plenty for other recent guests, who wanted to do nothing but rest after Pearl Harbor.

Leaving a day free in your schedule allows the freedom to stay in bed or on the beach to recover, if you’d like. Or you can easily add a new visit or activity you hadn’t thought of before arriving here. It also allows you to re-visit places you saw only in passing for a longer look.

As exciting as everything looks when planning for a Hawaii vacation, remember it will all be more fun if you’re rested and relaxed.


  1. Oh, Cindy. It’s about time I took a couple of days off and enjoyed everything Maui has to offer. By living in HI, sometimes we forget just how amazing this place really is.

  2. Yes, it’s very important to leave some time gaps. Stressing this to others is a bit hard to do at times because they have their own version of what they want. I always tell them that leaving at least 1 day open will give them the opportunity to do ONCE what I do everyday and that’s (a long blissful SIGH) Lucky we live Hawaii.

  3. It is definitely important to have that balance of relaxing/taking in the beautiful scenery and participating in the many activities Hawaii has to offer. A day or two of free time is a good idea so you can just relax or maybe do something spontaneous!

  4. I did the climb to diamond head in the very early am one morning and then snorkeled at sharks cove an hour or so later. When I was finished snorkeling I had to have help getting over the rocks and out of the water. I was totally exhausted.

  5. Wise words indeed.  After doing a day of snorkeling at Hanauma Bay, bodysurfing at Waimanalo Bay, and 3 hikes in 3 days, I had trouble standing out of bed the next morning, so it was the day devoted to casually strolling around Waikiki.  Having that "lazy" day allows for much-needed recovery.

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