Day 11 Waikiki, Pearl Harbour, Ohau
As I write this it is 7pm Hawaiian time which is 4:58am back in the UK and that is the time we got up this morning, I wouldn't mind but it's even earlier tomorrow as we have flight to Fiji to catch!
Well we did catch the 5:45am bus which eventually turned up a 6:05am and got to Pearl Harbour around 7:15am. My, what a journey, having done the return journey as well which was just as long, I can honestly say it's not an experience I want to repeat anytime soon! We did beat the queues though which was the object of the exercise and got the first boat out to the Arizona Memorial at 8am. A very sobering and thought provoking experience as it is still spilling oil all these years later and you can see part of the rusting shell rising out of the water. Had a tour over USS Missouri afterwards which was an interesting step back in time especially as we don't have any British battleships remaining that actually served in the second world war and then went on to serve in Korea and Desert Storm. She was also featured in the film of Pearl Harbour.
Once we finally got back rather weary from our bus ordeal I left Bill to wander around the Military Museum next to the hotel whilst I took myself to catch some rays around the pool and that is the story of our last day in the Hawaiian islands. I can honestly say I've loved it even it has been a bit of a whistle stop tour; I would definitely have liked more time on Kauai. All the islands are very different but definitely worth visiting and I'm so glad we came. Off at silly o'clock tomorrow for Fiji, another long flight and we lose a whole day as we cross the International Date Line. I'm not sure what the internet will be like there so for the time being - Aloha………
One last thing, apologies for the lack of photos on here, for some reason it will only load using the basic uploader so it takes an eternity. For those of you on Facebook there are loads more on there