Mal said:Meeh. Hawaii.
More beautiful indeed, but only if you actually leave the tourist trap called Honolulu. Comparing Hawaii to the Gold Coast is incorrect. Hawaii should be compared to Queensland, or to South East Queensland or similar.
I think this "expert" is a little wrong. I doubt we will ever see Hawaii being cheaper than the Gold Coast for the average traveller. Plus of course the nickel and diming that occurs in Hawaii as soon as you leave the plane!
I think also that there are enough travellers scared of a 14 hour flight/ U.S Immigration procedures to ensure they prefer something more local.
clifford said:Not sure if it's a 14 hour flight to HNL.
Also, the (public) bus service from HNL to Waikiki is a damn sight better and cheaper than it is from OOL to anywhere. And what about the cost of the train from BNE?
No nickel and diming in Qld, it's full-on robbery.
Mal said:Should we start comparing hotel prices now?
P.S I'm not a fan of Surfer's Paradise and the surrounding areas. Too touristy for my liking (ie too much Glitz and Glamour). HNL is so similar, but at a very advanced stage.
clifford said:Well, yes, NM, I'm happy to compare hotel prices. I think hotels in Honolulu are better value than in Surfers, from my own personal experience.