Hawaii is OK.... A bit expensive and hotels have entertainment package deals that keep you busy. Then there is the amount of people that are trying to do the same thing you are doing. I myself like Cebu, Philippines because you can easily find a quiet beach, put up a large embrella then sit in a reclining beach chair and drift off for an afternoon nap. Everything is inexpensive and they have restaurants on the beach. It doesn't cost much to rent a few scooters, just don't park them anywhere because they will disappear. So many small fishing villages were tourists don't go and friendly people that help you enjoy yourself. If you want to tour the island you just find the local bus stop that travels the coast highway and talk to the younger people waiting on the bus and make a deal for them to be a guide and they will show many hidden secrets most people never see. Then there is Bali, Indonesia that is low cost and friendly with so many people telling you what you should go see. Georgetown, Indonesia is the old British township that is quite civilized with a blend of many ethnic backgrounds and the food reflects that.....just so much to see and eat at such an inexpensive treat. I mentioned these places because they are safe, inexpensive, just as much to do and see, overlooked and not overridden with tourists. Then if you like warm water for swimming and scuba diving the Tahitian island of Rangiroa has the largest lagoon in the pacific. Most of the tourists there are from Europe and the great service and food reflects that, then because it's a bit out of the way as a vacation destination the prices reflect that too. So if enjoying warm blue water irregardless of the method of enjoyment like snorkeling just inside the reef in a wet suit, jet skis or even taking a boat trip to other islands Rangi is the best the pacific has to offer. I'm sorry, but Hawaii is a bit of a monkey see, monkey do at an insane cost. A hotel on the beach....forget about it ! Then your stuck doing the hotels group tours and going to preplanned events planned for large groups of people.