Tips for Travellers to Hawaii

The Keanae Peninsula, Hawaii | Photo credit: Thomas

Planning a trip to the beautiful US state of Hawaii in the near future? Want to ensure that your trip is one of the most memorable (for the right reasons) of your life? Check out these tips and tricks for a fantastic Hawaiian holiday…

Must-See Locations

Hawaii is such an amazing place that no matter where you are, there’s always something interesting to see and do. Spectacular views, imposing volcanoes and stunning beaches are the order of the day in Hawaii, but if you want to make the most of your time there, here are some of the places you absolutely must visit:

Maui

The magical isle of Maui is an amazing place to spend the day thanks to its unusual landscapes, endangered animals and the Haleakala formation which is located an amazing 10,000 feet above sea level. You need do nothing more than perch yourself there at sunset for a travel experience you won’t forget. If you like to surf, taking your board to the Ho’okipa beach will make for a memorable day thanks to the impressive waves and raging winds that are characteristic of the area.

Kauai

Kauai is known as the Garden Isle and the Island of Discovery and with good reason. It’ sprawling rainforests, impressive cliffs, which stretch for miles and its pristine beaches give hikers plenty to explore and nature lovers a veritable feast for the eyes. Just make sure you donate a few dollars to the ranger station for a map, or you might never find your way back!

Oahu

Waikiki Beach, Hawai | Photo credit: Alan Light

Oahu is a must-see location if only because it is home to the world famous Waikiki Beach – a true paradise on earth. You’d be forgiven for spending all your time on the beach smelling the exotic scents of plumeria, and fresh coconuts plucked from the trees, but do make an effort to explore more of the area as it has a lot to give.

Just bear in mind that although Oahu is a great place to visit, it’s an expensive place to stay, so if you’re on a budget, base yourself elsewhere in Hawaii and just take a day trip there.

Money

If you’re travelling to Hawaii from outside the United States, it’s probably cheaper and safer to buy usd in the form of currency cards instead of cash for the most part. Most places in Hawaii accept cards, and you won’t have to worry so much about losing your cash or getting robbed if you venture to some of the more ‘unseemly areas.’ Of course, you should still bring along some small bills for tipping (tipping is a must) ice creams and buying from street vendors.

Sales Taxes

Bear in mind that, in the US, sales taxes are not automatically added to purchase price like they are in other parts of the world, so you will need to factor this into the cost of items before buying.

When to Go

Green Fields of Kauai, Hawaii | Photo credit: Moonjazz

The good thing about Hawaii is that the weather tends to be pretty consistent all year round and it only has the two seasons. Their summer runs from May to October and their Winter from November to April, so if you want to maximise your chance of getting great weather go in the summer, if you like it a little cooler or more unpredictable, winter is for you.

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