What is Hawaii known for?
Hawaii equals paradise decorated by gorgeous sugary beaches, mesmerizing waters, vibrant coral reefs, and lush verdant volcanic interiors. The largest island chain in the entire world, with 7 main inhabited islands; Hawaii (also known as the Big Island), Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu, Kauai, and Niihau. These stunning islands are brimming with natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes filled with bright colors seen in the idyllic tropical beaches, volcanic summits, and the glistening blue waters of the Pacific Ocean. The islands offer hundreds of miles of picturesque coastline dotted with golden sand beaches perfect for sunbathing, swimming, snorkeling, and some of the world`s best surfing. Waikiki is the place to be if you are looking to learn how to surf and other endless water activities. Banzai Pipeline and Sunset Beach boast the best surf breaks where surf pros flock to show off their skills.
Endless outdoor adventures await on the Hawaiian Islands with zip lining through the verdant treetops, hiking up volcanoes, and through lush jungles and romantic horseback riding along the beach. The Haleakala National Park Cloud forest offers miles of walking trails through the wilderness and up volcanic summits. The Na Pali Coast in Kauai offers some of the most breathtaking scenery, watching an iconic sunrise at the top of Haleakala, Maui`s tallest volcano is a must. Discover hidden cascading waterfalls in the jungle-like Uluwehi Falls in Kauai also known as `Secret Falls`. Travel along some of the most stunning scenic roads in the world such as the famous `Road to Hana` which curves along Maui`s east coast passing 54 stone bridges and tons of wonderful waterfalls.
What are the best places to visit in Hawaii?
Oahu is known as `The Gathering Place` home of the famed North Shore boasting the world`s best waves where surfing was born. There are over 130 idyllic pristine beaches including the iconic Waikiki Beach, the surrounding lush landscapes are verdant green brimming with mountains and waterfalls offering plenty of adventure and activity. Kauai Kauai is the Garden Island, with its magnificent mountains, emerald green valleys decorated with tropical plants, picturesque waterfalls, spectacular white-sand beaches, sparkling sapphire waters, and tropical rainforests. This breathtaking island features natural wonders such as the red-hued Waimea Canyon `the Grand Canyon of the Pacific` and the world-famous scenic Na Pali Coast! Maui Maui, is known as `Valley Isle`, this magical island is graced with miles of pristine beaches, lush green valleys, secret waterfalls and majestic mountainous volcanic landscapes. The second-largest of the Hawaiian Islands, offering visitors great weather, stellar cuisine, and iconic tropical adventures, all combined with sophistication and small-town charm. Maui, `Paradise` is a must-see!
When is the best time to visit Hawaii?
The weather in Hawaii is beautiful all year round. Some of the best months to visit are April, May, September, and October with fewer crowds and lower accommodation rates. Average annual temperatures on Oahu range between 75-85 degrees with cooling trade winds that make it comfortable for outdoor activities such as the beach and hiking. The summertime in Hawaii is from April to October with daily highs of 85 degrees and sunshine for the entire day, this is also the dryer time of year. The winter months November through March with average daily temperatures of 78 degrees this is the rainy season with the western side of the island known as the leeward side which is usually dryer and the eastern side is wetter. Wintertime is surfing season with major competitions held during November and December with pro surfers traveling to catch big waves on Oahu`s famed North Shore. Whale Watching can be enjoyed in December through May peak months are January through April. The Honolulu Festival is held in March, a 3-day event that celebrates the relationship between Hawaii and the Pacific Rim.
How many days should I spend in Hawaii?
We recommend 7-10 days based on what you want to see and do. We offer flexible vacation packages so you can select your number of nights in each city, desired hotel and activities. We suggest a minimum of 3 nights in larger cities.
What is the best way to get around Hawaii?
Renting a car is something you should consider while visiting the Hawaiian islands. Even if you only rent a car for a few days, map out and plan a few days of sightseeing to see the major attractions. If you want to explore the beautiful outlying areas of the islands, a car is highly recommended. Driving on the islands is relatively easy, just be aware of the normal traffic during rush hour which can be busiest between 7 am - 9 am and from 3 pm - 7 pm. Pay attention to the speed limits in Hawaii as they tend to be lower than the standards in the US and are strictly enforced. If you are visiting the main islands of Honolulu and Waikiki a car may be more of a hassle than anything with expensive parking even at hotels, traffic, and an abundance of public transportation options. For more information on getting around by car, check out: Driving in Hawaii
By Bus: The excellent system named `TheBus` on Oahu is the easiest way to get around the island with frequent service and prompt schedule and affordable fares. The largest Neighbor Islands public bus systems are infrequent and are usually limited to main towns and used by residents to commute. Maui offers a great bus system on the Hele-On Bus that will transport travelers around to many of the towns and attractions including stops at Hawaii Volcanoes national park. The Kauai bus service travels between the main island towns and on Molokai, there is a free MEO bus that travels east to west every few hours during the week.
What is the currency of Hawaii?
The currency in Hawaii is the US dollar. US standards apply when tipping, restaurants 15 - 20%, bartenders $0.50 - $1 per drink, housekeeping $1 per bed, per night, luggage porters $1 per bag, room service 10 - 15% of the total bill, taxis are 15% of the fare. For more detailed information, consult our guide by clicking here Tipping in Hawaii.
Do people speak English in Hawaii?
The official language in Hawaii is English and Hawaiian, the Hawaii pidgin language originates from Polynesian languages, part of the Austronesian language family which is widely dispersed throughout Southeast Asia and the Pacific. Although Hawaiian is not commonly spoken it is good to know a few common phrases such as; Aloha - Hello and Goodbye, Mahalo - Thank you, Kokua - Help and Lua - Bathroom.