Very few places around the world boast as much intrinsic allure as Hawaii. With over 10 million people making the trip to this island paradise in an ordinary year, the infamous 50th state is a tourist magnet like none other. And for good reason too…
There are stunning white sand beaches to explore, mind-blowing natural beauty to experience, and endless surfing opportunities to enjoy! Throw in the relaxed aloha vibe and it’s no wonder so many people have Hawaii at the top of their bucket list.
However, planning a trip to Hawaii isn’t all hunky-dory.
You have to pick somewhere to stay, identify the best time to go and think about what you want to do when you’re there. It can all seem overwhelming! Would you like some help with the task to ensure you make the most of your trip?
Let us help. Check out this ultimate guide to planning the perfect Hawaiian adventure.
Where to Go
One of the hardest parts of planning a trip to Hawaii is deciding which island to spend time on! This tropical archipelago’s comprised of well over 100 of them; each one has its own unique atmosphere and attractions.
Nevertheless, there are a few “main” Hawaiian Islands we suggest choosing from:
Busy and bustling, Oahu’s the most populated Hawaiian island of the lot. It’s also home to the capital city, Honolulu, as well as other iconic places including Pearl Harbor and Waikiki Beach. Head to Oahu for its energy, endless outdoor activities, sumptuous dining opportunities, and rocking night-life. Don’t forget one of our favorites Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa. The whole family can enjoy themselves and experience the rich history of the Hawaiian culture. Click here to book your Oahu Vacation!
The Big Island (Hawaii Island)
As its name suggests, the Big Island’s the largest one in the entire archipelago! Anybody who loves the outdoors will have a field day here. Boasting outlandish biodiversity, you’ll see everything from snow-capped volcanoes to lava spilling into the ocean. Click here to book your Hawaii (Big Island) Vacation!
Much-loved by celebrities, Maui’s a dream destination for beach-goers, outdoor enthusiasts, and anybody looking to relax. This is quintessential Hawaii! Nicknamed the “Honeymooner’s Isle”, you can watch the sunrise atop ancient volcanoes, drive along scenic coastal roads, sunbathe on black-sand beaches, and spot whales frolicking offshore. Click here to book your Maui Vacation!
Looking for laid-back vibes on a verdant, rainforest-strewn island that’s been featured in Hollywood classics like Jurassic Park? Visit Kauai (sometimes called the “Garden Isle” after the flora that covers its surface). Its dramatic coastline is world-famous, with sheer cliffs dropping into crystalline waters that’ll leave you speechless. Click here to book your Kauai Vacation!
When to Visit
Once you have an idea of where you want to go in Hawaii, the next crucial decision to make is when you’ll go. Nicely, the Hawaiian climate’s relatively temperate throughout the year, so there’s no real “bad time” to visit. But with the prices, ambiance, and quality of surf shifting with the seasons, it’s still worth putting some thought into!
The first thing to know here is that Hawaii has two main seasons: winter and summer, which translate to a wet and dry season, respectively. Winter runs from November to April and summer is between May and October. Expect warm weather at all times, yet far more rainfall (and much bigger swells!) in winter.
Want to avoid the crowds and get the best deals on accommodation?
Try to visit during the shoulder season, either between the middle of January and early March, or April and May. Oh, and we recommend skipping the winter holidays (i.e. Christmas and New Year) when crowds flock to Hawaii from all over.
Things to Do in Hawaii
There’s no shortage of incredible things to do in Hawaii! In fact, there are so many options that deciding how to structure your itinerary here can be a challenge. To help, check out these “must-do activities” to prioritize on your upcoming trip:
1. Sunbathe on a Beach
You’re spoiled for choice when it comes to beaches in Hawaii! There’s truly a cove around every corner. Be sure to spend an afternoon or two soaking up the sunshine.
2. Take a Helicopter Ride
Seeing Hawaii from the sky isn’t the cheapest thing to do, but it is one of the most spectacular ways to see the true extent of beauty on offer.
3. See the Na Pali Coastline
Kauai’s Na Pali coastline is something you have to see to believe. Explore it by kayak for a unique vantage point.
4. Watch the Big Wave Surfers on North Shore
Heading to Oahu? Stop off at the North Shore to witness the big wave surfer’s ride the giant swells that roll into the coast here.
5. Visit the Volcanoes National Park
Located on Big Island, this otherworldly part of Hawaii is an unmissable and unforgettable place. Don’t miss it!
6. Drive the Road to Hana
A popular road trip on Maui, driving the Hana Highway will take you past breathtaking views and natural attractions.
Top Tips for Visiting Hawaii
Last but not least, here are a few quick-fire tips to help you get the most from your vacation in Hawaii:
- Hawaii isn’t cheap (especially if you want to stay in resorts and eat at fancy restaurants), so be sure to save up before you go!
- Book well in advance to secure your accommodation- particularly if you plan to go in high season.
- Visit in winter for the best surfing and in summer for better snorkeling.
- Hire a car for a convenient way to explore each island you visit.
- Book flights between islands if you want to see more than one of them!
- Try reading about the wonderful Hawaiian culture and this paradisiacal place’s turbulent past before you go.
- Stay as long as possible to immerse yourself in this magical travel destination!
Start Planning a Trip to Hawaii
Planning a trip to Hawaii is a blessing and a curse. On one hand, you’re getting ready to visit one of the most beautiful places in the entire world! On the other, there’s so much to think about that it’s hard to know where to begin.
Know the struggle? Well, we hope this guide will help!
Keep it in mind and you should be a few steps closer to planning the perfect Hawaii vacation.
Feeling ready to book your Hawaiian adventure? How would you like to save some money on it? Contact us today and we’ll help you do exactly that.