Hawaii Travel Guide

Plan your trip to the Hawaiian Islands

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An eternal destination which tops the travel lists of many, many people. The island chain was once known as the Sandwich Islands and is not only the longest island chain in the world (2,451km/1,523 miles) but also the furthest island chain from any large land mass! Local language includes a glottal stop or 'okina - Hawai'i!

There are 6 main islands visitors tend to frequent, but not simply because they are popular but moreover, they are the only ones with practical or legal access to tourists. Which one will you explore, Kauai, Lanai, Maui, Molokai, Oahu, or the "Big Island" of Hawaii?

Practical information

Visas & travel documents

We recommend everyone planning a trip visits their government travel site for the latest information relevant to their trip:

Remember that this information can change at any time.

Please note that government guidelines may not represent the additional requirements of your airline or cruise transportation. If your passport is due to expire in the 6 months following your intended return home you risk being denied boarding / embarkation.

As Hawaii is part of the United States, visitors holding a US passport may simply be limited by their day to day obligations, such as family life or work. Canadian passport holders may visit as tourists for up to 6 months, although considerable planning and documentation may be required to support a visit of such lengthy duration.

As with many island destinations enjoying warmer climate, the choice of when to visit might best be suited to your personal needs and desires for your travel. Although typically a little cooler than some other months of the year, December through March can be busier, while also seeing a little more rain. A risk of hurricanes exist for the Hawaiian Islands from June through November. Some suggestions for the best weather and fewest crowds may fall in April or May, September or October. For specific seasonal interests, such as scuba diving, surfing, or whale watching, plan with your travel advisor or continue exploring by searching our "Things to do" section below.

When to visit

Driving

As with the rest of the United States, driving is done on the right side of the road. Rental vehicles go quickly, reserve yours well in advance.

Getting there

By air

Most visitors will arrive via the Daniel K Inouye International Airport (HNL) in Honolulu, on the island of Oahu. Regional or inter-island air is available and rapidly growing, but time will tell if sustainability is in practice for any newcomer airlines.

By land

Travel on each island is possible by car, with some access to public transportation also available. Visitors should note that congestion does occur and that an early booking of car rentals will more likely result in trip success.

By sea

There are a number of cruise lines operating itineraries which depart for Hawaii from North America's West Coast or from Eastern Asia. There is only one full-time ship which enjoys home port in Hawaii, it is actually the only commercial cruise ship registered to the United States, Norwegian Cruise Lines' Pride of America. Likely the best way to introduce yourself to the islands, let us know if you'd like to join our 2020 Christmas Cruise!

 

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One of the most revered experiences on all of Hawaii, the sunrise over Haleakala has become so popular as to result in the occasional traffic jam at the summit during the early hours before dawn. That said, a well-planned and prepared excursion to the peak to enjoy the sunrise is something you'll never forget! Just remember to dress for colder weather, at more than 3,000m / 10,000ft, you'll be subject to vastly different weather than at the foot of the mountain.

Haleakala Crater

Maui

One of the most revered experiences on all of Hawaii, the sunrise over Haleakala has become so popul...

An exceedingly popular site and highlight for many visiting Hawaii. The memorial represents the resting place of the majority of seamen who lost their lives in the attacks on Pearl Harbor at the end of WWII.

USS Arizona Memorial

Oahu

An exceedingly popular site and highlight for many visiting Hawaii. The memorial represents the rest...

Iconic Oahu. The Waikiki Beach area east of Honolulu delivers precisely what many people expect of a visit to Hawaii, with beautiful coastline, brilliant sand and sea, and a view onto either Diamond Head to the east or the sunset to the west.

Waikiki Beach

Oahu

Iconic Oahu. The Waikiki Beach area east of Honolulu delivers precisely what many people expect of a...

The temple is symbolic of the 100 years of Japanese immigration to Hawaii when it was opened in 1968. It is nestled among the green peaks of Oahu's Ko'olau Mountains. It is a smaller scale replica of a near-1000 year old temple in Japan bearing the same name.

Byodo-In Temple

Oahu

The temple is symbolic of the 100 years of Japanese immigration to Hawaii when it was opened in 1968...

The award winning Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach welcomes you to the beautiful island of Oahu. Located toward the eastern border of Honolulu's Waikiki area and only steps from the world famous Waikiki Beach, the property enjoys spectacular views onto the sea but also of the Diamond Head monument.

Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

Oahu

The award winning Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach welcomes you to the beautiful island of Oahu. Locat...

Also known as the "Secret Beach", Maui's (not quite) best kept secret is an incredibly picturesque spot is popular for romance and couples seeking something extra special in their holiday memories. One of the top spots for proposals and wedding photography alike, but you won't need to be celebrating anything to really enjoy the scenery here. Peak wedding season can be expected between June and August.

Makena Cove

Maui

Also known as the "Secret Beach", Maui's (not quite) best kept secret is an incredibly picturesque s...

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