Hawaii Travel Guide
Plan your trip to the Hawaiian Islands
More about Hawaii
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?
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
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.
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.
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.
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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