Travel Tips for Visiting Hawaii

Planning a Hawaiian vacation is a lot of fun. You’ll have all sorts of places you’ll want to visit and tours you want to take. Here are a few tips for visiting Hawaii and getting the most out of your Hawaiian vacation:


  • Pack enough clothes for the adventures you plan to take. While a lot of your time might be lounging by the pool, be prepared for other activities as well. For instance, if you’re visiting Haleakala at sunrise, you’ll want warm clothes and lots of layers. Haleakala is 10,000 feet above sea level and before sunrise it can be below freezing—not what you expected in Hawaii, but a beautiful experience.
  • Book tours when you want to get the most out of an experience. If you want to visit the site of Pearl Harbor but you’re also looking for historical Pearl Harbor information, a tour is for you. Your guide will share a lot of history with you during the tour. This is the same for other tours as well—booking a few for your trip is a great way to learn more about the places you visit.
  • Immerse yourself in the Hawaiian culture. Go beyond buying an aloha shirt and really experience Hawaii and its unique culture. This means going to a luau, visiting the Polynesian cultural center and maybe even taking a surf lesson!
  • Eat like a local. Food in Hawaii can be expensive because so much must be imported. What’s more, there are tourist traps all over the islands. Ask locals for their recommendations and you’ll be able to eat great food at reasonable prices. This could mean asking the woman at the front desk or the guy at the rental car center. Just make conversation and you’ll get a lot of great tips from the locals!
  • Sightsee as well as relax. Hawaii is an awesome place to kick back and relax. Between the beaches and resorts, there’s so much opportunity to soak up sun and do nothing. But try to strike a balance because Hawaii has some of the best eco tourism in the world. Do you really want to go to Hawaii and not even see a volcano? Whether you take a tour, a day trip or you are in it for the eco tourism to start with, you’ll enjoy what you find. There is so much to do and see in Hawaii, you really have to prioritize what’s important to you. Just be sure you get some authentic experiences while you’re there and you can’t go wrong.

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