Hawaii travel guide

Where to go, what to see: your Hawaii travel guide

Why visit Hawaii?

Hawaii is a destination to “take in” that provides visitors with many ways to do so – from overhead in a helicopter, snorkelling with sea turtles in crystal waters, or hiking up volcanoes. It is a place of unsurpassed beauty, friendly culture, and adventure! The vivid colours of wildlife and vegetation coupled with fresh air and expansive ocean shores, make it the perfect destination to relax and enjoy life. Though rain is common, it is a welcome event because the rainbows produced are stunning – iconic images of Hawaii’s natural beauty. The mentality the natives possess is, “No rain…no rainbows” – a take-it-in-stride attitude that describes the pace of life there.

Part of the Hawaiian experience is certainly the culture! There are countless performances of Polynesian style dancing and music. The food is unique and lively, not to mention fresh! Surrounded by the Pacific Ocean, Hawaii enjoys an abundance of fresh fish. Also known for its delicious coffee, some of the islands feature the opportunity to learn about this state’s coffee beans and the pride they take in growing them. Taking part in a Luau is a great way to experience the food & culture of Hawaii. Everything about Hawaii suggests that life slows down a little there – the gorgeous landscape, colours, cuisine, and entertainment allow visitors to escape for a while and experience life off the mainland.

Weather and climate in Hawaii

When is the best time to visit Hawaii?

Hawaii, on average, has a stable and predictable climate. The warm island location is accompanied by humidity, but the stifling effects tend to be diluted by the constant ocean breeze. We recommend checking local weather in each of your destinations prior to travel to ensure you are adequately prepared for the conditions. Please note that a sweater or jacket is needed if visiting Haleakala National Park or Volcanoes National Park.

To help you plan, below are average low and high temperatures for Hawaii.

 

 Honolulu

 Kauai

 Maui

 January

 18/27°C

 18/26°C

 17/27°C

 February

 18/27°C

 18/26°C

 17/27°C

 March

 19/28°C

 19/26°C

 18/28°C

 April

 20/28°C

 20/26°C

 18/28°C

 May

 21/29°C

 21/27°C

 19/29°C

 June

 22/31°C

 23/28°C

 20/30°C

 July

 23/31°C

 23/29°C

 21/31°C

 August

 23/31°C

 23/29°C

 21/31°C

 September

 23/31°C

 23/29°C

 21/31°C

 October

 22/31°C

 23/29°C

 20/31°°C

 November

 21/29°C

 21/27°C

 20/29°C

 December

 19/28°C

 20/26°C

 18/28°C

 


Hawaii food and fun facts


Things to consider before visiting Hawaii

How to call Hawaii: Country code

The country code for Hawaii is 1. When calling to Hawaii from overseas, dial your international access code (+44 from the UK), followed by the country code, area code, and phone number.

Hawaii’s currency

The official currency of Hawaii is the US Dollar.

Although credit cards are widely accepted in the United States and Canada, we recommend our passengers carry some cash (~$50) to use in circumstances when credit cards are not accepted or in destinations where ATMs are not readily available.

Shopping in Hawaii

When budgeting for your trip, keep in mind that the cost of goods, including food, drinks, and souvenirs, may differ significantly from what you're used to at home, especially when dining in hotels. The following budget guidelines are just approximate values or starting values for meals and are per person. Actual prices will vary widely by restaurant and city but below are some averages as provided by our experienced personnel.

The approximate cost of a soft drink/mineral water/coffee is $3 - 4

An average lunch consisting of a salad or sandwich and a soda or water starts at approximately $20.

A dinner at a mid-range restaurant with dessert and a non-alcoholic beverage starts at approximately $35-50.

Great items to bring back from Hawaii are Hawaiian shirts, Kona coffee, macadamia nuts, and Hawaiian heirloom jewellery. In Waikiki, stroll along Kalakaua Avenue for upscale designer shops or Ala Moana with stores, movie theatres, and restaurants. In Maui, visit the shops at Wailea, home to many stores and restaurants, or perhaps Lahaina, which has a variety of shops from souvenir to art galleries and upscale designer wear. Kauai offers the shops at Poipu Beach for a variety of galleries, boutiques, jewellery, and tropical fashion styles.

Customs and culture in Hawaii

While Hawaii is a smoke-free state like many other states across the US, its anti-smoking laws also prohibit smoking in all state parks and some county beaches and parks.

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