Destinations

Six Need To Know Travel Hacks for Hawaii

Get the Most Out of Your Holiday on the Hawaiian Islands.

With another Aussie winter fast approaching, it’s time to start planning your next sunny adventure. The Hawaiian Islands offer a myriad of travel options and experiences but these six hacks can help you get the most out of your island holiday.

Hack #1: Stick to the Shoulder Season

If you’re looking for a laid-back island vibe, travelling during the shoulder season is key. With less tourists visiting the Hawaiian Islands, you won’t be battling the crowds at key attractions and activities. Crowds aren’t the only thing you’ll miss, as the shoulder season comes with more cost-effective flights and accommodation options. The best place to start is by avoiding travel during Australian and U.S. school holiday periods.

Shoulder seasons:

February-March (excluding American Spring Break in March)

Mid-April to mid-June (excluding Easter and school holidays)

September to mid-December (excluding school holidays and thanksgiving week)

Hack #2: Visit More Than One Island

Landing at Honolulu international airport, it’s easy to check out the vibrant city, Waikīkī beach and enjoy the island of O‘ahu. However, with some flights taking as little as 30 minutes, it’s just as easy to visit neighbouring islands; Maui, Kaua‘i or The Island of Hawai‘i. A 10 day trip will allow you ample time to explore more than one island, opening up new experiences like visiting Hawaii Volcanoes National Park on the Island of Hawai‘i, navigating the scenic Road to Hana on Maui, or experiencing jaw-dropping mountain tubing on Kaua‘i.

Hack #3: Drive and Discover

Driving is one of the best ways to see more of the Hawaiian Islands and discover hidden gems along the way. Take in amazing coastal views, stop at scenic lookouts, explore lush landscapes and discover breathtaking beaches at your own pace. The roads of Hawai‘i are easy to navigate and most major car hire companies will accept an Australian driver’s licence. Be sure to reserve your vehicle in advance, as quantities can fluctuate on the islands.

Hack #4: Eat like a local

There’s always time for food, and after hiking, swimming and exploring, you’ll be looking for the best spot to dig into a delicious Hawaiian feast. For a local’s guide on where to eat, consult your friendly hotel concierge who can point you in the right direction, or check out this list of reliable local eateries. Don’t be scared to explore beyond the tourist hotspots as Hawai‘i has more to discover around every corner. Some of the best eats are tucked away in local neighbourhoods, offering a taste of local flavour and culture.

Hack #5: Head for the Happy Hours

Set your alarms – Happy Hour is serious business in Hawai‘i. Every day, you’ll find an array of delicious drinks and tasty pupus (appetisers) ranging between US$5-10. Happy hour on the Hawaiian Islands is as much about the food as it is about drinks, so if you don’t mind eating lunch late or dinner early, take advantage of some of the amazing Happy Hour menus and bargains. Times vary from place to place, but you’ll be able to find a Happy Hour close to you between 2pm-6pm.

Hack #6: Keep it Simple – Pack Light

As Australia’s climate fluctuates throughout the year, Hawaii has consistent tropical temperatures of 25-30 degrees year round, making packing an absolute breeze. Forget about cramming unnecessary clothes into your suitcase, just throw in your beach wear, hat and aloha shirt and you’re ready to go! Remember some layers, if you plan on visiting some of the higher elevations like Haleakala National Park on Maui or Mauna Kea Observatory on The Island of Hawai‘i. As all flights from Australia arrive in the morning, be sure to pack your beach wear in your carry on so you can hit the waves before check-in.

SEE WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING

Leave a Reply

Tourism

PATA announces new chair and executive board

The Pacific Asia Travel Association has revealed its new-look board in a very Brady Bunch-esque way.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Virgin Australia directors resign in droves

by Huntley Mitchell

Bain Capital is wiping the slate clean at Virgin, with many more departures announced.

Share

CommentComments

Hotels

RIP Charli: Aussie hotel’s resident puppy mauled to death

We don’t enjoy reporting this kind of news on Travel Weekly, so we’ll hold nothing against you if you decide to skip over it.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Outgoing Tourism Fiji CEO snares top role at Visit Sunshine Coast

Matt Stoeckel will swap one idyllic destination for another at the end of the year, with the outgoing Tourism Fiji boss to say ‘bula’ to the Sunshine Coast.

Share

CommentComments

Events

Travel DAZE 2020 agenda revealed!

With just one week to go until Travel DAZE 2020 kicks off, get ready to block out time in your diary so you can tune in to all of our fabulous speakers!

Share

CommentComments

Technology

Sabre and Google unveil industry-first AI travel platform

This new platform is being dubbed an industry first by Sabre and Google, and rather than fact check this claim, we’re just going to take their word for it.

Share

CommentComments

Destinations

Tourism bodies call for $1.3bn lifeline for Victoria’s devastated visitor economy

It’s desperate times for Victoria’s tourism industry, and two industry bodies are pleading for help before it gets worse.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

Australia to increase weekly cap on international arrivals, as National Cabinet mulls alternative quarantine options

ScoMo fronted the media on Friday arvo to provide a welcome update for stranded Aussies abroad, thankfully sans his Cronulla Sharks cap hat.

Share

CommentComments

Wholesalers

Intrepid becomes first tour operator with verified, science-based targets

What does that mean, you might ask? Well… we’re not really sure, but this press release does a great job of explaining it.

Share

CommentComments

Cruise

Pacific Adventure and Pacific Encounter to join P&O’s Aussie fleet in first half of 2021

Sture Myrmell has been spotted doing the happy dance in celebration of this encouraging cruise announcement.

Share

CommentComments

Travel Agents

Corporate Travel Management raises remaining $113m needed for US acquisition

Were you one of those who snapped up some new shares in CTM? Well, give yourself a pat on the back for your role in this achievement.

Share

CommentComments

Aviation

WATCH: Transport Workers’ Union stages ‘alternative’ Qantas AGM, complete with fake Alan Joyce

And by fake Alan Joyce, we mean an unidentified man putting on a very thick Irish accent and coming up with any excuse to say “tink” instead of “think”.

Share

CommentComments