The 50th US state is a exotic paradise in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. A dream destination to many.
Due to the current economic rise and in Australia, more and more tourists from Sydney and Brisbane like to visit the one of the many Islands in Hawaii. You can stay in a condo on the north shore, a secluded island in Maui or at the Ocean Resort in Waikiki. The major attraction that catches an Aussies eye is their gnarly waves. Some of the biggest surfing competitions like the Vans Triple Crown are hosted here. Because Australia is so close (6 hours by plane), you can book your next holiday adventure to Hawaii for a reasonable price.
Getting there will most likely require the biggest effort: either by ship or by plane. But with local services, flexibility and some last minute travel skills will help you grab the cheapest.
You can do island-hopping and travel from one piece of land to the other. Exploring the specific destinations of each island.
There's plenty to see and do on the Hawaiian Islands, so let's see the little travel guide below...
Population: 1.392.313 (in 2012)
Local language(s): English, Hawaiian
Other widely spoken or understood languages: -
Country, State: USA, Hawaii
Voltage info: 120 V, 60 Hz - Plug type: A, B
Time zine: Hawaii (UTC-10)
Getting There & Away
Honolulu International Airport serves the Island of Oahu and is one of the biggest airports in the USA.
An immense number of flights connect Honolulu with the western USA especially, but with the central parts and some eastern big cities as well (like New York, Boston, for instance).
A very large number of flights are operated to Japan and several East Asian big cities as well.
From Honolulu you can also reach Australia, New Zealand and about a dozen major airports in the Pacific Ocean.
A vast number of cruise lines operate routes to Hawaii. Needless to say: just check the offers for Hawaii cruises. There are plenty.
See & Do
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Located on the Big Island, it's a national park open constantly, 24 hours a day.
It might be wise to take a guided volcano tour. It will be less boring, as they will explain you about the plants and the geology as well. And: keep in mind that volcanoes pose certain dangers, don't wander naively by yourself.
Haleakala National Park
Stunning views are found here, on Maui Island. It offers stunning views...
It's not only famous for its volcanoes and lava flows, but it also hosts many endangered plant species. The flora and fauna will touch your heart.
One of the most beautiful shorelines of the Hawaii Islands - found on Kauai Island... Perhaps even the most beautiful? The views are fairy tale-like... If you'd like to see with your eyes what you see in Hawaii catalogues and travel guide books, then put this on your list!
If you like the Grand Canyon, you'll love the Waimea Canyon on Kauai Island. Staggering sights await you at the reddish canyon dotted with vast green plant-covered areas as well.
Waikiki District and Beach
No trip to Hawaii is complete without checking out Waikiki Beach and the entire bustling Waikiki District.
Scenic views will enchant you... If you could get a hotel room with a great view towards the picturesque sight of the Pacific Ocean and the shoreline, then that would be a fantastic gift! Naturally, prices are higher for those rooms...
Eat & Drink
Lomi salmon is a hand-mixed salted fish (salmon) dish with vegetables: tomatoes, onions, pepper.
Pork and butterfish (black cod) steamed.
Dessert prepared from thickened coconut milk.
Dehydrated, Dried Fruits
Quite popular on Hawaii: plums, mangoes, orange, lemon. Sometimes these are pickled or even salted - rather unusual.
Within the cities on foot, by bus or by car. You might want to rent a 4x4 vehicle and travel around the islands.
When to Visit Hawaii at Last Minute?
The high season is between December and April. Interestingly, the weather is the worst during this period!
The off-season period brings sunny weather, less rain and the islands aren't full with tourists either!
For this, you have to focus on mid-April to mid-June. Perhaps you should also try September through November, up until early December when the crowds start arriving.
Be extremely careful and don't wander without professional guidance in volcanic areas: even some of the hardened lava pieces might be hot and, there are earth cracks which are extremely dangerous. Stay at a safe distance from fresh lava.
Rough shores are a real danger: volcanic rock can hurt you not only if you step on it barefoot. Avoid jumping in water areas that you don't know well, as you cannot know what's hidden underneath (like rocks, suddenly deepening areas along the shoreline etc.).
Sharks are thriving in the waters around Hawaii and attacks occur. Beware, don't swim except at the crowded beaches, where it's allowed. At wilder deserted beach areas there might be more sharks.
Beware of strong currents, strong waves in the ocean. Hawaii's waters are wild and potentially dangerous!
Theft, scams, swindles, fraud of various sorts occur often in Hawaii. Take appropriate measures and be aware of "tricky" people who target naive tourists specifically.
Please note that Hawaii is full of cockroaches (some of which are flying!) and a variety of other insects. These creatures are everywhere!
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