It is the perfect holiday spot with spectacular sunsets, brilliant beaches and a festive night scene. Here are some travel tips for visiting Hawaii which will make anyone’s visit there even more memorable.
Venture out of Waikiki and Honolulu
While the main tourist spots of Waikiki Beach and Honolulu are definitely worth it, you should also take time to explore areas which are out of these zones. You can catch a bus to the areas outside of the major tourist zones. However we recommend renting a car and traveling the Island at your own pace. Hanauma Bay is a protected nature preserve in Oahu’s southeastern parts and is a good place for snorkeling. You should definitely take a drive up the coast on the Kalanianaole Highway, the drive is truly breathtaking with a huge volcano rising up on one side and sheer cliffs dropping into a magnificent blue ocean on the other.
You’ll also pass by the beautiful Lanikai Beach where you can relax for a while as it’s mostly quiet. Visit the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu’s North Shore and check out the displays (cultural dances, food, music etc.) of every culture from Samoa, Fiji, Hawaii and Tonga. The ticket prices are a bit steep but the experience is worth it.
Explore the Food:
Oahu has a lot to offer for the foodies. Duke’s Waikiki is a famous restaurant in the Waikiki Beach Area and offers a grand buffet full of Hawaiian favorites. If you happen to venture up to Oahu’s North Shore be sure to stop at Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck which lies just outside the town of Laie – their shrimp scampi is something wondrous. The North Shore also has the famous Matsumoto Shave Ice which is located in the town of Halewia.
If you visit Hawaii between December and April, be sure to take a whale watching cruise in Maui. This time is when the humpback whales migrate from Alaska to Hawaii’s warmer waters for breeding purposes. It’s really something to see a mother whale and her little one swimming side by side and who knows they might even come close to your boat to take a better look at you. Just have your camera ready for a couple of pictures.
The Ultimate Road trip:
The Hana Highway is the scariest and most dangerous road in all of Hawaii. Located in east Maui, this road is a long winding one compromising around 620 curves and 59 bridges. It offers spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean and the mountains and valleys of Maui. There are also a number of lookout points and waterfalls. The views alone make this road trip worth it.