One of the most exotic states in the union, Hawaii offers travelers the opportunity to experience a native culture and the topics while still in the United States. In spite of its tropical climate, Hawaii is cooled by trade winds from the east, which keep 7 million people who visit there each year comfortable. Once you arrive in the islands, combine the tourist areas with exploring the “real” Hawaii during your stay.
Molten lava is an accepted part of the Hawaiian landscape.
Step 1Schedule your visit. If you want to go when the islands are hopping, choose the high season from mid-December to mid-April, which means you must make reservations as far ahead as you can. If you want to save money on airfares and accommodations and avoid the masses, choose the off season from mid-April to mid-June or September to mid-December. To plan a trip around the weather, the winter is the rainiest season and the drier time of year is during the summer and fall.
Step 2Book your flight to Hawaii. The majority of tourists fly into the Honolulu International Airport on the island of Oahu. Most major U.S. airlines and some international ones offer service to Honolulu. Other options, on a more limited basis, include flights to the islands of Maui and Kauai. If you want to arrive during the daytime, allow for the fact that Hawaii is in its own time zone three to five hours earlier than the continental time zones. During the summer, Hawaii does not change clocks for daylight savings time.
Step 3Book a cruise, which is the only other option to reach Hawaii if you choose not to fly. Cruises leave from locations such as Los Angeles and San Diego in the United States; Ensenada, Mexico; and Vancouver, Canada. Cruises typically last 11 to 15 days in one direction and dock in Honolulu.
Step 4Book a rental car. While public transportation is available on the southern part of Oahu, a rental car will give you the most freedom. You must be a minimum of 25 years old and possess a driver’s license and credit card to rent a car in Hawaii. According to Frommer’s, you can rent a car more cheaply in Hawaii than in the majority of the states. Rental cars are available on all six of the major Hawaiian islands.
- U.S. citizens arriving in Hawaii from the United States do not need a passport for entry. A passport is necessary if you decide to take a cruise from Ensenada, Mexico or Vancouver, Canada.
- Ensure you have adequate insurance when renting a car. Check with your insurance agent for your policy at home or purchase additional insurance from the rental company.
- Lava flow, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Hawaii image by John Penisten fromFotolia.com
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