With a range of activities and places to see, planning a trip to Hawaii can be overwhelming. Here are a few tips to help first-time visitors make the most out of their vacation without breaking the bank.
Visit During the Right Time
Tourist season peaks during school holidays. This means crowded beaches in the summer and winter along with high rates for airline tickets and hotel rooms. Between Christmas and New Year’s holidays, you can expect to pay three times the normal rate for a condo or hotel room. The best time to visit Hawaii is in May or October during the off-season. Not only will you get prime rates on flights and lodging. The weather is great during these months, as well.
Indulge in Hawaiian History
The Hawaiian Islands are rich in history and culture. The town in Hanapepe on the southwest coast of Kauai is home to an outstanding art scene where local artists, sculptors, and painters gather and showcase their work every Friday night. There are also also many museums and wildlife refuges where you can take in the rich history and landscape.
Enjoy Native Cuisine
Trying the native cuisine should be a part of any vacation. Visitor’s staying at Waikiki beach can head to Duke’s Waikiki for fresh poke, kalua pork, and huli huli chicken among other Hawaiian favorites. Visitors staying further north in Oahu can try local fresh shrimp. There are also many places to get shaved ice across the islands which is a definite must.
Choose the Right Hotel
Don’t blow your entire budget by staying at a luxury resort. While this is certainly nice and relaxing, you can save money and do more by staying at a rental condo instead. These condos offer ample space and come with kitchens, a washing machine, and plenty of privacy. There are also plenty of budget friendly, but still luxurious, hotels in Hawaii to fit all of your needs.
Do Not Try to Fit it All in One Vacation
Trying to see everything Hawaii has to offer in one visit can be expensive and exhausting. In fact, it is almost impossible. This is why it is best to choose one or two islands and explore them as much as you can. Each island and each region has its own distinct personality which can make for a rich and diverse experience even when staying in one area.
Enjoy the Beach
By trying to stay busy and see all there is to see, many visitors forget to simply relax and enjoy their vacation. Hawaii’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the world. All visitors should take at least one day to relax on the beach and enjoy the wonderful scenery. Watching the sunset over the Pacific Ocean while relaxing on Hawaii’s white sandy beaches can be life changing.
When in Hawaii, you can either do it all, or just sit back and relax. Just make sure to follow these tips and this will not be your last visit.