Hawaii Travel Tips


Best time to visit HAWAII

The Hawaiian Islands consist of six (6) major islands, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, and the Island of Hawaii (the Big Island). The three most popular Hawaiian islands are Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island (each with its own unique experience) when it comes to tourism. Honolulu (Oahu) is the most visited island and boasts the famous Waikiki beach, Diamond Head, Pearl Harbor, the Polynesian Cultural Center, and is the island we recommend for first-time visitors.


The average temperature on the islands is in the mid-60s to high 80s year-round, but if you're planning a beach vacation, the best time to visit Hawaii is between April - October. However, if surfing is your thing, then the best time to catch some waves or check out some competitions is between late December - April on the North Shore.


Best Beaches:

Oahu's beaches are an authentic taste of paradise, from the famous Waikiki Beach to the surfers paradise Ehukai Beach on the North Shore. Here are our top picks:


  • Waikiki Beach - One of the most famous beaches in Hawaii, Waikiki offers the ultimate Hawaiian beach experience, miles of white sand beach, clear blue waters, swaying palm trees, surfing, and shaved ice. It's within walking distance to hotels, restaurants, and great shopping.

  • Hanauma Bay - The perfect day trip experience, just 30 minutes from Honolulu. It has a vibrant coral reef just offshore, making it an excellent choice for snorkelers.

  • Magic Island - is a small lagoon with clear, calm waters most suited to families with young children.

  • Ko'Olina Beach - The Ko'Olina area features lagoons, with clear, calm beaches and beachfront resorts such as Aulani Disney Resort, Four Seasons Oahu Resort & Marriott's Ko'Olina Beach Club.

  • Sandy Beach - This is the perfect spot for surfers, with solid waves year-round and a popular site for Hawaiian food trucks.

  • Sunset Beach - Check out this two-mile stretch of beach, and then head over check out the Polynesian Cultural Center just down the road to add an authentic Hawaiian experience.

  • Ehukai Beach - Also known as the Banzai Pipeline, Ehukai Beach is most famous for its enormous waves. It's surfers heaven; surfers, photographers, and spectators visit from all over the globe for this experience.


Best Hotels in Honolulu (Ohau) for Adult-Only Experiences: 

  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

  • ‘Alohilani Resort Waikiki Beach

  • The Modern Honolulu

  • Prince Waikiki

  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

  • Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

  • Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort


Best Hotels in Honolulu (Ohau) for Wellness Experiences:

  • Moana Surfrider

  • Waikiki Beach Marriott Resort & Spa

  • The Grand Islander by Hilton Grand Vacations

  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu

  • Hyatt Regency Waikiki Beach Resort & Spa

Best Hotels in Hawaii for a Family-Friendly Experience:

  • Aulani, A Disney Resort & Spa

  • Four Seasons Resort Oahu at Ko Olina

  • The Royal Hawaiian, A Luxury Collection Resort

  • Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort

  • The Kahala Hotel & Resort

  • The Laylow, Autograph Collection

  • Hyatt Centric Waikiki Beach

  • Outrigger Reef Waikiki Beach Resort


Best Way to Get Around:

Exploring Waikiki and the island of Ohau is very easy and offers multiple methods of getting around. It's easy to make the island your playground and kick it up a notch with adventure! 


By car: Car rentals on the island are reasonable, so rent a jeep and let the adventure begin. Stop at local eateries, visit multiple beaches, visit sites you saw on social media and make your vacation an experience that will have your social media buzzing for weeks.  


By foot: If you are staying in the Waikiki Beach area, there are many restaurants, shopping, and attractions within walking distance. No need for a car here!


By Trolley: The Waikiki trolley is hop-on, hop-off, and is a great way to get around Waikiki and downtown Honolulu. 


By taxi: Taxis are a great way to get around the island if you don't want the hassle of driving, but this can be a little pricey. Fares are locally regulated so that you will pay an initial fee of $3.50, plus $5.88 per mile traveled regardless of the cab company. Uber and Lyft are also available on Oahu. 


Best Places to Eat:

  • Roy's Waikiki

  • Giovanni's Shrimp Truck

  • Dean's Drive inn

  • Rainbow Drive-in

  • Big Wave Shrimp Truck

  • Elena's Restaurant

Top 5 Excursions/Activities:

  • Pearl Harbor National Memorial

  • Polynesian Cultural Center

  • Whale & Dolphin watching

  • Surfing and Snorkeling

  • Hiking trail at Manoa Falls


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