Is the US state of Hawaii still pending on your travel bucket list? Provided that it will be your first time vacationing in the Hawaiian archipelago, you may be wondering which the best places to stay are, how to get to the different islands in Hawaii and what to do during your trip. Such tips and information will surely be helpful no matter if you travel solo, plan to go on a honeymoon escape or want to spend your time there with friends and family. Likewise, a trip to Hawaii has something to suit all tastes, since adventurers, nature lovers, beach addicts and those who just want to enjoy everything their luxury resorts have to offer will see their needs satisfied even if they choose the very same destination.
Airports in Hawaii
Hawaii is an archipelago of volcanic origin located in the Pacific Ocean; its capital state is Honolulu, which is located in Oahu, its third largest island. Oahu is home to Honolulu International airport (also known as Daniel K. Inouye airport), from which daily operations are handled to and from cities across the USA, Canada, Australia, Japan, China, Taiwan, the Philippines, South Korea and other Hawaiian islands. While international flights to Hawaii are operated by major airlines, most interisland flights are handled by Hawaiian Airlines. Thanks to this carrier it is possible to fly to airports in Hawaii such as Lanai, Lihue, Hilo, Molokai and Kahului airport (Maui), among others. In some cases, you can commute between islands by ferry boat. Continue reading below to find out more about the different Hawaiian Islands and how to get there.
Plan your trip to Oahu island in Hawaii
In spite of not being Hawaii’s largest island, Oahu comprises many iconic sites and landmarks that include the capital city Honolulu, the Chinatown District, the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, Hanauma Bay and the Aviation Museum. However, Honololu is a favourite for the great majority of holiday goers, who are attracted by the luxury hotels on Waikiki Beach, the upscale shops scattered along Kalakaua Avenue, the Komodo Dragons at the local zoo, its surf life and the seaside bars and restaurants.
There are many ways to go from Honololu airport to Waikiki Beach, namely by taxi, shared shuttle, Uber, hired car. While the taxi is arguably the fastest and most convenient option to cover the 14-kilometre distance that separates the airport from the beach area, those who do not mind the more than thirty stops along the way that public buses make can save a considerable amount of money.
The Big Island of Hawaii
If you decide to take a trip to the Big Island, or simply Hawaii, you are probably an adventure traveller who loves to explore, go on hiking outings and soak in the views of dramatic landscapes. As a matter of fact, Hawaii is home to the highest peak in the archipelago, the inactive volcano known as Mauna Kea; there are two active volcanoes in this island, and visitors often choose to find accommodation close to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in order to make the most of their stay.
The easiest way to reach the Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii is by flying to Hilo airport, then hiring a car to commute to the area.
Holiday in Maui, Hawaii
Worldwide renowned for its luxury beach resorts, among which we count establishments by international hospitality chains like Four Seasons, Marriott and Waldorf Astoria, Maui primarily appeals to travellers who look for a nice stay in a suite with ocean views, breakfasts by the pool, dinners with views and long hours being pampered at the spa. However, aside from high-end vacations in the Kapalua or Wailea beaches, Maui in Hawaii is becoming increasingly popular among those who would rather spend their holidays surfing, whale watching, hiking and practising a whole variety of water sports.
Here you will find the Haleakala National Park, where you can see the highest peak in the island as well as the stunning Waimoku Falls without leaving the park. Flying from Honolulu airport to Maui’s airport (Kahului) takes only 40 minutes, although it is also possible to catch a ferry boat from Lanai or Molokai.
Where to stay in Molokai, Hawaii
One of the great allures of the Hawaiian island of Molokai is the Kalaupapa Peninsula located to the north and its national historical park. Travellers love hiking to the cliffs and volcanic peaks (the highest one being the East Molokai Volcano), while Papohaku Beach Park offers an alternative in the sun where they can swim, have a barbeque or stay in a campsite.
The easiest way to travel to Molokai is by air, with 25-minute flights linking it regularly to Honolulu International airport, as well as to Maui’s Kahului airport or Kapalua.
Travelling to Kauai in the Hawaiian archipelago
In Kauai, it will be hard not to fall in love with the sights at its tropical rainforest –actually occupying most of the island’s territory-, at the cliffs on Na Pali Coast or those you will get during a hike across the Sleeping Giant Mountain.
Fortunately, the island of Kauai in Hawaii is connected to Canada, various US airports, Honolulu and Kahului via its main airport, Lihue.
If you cannot make up your mind about where to stay, or if you are trying to configure a trip itinerary, let us help you find the best accommodation in Hawaii.