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Bounded by endless white sands, sapphire waters and uniquely cosmopolitan cities, the remote US state of Hawaii is a veritable oasis in the mid-Pacific.
Thanks to its remote location, unspoilt landscape and beautiful weather, Hawaii is a popular escape for those looking for a little winter sunshine.
The high season runs from December to April, when the weather is at its warmest.
Exploring different travel dates and booking as far in advance as you can, alongside using our filter options to sort flights by price, should increase your chances of securing a good deal.
Once you arrive at Kailua-Kona Airport, the best way to get around the island is by bus. Although taxis are available, they are unregulated and so prices vary.
Hiring a car is another excellent way to explore Hawaii.
You may wish to explore some of the other islands making up this striking volcanic archipelago, perhaps with a trip to Oahu, which is home to the capital Honolulu and the infamous Pearl Harbour.
While ferry services run between Hawaii Island and some of its smaller neighbours, the best way to travel to Oahu is with Honolulu Airlines. Flight time is around 45 minutes.
Hawaii is extremely diverse. On the northern island of Oahu you’ll find the bustling capital, Honolulu. Nearby is the popular resort of Waikiki, where a popular past time is hitting the waves with a surfboard.
Nearby Kauai, known as Garden Island, is famed for its tropical rainforests and crashing waterfalls – ideal for a spot of hiking or for wildlife enthusiasts. Of course, it’s not every day you’ll be holidaying on an active volcano, so you shouldn’t miss a trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Here you can see active lava, the lifeblood of the Earth, flowing directly beneath your feet!
While part of the USA, Hawaii’s tropical location and Polynesian heritage gives it a very different flavour from the mainland.
There are a few etiquette tips to bear in mind. For instance, in the event somebody should offer you a lei (a flower garland) you should always accept it with gratitude. It is also good to remember the words ‘Aloha’ (used for both hello and goodbye) and ‘Mahalo’ (thank you).
Making the effort to learn even just a little Hawaiian will go a long way with the locals and this can only make your experience more enjoyable.
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