If you’re looking for a destination to spend a rare vacation in, Hawaii is definitely a place that should be high up on your list. It’s about as close as you can find to paradise, and you don’t even have to leave the US in order to make the most of it. What’s not to like about it? The beaches are some of the best in world and the people are friendly and welcoming here.
How should you plan this rare getaway to Hawaii though? There are lots of things you need to know about visiting the islands, as well as some tips that’ll help you make the right decisions during the planning process. We’re going to talk you through all of those things and ensure your trip to Hawaii is as relaxing and enjoyable as you want it to be.
Plan Your Must-Do Activities
There’s more to do in Hawaii than you’ll ever have time to do in one trip. That’s why you’ve got to make a list of all the things that you consider to be must-do activities when you’re in Hawaii. For some people, that’ll be snorkeling with turtles in the ocean. For other people, they might want to go surfing on Hawaii’s very best beaches. It doesn’t matter what your priorities are, just be clear about them so you don’t end up missing out on anything important.
Visit During the Dry Months of June to September
Not everyone realizes this, but Hawaii can actually get extremely wet and unpleasant at certain times of the year. That’s why you want to visit in the dry months, and even these months can be hit by considerable rain at times. But those main dry months fall between June and September. You can visit outside of those months if you like, but you should be aware that you’ll likely hit by heavy rain. That’s just the nature of the climate in Hawaii.
Choose an Island and Stick to It
Hawaii is made up of many different islands, and each has different things to offer visitors. However, if you try to explore too many of these islands in one go, you’ll run the risk of burning out and not really experiencing enough of what each island has to offer. Ideally, you should look to spend at least a week on an island if you want to get the most out of it. That’s why it’s probably best that you choose one island to visit and stick to it for the duration.
Reserve Restaurant Tables in Advance
There are lots of great restaurants in Hawaii, but the best ones can get very busy in the peak season. That’s why you should do your research ahead of time and decide which of those restaurants you actually want to eat at. By reserving in advance, you can make sure that you’re not disappointed and don't miss out on the chance at eating at one of the restaurants you most wanted to visit on your trip.
Make Transportation Arrangements on Your Terms
If you want to make the most of your trip to Hawaii, you should make sure that you travel on your terms. If you want to skip the queues and fly at a time that suits you, consider private jet charters. It’ll mean that you don’t have to do things the way the big airlines want you to. It’s also a much more enjoyable and luxurious way to travel; it beats any first-class plane trip you’ve ever taken before, so it’s worth considering if you want to really get the most out of this whole trip.
Spend Plenty of Time on the Beautiful Beaches
The best activity you can do in Hawaii is absolutely free. Spending time on the stunning beaches of Hawaii won’t cost you a penny, but their beauty is undeniable and you’ll have a great time simply relaxing and enjoying your break from work and ordinary day to day life. There are so many amazing beaches in Hawaii, including Waikiki Beach and Hanalei Bay to name just a couple. If you love great beaches, there’s nowhere better for you on Earth than Hawaii.
Enjoy Some Incredible Day Spas
One thing that they do really well in Hawaii is the day spas. These are some of the most relaxing and appealing day spas you’ll find anywhere in the world and they make this relaxing places even more relaxing somehow. If you’re someone who loves to lie back and get pampered for a couple of hours by someone who really knows what they’re doing, you should visit one of the amazing spas you’ll find on the islands of Hawaii.
Eat Where the Locals Eat for Cheaper (and Better) Meals
The street food in Hawaii is sensational, and these are the kinds of places you should buy your food from. You should also head to the restaurants that the locals eat at. This is a sure sign that this is where the good food is at. You’ll find that the best food is also the most authentic food and, on top of that, the cheapest food too. It might sound a little crazy but it really is true.
Talk to People and Get Recommendations for How to Spend Your Time
Finally, you should remember to talk to local people. They’re generally very friendly and helpful, so they won’t hesitate to help you out and give you tips and advice on what you should spend your time doing while in Hawaii. They know best, so listen to their recommendations when they give them to you. But that’ll only happen if you put yourself out there and make the effort to start conversations with local people, so go for it!
Hawaii is definitely one of the most beautiful and chilled out places in the world. You should make the most of it while you have a chance to get away and enjoy a vacation with your family. There’s plenty to do, but so often in Hawaii, the best thing to do is pretty much nothing at all.