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Hawaii travel guide

Only six of Hawaii's 100-plus islands and atolls welcome visitors, but those six sure are pretty

Most of the state’s accommodation is on the island of Oahu in Waikïkï, a city with great nightlife and busy beaches. On the island’s North Shore, surfers from around the globe come to ride the huge suicidal looking waves that pound the shoreline.

Beach bums in need of some rest and relaxation should head to Maui (also good for windsurfing and whale watching), while hikers looking for stunning scenery and plenty of clean air will love Kaua‘i.

Meanwhile, the Big Island is home to Kïlauea, the world’s most active volcano which has been spewing out lava since 1983.

Lana‘i is essentially a holiday home for those  with big bucks while Moloka‘i, the most traditional and homey of all the Hawaiian islands, is a good choice for travellers on a budget.

Wanderlust recommended experiences in Hawaii 

  1. Look out for the real Hawaii
  2. Hike in the forest and watch dawn from the summit of a volcano at Haleakala National Park
  3. Visit Pi‘ilanihale Heiau – a 600-year old Polynesian temple set on Maui’s dramatic coastline
  4. Feast your eyes on incredible sweeping views over the mountains at The Waimea Canyon
  5. Go whalewatching on Kaua‘i’s breathtaking Na Pali coast
  6. Hula ‘til dawn during the Kauai Polynesian Festival in May 

Wanderlust tips for travel in Hawaii

  • Moving around the islands is expensive so if you’re on a budget,  it's best to find an island you like and stick to it.
  • You might find that Moloka'i island is the cheapest destination overall for travellers.
  • Save money by eating like a local. Abandon your usual staples (box cereal, pop, anything that has to be freighted onto the island) and embrace locally caught seafood, tropical fruits and save a bundle.
  • Sparkling pineapple wine is delicious and refreshing on a hot day.
  • Locals tend to eat early, so don’t leave it too late to go out to dinner.

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