A Beginners Guide to Visiting Hawaii
With all of the ‘How To’ guides that are floating around the internet, there can often be contradictory information. Though there is very good information out there, there is also information that doesn’t give an appropriate explanation, or show the whole picture. Yes, Hawaii is an incredible place to visit, but there has to be some negatives, right?
Just like anywhere else, there are things that you must avoid, or have as little to do with as possible. As the largest purveyor of tours and activities in Hawaii, we’ve come across our fair share of things that first timers to Hawaii may not be aware of.
For starters, traffic on Oahu can be really bad, and once you understand the makeup of the island, you’ll see why. The island of Oahu is home to approximately 1 million people. That’s more than 75% of the residents of the state. And of that, nearly 80% live in Honolulu. Though it is a big city with multiple highways and a great public transit system, it is still a lot of people. If you must rent a car, avoid driving at the standard high traffic times, and if you get stuck in traffic, enjoy the scenery; you aren’t going anywhere.
When it comes to food, you may be instantly drawn to one of the familiar restaurants along Waikiki Beach. But we implore you, find a local spot to grab a bite. You can eat at those big name restaurants when you get home.
Don’t be afraid to try something new, and we sincerely mean that. Many visitors come to Hawaii and miss out on great things like snorkeling, surfing, and hiking. The islands are begging to be explored, and are filled with adventure. Get out and enjoy the unknown.
The beach is beautiful and likely where you will spend a lot of time. However, when the “Stay Out of the Water” signs are posted, stay out. The currents and waves are fierce and these signs are posted for a good reason. Also, if a shark has been sighted near the shore, just hang out on the beach.
The cost of things in Hawaii is naturally going to be higher, so it is important to budget properly and try not to be affected by sticker prices. Since there are a lot of items that have to be shipped in, there are taxes and costs that are added to the price. This goes for food, gas, clothing, and anything else you need to buy.
The most important thing you need to know about Hawaii is that this is someone’s home, and residents of the island love their home. There is a lot of pride in calling yourself a local, and treating the islands with respect is important. Locals open their home to visitors year round, and want people to love the islands as much as they do. Be sure to throw your trash away, recycle, and show care for these amazing islands.
Due to the high volume of visitors traveling to Hawaii year round, our Hawaii tours and activities sell out quickly. In many cases, tours sell out weeks or months in advance. To ensure your spots on tour, we recommend reserving your tours today. Call our office or book online to take advantage of our low price guarantee today.