Visiting Hawaii for the First Time
When researching a new destination or actually planning the vacation, there is plenty of information on the web to find out exactly where to go, what to do, and how to plan a vacation. But are there any guides that tell you what to really expect or what not to do when visiting? Just like anywhere in the world, there are bound to be some negatives about the islands, and having an idea of what to expect will mitigate the shock of the downside.
Traffic and Crowds
If you are visiting Oahu, one of the things that will stand out is the traffic and number of people on the island. Oahu is home to more than 1 million people, over 75% of the state’s population, and receives more than 6 million visitors each year. With the large number of people in a small area, there is bound to be some congestion. If you are stuck in traffic, just remember that this is a way of life and the best thing to do is to enjoy the scenery, put on some relaxing music, and make the most of it.
There are so many places to eat when visiting Hawaii, and while there are the chain restaurants that you are familiar with, you can go to those at any time. Ask around, or look up some choices online, and try a locally owned place. They tend to feature the freshest food and these restaurants highlight the unique cultural mix of Hawaii.
Get Out of Your Comfort Zone
One of the best things about Hawaii is the chance to try something new, and get out of your comfort zone a little. The ocean features tons of great activities, and the mountains feature great options like hiking and zipline adventures. Exploring the islands will be one of the best parts of your trip.
Respect the Ocean
It is very likely that the ocean is a big part of why you are coming to Hawaii, but it is important o remember that this isn’t an ocean you might be used to. Hawaii is out in the middle of the ocean, and the currents are quite different that coastal cities on the Mainland. The ocean is powerful, and you can feel just how treacherous it can be, even on a calm day. Follow beach signs advising to stay out and listen to lifeguards. Signs are posted for strong currents, or if a shark has been spotted in the area.
The price of everything in Hawaii is higher than it is elsewhere, and this is important to remember when planning your budget. Everything from the cost of a rental car to milk is significantly higher and tends to cause a wide-eyed sticker shock on first site.
Love the Islands
The most important thing to remember when visiting is that many people call Hawaii home and you are a guest in someone’s place of residence. Respecting the islands and conserving their natural beauty is a way of life in Hawaii and keeping this in mind is vital during your vacation. Residents and locals take great pride in living here and they love their islands, so please be respectful and treat the islands as you would your own. 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.