I just booked a flight to Hawaii today for July and am wondering if anyone has any advice at all for me. Mainly on where to stay as I will be staying in hostels. Any interesting places to go as well. I will be flying in (obviously) to HNL - and at some stage want to go to the big island purely to see the volcano. Other than that I am completely open to what else to do. So has anyone stayed in any particularly nice hostels there that can be recommended and any must see places?
My favorite island out there is Kuai, but I don't know about hostels there or anything... I didn't care for Maui much, but a lot of other people do, so don't take my word for anything... There was a place in Kaui called brick oven pizza... if you like pizza try that place out. I live in New York, so it's not often that I complement other state's pizza, but theirs was great. Other than that I did that "normal" tourist things like scuba diving and sailing between the islands and all that... I know this isn't much help, but like I said if I ever went back to Hawaii I would go to Kuai first and stay there for most of the time.
IMonaghan - how did you sail between the islands? Do you mean you went on a cruise?? My parents have tried to find sailings to other islands but have found nothing except for cruises. Not sure how far apart they are from each other.
There are a handful of commuter ferrys you can take between Molokai, Maui and a couple of the other more industrial islands....
There are a handful of charter services on any of the "tourist" islands as well it seemed...
Other than that you can walk along the piers and look for people on their boats... especially fishermen in port.. Ask if you can charter them to whatever island you want to go to... Sometimes they say no, but if you are going in the same general direction that they go to fish or whatever you can usually get on for $30 or so.
I'd imagine anyone could do that, although my Ex was a local, so maybe that made things easier.
I visited Hawaii in 2002, I stayed in Honolulu
best things to do
rent a car (jeep wrangler is perfect for the island) at least for one day and drive around the island, so much to see on the other side of the island. you should visit the dole plantation. you will find so many more things along the way.
go to a luau, this is the best dinner and a show you will ever see
visit hanauma bay, great for relaxing
check out this web site gohawaii.com
We just stayed in Waikiki, which is expensive. Got a bus from the Ala Moana shopping centre out to Pearl Harbour for $1. Pearl Harbour itself costs only about $1 too, so worth the trip.
Beware Honolulu airport. We arrived at 4am for our flight out and it was shut. Yes, closed. After an hour in the car park, they began herding us through an x-ray machine dredged out of the ark. Security has, understandably been stepped up recently, but only to what every other airport in the world has already. Only in the US, it is terribly organised. It took us over two hours to get through. No sit down, no rest, we just walked straight onto the plane. But this is the same all over the states right now. It is not unusual to miss a flight now,simply because security takes so long. Leave at least 3 hrs before your flight departs.