Aloha Travel! What to Expect from Your First Ever Hawaii Trip

If you’re planning a trip to visit Hawaii, then congratulations! Hawaii is one of the most popular places to visit in the world, and for a good reason. Hawaii is made up of six primary islands, each with its own landscape, climate, and personality. And it doesn’t matter who’s going with you, for Hawaii has activities that the whole family or group of friends will love.


Whether you’re looking for exciting activities or a relaxing and peaceful vacation, you’ll be able to find it in Hawaii. But if this is your first time visiting Hawaii, you’ll probably have some questions. No worries! Read this article and find out what to expect from your first-ever trip to Hawaii.



Where should you go?


So, which of the six main islands in Hawaii should you choose? And what should you expect once you get there? Well, we’ve already established that every island is distinct, so you’ll have to choose based on personal preference which one is right for you.


Once you choose which island you would like to go to, it is recommended to look into purchasing one of the many Hawaii Vacation Packages available, as it will take a lot of the stress out of planning the whole trip by yourself.


In the meantime, to help you out, here’s a list of islands along with what most stands out about each one:


  • Molokai: Molokai is Hawaii’s fifth-largest island, and it is quite small, only measuring 38 miles long and 10 miles across. A high percentage of its population are people with Native Hawaiian ancestry who work hard to preserve their rural and traditional lifestyles. While you’re there, you can visit Kalaupapa National Historical Park or relax on one of Hawaii’s largest white-sand beaches, Papohaku Beach. Molokai is for those looking for authenticity and captivating natural beauty.
  • Big Island: The Island of Hawaii is the youngest of the islands, and it is also the largest of the islands. It is home to four of the world’s climate zones, from Polar Tundra to Wet Tropical. You can visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or get your tan on at black sand beaches. You can also visit coffee farms to see from where your favorite cup of joe comes.
  • Kauai: Kauai is also known as the “Garden Isle” and boasts some of the most breathtaking landscapes and scenery in that part of the world. It is the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain and offers lush green valleys and dramatic soaring peaks. You’ll also get to hike through tropical rainforests and take in rushing waterfalls.
  • Maui: While visiting “The Valley Isle” you can relax on the beach, see migrating humpback whales, go snorkeling and diving and see rare wildlife. In fact, readers of Condé Nast Traveler have voted Maui the “Best Island in the U.S.” for over 20 years.
  • Oahu: Oahu is where you’ll find the Capital city of Honolulu. You’ll learn about Hawaiian customs and the tradition of surfing.
  • Lanai: If you’re looking for a luxury trip, then Lanai is your spot.



When should you go?      


The best time to visit Hawaii is from May to June or September to October. Hawaii has two seasons, a wet and dry season. It tends to rain more from November to March and is drier from June to September, although, keep in mind that it will rain during the dry months as well in some areas. Similarly, there are plenty of sunny days during the wet season, so you really can’t go wrong.      


The main reason that you should go during these two “shoulder” seasons is that it’s not during peak tourist time, so you’ll be able to save money and relax more. Since Hawaii is part of the United States, the worst time to visit is during school vacations in the US; think Christmas, Easter, and summer.



What to expect


What can you expect in Hawaii?

  • You can expect the air to smell like flowers.
  • You can expect to learn about rich culture and traditions
  • You can expect to be stunned by the landscapes
  • You can expect to eat delicious traditional cuisine
  • You can expect to relax


That all sounds pretty good, doesn’t it? You’ve taken the first step in deciding that you want to travel to Hawaii. And you know know that Hawaii has something for everyone. Whether you’re looking for a relaxing, tranquil vacation, sports, wildlife or total luxury, you can find it on one of Hawaii’s six main islands. Now it’s time to purchase your tickets, plan your itinerary, pack your bags, and go! Aloha!




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Jennifer Anders is a freelance travel writer who enjoys

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