What's Hawaii like?
Hawaii is a tropical island experience with all the benefits of the developed world. The 50th US state is a long flight from anywhere, out in the middle of the Pacific Ocean, but it's well worth the trip for the surf, lava flows and humpback whales.
Three airlines offer direct flights to Honolulu from Australian airports. These are:
Many more airlines fly to Hawaii with 1 or more stopovers. This can sometimes work out cheaper, but not always.
Planning ahead can save you money on your Hawaiian holiday. Booking your flight to Honolulu 6 months before you intend to travel could save you up to 11% on the average airfare, according to Skyscanner Australia's research.
Although Australians are included in the Visa Waiver Program for the United States, you need to apply for ESTA travel authorisation and be approved before boarding your flight.
You also need to have a valid passport with at least 1 blank page remaining.
From Adelaide: 13 hours 50 minutes (1 stop)
From Brisbane: 9 hours 30 minutes (direct)
From Melbourne: 12 hours 50 minutes (1 stop)
From Perth: 17 hours 15 minutes (1 stop)
From Sydney: 9 hours 40 minutes (direct)
The weather in Hawaii is most comfortable in April, May, September and October, at the start and end of the dry season. These months also tend to have the cheapest deals.
The Christmas holidays are the busiest and most expensive time to travel, but if you're visiting Hawaii for the surf or the humpbacks, you might have to deal with the crowds and wetter weather in November to January.
Although Hawaii can seem expensive, especially compared to the mainland United States, accommodation caters to every price range. The average price of food and drink is comparable to Australia.
Hawaii is part of the United States and uses the US dollar. US$1 is worth about AU$1.25 in 2017.
Honolulu International is the main point of entry to Hawaii, located 8km from Honolulu and 13km from Waikiki on the island of Oahu.
International flights touch down at the Overseas Terminal, where arriving passengers can visit the shops and restaurants, get cash and use other facilities before claiming their baggage and heading to their accommodation.
There are several options to get from the airport to your hotel by road.
Taxi: From US$25 for Honolulu up to US$50 for Waikiki. The journey to Waikiki can take up to 45 minutes during rush hour.
Express bus: US$9 to Waikiki one-way. Leaves every 20-45 minutes at different times of the day.
Public bus: US$2.50 one-way. Departs every 15-25 minutes.
Hawaii may be a top destination for luxury holidays, but its best experiences are free.
This video from The New York Times highlights the natural beauty and rich heritage of the Hawaiian Islands.
There's so much to see and do in Hawaii, don't worry about cramming it all into one trip. Focus on 1 or 2 islands and save the rest for next time.
Visiting off-peak in May and October doesn't just mean cheaper flights, but also big discounts on oceanfront rooms.
Renting a car is the best way to experience Hawaii on your own schedule, especially for the views along the 100-kilometre Hana Highway.
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Please note: all information is correct as of August, 2017.
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