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Whether you are coming to Hawaii for business or pleasure, there are some important tips that will help to insure your adventure is both fun and easily manageable. Consider some of these helpful travel tips from travelsmarthawaii.com.
These are a couple of tips that you should consider for your trip. For many others visit the Hawaii Travel Tips website.
The Hawaii Tourism Authority (HTA) is another great resource for people planning to visit Hawaii. The Tourism Authority is dedicated to maintaining a healthy tourism trade in Hawaii. Their goal is to collaborate with businesses, communities and visitors to ensure mutual respect between all parties and maintain a thriving industry for the people of Hawaii. If you have questions regarding conducting business in Hawaii, being a consciences vacationer, or about local customs and cultures, contact them. They have several resources on their website, including phone numbers and email addresses to forward your inquiries to. You can also check out their online media, request maps and brochures, press photos, and other information.
Another great Hawaii travel guide is Aloha Hawaii. Their site contains tons of articles about different events on all of the islands. There is also content on historical locations and points of interest that will help aid in your vacation planning.
Hawaii Vacation Rentals
Finding a place to stay while you are in the islands is very simple. Aloha Condos has a lot to choose from. Sitting down to research a place that fits you best can be very enjoyable and exciting. If you find what you are looking for right away, great, or you may need to dig a little deeper to find that perfect place. From regular hotel rooms to private, fully furnished beach houses, Hawaii condo rentals and villas, there is no shortage of beautiful places to stay, as every island offers an abundance of choices, each with its own set of options. Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii both have tranquil beach homes to choose from, as do vacation rentals on Kauai, or condos on Oahu. Hawaii Life Rentals is another great place to start.
There are also many Hawaii luxury vacation rentals to choose from for those of you looking for only the best during your stay in the islands. Depending on what island you choose to stay on, each offers a number of luxurious and elegant choices. You may find one of these resorts or private villas to be perfect for you...
Oahu - Turtle Bay Vacation Rentals, Aston Waikiki, Marriot Ko’olina.
Kauai - Poipu Kai Resort, Hanalei Bay Resort, Puu Poa Condos, Waipouli Beach Resort.
Maui - The Westin Maui, Four Seasons Maui at Waialea, Kaanapali Shores.
Hawaii (big island) - Big Island condo rentals, Kona Coast Resort, Waikoloa Beach Resort, Mauna Lani Villas, Kolea.
Lanai - Valley Isle Resort, Bamboo Garden Retreat, The Plantation Inn.
Molokai - Kepuhi Beach Resort, Papohaku Beach Vacation Rentals, Paniolo Hale.
Hawaii Real Estate
Many people dream of owning real estate in Hawaii. With the best beaches in the world and year round sunny weather, it is a dream spot for most. Whether you want to purchase a getaway vacation home, a piece of property to build a home or business, or an already existing home, Hawaii offers it all. At first thought some shy away because of the prices, but dig a little deeper you will find that Hawaii is one of the only places in the nation that has a stable housing and real estate market. While higher priced, the returns on what you buy can be quite profitable if handled correctly.
The land that is readily available for purchase in the Hawaii real estate market is second to none. There is land available on every island, and on the Big Island of Hawaii land is abundant and you buy for as little as you can almost anywhere on the mainland. Real estate moguls, Fortune 500 companies and private home buyers are constantly building new resorts, housing communities, attractions and family homes in the islands.
You have to know what you want when you are looking for a home in Hawaii. While there are deals to be had on all of the islands, on some you will get less for more. Maui real estate listings, like Oahu real estate listings, are more sought after because these islands have a broader appeal. They both have vibrant business communities, active nightlife and cultural activities. Usually, if you are doing a Kauai real estate or Big Island MLS search, you are more laid back and a home buyer looking for a house on these islands is often seeking a little more seclusion and a quieter life style. A great website for searching real estate listings in Hawaii is Hawaii Life Real Estate Brokers.
With so much to see and do throughout the Hawaiian Islands, where do you start? There are plenty of romantic vacation locales and fun family activities in Hawaii, but first off, get a Hawaii rental car. Most of the attractions and beaches in Hawaii are spread out, and public transportation is just too limited. The islands offer visitors almost anything you can imagine. Some of the more common and well known activities include visiting the Pearl Harbor Memorial and Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu.
Why stop there though? Every island offers one of its own well known main attractions. There is Haleakala National Park on Maui, the Na Pali Coast and Wailua River on Kauai, and of course you will want to try and see the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park located on the big island (Hawaii). Come during the right time of year and you may even be able to see some snow on Mauna Kea (Hawaii). You can sled in the morning and hit the beach in the afternoon.
If you plan on staying on one island there are still countless activities and attractions including parasailing, scuba diving, snorkeling, surfing, hiking, off road tours and tons of shows to keep you entertained.
Perhaps you want a birds eye view and tour of the island. A Hawaii helicopter tour is one of the more memorable ways to see the islands. Every island offers them. Safari Helicopters on Kauai and the Big Island is a reputable company and AirMaui offers breathtaking Maui helicopter tours. It is the best way to really see all of Hawaii from the air. You will forever have the majestic images of the islands ingrained in your mind once you have seen the Hawaii landscape from the sky.
If taking to the ocean is your game, then you have to try one of the charters that do tours. There are a plethora of boat captains that take out groups for big game deep sea fishing. If you like to snorkel and see the sites, there are many larger tour companies that get you up close and personal with Hawaii sea life. Trilogy sailing on Maui offers many tours. They have unforgettable Molokini tours, Maui snorkel tours, and their ever popular Maui whale watching tours.
Hawaii offers more beautiful beaches in one state then any other area in the world. Some of the beaches are more well known then others, but they are all beautiful and will leave you breathless. From the famous Sunset Beach and Pipeline on Oahu to the Punalu’u Black Sand Beach on the big island (Hawaii), there is something for everyone. There are must see/can’t miss beaches on each island. Try some of the following beaches...
Lanikai Beach - Somewhat of a private setting with water that is calm and clear. Offers the mokuluas, two off-shore islands that you can paddle out to.
Waimea Beach - During the summer the water is calm and crystal clear. You can swim far off shore and still see straight to the bottom. Jump of the twenty five foot rock in the summer months as well. During the winter month Waimea offers some of the biggest surf on earth.
Hanauma Bay - Perfect for enjoying marine life while snorkeling or scuba diving. There is also a large sandy beach, perfect for laying out and enjoying the sun.
Big Beach - Officially named Makena Beach, this beach is almost a mile long and 100 yards wide. The sand is smooth and soft. Probably the most popular beach on the island.
Hana Bay - A large, very well protected black sand beach. Very safe for swimming and relaxing. Other popular activities include canoe racing and picnics on the weekends.
Ho’okipa Beach Park - One of the most famous spots on earth for windsurfing. It is home to two yearly major windsurfing competitions. However it also has a coral reef that makes it pond like early in the morning, perfect for a morning dip.
Glass Beach - Perhaps the most interesting beach in all of Hawaii. An entire section of the beach is covered with smooth, polished pieces of glass. A definite must see.
Hideaways Beach - It takes a 10 minute hike to get to the beach but the payoff is one of the more secluded sandy beaches on the North Shore of the island. Perfect for swimming when the surf is not too rough.
Polihale Beach - This is Kauai’s western most point. The sand is sparkling white and soft. This is also Hawaii’s longest beach, with over 17 miles of sandy shoreline.
Hawaii (big island)
Hapuna Beach - Another wonderful beach for swimming. While only a half mile long, it is over 200 feet wide during the summer months. This beach has been voted best beach in the U.S many times.
Punalu’u Black Sand Beach - With the dark black sand, this is one of the most unique beaches in all of Hawaii. The cove is nice for swimming because of the calm water. The sand is extremely rough and you will want to wear shoes while walking on it.
Kaunaoa Beach - One of the best beaches on the island. The sand forms a crescent shaped area perfect for swimming. Even when it is rough the reef offers some protection from the surf.
Papohaku Beach - Maybe the finest overall beach in Hawaii. Over 300 yards deep with 3 miles of coastline, the beach is beautiful. The best selling point may be that it is almost always deserted, you will find yourself with an entire 3 mile beach to yourself.
Murphy’s Beach - A stunning coastline view. The water is protected by a reef making it calm and perfect for swimming and snorkeling.
Halawa Beach - Two smaller beaches that form one big curved beach. Beautiful and clear in the summer months, perfect for swimming. The winter months bring heavy surf, which makes it a surfers paradise.
Hulopo’e Beach - This is the safest place on the island to swim. A white sand beach with underwater coral formations. There is also plenty of visible marine life making it a good place to snorkel.
Polihua Beach - Difficult to access, but once there the white sand beach offers calm water and stunning clear views of Molokai.
Sharks Bay - A secluded, sandy cove. While swimming here can be tough because of the current, the views of the red lava rock that form the cove are spectacular. A great area for a picnic or sunbathing.
This may help to narrow it down some, depending on the island you have chosen to stay on. Every island offers its own set of beaches that will leave you breathless and wishing you never had to leave. Always be careful when visiting beaches, you want to make sure you are not getting into water and surf that you can’t handle. Just look into ocean reports for the island you are on; i.e. Kauai Explorer, Maui ocean report, Oahu ocean report etc.