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Cheap flights to Hawaii

With diverse scenery, a sunny tropical climate, white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and active volcanoes, Hawaii’s natural beauty forms a large part of its appeal. Once dependent on the whaling, sugar and pineapple trades, its economy is largely driven by tourism and military activities. Tourists, surfers and scientists alike flock to this state with its unique North American and Asian influences. Go on and get to know this scenic paradise and its native culture.

What to see & do

It’s common for the weather in Hawaii to vary even over short distances. Travellers should take note of the wetter season that runs from October to March and plan their trip for the late December or January period to best experience the islands. On average, the climate is humid like Singapore’s and you shouldn’t dress very differently, save for a few extra layers of sunscreen.

Hawaii’s islands offer something for every tourist. The populous island of Oahu is perfect for those who want to experience island life while retaining city comforts. Many rainforest and eco trails present hiking opportunities in close proximity to the famous Waikiki Beach. Waikiki snorkel trails and shark snorkel dives are popular here. Take in famous sights like Diamond Head and the Dole Plantation, or revisit history with the famous Pearl Harbour Tours. Cultural activities at the Polynesian Cultural Center also make for a great way to learn more about Hawaiian culture.

For a more relaxing pace, head to the other neighbouring islands to really unwind against a backdrop of natural wonders. Take the road to Hana, one of the most scenic on Maui. Journey over bridges, past waterfalls and end up at the majestic Oheo Gulch Pools (“Seven Sacred Pools”). Hawaii is synonymous with beach and water sports, with surfing being practised with an almost religious zeal. Jet skiing, parasailing, kayaking, scuba diving and snorkelling are commonplace in tourist areas too. A great snorkelling spot at Maui is the Molokini Crater, a partially submerged volcanic crater. Also, don’t miss humpback whale watching season from December to April! Perhaps you might spot the giant humpbacks as they migrate to Hawaiian waters for birthing.

You could also hop on a helicopter or explore Kauai in foot to take in the true beauty of this unbridled, carefree island that’s been featured in many motion pictures over the past twenty years. Ditto for the Big Island, except that you’ll be flying over one enormous volcano while feeling the heat radiating from the centre of its core. The Big Island is also where you’ll get the rare chance to swim with live dolphins in their natural habitat.

Just like the language and culture, Hawaiian food is a fusion of local, Portuguese, American and Asia flavours. Fresh produce, seafood and meat can all be obtained from native plantations and ranches. Affordable local meals are usually served in the form of a plate lunch, usually consisting of meat or fish with scoops of rice and pasta salad. Food trucks are also popular among those who want cheap and good meals. A traditional Hawaiian buffet feast called a luau, would also give you an interesting food excursion amidst a chilled out ambience with Polynesian music and dance.

Getting Around

Many airlines, including low-cost carriers, have non-stop flights to Honolulu from most major airports in the United States. The island of Oahu is where most US and international flights land in Honolulu. You will need to book an inter-island flight if you’d like to go to a Neighbour Island (anything outside Oahu). You can also travel between islands on a cruise ship.

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Some Dos and Don’ts

  • Do take note of subtle differences in the way Standard English words are used in Hawaii. For instance, the continental United States is referred to as “the Mainland”, rather than “the States”.
  • Don’t assume that all residents consider themselves “Hawaiian”; the term is usually reserved for descendants of the native aboriginal people of Hawaii. To be safe, Hawaii residents could simply be referred to as “islanders” or “locals” instead.

Did you know…?

Hawaii was the last state to join the United States and is the only one made up entirely of islands. 

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