First Time To Hawaii
First You Imagine
It’s your first time to Hawaii. You’re ecstatic and giddy as you board the plane, thinking of warm breezes, turquoise, bathtub temperature water to float in every day, snorkeling with brilliant colored fish, trying a little surfing, watching the big time surfers on big time waves.
First though, you’re going to kick back, relax in the sun and work on getting that lovely mid-winter tan to make your co-workers jealous.
Then You Jump In
After the first couple of days you’re ready to get out and see some things. You turn toward those paradisaical activities you’ve always heard about, like visiting a pineapple plantation, eating some spam and learning to hula wearing a lei and sarong.
And even though you suspect they might be a little kitschy, you can’t wait to go to a luau and take a tour aboard a glass bottomed boat.
Finally, You Discover
While you certainly want to experience all these activities that figure so large in novels, movies and your neighbor’s slide shows, be sure to leave lots of time to discover the other magical elements of Hawaii.
This six island archipelago is home to a combination of natural beauty and dramatic action that is unsurpassed anywhere in the world. Crashing surf, towering, jungle covered cliffs, amazing waterfalls, neon orange and red lava spilling into brilliant blue water and some of the most expansive sunsets on earth.
Depending on the island or islands you decide to visit, all of these are available to you, sometimes within half an hour’s drive.
Tips for a Great First Trip to Hawaii
Getting to the islands
- A flight to Hawaii takes longer than many people expect – 5-6 hours from the West Coast of the US and up to 17 hours from the East Coast. Be sure your carry-on is well stocked with any supplies you’ll need to get through that span of time. Especially important to think about are medications, infant foods and diapers.
- Though islands weather is warm, the flight to the islands can often be cool. Bring a light jacket or sweater.
Getting around the islands
- A rental car will allow you to get to outlying areas. Be sure and reserve ahead of time as the supply of cars on each island is limited.
- Plan a variety of transportation options. Most islands have public transit, tours, shuttles and bicycles available. And don’t forget the tried and true foot transport. It’s often the best way to get a good look at your surroundings.
Getting into the islands
- Though everyone knows they’ll need protection when the tropical sun is strong, on overcast days the need for sun protection is sometimes overlooked. You can burn even on cloudy days, so don’t forget that sunscreen.
- Bring your spirit of adventure and explore all that Hawaii has to offer!