February 18, 2011

Hawaii Vacation on Oahu - Things You Should Know and Travel Advice

Choose where you want to go

The best tourist area on Oahu is Waikiki, where you will find an array of restaurants and shopping opportunities, beach activities, night shows, Hawaiian luaus and a wide selection of hotels ranging from budget to luxurious. If you prefer a quiet and relaxing Hawaii getaway and you want to escape from the hustle and bustle of Waikiki, you will find many vacation rentals on the island.

There are airport shuttles that will take you to your hotel and pick you up on the way back. Also, Oahu has a good public transportation system that covers almost the whole island.

Keep in mind that allot of streets in Waikiki and Honolulu are one-way streets and if you don't have a road map with you, this can cause some confusion. Also, drive slowly and be careful because Oahu is a very busy island and traffic jams are common.

This totally depends on your schedule. The summer months from June to August is travel season, so accommodations, flights and car rentals are significantly more expensive during that period. If you plan to vacation in the winter, keep in mind that it usually rains more during this time. But heavy and long-lasting rains are rare on Oahu (and especially in Waikiki, which is located on the sunny south shore), so even if it starts to rain, it usually doesn't last very long.

Things to bring

  • Your passport and visa. If you are vacationing from a foreign country, you will need a passport and maybe also a visa to enter the U.S. If you are a U.S. citizen, you only need your driver's license or other government-issued picture ID.
  • Your health insurance (especially if you're from a foreign country and are not familiar with the U.S. medical system). Medical costs in the U.S. are expensive.
  • Bring enough money. Hawaii is a very expensive place to visit. A party of two will need at least $50 a day for food (if you don't plan to dine out).

32 comments:

  1. awesome thanks! hopefully i can go to hawaii soon!

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  2. Man wish I could go to Hawaii!

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  3. Nice info, will keep this in mind the next time I travel.

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  4. prob never going there, but thanks anyways :)

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  5. Im really concidering a trip to Hawaii, let's save this post.

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  6. thanks for that info, I cant imagine traveling and etc. before the free knowledge of the internet.

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  7. Man, 50 bucks a day just for food for two people. gotta get down there sometime.

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  8. Helpful stuff, I do plan to go to Hawaii one day. Mostly I want to go check out the telescopes and volcanoes.

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  9. Don't forget to travel light! Less to worry about.

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  10. 50$ for food without dining? didn't think that it was that expensive

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  11. Thanks for the preparation tips!

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  12. Whoa. Hawaii looks like quite the idyllic place to visit. I appreciate all the info, sir. Keep up the good work!

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  13. i forgot the exact location, but i know theres this strip downtown where you can drive down and see all the trannys hangin around. its kinda funny.

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  14. Excellent post. Very informative, I can only imagine how chaotic Hawaii must be during the summer months.

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  15. i wish i could go to Hawaii but alast i am a poor student lol

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  16. It is easy to spend $200 a day in Hawaii. And the local economy will love you for it. :)

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  17. I heard before that Hawaii has a lot of wild chickens running around.

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  18. Oh I have dreamed of going to Waikiki. Thank you for the tips, these will really come in handy somewhere down the line.

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  19. Another great post! Im so hitting up Hawaii soon

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  20. Nice tips, thank you. The prices are really dissapointing. I should work harder to visit Hawai, lol

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  21. Good advice. I visit Hawaii every couple of years, and downtown traffic is no joke.

    Good tip on the 50 bucks. Hawaii is expensive.

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  22. Yeah, I live down here in Costa Rica and our topography is similar, but damn I love Hawaii. I was stationed there for two years in the USMC, and try to get back as much as possible.

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  23. i actually expected prices there to be way higher, at least for tourists

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  24. thanks for the advice man, you helped me a lot with this

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  25. Traffic Jams on MY Hawaiian vacation? I don't think so, I'm getting an electric scooter and passing all yall fools.

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  26. I swear i will visit hawaii someday

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  27. Yeah, I would have expected to need a lot more money

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  28. Whoa, $50 for food, not dining out? Is that how much it costs a day if you go to a grocery store?

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