Sunset over tide pools, Hawaii

Destination

Hawaii Holidays

Pacific island paradise

A holiday to Hawaii offers an archipelago of breathtaking beauty, located just five hours away from the USA’s west coast. The best way to see more of Hawaii’s stunning vistas and landscapes is by inter-island hopping with most journeys taking 30 to 45 minutes.

See erupting volcanoes and blissful waterfalls on Hawaii Island, before hiring a car and driving along Maui's road to Hana, surrounded by jaw-dropping scenery. We recommend visiting the gold-sand crescent beaches at Poipu Beach Park in Kauai for a spot of relaxation. You’ll also have the chance to explore enchanting rainforests, see humpback whales in their natural habitat and take in amazing views from the top of rugged cliffs.

With no direct flights to Hawaii from the UK, there’s never been a better excuse to stop off and visit Los Angeles or San Francisco for a multicentre holiday. With plenty to see and do in sunny California, it could be the perfect way to kick off your holiday of a lifetime or visit that city you have always wanted to explore.

Destination Highlights
  • Snorkel with manta rays at night
  • Soar high above the Jurassic landscape in a helicopter
  • Explore Volcanoes National Park
  • Drive the winding road to Hana
  • Watch the sunrise from beneath the clouds at Haleakala
  • Spot whales spouting a fountain of water
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT -11 hours
  • Currency USD – US Dollar
  • Visa Information Ensure you have a valid ESTA prior to travel
  • Language Hawaii is the only American state to have two official languages, Hawaiian and English
  • Flight Time Approx. 16 hours; flights are indirect via mainland USA
  • Health Information No vaccinations are required for travel to Hawaii

Top Tips from our Experts

Charlie

Destination Manager

“The only way to explore Hawaii is by island hopping. Each island has its own hidden gems and you won't be disappointed. Maui is so laid back and Kaanapali beach is perfect for sunrise. Kauai has some of the best landscapes and a boat trip along the Na Pali coast line. In Oahu you can learn how to surf, paddle board, or even just sit back and watch. Whichever combination you choose, you’ll want to come back – it's one of my favourite places.”

Our Hawaii destinations

Manele Bay Cliffs

Hawaii

Lanai

Lanai
Na Pali Coast State Park

Hawaii

Kauai

Kauai

Hawaii

Hawaii Island

Hawaii Island

Hawaii

Maui

Maui
Overlooking the Halemaunau Crater

Hawaii

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
North Shore

Hawaii

Oahu

Oahu

Types of Hawaii holidays

Na Pali Coast State Park

Hawaii Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays
Hanauma Bay

Hawaii Tours

Tours
Driving around the Island

Self Drive Hawaii

Self Drive Hawaii

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Hawaii take around 16 hours excluding stopovers. Although there are currently no direct flights to Hawaii from the UK, there are numerous flights available via Vancouver, Seattle, LA, New York and Washington DC to a number of Hawaiian Islands with United Airways, British Airways, American Airlines, Virgin Atlantic and Delta. 

There are eight main islands in Hawaii: Hawaii Island, Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe, although the latter two islands are often overlooked. There are also numerous smaller atolls and islets within the archipelago, which – if factored in – bring the total to more than 100. You can stay overnight on five of the eight islands and the best way to experience the destination is by island-hopping.

This world-famous beach is located on the south shore of Honolulu on the Hawaii island of Oahu and in the 1800s was home to Hawaiian royalty. Waikiki – known in Hawaiian as 'spouting waters'  – had its first hotel built on its shores in 1901; the Moana Surfrider is the main hotel and resort area on Oahu. Visitors from around the world visit Waikiki Beach for fantastic shopping, dining in an array of restaurants and of course learning to surf.

Hawaiian cuisine has been inspired by settlers and sailors over the years who have visited these islands of paradise that they later made their home; from Polynesian and Chinese to Portuguese and Japanese, Hawaii has a blend of flavours from around the world. You can taste Hawaiian cuisine throughout the islands, but one meal in particular that we recommend is kalua pork; which is cooked slowly underground (often at a traditional Hawaiian luau) that results in tender, juicy smoked meat.

No visit to the Hawaiian Islands would be complete without a visit to a Hawaiian lū‘au, which is a traditional Hawaiian party or feast with live music and performances. Today, friends and family get together for a luau to celebrate special occasions, including a graduation, wedding and, most commonly, a birthday. You can experience a luau for yourself at many hotels across the islands or at a Polynesian cultural centre on Oahu or Maui, where you can also learn to hula dance.

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Hawaii Island

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£4,729 pp

Four Seasons Resort Hualalai

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa

Kauai

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,839 pp

Grand Hyatt Kauai Resort and Spa
Unique

Volcano House

Hawaii Island

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,309 pp

Volcano House

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

Maui

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

£4,019 pp

Andaz Maui at Wailea Resort

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