Hawaii at a Glance
Anyone who has travelled to Hawaii will tell you it’s a paradise of legendary proportions. From its soaring cliffs, to its legendary beaches, steaming volcanoes, glistening turquoise waters, majestic humpback whales and beautiful, friendly locals, the Islands of Hawaii are a near perfect vacation destination. Whether you want to soak up the sun, and toast the evenings with colorful drinks or challenge yourself with adrenalin pumping adventure, you’ll find it within Hawaii’s 8 Islands.
There are endless possibilities for travellers in Hawaii, here are 5 top experiences:
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, on Hawaii’s Big Island, is home to 2 of the 3 active volcanoes in Hawaii: Maunaloa and Kilauea.
- Waimea Bay, on Oahu is the birthplace of big wave surfing and every winter surfers from around the world compete here.
- Auau Channel between the islands of Maui, Molokai and Lanai for Whale Watching between December and early-May.
- The Experience at Koele, on Lanai is an 18-hole Championship golf course designed by golf legends Greg Norman and Ted Robinson.
- Hawaii Regional Cuisine is a culinary movement created by 12 renowned Island chefs. It combines the Islands’ diverse, ethnic flavors with cuisines from around the World. Hawaii Regional Cuisine can be sampled at many restaurants including Roy’s Waikiki.
Hawaii Essential Facts
- Capital: Honolulu.
- Driver’s License: Tourists may use a valid Canadian Driver’s License for up to 28 days. If you will need a car rental for longer than this period of time, inquire directly with our Travel Experts on what documents will be needed.
- Entry Requirements: A valid passport.
- GMT Time: -10hrs. Daylight savings time is observed.
- Languages: English is the official language, but Hawaiian is widely spoken.
- National Airlines: Hawaiian Airlines.
- Population: Approximately 1,374,810.
- Electricity: 110-120V, 60HZ.
- Departure Tax: No departure tax to be paid locally at the airport.
- Taxes: Hawaii does not have a State Sales Tax, however the Government does levies tax on select goods and services purchased. Inquire locally for details on taxes.
- Tipping: Like many other US States, tipping is considered good etiquette in Hawaii, but not mandatory. In restaurants, a tip of 15-20% of the total bill is normal. Porters usually receive $1 per bag, and housekeeping services $1-$2 a night. On guided tours it is customary to tip both the motorcoach driver and the tour guide. Typically the driver will receive $1 per day and the guide $2 per day.
- Climate: Hawaii has a typically tropical climate, although temperatures and humidity tend to be a little less extreme due to constant trade winds from the east. In the summer the average temperature high is 31°C and in the winter 28°C.
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