Hawaii Travel Guide For 2021Updated: October 11, 2021
Aloha from the Aloha State! Did you know that aside from being used as a greeting, the word Aloha could also mean love, affection, peace, compassion, and mercy?
The people of Hawaii are amicable, which is why they’re very eager to welcome tourists again after last year’s pandemic. So, if you’re one of those who want to go to Hawaii later this year, here’s our Hawaii Travel Guide for 2021 with some things you need to know.
Hawaii Travel Guide 2021: What are Covid-19 Travel Requirements in Hawaii?
COVID-19 is still not completely gone, so the state is still erring on the side of safety. Hawaii is still adhering to its Safe Travels program. Although by July, they have eased up a bit. Fully vaccinated visitors can enter Hawaii without pre-travel testing or quarantine. Otherwise, other travelers must get their negative test results from a Trusted Testing and Travel Partner if they don’t want to do the mandatory 10-day quarantine.
So to make your arrival as smooth as possible, make sure to register to the safe travels program online system. When you arrive, there will be a temperature check, so please don’t travel when you’re not feeling well! Otherwise, you’ll have to go to a secondary screening and might need to be quarantined.
What are the best times to visit Hawaii?
If you ask us, it would be any time! But if you’re deciding based on the climate or the budget, it can vary.
Between March and September are the best times to visit the aloha state when you want to catch the ideal tropical climates. It has the highest temperatures and the lowest amount of rain. Perfect for when you want to enjoy the beaches and the sun.
On the other hand, October to February is cooler and wetter, especially at high-altitude places. But these are the off-season months, meaning fewer visitors, cheaper costs, and a more relaxed feel. Plus, December marks the start of whale season in Hawaii, where you can witness the migration of humpback whales.
How many days should you spend in Hawaii?
A short weekend getaway is not enough to get the whole Hawaii experience. And if it’s your first time especially, you don’t want to miss any and everything the Aloha State offers.
While most vacations last five to seven days, we recommend staying in Hawaii for at least ten days. It’s to allow a couple of days to recover from jet lag or adjust to the time difference. You can set aside your first two days to be slow-paced, familiarizing the place you’re staying at, for example. Try out local eats and see the shops. Once you’ve acclimated, you can then go on your adventures.
Hawaii travel guide facts and tips
- The island of Hawaii, also known as The Big Island, has six main regions: Hamakua Coast, Hilo, Kau, Kona, Kohala, and Puna.
- The Big Island has 4 out of 5 major climate zones, meaning it has deserts and polar tundras to rainforests.
- Make sure to pack for the varying weather conditions. It gets cold on volcanoes, or a sudden rain might catch you. Pack hiking outfits too.
- The Kohala Coast and Kona beaches are the best places for swimming and snorkeling in the summer.
- Leave the wildlife alone. You might see green sea turtles, dolphins, and monk seals during underwater excursions. Hawaii’s laws protect them, so best to respect that. Corals are included too.
- If you can, rent a car to get around the island quickly. Or, if you want a unique experience, book a private jeep tour!
With this Hawaii travel guide, you’re ready for that trip. Book that flight to now and experience The Big Island your way! And if you happen to make a stop on the other islands, especially Maui, book a private jeep tour from Hoaloha Jeep Adventures. We’ll give you a true one-of-a-kind Maui adventure!