Note: Travel to any
destination may be adversely affected by conditions including (but not limited)
to security, entry and exit requirements, health conditions, local laws and
culture, natural disasters and climate. Regardless of your destination,
check your local travel advisory board or department for travel advice
about that location when planning your trip and again shortly before you leave.
When to Go:
The weather and water are temperate year-round, but rough currents and waves during the winter can make some dive sites less accessible.
Marine Life Seasons:
Whales migrate to mate in Hawai'ian waters from November to May, and can be seen (and heard) during those months.
When to Get the Best Deals:
Mid-April to Mid-June.
What to Pack:
5 mm wetsuit, hood in winter, sunscreen, mosquito repellent, sturdy shoes that can get wet for hiking, DAN card, Hawaiian shirt for going out and blending.
Seasonal averages: 23°C/74°F in winter and 27°C/ 81°F in summer
Seasonal averages: 24°C/76°F in winter and 26·°C/80°F in summer.
US Dollar; Credit Cards widely accepted.
Valid passport; check with local immigration office for visa requirements.
Included in your airfare.
What to Eat:
Each island has a long list of great place to eat from world-class restaurants to local lunch trucks. Don’t hesitate to wander into the smaller eateries and try to multicultural cuisine – starting with pupus (appetizers). Take in a lu’au (local feast) offered at many resorts, usually including entertainment, and sample the pig roasted in an underground oven, taro leaf wrapped fish, and poi (which tastes a lot better when you add sugar.)
What to Drink:
Hawaiian grown coffee, especially from Kona, is a must to start your day. There are several local breweries now producing great beer for after dive enjoyment. You’ll also find lots of fruity cocktails – like the Mai Tai and Blue Hawaiian – to quench your thirst.
Shopping in Waikiki; surfing the North Shore of Oahu; sunrise on Haleakala on Maui; Bamboo Forest on Maui; Road to Hana on Maui; Na Pali Coast, Kauai; Hike Waimea Canyon; snowboard on Mauna Kea; cliff jump from South Point, Big Island; Volcanoes National Park, Big Island; Sample Kona Coffee, Big Island.
Customs and Culture:
The aloha spirit and general surf culture prevails.
Merrie Monarch Hula Festival in April, Hilo, Big Island; Maui Film Festival in June; Hawai’ian Steel Guitar Festival in July, Waikiki, O’ahu; Triple Crown of Surfing in November and December, North Shore, O’ahu; Kauai Coconut Festival in October, Kapa’a, Kauai.
Electricity and Internet:
110V/60Hz. Internet is common.
Drink the water?
Water is safe to drink.