Make the most of your Hawaii vacation by knowing where to go, what to see and do.
Don't pack your schedule full
At least one day on your first trip to Hawaii, don’t plan anything and just go with the flow.
Visit during the off-season
Winter is the best time for whale-watching in Hawaii.
Go to one island
If it's your first time in Hawaii, pick one island and stay there the entire time! Maui and Oahu are popular islands for first-timers.
Try the local food
Hawaiian food is absolutely delicious! Don’t be afraid to try any, especially from food trucks.
Do your own tours
Rent a car and tour Hawaii's must-see spots in your own time and pace.
Do not touch the turtles
It is actually illegal to touch Hawaii’s sea turtles. You can take a picture of them from a short distance but do not touch them.
Use reef-safe sunscreen
Hawaii has actually banned any sunscreen that is not reef-safe to further protect the environment.
Go on a hike
You will want to try at least one hike during your first visit to Hawaii, even if it is short.
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