Hawaii Island hopping is an enjoyable way to see more than one Hawaii Island while you are on your vacation. Sometimes the most tiresome part of your vacation is flying to or from Hawaii out of your hometown city. Two, three, four or even five islands are fun to visit if you have enough time available for your Island hopping trip.
Each of the Hawaii Islands offers a entirely different experience. They have very different climates and activities for you to enjoy.
We have travelers that call us daily and ask about multi Hawaii Island or Hawaii Island hopping vacation packages. They want to know if 3 or 4 islands are to much to visit while in Hawaii. If they have a minimum of 3 nights to visit on each of the islands they are going to then we will recommend they do a island hopping vacation. Of coarse, 4 or 5 nights on each island would be better but not everyone can take off work for that long on a vacation.
If you are planning a Hawaii island hopping vacation usually you can save more if you buy your tickets 6 to 9 months in advance. Some customers call wanting a last minute trip to get a "last minute discount". That used to work but all of the airlines have cut back on the number of planes that they operate in order to pack their existing planes as full as possible with passengers. This allows them to maximize their profits! It's not to your advantage. Hawaii Island Hopping will be the most enjoyable vacation of your lifetime.
By waiting to book your trip "at the last minute" sometimes causes you to not have a good selection of seating options available or worst yet have to wait till you get to the airport to get your seats assigned. Possibly not being able to sit with your travel partner.
Even changing your departure or return dates by one or 2 days can sometimes save you hundreds of dollars. Buying the flights at the same time you buy your hotels and cars can keep the cost of your Hawaii Island Hopping package within reason.
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Budget and discount Hawaii island hopping packages can still be found but it helps if your dates are a little flexible.
Be sure and put your flights into a "Hawaii Island hopping vacation package" to get the best package prices.
Hawaiian Airlines is in the process of adding several turboprop planes to it's fleet of planes. Hawaiian Airlines currently uses Boeing 717 jets which seat a maximum of 104 passengers. The new turboprop planes would seat a maximum of 69 passengers for it's Hawaii Island Hopping packages. Deciding which island to visit in Hawaii can be a lot of fun but also confusing at times.
Hawaiian said that the new turboprop planes use less fuel and would allow them to service some new routes to the lesser traveled areas of Hawaii for tourists wanting to island Hop to multiple islands while in Hawaii .This is great news for Hawaii Island Hopping packages and the people who use them.
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Hawaii Island hopping vacation packages add about $95.00 per person in airfare to your vacation which is very reasonable considering your airplane ticket to fly to Hawaii from your hometown costs between $450.00 and $950.00 per person.
While you are in Hawaii, hopping to another island makes sense. You won't need to come back next year to visit another island and pay for a full fare airfare. Many travelers seeking a Hawaii Island hopping vacation package ask for transfers from the airport to the hotel and back. This works but will cost more in the long run if you plan on getting out of the resort and taking in the beautiful scenery that all of the Hawaiian Islands have to offer.
Picking up a car at the airport on you vacation allows you to get out and view the natural beauty that the islands have to offer.
Island Hopping in Hawaii is affordable and fun. Remember, Hawaii is the 50th state and is safer than most of the states in the mainland. All of the traffic laws are the same as other states and you will experience the "Aloha Spirit" when in Hawaii.
There is a small daily ferry that goes from Maui to Lanai but none of the other islands are serviced by a ferry. Several years ago there was a "super ferry" that traveled all of the islands but it went out of business. Part of the problem that the super ferry experienced was the local opposition to such a huge boat navigating their sacred Hawaiian waters,occasionally destroying the sea life.
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Discounted and budget prices are available for your Hawaii two island travel packages. If you are planning on visiting more that one of the Hawaiian Islands planning this out before hand can save you hundreds of dollars. Maui and Kauai are selected more often for visiting on your travel packages. Hawaii Inter Island Travel is a lot of fun.Hawaii Island Hopping is exciting and very enjoyable.
Picking the best island to stay in Hawaii takes time, making the right choice is important for your enjoyment on your vacation.
Hotels change ownership, new hotels are frequently built, all of these factors effect your Hawaii Island hopping vacation packages experience. Four Seasons took over the JW Marriott in Ko Olina,Oahu and is upgrading that hotel to the tune of $500,000,000.00. Yes, that's five hundred million dollars. On the North Shore, a new Courtyard by Marriott has been built. This is the first hotel to be built on the North Shore in years, and it is very close to the Polynesian Cultural Center. Usually the first island that vacationers will visit on their Hawaii Island Hopping trip is Oahu.
Additionally, the old international market in Waikiki has been demolished and a new Ritz-Carlton Residences, Waikiki Beach has recently opened in it's place with a high end shopping experience. The redevelopment of the International Market Place into a more upscale shopping center is now complete. There are 150 new shops located in the International marketplace, Saks 5th Ave is one of them. A shoppers paradise for sure. The Ohana Waikiki West budget hotel has closed for renovation and opened as a Hilton Garden Inn hotel.
The cost of Island hopping varies depending on time of day,day of week,availability of seats on the plane and several other factors. The small additional cost allows you to experience the differences in the Hawaiian Islands at an affordable price. The climates vary depending on the Island you are visiting.
Be sure and get to the airport a least an hour and a half before your departure time. Your vacation package trip is best done staying at Maui, Kauai, Oahu or the Big Island for a minimum of 3 or 4 nights.
If you only get a car and not a hotel at the island you are hopping to then it is usually referred to as a fly drive. And be sure to include in your budget the cost of checking a suitcase when going from one island to another. Currently it's about $25 per checked bag per direction. You can still carry on 1 small piece of luggage and 1 personal item such as a laptop of backpack for free.
Airplanes fly from one Hawaiian island to another Hawaiian Island starting at 6 am every morning,7 days a week and fly all day long with the last inter island flight usually around 8 pm in the evening.
Seats for most inter island Packages are not assigned. It is open seating which means that if you want to sit next to your loved one, children or other family members it is best to show up about one and a half hours before the flight is scheduled.
If you decide to try Hawaii Island Hopping Packages for your vacation remember that you will need to consider that checking out of your hotel, returning your car and then on the new island you will need to go to the car rental agency and pick up a new car and then you will need to check into your new hotel on the new Hawaii Island that you choose.
Changing islands will cost you about 4 hours of your precious vacation time but will be well worth it. Many local Hawaii residents commute from one island to another for work, leaving there home island in the morning and flying to another Hawaii Island for their work day then in the evening island hopping back to their home island.
So, if you are considering a vacation to Hawaii you may want to think about a Hawaii Island Hopping packages vacation.
We receive requests for staying only a day on each of Hawaiian Islands. You need to take in account that if you only want to stay one day that flying to the island, picking up and dropping off your car and driving to/checking into your hotel all eats away the amount of time you have on that island. This can work but for the best Hawaii Island hopping experience it is recommended that you stay a Minimum of 2 days and staying for 3 days or more allows you more time to rest between islands.
You will get a discount on your vacation if purchased in a package. Be sure and check out our page on Island Hopping in Hawaii for additional information. With in the last 2 years the number of couple's and families going on a 3 or 4 Island Hopping trip has dramatically increased.
We are seeing a booking trend for 3 (three) and 4 (four) Hawaii Island Hopping Vacation Packages. Additionally we are seeing couples traveling with other same age couples visiting 3 or 4 islands and sharing a two bedroom condo with a common living room and full kitchen.
Oahu has a shortage of 2 bedroom condo's with 2 bathrooms. It can be inconvenient if you have 2 couples sharing one bathroom. This is another good reason to book your trip as far in advance as possible. The other Hawaiian Islands offer a larger selections of condo's with two bedroom and two bathrooms. Condo's are always a great way to enjoy your Hawaii Island Hopping Vacation.
Oahu has a limited number of condominiums available where as Maui, Kauai and the Big Island of Hawaii have a large number of 1,2 and even several 3 bedrooms condominiums available.
Sharing the condo can save a substantial amount of money and lower the over all costs of your Hawaii Island Hopping Vacation Package leaving you more money to spend on activities. Additionally we have seen an increase in couples and families celebrating their 10th,25th, 30th and 40th and 50th anniversaries by visiting three and four islands.
The cost of Hawaii Island hopping varies from a discounted low of $70 to $80 dollars to a high of $180 to $210 dollars per direction for airline tickets,depending on availability and advance purchase.
The cost of has seen a low of $25 dollars per flight direction back in the late 90's. Give us a call for a free quote for your trip. Discount inter island travel in Hawaii is getting harder to find but is still available if you know where to look.
Your Hawaii Island hopping vacation will vary in cost depending on your flight schedule, being flexible on your travel dates will help keep the cost down. In April of 2014 low cost inter island carrier "GO Airlines" ceased flying in Hawaii. They continue to fly in the continental 48 states. The loss of GO Airlines is a mixed blessing.
They had a high rate of late departure/arrival times and frequent mechanical problems but helped keep the costs down.
Recently Island Air cut some of it's inter island service citing losses from operation and stiff competition from Hawaiian Airlines. Hawaii island hopping benefits from having a larger selection of carriers to choose from.
On the other hand, just last week it was announced that there will will be a 12% increase in available seats from the west coast to all of the major Hawaiian Islands.
Some new hotels and condo's that have opened recently in Maui are the Residence Inn by Marriott. This is located in Wailea. The southern part of Maui. They offer studio,1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units, breakfast is included at no additional charge.This is an excellent condo to visit when completing your Hawaii Island Hopping vacation. In the Ka'anapali Beach area of Maui we recently stayed at the Hyatt Residence Club. They offer, studio, 1 bedroom and 2 bedroom units with an oceanfront setting with swimming pools are are great for kids and adults.
The other Hawaii Island that is often visited is what is referred to as "The Big Island of Hawaii". The proper name of this island is Hawaii. As it's name suggests, it is the biggest of all the Hawaiian Islands. Also it is the youngest / newest Hawaiian Island and is still growing as we speak,adding acres of lava almost daily. A lot of people visit the Big Island because it has the only active "walk up" volcano in the world.
Depending on the day you visit the Hawaii Big Island volcano you may be able to walk up to red hot lava flowing down a mountainside. The Big Island also is known for it's world famous exceptional coffee, called Kona Coffee and is grown at several thousand feet elevation on a mountainside above the town of Kona in a small town or area called Holualoa.
The Kohala Coast is the driest side of the Big Island and is populated with many world class hotels and resorts,all at the waters edge. On the east side of the Big Island is a small quaint fishing village called Hilo. It's annual rainfall is around 120 inches, which is the wettest town in the whole of the United States. Some people only want to visit the island of Hawaii (the Big Island) to see the volcano on their Hawaii Island hopping trip. If this is the case, then they will want to stay a night or two in the town of Hilo or the town of Volcano. You can fly into the airport at Hilo and maximize the time you will spend at the volcano.
It's easy to travel from one island to another on a 25-30-minute inter-island flight.
A rental car is the best way if you want to explore any island - there is little public transportation on Kauai, Maui or the Big Island. Oahu is the only island on your Vacation that you can rely on public transportation, it is know for one of the best public transportation systems in the world.
Hawaii Island hopping is especially good to do on your first vacation or honeymoon to the Hawaiian islands. You'll be able to taste the different flavors and decide which Hawaii island(s) to visit at length on your next trip.
"Hawaii Islands hopping" is a very exciting Hawaiian adventure! In fact, about one out of three travelers to Hawaii visits two or more islands during his vacation or honeymoon. The key is to plan your Hawaii vacation or honeymoon in advance, and try to spend a least 4 to 5 days per island if you don't want to feel rushed. Oahu is the only Hawaiian island where 2 or 3 days are enough if you just want to see Waikiki Beach and Honolulu.
We have special arrangements with our local travel vendors,partners and attractions, we are able to offer you the best prices on Hawaii island hopping tours which include airfare, ground transportation a knowledgeable local guide too.
A Hawaiian Islands Hopping package allows you to see more than one Hawaiian Islands on your vacation or honeymoon. Hawaii island hopping is very popular and allows you to visit the different Hawaiian Islands at a discount when you consider the fact that you won't have to return for a whole other trip to the Hawaii. While there is no cheap way to island Hop in Hawaii you still can island Hop at a discounted price.
Hawaii hopping packages are available to see all of the Hawaiian Islands. Hawaii hopping packages are a great way to view all of Hawaii if your on a budget or looking for an affordable vacation package. Bargain Hawaii Island Hopping packages usually save you hundreds of dollars over inexpensive Hawaii Island hopping packages.
Hawaii hopper flights are an inexpensive way to see all of Hawaii if your on a budget or looking for cheap flights. Low cost Hawaii islands hopper flights are fun and rewarding for the honeymooner or vacationer. Hawaii hopping flights work well for the low cost and bargain hunter vacationer.
Hawaiian hopping packages are a popular way to visit more than one of the islands of Hawaii. Hawaiian hopping packages offer you an affordable way to see all of Hawaii.Affordable Hawaiian hopping packages are a bargain for the "cheap" traveler.
Be sure and give us a call to get a free trip quote. Hawaii hopping trips are the best way to stretch you vacation or honeymoon to Hawaii. Hawaii hopping trips can move you from 1 of the Hawaiian islands to another. Most of the non stop flights for your vacation hopping trips begin on Oahu.
If you fly from either Maui, Kauai or Hawaii usually you will need to make a connecting flight to fly to another of the Hawaiian. For the best Hawaii hopping trip you will need to plan your vacation at least 3 months in advance.
Unfortunately children will have to pay the same price as adults when flying on a vacation packages vacation. Many years ago the airlines had children's prices but with deregulation those children's fairs went by the wayside. When on a Hawaii hopping vacation usually you will have to pay a little extra for luggage than on a single Hawaiian package. The inter flights also charge for luggage.
If you've seen one Hawaiian Island,you've seen all! Not true!
Have you heard someone that has said this? All of the Hawaiian Islands do have many similarities. On your Hawaii Islands hopping vacation you are guaranteed to see lush tropical rain forests, beautiful waterfalls and vivid green mountains, no matter which one of the islands you are on. All of the Hawaiian Islands people offer the "Aloha Spirit" which means that you will meet the friendliest people on earth there. No matter which of the Hawaiian Islands you are on you will be greeted with the aloha spirit.
Even thought there are many similarities to the islands you will find many differences too. The Hawaiian Islands are as different as night and day.
So, if you are planning on a Hawaii Island hopping Vacation Package be sure and read about the differences below.
If you are planning on trying a Hawaii Island Hopping Vacation Packages vacation below are the main Hawaii Islands visited during an island hopping vacation.
Oahu is home to the world famous Waikiki Beach and an unlimited amount of night time activities too. Oahu also is home to Pearl Harbor and the USS Missouri. Additionally, one can see an authentic world war II submarine docked on Ford Island at Pearl Harbor, named the USS Bowfin. Right next door to the USS Missouri is the Pacific Air Museum which takes several hours to stroll through. Many new exhibits have been added in the past year.
During the winter the north shore of Oahu comes to life with world class surfing. Even thought Oahu is the most populated island in Hawaii,in just 10 minutes from world famous Waikiki Beach you can be hiking in a rain forest that ends up at a 250 foot waterfall with a pool of water to bathe in at the foot of the waterfall. Be sure and visit Oahu on your next Hawaiian vacation.
If you enjoy "local" foods be sure and sign up for one of the "food tours". On your Hawaii islands hopping vacation Oahu is the only island that you can take a food tour on.
Kauai, better known as the garden Island and is the oldest island in Hawaii. It is usually visited because it's raw natural beauty and because of the wide range of outdoor activities it offers. World class snorkeling,hiking,surfing and kayaking can all be enjoyed on the island of Kauai. If you visit Kauai be sure and get a catamaran snorkeling adventure to the world famous and one of a kind Na Pali Coast. If you are the adventurous type then you will need to see the Na Pali coast on a 14 person hard frame inflatable raft. This offers you an up close and personal experience. My wife and I did this several years ago and it allowed us to get up close and personal with spinner dolphins and whales.
Kauai is a great island to visit on your island hopping vacation. The Poipu Beach area of Kauai is the driest side of Kauai and has world famous beaches. Hanalei Town on the north shore of Kauai tends to be the wettest side of Kauai but also has several world class luxury resorts. The east side of the island is closest to the airport is what is called the Coconut Coast. Usually a bit more windy than the other parts of the island and swimming is not suggested due to strong undertow that is often experienced and can be very dangerous.
On your Hawaiian islands hopping vacation if you are wanting to try your luck at surfing them be sure and visit Kalapaki Beach, next to the Kauai Marriott. They will give you personal surfing lessons at a reasonable price.
Maui has a mixture of nightlife and outdoor activities and is sure to please everyone. Maui has loads of activities for everyone in the family. Maui Island has a significant number of restaurants and night clubs that are open later in the evening. Maui also has world famous snorkeling, many people visit the small volcanic crater called Molokini. In the small whaling village that is called Lahaina Town you can schedule surfing lessons or a guided kayak adventure. Maui is probably the most visited island for couples going on a Hawaii island hopping honeymoon or vacation. On your Hawaii Islands hopping vacation you won't be able to find another experience like the "Road to Hana". The part of the island that the "Road to Hana" is on experiences more rainfall because it is a rain forest. Waterfalls are plentiful, almost around every corner.