Hawaii Vacations

Warm weather year-round, some of the best beaches in the world, hundreds of activities, fascinating cultural experiences, and all manner of lodging, from high-rise hotels to private beach villas...Hawaii is a dream destination, but which island suits your needs? Oahu offers Waikiki and Honolulu's shopping, dining and big city attractions (prices ... Read more
tend to be lower overall and you don't need a car) as well as the quieter North Shore. Maui's world-class hotels and beaches have more breathing room, but a rental car is highly advised to tour interior waterfalls and hiking trails. Avid vulcanologist? Try the Big Island, Hawaii, where highlights include horseback rides on the beach, coffee plantation tours and hiking on a snow-dusted mountain. If you're looking for sheer beauty and don't mind an extra plane flight, check out Kauai, the greenest and most scenic of the islands. Molokai's past as a leper colony has been replaced by a quiet (no street lights!) almost desert island feel.

Hawaii places to stay and top hotels

Hawaii things to do and experiences

  • Maui Ocean Center
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  • Haleakala National Park
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    Outdoors, Hiking and Nature, Scenic Lookout, Park
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  • Hanauma Bay State Park
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  • Dole Plantation
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The Hawaiian islands are a popular escape for residents of the continental US between December and March, though the benefit is definitely comparative; this is Hawaii's wet season, and the islands actually see ... Read more
their best weather from April - June and September to mid-December. That being said, it's warm all year 'round, so there's no real time to avoid. It's important to think about where to go, however. Stay on the north and east side of any island and you'll be facing windward into cooler and wetter climes. Stay south and west, the leeward side, for hotter and drier weather.

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Hawaii reviews & trip reports

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San Diego

The beautiful ocean in Oahu. Theres some serenity just watching this boat pass by...

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Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

It's Hawaii! What is there not to love about Hawaii! I've lived here in Hawaii on the Big Island for just over a year now and it is quite a paradise! If you can make it out for a visit sometime in your life it is certainly worth the trip! Aloha!

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Hilton Head Island

Amazing amazing amazing, we surfed and body boarded the entire time . So rad! We went snorkeling and saw a huge see turtle .. Very cool... I would rent a jeep and cruze the island for sure .. north shore is very cool , and BYU cultural center was soooooo cool :)

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Burns, Kansas, USA

Nowhere else in the world can one see active lava pouring into the ocean or walk right up to molten rock as it creeps across land! The lava has been PUMPING lately - red rivers - and we love watching it in our backyard! It is truly magical watching the Big Island grow bigger here in our home of Kalapana! We love home!

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Paia, Hawaii, USA

Great, all around place, though can be pricey. Each island is very different! If you're only here for a week, you may want to stick to just one island, rather than island hop (by airline, about $180 RT or so depending on current prices). There's usually more than enough to do on one island at a time for a week.

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New York City, New York State, USA
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Hawaii is a great place, but not every island is the paradise you imagine. Each has it's particular audience so you have to find the one that's right for what you want to do.

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

beautiful. unique. expensive. exotic. great food, one-of-a-kind culture. kinda a pain to get to, but go at least once. make sure you find time to really explore local culture and get away from the tourist traps.


When the winter blues have you down, seek the sun. Hawaii is the best natural source of Vitamin D in the winter time.

Los Angeles, California, USA

Hawaii Vacation Rentals
When you think of a Hawaii vacation, you probably think of sandy beaches, great surfing and tropical fun—not necessarily great value. But with our deals on Hawaii vacation rentals, you can get the most for your money. Whether you’re looking for a Hawaii beach house close to surfing, a secluded island vacation hideaway, or a vacation rental condo in Honolulu, we can help you. We’ll also give you unbiased user reviews of vacation rentals in Hawaii, so you get the inside scoop and can rent in Hawaii with confidence.

Hawaii Family Vacation Rentals
It’s a long trip to Hawaii—after sitting still (or, well, as close to still as possible) on your flight, your kids will definitely want to run around once you arrive. In a hotel, your downstairs neighbors might not take kindly to this—nor would the honeymooners sunbathing by the silent hotel pool—but in a vacation rental home in Hawaii, you can let your kids be kids. They can run in your private yard—and if you’ve rented a vacation home in Hawaii with a pool, they can do all the cannonballs they want. And where else can you see active volcanoes? Visit Hawaii’s Volcanoes National Park—the kids will love it.

Beachfront Vacation Rentals in Hawaii
Beach vacation = good. Beachfront vacation rental = better. Beachfront vacation rental in Hawaii = it doesn’t get much better. Imagine having your own private stretch of sand along one of the most gorgeous coastlines in the world. In Hawaii, beachfront vacation homes are plentiful and affordable… we’ll help you find one that’s right for you.

Honeymoon Vacation Rentals in Hawaii
Hawaii is perfect for romance—it’s no wonder so many couples choose to honeymoon in Hawaii! A vacation rental in Hawaii is a great option for honeymooners—or, really, any couple seeking romance, privacy and great beaches! Try a private helicopter tour… during the day, you’ll see romantic waterfalls and lush landscapes, or go after dark and watch volcanoes at night! And of course, Hawaiian sunsets are incredible—try a cruise off Oahu for great views.

Chicago, Illinois, USA

Ok, so it's the only place I've ever been surfing, and for that- it will always hold a special place in my heart. Surfing is one of the best experiences i've ever had and I can't wait to get back to it!

What else can you say about Hawaii? You just gotta see it for yourself!