A much sought after destination is Turtle Bay in Hawaii which is the gateway to the scenic North Shore, known for the legendary Oahu coastline. This is the place to be for those who come for surfing the waves in Hawaii, especially in the months of November to February when the waves are higher. The waters are also ideal for diving and fishing. Lined by Ironwood trees, this virgin beach is great for picnics. For swimming, many prefer the nearby Kuilima Cove with a sandy beach which is protected from high surf. Take an adventurous drive through the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, a massive park sheltering some of the world’s most active volcanoes. Witness the volcanoes – Kilauea and Mauna Loa, and take a break to hike on one of the 240km of trails meandering past volcanic craters, desert and rainforest landscapes, petroglyphs, lava tube and volcanoes.
Rent a car in Hawaii and set-off to what many believe is the archipelago’s most scenic drive, the road to Hana, Maui. The curvy Hana Highway snaking past the picturesque coast of north-east Maui stretches for 83km connecting Hana to Kahului. Feast your eyes on several waterfalls lacing down green cliffs and plunging into sandy beaches. Make a stop at the volcanic sand beach of Wai’anapanapa State Park. One of the best places to visit by car in Hawaii is Kauai. Begin at the island’s north shore Ke’e and finish at Kapaa, head along the Kuhio Highway, a rainforested coastal route, and enjoy views of mountains, valleys and laid back countryside. For some beach fun along Route 56, pull over at Lumahai and Na Pali.
From lush valleys with cascading waterfalls to snow-capped or lava-spewing volcanoes and deserts to stunning coastlines, the geographical resplendence changes dramatically as you go from one island to the next. Regular flights connect the four main islands of Hawaii to the U.S Mainland and some international destinations. The airports on Molokai and Lanai only operate commuter airlines such as a couple of smaller airports in Maui: Kapalua Airport and Hana Airport. Flight duration to Hawaii is roughly five hours from anywhere on the west coast. Multiple carriers operate short flights of 20 to 50 minutes between islands. Sometimes you need to connect through Oahu to reach certain islands. The only ferry services available are those from Maui to Molokai and Lanai.
International visitors above 18 years of age holding a valid driving licence can rent a car in Hawaii. Drunk driving and narrow, steep and/or winding roads are usually the main road hazards. However, drive with more caution during heavy rains as the roads are often washed out or flooded. Watch out for wildlife or livestock when driving in rural areas. Hawaiians are courteous drivers and so, avoid needless honking and tailgating. Hawaiians drive on the right side of the road and follow speed limits which are strictly enforced. If travelling with small children, reserve child safety seats when you rent a car in Hawaii as it is mandatory for children of 3 years and younger to use safety seats. Children aged four to seven, however, can optionally ride in a booster seat if not using a child safety seat. To avoid rush-hour traffic drive between 6 am to 8:30 am and 3:30 pm to 6 pm.