A state of the USA, the Hawaiian Islands are made up of 8 main islands, only 6 of which are inhabited. Created by volcanic eruptions moving the Pacific Plates over 70 million years, the deserts, rainforests, volcanoes and snow-capped mountains of Hawaii make it one of the most ecologically diverse regions in the world. Read more about surfing, beaches, islands and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
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Australian travellers with a current Australian passport can travel in Hawaii for up to 90 days without obtaining a visa. This can be done under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP) on an ESTA (Electronic System for Travel Authorisation). Time spent in Canada, Mexico, U.S.A or adjacent islands will also count towards the maximum 90 days. For more information, visit our Hawaii Entry Requirements Page.
Most Hawaii resorts offer wireless broadband internet access. Alternatively there are plenty of Internet Cafés available in the main tourist areas of Hawaii. When it comes to plugging in your devices, Hawaii runs on 110V 60Hz electricity and an adapter will be required.
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Legal age required to consume or purchase alcohol in Hawaii is 21 years of age. Photo ID will be required for entry into bars and pubs.
Hawaii has two major banks, the First Hawaiian Bank and the Bank of Hawaii, one of which will always be available even in the smaller towns. There are plenty of ATMs (automatic teller machines) positioned throughout Hawaii which accept most major cards, just check the symbol on the back of your card against those displayed on the ATM. Travellers cheques are also a recommended means of convenient and secure currency although it is possible to travel using only your credit card however you should ensure that your credit limit is adequate.
Money can be easily changed at currency exchange counters on retails strips, at airports or in hotels however rates of exchange are generally more competitive at banks and authorised money exchanges. Travelling using your credit card is becoming more viable as exchange rates are based on wholesale rates and therefore far more competitive however you should check your banks policy prior to departure. More about shopping in Hawaii.
There are a number of state observed public holidays that occur throughout the year in Hawaii which may impact your holiday plans or may offer some fantastic events to coincide with your visit. Visit the Hawaiian Government’s Department of Human Resources website to see when public holidays will be observed throughout the year.
As long as you have a valid foreign driver's license written in English you can rent a car or motorbike in Hawaii for a maximum of 28 days. As a general guide, small cars 5 to 10 years old can be hired from US$28-$35 per day with discounts available for extended rentals. Petrol tends to be more expensive in Hawaii making rental prices more competitive.
Road conditions are very good and the island of Oahu has the most developed roads with several freeways. Home to Honolulu, Oahu is also home to the largest amount of traffic. Hawaii drives on the right side of the road.
It's important you're aware of the conditions of your car hire and you should make arranges prior to your departure as car hire is in quite a high demand. Remember to follow the local road rules and customs, for example horn honking is considered extremely rude unless required for safety. More on Hawaii Driving.
We have put together a list of the most interesting and most popular things to see and do while in Hawaii. Along with the best time to travel to Hawaii check out the Sea Life Park, Military Bases, the local arts and crafts and if you're in town at the right time the Hawaiian Ironman Triathlon. Hawaii is also home to some of the most beautiful golf courses in the world.
Taxis should charge by distance travelled not how many people in the vehicle. In general taxi fares in Hawaii are meter regulated with rates that are approved by the Hawaiian government; however there are a few shady operators in the market and thus it is wise to use the leading operators. If you are unsure check with your hotel which taxi companies they recommend.
As a guide, the rate for a ride from Honolulu Airport to Waikiki Beach hotels is generally around US$35. In most cases taxis are more convenient than the airport shuttle buses, as the shuttle buses are required to make many stops at other hotels along the way.
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Hawaii's Area Code - 808
The Hawaii Time Zone is GMT/UTC-10. E.g. 10 am Tuesday in Australia will be 2 pm Monday in Hawaii.
Hawaii observes the Hawaii–Aleutian Standard Time (HAST) making it ten hours behind the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC−10:00). The time clock in this zone is based on mean solar time, which is created by the 150th meridian line west of Greenwich Observatory. The Hawaii–Aleutian time zone is named after the two regions who occupy it, Hawaii and the Aleutian Islands, part of Alaska, situated west of 169° 30′ W longitude. During daylight saving periods Hawaii remains on standard time while the Alaskan portion observes the time in Hawaii.
All major cities in French Polynesia observe the UTC-10 time zone including the Cook Islands however Hawaii–Aleutian time zone is a US term and therefore Polynesia is not part of this time zone.
General US standards apply to tipping in Hawaii on meals 15-20% of the total cost, at least $1 per bag for porters and at least $1 per night for housekeeping. On sightseeing tours it is customary, however not obligatory, to tip the driver $1 per day and the tour leader $2 per day.
Excellent bus services are run by 'TheBus' on Oahu Island serving 80 routes including the major tourist attractions in Pearl Harbour, Honolulu and Waikiki. Some routes require you to transfer buses at Honolulu Interchange or Ala Moana Shopping Mall Interchange. TheBus fares are approximately US$2 per ride and include one free transfer. You can also buy an Oahu Discovery Passport for approximately US$20 from ABC Stores providing four days of unlimited travel. However on the other islands in Hawaii services are quite different; bus schedules and routes are limited and car hire or touring are much better options if you want to explore the island. More about Hawaii Transport.
Click here to check the Australian Government's official travel advice relating to Hawaii.