Hawaii is hot right now, if you hadn’t noticed, and I’m not just talking about the weather. Now is a time when the airlines go nuts offering up all sorts of incredible deals, so make sure you organise your return airfares as well as booking your Honolulu car rental and you will be enjoying a Hawaiian adventure a lot cheaper than usual.
With a multitude of options along with several islands to explore, let’s just stick to Oahu and all that’s exciting in Honolulu and surrounds, starting with the airline frenzy…
Flight specials are rampant
Take your pick at the moment on what’s going to tick the boxes, whether it’s Qantas, Jetstar or Hawaiian Airlines which are all offering excellent value. If you haven’t signed up to each respective airline’s official newsletter yet then you’re missing out on all the specials. That’s the best way to be notified of deals, of course, and Qantas only last week unleashed some pretty snappy Fly Away USA specials including Hawaii, while Jetstar has a hot Return For Free deal on right now which includes the chance to save money, gain 25,000 Qantas Frequent Flyer points and more.
Go beyond the usual suspects
Most of us know all the highlight star attractions in Oahu, but don’t be afraid to raise your sights and go beyond the big-ticket attractions such as Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbour and Honolulu Zoo while in Honolulu. And it can all start with sorting your wheels with DriveNow for the best Hawaii car hire deals. I hired a car through the DriveNow team some time back and took an eastern coastal drive from Honolulu to Kailua. I hiked up Oahu’s Diamond Head (a good half hour to sweat it out before being blown away by 360-degree views), before moving along winding roads through Koko Head, Hanauma Bay, Halona Blowhole, Sandy Beach, and Makapu’u Beach. headed west along the Wai’anae coast for Wild Side Specialty Tours’ Best of the West snorkel and sail experience. We sailed out to watch whales before diving in for a swim with spinner dolphins and turtles while also enjoying a breakfast with the crew.
Waikiki Beachcomber makeover
The Waikiki Beachcomber by Outrigger completed a $35 million property upgrade raising it to an upscale lifestyle experience unlocking all the senses. If you’re ever going to get a great deal and full Hawaiian cultural experience, it’s here. Located in the heart of Waikiki, guests can enjoy newly restyled rooms, a new look lobby and pool experience, and updated public spaces and hotel exterior. Stunning ocean photography from renowned local artists like Zak Noyle and immersive Hawaiian music from award-winning performers are featured throughout the hotel.
Get on your bike!
Bike Hawaii is now offering mountain biking families a fun and lightly challenging experience with its trail system on the North Shore. Guests can also visit several coastal stops, an ancient Hawaiian heiau, and a 600-acre privately owned summit property atop the Koolau mountains with the East Oahu Explorer driving tour. For more visit bikehawaii.com
Polynesian Cultural Center
Voted the No.1 paid attraction in Hawaii, the Polynesian Cultural Center on Oahu’s North Shore offers 6 Pacific Island villages and exhibits. Featuring Hawaii’s most authentic luau, and our award-winning show, “Ha: Breath of Life.” Visit us for an unforgettable experience great for the whole family.
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