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How To Get The Best Vacation Deal

A yearly vacation is essential for most people. This is a time to relax and escape the stresses of everyday life. A vacation should not bring stress and in fact planning your vacation should be just as exciting as the vacation itself.

Something that stresses people out is managing how they will afford a vacation. Taking a vacation brings with it a lot of expenses. Some of these expenses include transportation. This not only means the flights, but taxi and bus rides once you arrived. Accommodation is another large expense. Choosing the right accommodation is essential to make sure you are located near the attractions that interest you, whilst also being comfortable and staying within budget.

Other expenses include spending money and food once you arrive. This will differ between people due to their own individual needs. However it is easy to see why expenses pile up fast.

To get the best deal for your next vacation, follow the steps below and you will be sure to save a bunch…

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1. Book your flights in advance

One of the most important steps in saving money on a vacation is by cutting costs with the most expensive things. One of the most expensive things is likely to be your flights. Depending on where you are flying from, flights could cost $500 to $1000 and over. Price will also jump if you choose to fly first/business class.

Booking your flights in advance is usually the best way to save money. Flights become more expensive as demand for them grows closer to the date of the flight. This pushes up their price.

Airlines frequently have flight deals over a year in advance. Booking one of these flights can literally save you hundreds.

2. Fly with a budget airline

A lot of the extras provided by airlines are nice, but not necessarily essential. By packing light and flying with a budget airline, you can save yourself a lot of money.

You will often forgo included meals, check in baggage and seat selection. These are the major things that make a budget airline differ from a full service airline.

3. Book your accommodation last minute

In contrast to flights, hotel prices usually go down in time. Hotel prices will start at a base rate, but the closer it gets to a certain date, the cheaper a room might be. Hotels get more desperate to sell their rooms last minute as they know there are plenty of cheap last minute options and they need to be competitive.

To do this effectively, we recommend that you have an idea of where you want to stay. For example, if you want to be near the best golf courses in Hawaii, then you may choose to stay in the locations of the golf course. Decide on a list of hotels that appeal to you.

Check their price closer towards the date that you plan to visit. Sites like Wotif can show you last minute deals and you can see just how low the prices can go.

4. Have a budget and stick to it

One of the best things you can do for your wallet is to strictly stick to a budget. Whilst traveling can be expensive, it does not have to get out of hand. Usually, the most money spend during a holiday is done so on impulse.

Many of the best attractions in Hawaii are free. These include beaches where you can spend the entire day enjoying and national parks.

5. Use public transport

When you arrive, you can save a lot of money by using public transport as opposed to expensive taxis. Although it may seem more convenient at the time, they can drain your bank balance quickly.

A bus ticket can cost as little as a few dollars.

6. Take out travel insurance

Whilst not directly related to saving money, it could save you a lot of money. Having travel insurance will protect you against things such as lost luggage, missed flight, natural disasters and accidents. Some travel insurances even include cash vouchers for flight delays.

If you had to pay for these things yourself, you could be looking at a lot of extra money to pay, and it would be a less than idea way to end your vacation.

Should I leave my credit card at home?

Some people recommend leaving the credit card at home. This allows them to avoid temptation to spend more on their vacation. Whilst this is true, we do not recommend you leave your credit card at home.

If something happens that is out of your control and you need emergency cash, you may not have enough to support yourself whilst you are in Hawaii. As these events are unforeseen, they may require you to book new flights and if you do not have a credit card to support you, it can be a big hassle.

You should always be prepared for the unforeseen future.

The Best Airlines To Fly To Hawaii

Choosing the right airline can make your vacation that bit more enjoyable. Many of the most popular airlines now fly to Hawaii. Your choice of airline will likely depend on your location. A direct flight is what most people want and this will help you decide which airline is best for you.

Some airlines only fly from certain countries and so not all airlines are going to be an option. But what are the best airlines that fly to Hawaii? Some people just want to compare which airlines fly here to get an idea of what their airline offers in regards to the competition.

Check the major airlines below that fly directly to Hawaii.

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Hawaiian Airlines

This is the flagship airline of Hawaii, it is also the 8th largest US airline. Mainly flying into Honolulu Airport, the airline services most of the major airports from around the world flying directly to Hawaii from Australia, Asia and the US.

The fleet is definitely aging now, but it remains one of the safest airlines in the world having never lost an aircraft in a crash.

United

One of the older airlines in the US, United flies direct to Hawaii’s major airports from various cities in the US the main being San Francisco and Los Angeles. This full service airline will feed you and keep your comfortable, but many of the aircraft used on these journeys are older, although you can get a newer aircraft.

Delta

Delta airlines is one of the most popular US airlines to fly to Hawaii. Comfortable and offering full service, Delta flights can be a little more expensive but are worth it for the comfort. With its headquarters in Atlanta, Delta is the best airline for those living in the east of the country looking for a comfortable way to fly to Hawaii.

Jetstar

For travelers coming from Australia, Jetstar is a low cost budget airline that flies direct to Hawaii from Melbourne and Sydney. Jetstar has recently taken ownership of the brand new 787 aircraft which is flies to Hawaii. This is a more comfortable aircraft with transient lighting to help you adapt to time zone changes. However, the seats are slightly tighter.

Finding a business class flight can be affordable and increase your comfort on this route substantially.

Air Canada

The best airline to fly from Canada to Hawaii is Air Canada. They offer great service on their airbus A330. They are a full service airline and also fly the 787. Air Canada are constantly working on updating their fleet to 21st century standard. There is a high likelihood that you will fly on a refitted aircraft, with a new entertainment system and more comfortable seat.

Asiana Airlines

Flying from Asia to Hawaii can be tough. It is a very long flight and finding a comfortable airline for this journey can be hard. Asiana Airlines is a comfortable option. A major airline of South Korea, is known for a major accident in San Fransisco. Luckily, the airline is very safe and comfortable.

Summer vs Winter in Hawaii

No matter what the weather brings, Hawaii is still a beautiful place to visit. Year round, Hawaii offers great weather and events to that make it the perfect destination in every season.

Hawaii only has two real seasons. These are summer and winter. Winter temperatures are not much colder than summer temperatures. Hawaiian weather stays relatively consistent, and rarely dips below 70 degrees.

Although the weather in Hawaii may not change much, the islands do. The changing seasons bring change on the islands, and as each island is diverse it has its own changes. This makes certain places more desirable to stay than others.

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Summer

Summer is definitely the best season to stay in Hawaii. The weather is perfect and you can take advantage of the best that Hawaii has to offer. It is a time to hit some of the best beaches in Hawaii.

Where to stay…

The big island is definitely the place to be in summer. We have the best of that nature has to offer. This is the place to see all four elements of nature happening at once.

Where to eat…

Kailua-Kona has some great restaurants to eat at on the big island. It is a beautiful district with many places open late.

Where to go…

You can read our list of things to do on the big island here. This is the perfect time of year to take advantage of all things outdoor.

Winter

In winter, the weather can get a little extreme. The rain can be very heavy. You need a place that allows you to lay low and take advantage of the surroundings.

Where to stay…

Maui is our recommendation in the winter. This is one of the most romantic islands in Hawaii. Maui has some of their own amazing BnB options that are perfect for a romantic getaway.

Where to eat…

Lahaina is the best place to eat in Maui. Restaurants are all generally located near the coast.

Where to go…

The waterfalls and forests can be amazing in winter. With an increase in rainfall, this is the best time to see them.

Contact us now to plan your holiday in Hawaii.

Things to do on the Big Island of Hawai’i

Although it may be the youngest of its fellow islands, the Big Island of Hawai’i offers more than it’s age would give credit for.

Away from the city life of Honolulu on Oahu, Hawai’i Island offers a deeper look into the culture and a closer connection with tradition. Combine this with an active volcano, the traditional shops and restaurants of Hilo and the coffee of Holualoa, and you truly have a magical location.

Visit the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

With one of the worlds more active volcanoes, a trip to Hawai’i would be incomplete without a closer look into the eye of the beast! A trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park provides historic information about this volcano state that you can literally see with your own eyes.

Explore the historic Kailua Village

Although it is now more tourist centered, Kailua Village still offers a great experience for visitors to immerse themselves into local culture. Simply turning down the wrong street can turn into a trip in itself, where you will find traditional customs maintained.

Get lost in the city of Hilo

The Big Island is not without a big city. The city of Hilo is one of the oldest in Hawaii, and as such is perfect for exploring, shopping and dining. You can also pay your respects at the Tsunami Museum, a popular attraction for tourists.

Go for a birdie at Kahili

It’s pretty simple, Hawai’i Island offers the best golf, hands down! One of the best golf courses is the Kahili Golf Course, where you can play a great game with a beautiful backdrop.

Catch a wave at Kauna Beach

Hawai’i Island continues to prove it has something for everyone. Kauna Beach offers the perfect water getaway. Just be sure to get in quick! There is a limit of 25 people on the beach at a time. However, if it is full, there are plenty of other beaches located on the big island and around Hawaii. 

Gaze at the stars at Maunakea

Before heading off to bed, gaze upwards and appreciate the stars at Maunakea. You may be lucky enough to hear ancient stories and myths to leave you wondering more.

Golfing Equipment: What to bring, What to Leave

Whether it’s a weekend away or a vacation with the entire family, golfing can provide the perfect outlet for your holiday. Whilst many golfing clubs in Hawaii offer clubs and other accessories for hire, many do not. Planning ahead is therefore essential to save yourself time, hassle and money.

We have compiled a list of the most essential items for your next golfing vacation so that you can save yourself the hassle. Many of these items will be available for rent at most places, and these will be listed below.

The most important thing to think about is space. You will always be limited by what you can bring with you on vacation. The second most important point is the purpose of your trip, and this should help you decide what you should bring, and what you should leave.

Golf Balls

Perhaps the most essential item of all, golf would involve little more than fist pumping the air without golf balls. There are several reasons to use your own golf balls. Using your own balls can leave your own print on the ground, making it easier to locate your ball once you have hit it.

The balls weight will also differ based on the quality of the ball, so for the best chances of success you may want to use one familiar to you. Golf balls are easy to carry in your luggage so it’s not too hard to take.

If you do forget them, there is no doubt that clubs will have them, but be prepared to pay more for higher quality balls.

Verdict: Bring with you 

Clubs

In the same league as the golf ball are the clubs. Clubs are trickier to take on vacation as they are cumbersome, and airlines can charge you more to check them in as luggage. However, for some golfers nothing will come close to using their own clubs, so think about whether this is worth it.

Most amateur golfers come to Hawaii without their own golf clubs and choose to hire them from the Golf Club that they’re playing at. This option will always be there. The best answer to this is the purpose of your trip, if it’s a golfing holiday then by all means, but a family vacation with a game or two of golf? Best to leave them at home.

Verdict: Leave at home 

Rangefinder

For the best chance of success, it’s best to bring a rangefinder with you. Hawaiian golf courses can be notoriously difficult, as we have such a hilly landscape. Rangefinders are not something to buy a limb, so do your research and pick one that is right for you.

Generally, a laser rangefinder will be the most appropriate, as GPS rangefinders can hard with the Hawaiian landscape.

Verdict: Bring with you 

Clothes

Hawaii is hot year round so appropriate golfing clothes are essential. Not only is the heat of significance but many clubs impose a strict dress code of collared tops and appropriate pants/shorts, whilst others may be more lenient. Clothes also include gloves, you need a good pair with a good fit.

It’s better to be prepared than sorry when it comes to clothes, so this is something that you should definitely bring with you.

Verdict: Bring with you 

Shoes

The right shoes for golfing is not only essential in the way of a dress code, but it helps you to play. Shoes are another bulky item that can take up excess space that sometimes you can’t afford to lose on holiday, but as you may be in flip flops most of the time, you may actually have the room! This is another thing we recommend bringing with you, however, hiring shoes aren’t impossible, just not desirable.

Verdict: Bring with you 

GPS Watch

A GPS watch can be handy as its worn on the wrist and can be easily used at any time on the field. However, it’s just not appropriate for golfing in Hawaii. They can be more hassle than its worth.

Verdict: Leave it at home

Why Hawaii is a great destination for families

Sun, beaches, sports, shopping, great food and cheap! The list goes on. It is fair to say that Hawaii is a fantastic location for families and should definitely be on your list for your next family vacation. Although Hawaii is often thought of an island, in actuality it is a collection of islands each offering a different experience for your family. Tripadvisor has a great article listing the different islands that make up Hawaii and the offerings of each.

Many people travel to Hawaii with an idea of one thing – to relax. This is what Hawaii offers vacationers every year, but there is so much more to experience in Hawaii (especially on the Big Island), whatever your needs are or however old your kids are.

With so much to offer, Hawaii has something for everyone. But the question remains, what does Hawaii have to offer YOUR family. Read below to find out what Hawaii offers to suit whatever type of vacation you want.

Educational

Hawaii offers a great range of museums that are great for kids as they are so interactive. A great point of reference is the Pearl Harbor Memorial, where you can reflect on hardships of the past and pay your respects. The Discovery Center is also a fantastic place for kids to use their 5 senses to gain an understanding of their environment.

Hawaii also offers educational experiences as part of some walking tours, so to learn a bit more about America’s fiftieth state, and a bit more about our country as a whole, this offers a great opportunity.

Adventurous

A more well known aspect of Hawaii’s offerings is a great range of adventure offerings, including swimming with sharks! If that’s not quite what you’re after, the Hawaiian Waters Adventure Park offers a range of activities including volley ball and other sports for kids, with a spa and retreat for parents. This is also a great place to eat and revive as well.

Hawaii also offers a range of adventure based water sports including parasailing and jet skiing when the weather is right. Just make sure you keep a whole day free because once you get on, you may never want to get off!

Hawaii also offers a great range of golf courses dotted all over, which can be the perfect way for adults to spend a rare day alone whilst their kids enjoy a day in the kids club.

Relaxing

The key to a relaxing family holiday in Hawaii is picking the right accommodation. Of course, this also means that you need to pick a location that provides you with what you need close by so that you don’t have to leave too often (your vacation should be spent relaxing after all!). Luckily, our BnB is located close to all you need for a relaxing family vacation.

We have an onsite restaurant, a beach within walking distance and offer meals onsite. We also offer activities including morning exercise, yoga and free use of a nearby gym and pool for guests. Our aim is that once you get to Cedar House in Hawaii, you wont need to leave until the end of your vacation.

Indulgent

If you need an excuse for pure indulgence, Hawaii can deliver. Although it can be hard to truly indulge when you are with a family, Hawaii’s lower prices and family friendly offerings allow for a holiday of complete indulgence without breaking the bank.

Hawaii has some fantastic shopping malls where you can spend your hard earned money, with the opportunity to save big on some great brands. Waikele Premium Outlets is one such mall that offers exceptional products at discount prices, so that you can pick up something for the whole family. Ala Moana Shopping Centre is another fantastic mall that has a Japanese department store with a replica Japan, which the kids are sure to love.

One mustn’t forget food when on a vacation. For many of us, it’s the real reason why we travel. Hawaii offers everything from top end boutique restaurants to beach side eateries. For the family, a visit to Uncle Claus House of Pure Aloha is a must. This dessert restaurant will impress the kids (and you) with its delicious range of desserts and great service.

Nature Escape

If your idea of the perfect family vacation is an escape from the daily grind of city life, then you’re not alone. Hawaii has some sensational destinations for you to get off the beaten track and truly enjoy its fantastic landscape. Oahu has many of the best nature walks, including the Koko Crater Arch, which is only up to a 1 hour hike, so is perfect for families with younger kids who just can’t go as far as older ones. A trip to Hawai’i Volcanoes National Park should also be included. This is a rare opportunity to see one of the often forgotten parts of mother nature, and is truly an eye opener for the whole family.

 

As you can see, no matter what type of vacation you want, Hawaii will deliver. Plan your holiday now by booking with us here.

Top 5 Beaches in Hawaii

 

Hawaii’s collection of islands have some of the most spectacular beaches in the world. Many of the most popular beaches offer a range of sports and activities so that you can maximize the use of the wonderful rolling pacific. However, this also means that there are a lot of lesser known beaches that do not attract nearly as many tourists as the better known ones, and some days you may even have an entire beach to yourself!

  1. Waikiki Beach, Oahu
    A list of the best beaches in Hawaii would be incomplete without Waikiki Beach. As one of the best known beaches of Hawaii, you will find white sand, beautifully clear blue water on the back drop of a thriving city, with all shops, bars and restaurants nearby. You can also take surfing lessons to perfect your skill or rent a jet ski to take advantage of the water. This is a beach you could spend a whole day at.
  2. Kauna Beach, The Big Island
    Kauna Beach differs itself from other beaches of Hawaii with a size limit! The maximum amount of people allowed on Kauna Beach at any given time is 25 (so best to get in early). The reason? Conservation. But it also gives the beach a uniquely tight knit feeling, and offers an escape from the crowds and a great opportunity to relax.
  3. Punalu’u Beach, The Big Island
    Black sand, turtles and snorkeling? An odd combination, but it definitely works. Punalu’u Beach is unlike any other in the world, and offers a rare chance to spot the endangered green sea turtles of Hawaii. This beach is a unique one to say the least. Wikipedia has some great information on why this beach is so unique.
  4. Lahaina Beach, Maui
    Tradition is here to stay at Lahaina Beach, where you will find Hula Dancers and native cuisine. This beach is the perfect spot to forget the city and absorb yourself into the local culture, and also makes for a perfect romantic getaway.
  5. Honaunau Beach, The Big Island
    Can you see a theme? We believe the best beaches of Hawaii are located on The Big Island. Honaunau differs in that its main offering is under the water! This is a fantastic spot to snorkel and explore one of the Hawaii’s best underwater reefs, a truly eye opening experience.

The Best Golf Courses in Hawaii

If you are a golf fanatic and love to enjoy sunny days on sandy white beaches then Hawaii is the perfect spot to spend your vacation.

Hawaii is situated about 2,500 miles from the coast of Los Angeles in the Pacific Ocean. Close to the equator, Hawaii’s climate is warm and sunny all year through but the months April, May, September and October are advised for the best experience.

One thing you just can’t afford to miss are the many fantastic golf courses. The unique landscape also means that Hawaii can offer a wide range of golfing courses, ranging from easy to challenging. There are many dotted all over the small island of Hawaii, offering you the perfect golfing getaway. Make sure you also check out our list of what to bring on your next golfing vacation.

Kahili Golf Course

Kahili Golf Course is located in the West Maui Mountains. Like most areas of Hawaii, this golf course is incredibly scenic offering views swept over the Pacific Ocean, and is set out on a hilly landscape. Set out over 6,500 yards, the course offers space for the whole family to play, stretch their legs and truly spend a relaxing day soaking up the Hawaiian sun.

Hawaii Country Club

If you are after classic, then Hawaii Country Club may be exactly what you’re looking for. Opened in 1958, the Hawaii Country Club is still delivering the same brilliant course and service that the regulars have become accustom to. If scenic is what you’re after, then Hawaii Country Club will deliver. The views from this course can be sensational, but don’t be fooled. This course may look beautiful, but at times such a steep incline can make for a difficult shot. Best of luck!

Waikola Village Golf Club

Located between two of Hawaii’s many volcanoes, Waikola Village Golf Club is truly an inspired design that falls into the landscape naturally. The golf course features 18 holes and is open year round, with rentals available for everything including carts and clubs. Entry fees to this course are very reasonable, and it is one course that is definitely worth a visit.

Ewa Beach Golf Club

Traditional, centrally located and oddly reminiscent. The Ewa Beach Golf Club is located in a luscious environment close to the beach. The course is set over 18 holes and features double green on several holes. Tradition surrounds this golf course as it has been designed similar to an old Scottish Golf Course. The course asks players to adhere to a strict dress code and pay pricey entry fees, but it’s worth it for a great, traditional game.