Your Hawaii vacation
Say aloha to paradise: White and jet black beaches, lush valleys, luaus and the sound of ukuleles in the distance. Take helicopter rides over active volcanoes, drink mai tais at sunset and enjoy starry nights atop Mauna Kea. Kayak the Kealakekua Bay and swim with manta rays, or watch the sun rise over Mount Haleakala.
From Hapuna Beach to Halemaumau, let Orbitz guide you through the 50th state. Our insiders share the best time to go on a Hawaii vacation, including the top 10 highlights and insider gems.
Flights to Hawaii
|Phoenix||Honolulu||Mon, Oct 13 - Wed, Oct 15||$481|
|Honolulu||Maui (Island of Maui)||Thu, Jun 19 - Wed, Jun 25||$130|
|Honolulu||Lihue (Island of Kauai)||Tue, Sep 30 - Wed, Oct 15||$130|
|Honolulu||Kona (Big Island of Hawaii)||Wed, Nov 12 - Tue, Dec 2||$185|
|Honolulu||Hilo (Big Island of Hawaii)||Mon, May 5 - Thu, May 8||$185|
|Honolulu||Kapalua||Mon, Jun 2 - Sat, Jun 7||$164|
|Honolulu||Hoolehua||Tue, Jul 29 - Fri, Aug 1||$112|
|Honolulu||Lanai City||Sat, Aug 30 - Wed, Sep 3||$130|
|Maui (Island of Maui)||Hana||Mon, Aug 4 - Wed, Aug 6||$122|
Best time to take a vacation to Hawaii
With Hawaii weather, you'd be hard-pressed to find a bad time to go. Leeward (southwestern) coasts are sunny and arid, and the windward (northeastern) sides are mountainous with jungles and pounding surf. The uplands are cooler and the landscape is rural. From December to March, Hawaii sees an influx of crowds and hotel rates are competitive. Fall and spring are little slower and discount hotel rates are easier to find. Winter brings rain, but the temperatures rarely dip below 60 degrees.
Events populate Hawaii year-round, but if you want to join the largest crowds, hit Aloha Festivals on Oahu in September, the Ironman World Championship on the Big Island in October, and the Honolulu Marathon on Oahu in December.
Insider tips for Hawaii travel
Side Street Inn (Honolulu, Oahu)
Experience Hawaii like a local at this Honolulu haven. Located on Kapahulu Avenue, drinks are reasonably priced and the pork chops are a house specialty.
Pearl Harbor/USS Arizona Memorial (Hawaii)
Honor the thousands who lost their lives here, most famously at the USS Arizona Memorial, which is accessible only by boat. Beneath the memorial is the sunken hull of the battleship where more than 1,100 sailors lost their lives. Admission is free, with tickets available on a first-come, first-served basis.
Rancho Vitorino (Kapaau, Hawaii)
Hit the trails with smooth-riding Hawaii Paso Finos -- gaited horses ideal for all ages and skill-levels. The Vitorinos specialize in historic horseback rides on Hawaii's North Kohala Coast, including rides through plantations and rainforests.
Tunnels Beach (Haena, Kauai)
This is one of Kauai's top sites for snorkelers, scuba divers and swimmers. The massive hook-shaped reef features inner crevices teeming with sea life and tunnels and caverns along the outer reef. Check the reports before heading out, especially during winter, when the sea is consistently rough.
The Maui Theatre (Lahaina, Maui)
Experience Hawaiian mythology and history at "Ulalena: A Story of Hawaii's People" where the stage lights up with acrobats, hula, traditional dance and music.
Hilo Farmers Market (Hilo, Hawaii)
Named one of the West's best farmers markets by Sunset Magazine; shop here for fresh produce, tropical flowers and handmade crafts.
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Oahu Vacation Packages
Festive hotel captures spirit of Waikiki across from the beach No need to compromise, the Aston Waikiki Beach Hotel combines upscale style and amenities, festive island atmosphere, plenty of family fun and a virtual beachfront setting. The tone is vibrant, friendly... More
A local hotel in true Honolulu near shopping and the beach Totally revamped and refreshingly unpretentious, the two-tower Ala Moana Hotel is an island institution. Ala Moana Hotel is a favorite of Hawaii's neighbor island visitors who love the feel of being just... More
A local favorite in the heart of Waikiki across from the beach Comfort meets convenience at Pacific Beach Hotel, one of Waikiki's favorite, locally-owned hotels. Find yourself in the heart of the action on famed Kalakaua Avenue and across the street from the best... More
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Old-world elegance on Waikiki's hottest strip Graciously residing on prime oceanfront, the Moana Surfrider is a vision of luxury and relaxation. Opened in 1901 and listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the "First Lady of Waikiki" boasts a long registry of... More
Upscale getaway across from Waikiki Beach The twin towers of the Waikiki Beach Marriott offer upscale comfort spanning 5.2 acres across from the beach with easygoing aloha. Luxuriate in the hotel's heated swimming pools, exceptional restaurants and Island-style... More
Rustic luxury on the big-surf North ShoreA rural oasis of 840 oceanfront acres, Turtle Bay Resort is about an hour drive from Honolulu and the only resort serving Oahu’s spectacular surfer country, the North Shore. The property includes five miles of pristine beaches and... More
Welcome to Ambassador Hotel - A Waikiki Hotel, where our ideal Waikiki location meets exceptional value for Oahu Hotels. You'll enjoy contemporary comfort at our Waikiki Hotel, the perfect choice for your Hawaii Vacations, Romantic Hawaii Getaways or last-minute tropical... More
An island home away from home on the edge of Waikiki Step into one of Waikiki's most peaceful lobbies at the Maile Sky Court. High-ceilings and signature carp pond provide a memorable open-air retreat where guests can enjoy Hawaii's perfect climate. Take a... More
Island-style value and aloha at WaikikiOHANA Waikiki West, a locally-owned hotel with plenty of island aloha is a favorite among families and couples seeking value and prime location. The hotel is situated two blocks from Waikiki Beach and surrounded by dining and... More
Contemporary glamour on the edge of WaikikiThe twin towers of the Hawaii Prince Hotel are architectural landmarks at the west entrance to Waikiki. Glass elevators travel outside the towers to showcase city and mountain views and a grand, lobby looks out on a yacht harbor.... More
Maui Vacation Packages
Beachfront paradise resort offers 4-diamond style and services The 4-diamond Westin Maui Resort & Spa sits oceanfront on Kaanapali Beach, Maui’s most prestigious and spectacular stretch of golden sand. Guests enjoy views of the islands Lanai and Molokai, plus... More
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Savor ultimate west Maui resort opulence overlooking the sea The 23-acre Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa is one of west Maui’s most glamorous oceanfront resorts, with the opulence and serenity of a Mediterranean villa. Perched on the landmark Black Rock, the resort... More
Grand luxury and secluded setting on west Maui’s Kapalua BayThe Ritz-Carlton, Kapalua is a AAA Five Diamond beachfront West Maui resort situated in the heart of Kapalua, less than 10 miles from downtown Lahaina and Ka'anapali Beach. Both cultural and environmental... More
Discover old Hawaii grace on golden-sand west Maui beachThe Royal Lahaina Resort spreads across 27 tropically landscaped acres fronting Maui’s famed Kaanapali Beach, one of Maui’s best winter whale watching sites. The hotel embraces Hawaii’s beloved plantation era with... More
Modestly priced accommodations on one of Maui’s most luxurious beachesThe Aston Kaanapali Shores is a 3 diamond condominium/hotel that fronts famed Kaanapali Beach, with views of Molokai and Lanai in the distance and incredible whale watching in winter. On-site amenities... More
Mid-priced Kihei coast hotel goes the extra mile with amenities In the heart of sunny Kihei, the Maui Coast Hotel goes beyond the expectations of a mid-priced hotel to deliver exceptional location, amenities and style. The hotel is just across the street from one of south... More
Oceanfront Wailea glamour meets the serenity of a first-class resortNestled between the renowned Wailea Beach and Ulua Beach in the exclusive south Maui community of Wailea, the oceanfront Wailea Beach Marriott Resort & Spa offers top-of-the-line luxury and amenities.... More
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Top-tier Kaanapali Beach condo resort with spa, tennis and six poolsExperience grandeur at the 26-acre, 4 diamond Westin Kaanapali Ocean Resort Villas, fronting picture-perfect Kaanapali Beach. From the lobby to each luxurious guest room, a sense of serene splendor... More
Kaanapali beachfront hotel with upscale condo residence amenitiesRising from 38 acres fronting the renowned Kaanapali Beach, the Honua Kai Resort & Spa blends the service and amenities of an upscale hotel with the luxury and comfort of executive condos. Suites range... More
Grander than ever, renovated Wailea resort offers extra valueA 22-acre beachfront luxury resort, The Fairmont Kea Lani offers extra value in one-bedroom suites. The all-suite and villa resort recently completed a multimillion dollar renovation and is more glamorous... More
Big Island Vacation Packages
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Beachfront Waikoloa resort next door to two upscale shopping centersOn an island with relatively few beaches, the Waikoloa Beach Marriott Resort & Spa in Waikoloa charms with a location on lovely Anaehoomalu Bay, with a sand beach, safe swimming and ancient Hawaiian... More
Hawaiian getaway for canoeing, dolphin swims, and Holoholo toursSheraton Kona Resort & Spa at Keauhou Bay on Hawaii, the Big Island, is a blend of adventure, culture, heritage and authentic Hawaiian aloha hospitality. Situated on the iconic lava rocks of the Kona... More
Grand Hapuna Beach hotel with ocean views from every roomWith an ancient name Hapuna, or "Spring of Life," the award-winning Hapuna Beach Prince Hotel sits oceanfront upon South Kohala's remarkable Hapuna Beach. All 350 luxurious guest rooms offer ocean views from private... More
Oceanfront Kailua resort features Don the Beachcomber mai tai heavenPerched on a lava-rock promontory on the edge of downtown Kailua-Kona, the Royal Kona Resort is a landmark hotel with renovated rooms and stellar ocean views. On site, guests find the legendary Don the... More
Bungalow hotel in the heart of Kailua town offers plenty of alohaThe centrally located Kona Bay Resort (Uncle Billy's Hawaiian Family Resorts) offers local-style living with a budget-friendly value. Built around a large swimming pool and sundeck, rooms offer simple charm... More
Value priced, Island-style Hilo hotel with bay and garden viewsThe locally owned Hilo Seaside Hotel offers guests Island-style budget accommodations and a convenient location near downtown Hilo and the airport. The hotel is built around a swimming pool and landscaped... More
Landmark heart-of-Kailua hotel fully remodeled and still a good dealEnjoy Big Island aloha spirit in the heart of Kailua town at the landmark King Kamehameha's Kona Beach Hotel. Rising just off the waterfront on famed Alii Drive, totally remodeled guest rooms offer bay... More
Kailua value hotel offers Island-style rooms near waterfront and shopsThe budget-friendly and family owned Kona Seaside Hotel offers great perks just off the waterfront in downtown Kailua-Kona. The property features two swimming pools and two all-day restaurants, plus... More
Deluxe Waikoloa hotel with championship golf and beachfront dreamscape Melt into tropical bliss at the 32-acre beachfront Fairmont Orchid Hawaii, in the upscale South Kohala community of Waikoloa. Situated on an aquamarine lagoon traced in sugar-white sand and... More
Condos with full kitchen and private balcony on the Kailua oceanfrontAn "under the radar" condo along Kailua-Kona's sunny beachfront, Castle Kona Reef makes Island living affordable for families and couples. With only 57 rooms on four floors, guests enjoy peace and... More
Kauai Vacation Packages
Low-rise resort for beach lovers on Kauai's sunny south coast Sheraton Kauai Resort is the ultimate gathering place boasting magnificent oceanfront views of Poipu Beach, a convenient distance from the famous First Break Surf Spot and trendy on-site restaurants like... More
Plantation-style goes upscale on Kauai's Royal Coconut CoastSet on 25 acres along a three-mile beach -- Kauai's longest -- this resort evokes the graciousness of the plantation era but with a host of contemporary amenities. The beach, which is perfect for sauntering or... More
Utterly relaxing condo haven on the east shore of KauaiVacationers looking for nice, affordable beachfront digs in one of the top locations on Kauai will find much to love at Aston Islander on the Beach. Low-key and peaceful, the resort sits on six landscaped acres along... More
Luxury resort entices with gentle waves and challenging fairways Spread across 800 acres edging Kalapaki Beach, swanky Kauai Marriott Resort has what it takes for a fabulous tropical vacation, not the least of which is a 26,000-square-foot mega pool and Jack Nicklaus... More
Budget-friendly hotel overlooks Wailua Beach on the Royal Coconut CoastEasy on the budget, Kauai Sands Hotel is garden-style lodging overlooking the ocean on the east shore of Kauai. There are not a lot of frills here, but basic vacation needs are nicely met in 173... More
Resort beckons families and couples to Kauai's sweet side on Wailua BayAston Aloha Beach Hotel is a super choice for families in part because of its setting -- above one of the most child-friendly beaches on Kauai. The boulder-encircled lagoon of Lydgate Beach Park offers... More
Opulent Poipu resort is both playground and blissful retreatAcres of saltwater lagoons and freshwater pools, grottos, waterfalls, and an extravagance of tropical blooms create a setting so lush it could be a movie backdrop for the ultimate island love story. Tranquil but... More
Poipu condominiums cater to golfers and beach loversThe 35-acre Castle Kiahuna Plantation & The Beach Bungalows embraces its sugar plantation heritage while adding contemporary touches. Gardens and koi ponds surround a historic home, now the resort's restaurant.... More
Intimate resort on Poipu Beach evokes the pleasures of island romanceThe antithesis of cookie cutter, Koa Kea Hotel & Resort is an intimate, 121-room boutique hotel on 3 serene acres. It conjures up romance at every turn, offering services and amenities galore so... More
Low-rise condos with tranquil gardens and ponds in Poipu.The former home of Hector Moir, manager of Koloa Sugar Plantation, and his wife, Alexandra, sits at the heart of Outrigger Kiahuna Plantation, a 33-acre condominium resort. Guests today are welcomed in the same... More
Lanai Vacation Packages
Down by the sea, crowning red lava cliffs, the majestic Four Seasons Resorts Lanai at Manele Bay embraces both the languor of the tropics and the refinement of Asia and the Mediterranean. Mere steps away from the long arch of Hulopoe Beach, named America's Most Beautiful... More
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Secluded among decades old Cook Island Pines at an elevations of 1,600 feet, The Four Seasons Resort Lanai, the Lodge at Koele exudes the majesty and classic elegance of a traditional upcountry lodge. It is one of Hawaii's rare inland hotels. Ranked No. 1 in 2009 among... More
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Kilauea Volcano (Hawaii)
This scorching beauty on the southeastern side of the Big Island is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Loop the Crater Rim Drive where you'll zip through a rainforest, see steam vents, treeless plain cliffs and Halema'uma'u Crater, plus the Jaggar Museum abuzz with seismographs and stunning views.
Diamond Head Crater (Oahu)
This Oahu beauty mark was left after a volcano exploded some 300,000 years ago. Experienced hikers hit the dramatic Diamond Head Summit Trail, a 1.6-mile loop to the summit and back with views of the southeastern Oahu shoreline.
Waikiki and Honolulu (Oahu)
These Oahu hotspots are Hawaii's most popular, studded with hotels, beaches, Asian-fuelled eateries and shopping. Head to Waikiki Beach for swimming and surfing, and bring the kids to the Hawaii Children's Discover Center.
Polynesian Cultural Center (Oahu)
Explore the traditions of Polynesian culture and the people of Hawaii, Easter Island, Fiji, Samoa, Tahiti and more. Swivel your hips in an authentic luau, watch a canoe pageant and join hands-on activities such as tree climbing and tiki carving.
Time moves a little slower in this historic surf town. Hang ten at Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay and Ehukai (Banzai Pipeline) -- the area's most famous. Surfers dig the big waves in winter, while summer brings much calmer shores. Put a hibiscus in your hair, then hit the town's boutiques or pineapple plantations in nearby Wahiawa.
Hanauma Bay (Oahu)
This curvaceous bay 10 miles east of Waikiki draws snorkelers to its calm waters. Come face to face with colorful fish, manta rays and turtles. (The beach is closed on Tuesdays.)
Na Pali Coast (Kauai)
Plan your arrival to this rugged 15-mile stretch, inaccessible to automobiles. Arrive via boat or helicopter tour and spend the day sailing, rafting and hiking.
The Road to Hana (Maui)
The town of Hana is on the east side of Maui, but it's the road getting there that people rave about. This 68-mile drive from Kahului is more like a three-hour obstacle course with hairpin turns, one-lane bridges and narrow roadways. But the white-knuckle grips offer ongoing rewards with spectacular views, and a coastal rainforest with lush vegetation.
Haleakala National Park (Maui)
Located less than two hours from Kahului, a trip here is not the jetlagged or tired: The best time to hike Mount Haleakala is 3 a.m. to reach the summit in time for sunrise.