There’s no denying Hawaii is a tourist hot spot with millions of holidaymakers visiting there each year to enjoy its wonderful beaches and national parks. Of the six main islands: Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu and Kauai, the most populous is Oahu and this is where flights to Hawaii touchdown in the capital of Honolulu.
Honolulu is where most first-time visitors choose to start exploring Hawaii with iconic Waikiki Beach, popular with sunbathers, divers, surfers and honeymooners from all over the world. The peak tourism season in Hawaii is from mid-December until mid-April, and when competition for cheap flights to Hawaii is high. Even though this coincides with the rainy season, the balmy temperatures around 27C / 28C attract visitors escaping the cold weather of the northern regions of the US. If you’re planning on booking a flight to Hawaii during this period, reservations need to be made well in advance as many hotels and resort get fully booked. Expect hikes in prices by airlines, tour and car rental companies too.
Hawaii doesn't really have a low season but May, September, October, November (until the middle of the month) are quieter months when demand is slightly lower and you may pick up the cheap flights to Hawaii and discounted accommodation.
When is the best time to book a flight to Hawaii?
Hawaii only has two seasons, summer and winter and both are warm averaging between 22C and 30C year round. The winter months, mid-November to March are the busiest tourist wise and have considerably more rain, so aim to visit in the drier, sunnier months from April to mid-November. You’ll find the cheapest flights to Hawaii during this period, but hurricane season is also June to November which may disrupt travel plans.
The gateway for international flights to Hawaii is Honolulu International Airport (HNL) on the island of Oahu. Airlines such as Hawaiian Air, Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia operate flights to Hawaii. There are several domestic airlines based at Honolulu Airport offering inter-island transfers such as Hawaiian Air and Island Air.
How to get from the airport to the city centre?
Flights land at Honolulu International Airport (HNL) in Oahu 5 km northwest of the city centre. The best way to reach Downtown Honolulu and Waikiki Beach is to take a public bus, shuttle bus or taxi from the airport. You can also hire a car, moped or motorbike for an independent means of getting around.
Divers who've booked flights to Hawaii will be interested to know that it is home to One of North America’s best dive spots. The Molokini Crater covers more than 7 hectares and is home to more than 250 species of fish.
Hanauma Bay, east of Waikiki, is an excellent snorkelling spot.
The Fish Market in Kilauea has the best fresh fish on the island. Locals flock here as well as tourists. The Ahi wraps are highly recommended.