It’s kind of surprising the number of Hawaii e-mails I get that start with “Do I need a passport to come to Hawaii?” Today I’m sharing all the answers to the most commonly asked questions that I get about visiting Hawaii. If you are planning a trip and have questions, today’s post is for you!
Do You Need A Passport To Go To Hawaii + Other FAQ
Do I need a passport to go to Hawaii?
If you are a U.S. citizen, you do not need as passport to visit the Hawaiian Islands. If you are an international traveler, you will need a valid passport from your home country to travel to the United States. On your incoming aircraft, flight attendants will hand out agriculture forms that must be filled our prior to arrival in the Islands.
What time is it in Hawaii?
Hawaii has its own time zone, which is Hawaii Standard Time (HST). Hawaii does not participate in Daylight Savings, so during that time, Hawaii is 6 hours behind Eastern Standard Time (EST). When the clocks fall back, it’s only 5.
Is there wifi in Hawaii?
Wifi is plentiful at most Hawaiian hotels and restaurants, but beaches, hikes, etc. — you’re on your own!
How long is the flight to Hawaii?
This is very dependent upon where you are flying from! From the west coast of the United States, Hawaii is around 5.5-6 hours. From Sydney to Honolulu, the flight time is around 10 hours. A direct flight from NYC to Honolulu takes around 11-11.5 hours.
Do I need to rent a car to get around Oahu?
Unless you only want to hang around Waikiki, renting a car when visiting Oahu is very important. And honestly – I would say the same for the other islands. Renting a car gives you the flexibility to get to most hikes, go to other parts of any given island and also – not have to jam yourself in a tour bus or be reliant on their time tables. If you are trying to save money, only rent a car for part of your visit to save on daily rental and parking fees.
Which island should I visit?
One of the hardest questions, for sure. This is hard to pinpoint for every single person, because it truly depends on what you want to see and do. I certainly have my favorite islands, but this also differs from person to person. Every single Hawaiian Island is beautiful, so no matter which one you choose, you will not be disappointed. Brief island highlights (there is SO MUCH MORE outside these high points) include:
Big Island (Hawaii Island) – Volcano, Green Sand Beach, South Point (southernmost point in the U.S.)
Maui – Whales (in season), Molokini Crater, Haleakala
Oahu – Diamond Head Crater, Pearl Harbor, Dole Plantation, North Shore
Kauai – Na’Pali Coast, Poipu Beach
Lanai – Sweetheart Rock, Garden of the Gods
What should I pack?
Hawaii is a warm, tropical climate. That said, it does sometimes get chilly in the morning and evening depending on what time of the year you visit. Be sure to get my exact recommendations in my Hawaii Packing List!
How strong is the sun in Hawaii?
Very. The sun in Hawaii is strong and fierce and it will get ya! I say that jokingly, but it’s true and UV protection is extremely important, particularly if you are not accustomed to sunny climates or prone to burning. Make sure any sun protection you buy ahead of time or while here is reef safe! Don’t miss: The Ultimate Guide To Reef Safe Sun Protection
I hope this post was helpful in planning your trip to Hawaii! If you enjoyed it, you might also like: