5 Must-See Sights in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Before I went on my around the world trip, volcanoes were the stuff of legends and far-off, exotic places. Landing in South America and progressing on through Central America, I came foot to crater familiar with these fascinating creations of nature. It was an obsession I developed quickly and is one I’ve yet to shake, so the fact that the Hawaiian islands were a string of inhabited volcanoes had me sold.  And Big Island was home to one of the most active volcanoes in the world? Get me a flight! After experiencing volcanoes in their raw, natural form in Latin … Read more

Pacific Skydiving Honolulu Review – The Best Adrenaline Rush

view over north shore hawaii when skidiving tandem

One second I was in the plane, the next I was toppling face first into open air; free-falling at a speed so fast my ears felt like they were going to explode, yet I couldn’t strip the smile off my face. With my fingers bent into the Hawaiian sign for “hang loose”, I took a moment, still rapidly falling, and posed for a photo. As the ground grew frighteningly closer, the biggest spike of adrenaline seized me in the same moment that reality hit – I’d made one of my life-long dreams come true. Skydiving had been on my bucket … Read more

The Best Hostels in Hawaii – Sleep Cheap in Hawaii

Hawaii is expensive, but that doesn’t mean you can’t visit on a budget. Whether you’re backpacking Hawaii, trying to honeymoon without taking out a mortgage or you’re a family on a budget, you may be surprised to know that you can sleep for as little as $30 a night in Hawaii. The answer: hostels. Whilst not abundant in Hawaii, they are an option on (nearly) every island and they almost always have a private room option offering the privacy of a hotel at a fraction of the cost. But aren’t hostels…horrible? They can be. I’ve certainly bunked in the stack … Read more

How To Visit Pearl Harbor – Tickets, Tours & Tips

The day after my hike up Diamond Head I decided to visit Pearl Harbor. History was never my favourite subject at school. My teenage thoughts were more focused on finding the next acid rave (hey, it was the 90s). But I did remember Pearl Harbor. How could I not? The surprise Japanese attack on the pacific fleet at Pearl Harbor Hawaii naval base on 7 December 1941 that dragged the USA into World War II? Over 2,000 people died during the attack on Pearl Harbor Hawaii including 1,177 men aboard USS Arizona. The crew had an average age of 19 … Read more

Things To Do In Pearl Harbor – The Main Attractions

Due to its historical significance, visiting Pearl Harbor Hawaii was very high on my travel itinerary while I was on Oahu. I knew it wouldn’t be the cheeriest day out but I, like the millions of others who visit Pearl Harbor each year, felt a compelling need to go. Frustratingly, Pearl Harbor isn’t the easiest place to visit since the four main sights are run by four different organisations, meaning four different ticketing options. Don’t worry, I’ve written a guide to How to Visit Pearl Harbor – Tours, Tickets and tips for visiting. In this guide you can read about … Read more

How To Hike Diamond Head in Oahu

Which Hawaiian Island to Visit

I don’t know which was more painful – the shot in the ass or the $500 bill. Either way getting sick within 24 hours of landing in Oahu was not my anticipated introduction to Hawaii. I’m sharing this somewhat personal and painful detail because I tackled the hike up Diamond Head just 48 after being given a steroid shot for tonsillitis that I’d picked up in Mexico and that turned bad on the flight to Oahu. So, it’s safe to say, I wasn’t in peak health when I did the hike. Yet, I still managed it. In this guide I’m … Read more

10 Top Things To Do In Oahu For First Time Visitors

Hawaiian Islands

In this guide, I’ll give you my 10 top things to do in Oahu for first-time visitors. I was a bit overwhelmed researching things to do in Hawaii because almost every article I read told me to swim with sharks, surf the Triple Crown (pro surf championship) or take pre-sunrise hikes up steep inclines. It all sounds admirable and boast-worthy. But what if you’re more of a sit on Waikiki beach with a shave ice kind of person? Don’t get me wrong; I did some adventurous stuff – I hiked up Diamond Head, and I eventually gathered the nerve for … Read more

15 Things To Do In Hawaii Big Island For First Time Visitors

Which Hawaiian Island to Visit

If you asked me my favourite Hawaiian Island, I’d say Big Island. Why? Hawaii’s Big Islands offers everything – nature operates at its most dramatic – where else can you witness new land being spewed forth from the earth’s core; the beaches are not just pretty but also rare (Big Island has one of the few green sand beaches in the world). And that’s not to get me started on the coffee plantations and local brewery. But what do you do if you’re on your first visit to Big Island? Where do you even start, working your way through the many things … Read more

Which Is The Best Hawaiian Island To Visit?

Hawaii Palm Trees

If you’re not sure which Hawaiian Island to visit, I’m here to help you decide. Having spent three months flitting between the islands, I crammed in as many sights and activities as I could and although I have my personal favourite (more on that below), each island offers different experiences depending on the kind of trip to Hawaii you’re planning. An overview of the Hawaiian Islands Prone to disorganisation, I didn’t have clue about Hawaii when I boarded my last-minute flight. I picked up a guidebook in San Francisco during a 4-day layover and left it neatly unopened in my … Read more

16 Best Things To Do In Kauai For First Time Visitors

napali coast in Hawaii on Kauai

Why Kauai? In short, adrenaline…and peace in equal proportions. Whilst it may be known as the Garden Island, Kauai is like no garden I’ve ever visited in my native England. The island may be a 5 million year old dormant volcano (what?) but its unique and diverse topography will find you scrabbling for your hiking boots, snorkelling mask or kayak paddle all in the same breath. If you’re less keen on activity, you can still take a boat, helicopter or car to explore things more leisurely. In this guide I will share with you the best things to do in … Read more