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Bounded by endless white sands, sapphire waters and uniquely cosmopolitan cities, the remote US state of Hawaii is a veritable oasis in the mid-Pacific.
With its cultured capital Honolulu, the stunning beaches of Waikiki and the cloud-capped central island of Lanai, it is easy to see why the Hawaiian archipelago is such a popular destination for UK tourists.
Thanks to its remote location, unspoilt landscape and beautiful weather, Hawaii is a popular escape for those looking for a little winter sunshine.
The high season runs from December to April, when the weather is at its warmest.
But, the best time to book cheap flights to Hawaii from the UK is during the off-season, which runs from April to June and September to mid-December.
Due to the fact that there are no direct flights to Hawaii from the UK, finding very cheap flights takes a little bit of searching. Here are some things you can do to increase your chances of finding a bargain airfare.
Apart from booking your trip during the off-season, it helps if you are able to fly from London Gatwick or London Heathrow to Hawaii. This is because flights from elsewhere in the UK pass through London, increasing the number of connections, and therefore the price of your journey.
Exploring different travel dates and booking as far in advance as you can, alongside using our filter options to sort flights by price, should increase your chances of securing a good deal.
While flights to Hawaii from London are the fastest, even these include at least one stopover. Any flights from outside the capital require an extra stop in London.
Depending on your connecting flights your journey time will vary, but optimal travel times from UK airports to Hawaii’s main island are:
Hawaii’s main island has one international airport, Kailua-Kona. The airlines serving Kailua-Kona airport from the UK include:
Once you arrive at Kailua-Kona Airport, the best way to get around the island is by bus. Although taxis are available, they are unregulated and so prices vary.
Hiring a car is another excellent way to explore Hawaii.
You may wish to explore some of the other islands making up this striking volcanic archipelago, perhaps with a trip to Oahu, which is home to the capital Honolulu and the infamous Pearl Harbour.
While ferry services run between Hawaii Island and some of its smaller neighbours, the best way to travel to Oahu is with Honolulu Airlines. Flight time is around 45 minutes.
Hawaii is extremely diverse. On the northern island of Oahu you’ll find the bustling capital, Honolulu. Nearby is the popular resort of Waikiki, where a popular past time is hitting the waves with a surfboard.
Nearby Kauai, known as Garden Island, is famed for its tropical rainforests and crashing waterfalls – ideal for a spot of hiking or for wildlife enthusiasts. Of course, it’s not every day you’ll be holidaying on an active volcano, so you shouldn’t miss a trip to Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Here you can see active lava, the lifeblood of the Earth, flowing directly beneath your feet!
While part of the USA, Hawaii’s tropical location and Polynesian heritage gives it a very different flavour from the mainland.
There are a few etiquette tips to bear in mind. For instance, in the event somebody should offer you a lei (a flower garland) you should always accept it with gratitude. It is also good to remember the words ‘Aloha’ (used for both hello and goodbye) and ‘Mahalo’ (thank you).
Making the effort to learn even just a little Hawaiian will go a long way with the locals and this can only make your experience more enjoyable.
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