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They say the best way to experience a new holiday destination is to live like a local, and quite frankly, we’d have to agree.
Hawaii is no exception to this rule. Away from the bustling beach resorts and tourist traps there’s a world of hidden beauty and adventure waiting to be explored. Thankfully, we’re here to help you unlock the archipelago’s potential.
Here’s how you can step off the tourist track when travelling around Hawaii.
What better way to get off the beaten track than by physically getting off said track? With its extensive and breathtaking landscapes, Hawaii is brimming with a plethora of walking trails away from the hustle and bustle of tourist-packed places. Here are a few of our favourites:
While they may be one of the easiest and ‘safe’ options, you’re never going to get a true taste of Hawaii by eating at franchise restaurants. Instead, eat like a local at the following eateries:
With its clear waters, abundant marine life and postcard-perfect beaches, Hawaii is a snorkelling-lover’s dream. However, hopping onboard a tourist-crammed boat can soon turn that dream into a nightmare. Thankfully, there’s no need to succumb to the tourist tours, as it’s incredibly easy to find your own secluded snorkelling spot that has just as much – if not more – appeal.
Take Keawakapu Beach for example. This sheltered snorkelling spot can be found on the west side of Big Island, near Kailua Kona. The fish here are known to be very comfortable around humans. If you’re lucky you may also spot sea turtles swimming in the shallows!
Nothing beats that home-away-from-home feeling. So why not do just that and choose to stay in Airbnbs around Hawaii? Say goodbye to tourist-clad resorts and all-inclusive meals, and aloha to cosy homes that are situated in some of the more peaceful and out-of-the-way spots.
Just take Moloka’i for example. Whilst it’s Hawaii’s fifth largest island, Moloka’i is only 38 miles of pure rugged coastline in length. Known for its beaches, water and and land activities, it’s the perfect place to kick back and relax. Thankfully, there are a host of Airbnb options around this idyllic Hawaiian island to ensure you get the right accommodation for you.
What better way to live like a local than to shop like a local? Thankfully, Hawaii is adorned with an abundance of farmer and flea markets to grab some traditional treats. However, some such as KCC in Honololu have become fairly tourist-orientated. Therefore, it’s best to stick to those more out of the way such as Napili Farmers’ Market in Maui and Hanalei Farmers’ Market in Kauai. Here you can pick up fresh produce, handcrafted gifts and drinking coconuts!
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