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Vancouver Travel Guide

Vancouver is one of the most beautifully-located cities. Downtown skyscrapers are framed by the beaches of English Bay and the rainforest of Stanley Park, and set against a backdrop of snow-capped peaks. You're never too far from incredible nature, but Vancouver is equally a city that nails urban cool with impressive street art, a thriving foodie scene and trendy locals to go with. It also acts as the perfect gateway to the outdoor playgrounds of Whistler and Vancouver Island, both of which are easily accessible.

When is the best time to visit Vancouver?

Vancouver is a year-round destination. Peak time is July-August, with lots of tourists from North America visiting for outdoor activities and events. However, Spring and Autumn is a better time for cheap deals and quieter streets. Come Winter, snuggle up and make the most of Vancouver's food and bar scene then grab your skis and head out to those snowy slopes between December to February.

Where is Vancouver?

Vancouver is located in western Canada, in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. It is about a 9.5 hour flight from London and a 2.5 hour drive north of Seattle, Washington, USA.

Frequently asked questions about travelling to Vancouver

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Hawaii

Hawaii Travel Guide

If you want to hop from one tropical island to another, come face to face with active volcanoes, dance the hula, dive & snorkel with sea turtles and manta rays and surf some of the world’s biggest waves, you should hop on a flight to the USA’s 50th state. Contact our Travel Experts and start planning your ultimate Hawaii adventure now.

Hawaii fast facts

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Currency

Name: US Dollar
Code: USD
Symbol: $

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Languages Spoken

Hawaii has two official languages: Hawaiian and English. Pidgin is a widely spoken slang and the third, unofficial language.

USA time zone

Time Zones

Eastern Standard Time (GMT -10)

Hawaiian Islands

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Oahu

Oahu is Hawaii’s most popular island and full of thrill-seeking adventures. Stay in the electric Polynesian capital Honolulu or in one of many resorts overlooking Waikiki Beach, surf the giant waves at North Shore, pay tribute to the Pearl Harbour memorial and hike up to Leahi (Diamond Head) for picture-perfect views.
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Maui

It’s so easy to fall in love with Hawaii’s second largest island. Take part in a Luau, a traditional Hawaiian feast and learn to dance the hula, or take your holiday fling to marvel at romantic sunsets. Maui is also a hotspot for water sports and ideal for windsurfing, snorkelling and diving.
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Kauai

Nicknamed ‘the Garden Isle’, Kauai is almost covered in lush rainforests and cascading waters which are best seen from up top. Dramatic cliffs and jungle settings have inspired movie makers to film on this tropical gem and you can unwind on long sandy beaches.

Hawaii travel costs

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Beers

Plan to spend $6-8 for beers and $10-12 for cocktails in Hawaii's beach bars.

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Meals

Yummy deli sandwiches can be found for only $5, basic breakfast and lunch menus start at $13 incl. one drink and dinner prices start at $35.

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Taxi Ride

A 3km taxi ride in Honolulu costs between $11-15. Taxis from the airport to many beach resorts cost between $30 - 40. A more affordable option: shuttle busses, starting at $9 or direct city-airport busses starting from only $2.50!

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Transport

Rides on Oahu's local TheBus network, cost $2.50. To hop from island to island it's best to fly and hiring a car is a great way to get out of the cities and explore the islands.

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Hotels

A hostel bed in Hawaii can cost beteween $20 for dorm beds to $75 for private rooms per night's stay.

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Hostels

Hotels in Hawaii are not cheap and even budget hotels cost on averages $100 per night.

Hawaii Experiences

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Hawaii Unplugged

Hawaii is the kind of island paradise that will have you dreaming of coming back as soon as you've left its shores, each time stealing another little piece of your heart. 9 days of sunshine, surf, coconuts and hula dancing are waiting…
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Hawaii Adventure – Oahu & Kauai

Hawaii’s good for way more than just sitting on a beach. There’s natural beauty, welcoming locals, and, of course, world-famous waves to see. This one-week tour covers the best of Oahu and Kauai, combining included activities at must-see spots with free time to explore.
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Hawaii Big Island

Say ‘Aloha!’ to the tropical Big Island of America’s 50th state, Hawaii, with its unique landscape and culture. If it's beautiful beaches and action-packed days you want then you're in the right place, Hawaii is pure paradise! 
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Accommodation in Oahu

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Waikiki Beachside Hostel

Minutes from the beach, this laid back hostel will give you a top-notch breakfast, before you head out to rent boogie boards, surfboards and mopeds nearby. After your dose of sun, come back to fun with a beachside café and free Wi-Fi.
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4* Moana Surfrider

This beachfront, historic and upscale hotel is just steps away from Waikiki Beach in the heart of the resort. 
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Aqua Aloha Surf

Just two blocks from the palm-fringed shores of Waikiki Beach, this boutique hotel embodies the relaxed island lifestyle with its newly refreshed, surf-themed décor. Choose from great value, stylish and comfy standard rooms to one-bed suites.

Accommodation in Maui, Kauai & Big Island

Poolside at the Sheraton Kona Resort and Spa in Hawaii

4* Sheraton Kona Resort & Spa

With so much going on at this high-end hotel, you'll never be bored. Take a free yoga, lei-making, hula or lesson, or why not make a splash on the 200-foo waterslide! Throw in nightly entertainment, a restaurant with manta ray viewing and a luxury spa.
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2* Maui Beach Hotel

This stylish hotel is perfect for getting active, whether it's hiking, windsurfing or biking, and it's ideally located for exploring Maui. Re-energise with the hotel's all-you-can-eat shrimp and rib buffet before heading to your comfortable room.
Pool and palm trees at Royal Kahana Maui by Outrigger

3* Royal Kahana Maui by Outrigger

When you stay at Royal Kahana Maui by Outrigger in Lahaina, you'll be in the historical district, within a 10 minute drive to beaches. Don't miss out on recreational opportunities including an outdoor pool and a fitness center.

Where is Hawaii?

Hawaii is a group of islands located in the Pacific Ocean west of California.

How long is the flight to Hawaii from the UK?

The actual flight time to Hawaii is 15 hours but as many flights to Hawaii go via Los Angeles your journey can become a lot longer depending on layover times. As Hawaii is quite far, we suggest you add Hawaii to your round the world or multi-stop flights.

What is the main airport of Hawaii?

Honolulu International Airport (HNL) in Oahu is the main entry point for international visitors to Hawaii.

How do I get from one island to another?

You can get direct flights to Maui, Kauai and the Big Island from Honulu International Airport. The cost ranges from $40 to $75 one-way. The two largest airlines in Hawaii are Hawaiian Airlines and Go Airlines.

When is the best time to visit Hawaii?

Hawaii is warm and sunny all year long but the summer months are very busy and hotels and flights are more expensive during the peak season. It's better to head to Hawaii anytime between January and May or September to December if you want to avoid the crowds.

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