A Tropical Travel Blog
by Cate Lincoln

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Aloha and welcome to hulaland! If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii, you’ve come to the right spot. It can be pretty overwhelming (especially if you’re in the early stages of planning) so I’ve gathered all of my best resources for you right here. While you’ll find dozens and dozens of posts on Hawaii on this blog, this is the best place to start: the ultimate HAWAII TRAVEL GUIDE!

I also get so many questions about my go to websites and resources for planning my trips, so I’ve included my favorite resources as well. Some of these are affiliates (meaning I get a little percentage if you use them, although the price is the same for you), but as always, I only share stuff with you guys that I LOVE. Thanks for supporting the brands that make Hulaland possible!

Before you get very far into the planning process, you’ll want to check out these posts:

Which Hawaiian Island Should I Visit?

When is the Best Time of Year to Go to Hawaii?

How Much Does a Trip to Hawaii Cost?

Hawaii Trip Planning Timeline

How to Save $1000 on Your Trip to Hawaii

Before you even start looking at specific places to stay, you’ll want to know the lay of each island. Read these posts to help decide where you want to stay on the island plus my recommendations for specific resorts and hotels:

Where to Stay on Maui

Where to Stay on Oahu

Where to Stay on Kauai

Where to Stay on the Big Island

TripAdvisor: More than just for reading reviews (although, I never stay anywhere until I’ve read its TripAdvisor reviews), it’s a great site for booking and you’ll be sure you’re getting the best deals on resorts and hotels.

Plus top luxury resorts and boutique hotels in Hawaii.

And personal travelogues (and reviews!) about the following properties:

Aulani, a Disney Resort and Spa (Oahu)

Fairmont Orchid (Big Island)

Hilton Waikoloa Village (Big Island)

Fairmont Kea Lani (Maui)

Four Seasons (Maui)

Vrbo: Vrbo is my favorite platform for booking apartments, condos, and houses. If you like staying more “local” or just want more space or bang for your buck, you’ve got to check out Vrbo. Want specific recommendations for each island?

Here are condo options under $100/night for Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island.

These are some of my favorite condo complexes on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island (including some picks under $100/night).

Booking airfare is usually the most overwhelming task for first time visitors. Read all of my tips for booking the best (and cheapest) flights plus surviving the long flight.

Skyscanner: Skyscanner is the best flight search comparison website out there. Save hours by checking ALL THE SITES for the very best deals.

Hawaiian Airlines: Hawaiian Airlines is my favorite airline to fly both to and from Hawaii as well as interisland. Sign up for their newsletter as they often run some good discounts on vacation packages.

Hawaii Discount Car Rental: This is the only site I ever book my rental cars through. You’re guaranteed the cheapest price across all the major providers, don’t have to pay until you pick the car up, and I always manage to add an extra driver for free.

There are soooo many things to do in Hawaii. Here are some of my favorite Hawaii adventures AND MORE…

Maui

15 Things to Do on Maui

15 Things to Do on a Maui Honeymoon

20 Adventure Activities on Maui

Snorkeling at Molokini & Turtle Town with Kai Kanani

Driving the Road to Hana

Maui Pineapple Tour

Whale Watching with PacWhale

Old Lahaina Luau

Grand Wailea Luau

Dinner at Mama’s Fish House

Biking Haleakala (Maui’s dormant volcano) with Maui Sunriders

5 Maui Day Trips

Guide to the North Shore

Guide to Upcountry

16 Best Breakfast Spots on Maui

Best Maui Snorkeling Spots (& Where to Find Sea Turtles)

Maui’s Top Beaches

23 Best Local Restaurants

11 Best Fine Dining Restaurants

5 Things to Skip on Maui

Oahu

15 Things to Do on Oahu

31 Things to Do in Waikiki & Honolulu

20 Free Things to Do in Waikiki

Things to Do in Kailua & Windward Oahu

5 Things to Skip on Oahu

5 Best Spas on Oahu

Where to Eat on Oahu

Paradise Cove Luau

ATV Tour at Kualoa Ranch

Ka Wa’a Luau

Kauai

15 Things to Do on Kauai

Kauai’s Best Beaches

How to See Kauai’s Napali Coast

Helicopter Tour with Blue Hawaiian

Napali Coast Boat Tour with Holo Holo Charters

Smith Family Luau & Fern Grotto Tour

Hiking the Kalalau Trail

Where to Eat on Kauai

Big Island

15 Things to Do on the Big Island

25 Things to Do in Kona

25 Things to Do in Hilo

5 Day Trips on the Big Island

Sunset & Stargazing at Mauna Kea Summit

Kayaking & Snorkeling at Kealakekua Bay

Where to Eat on the Big Island

I’ve saved the very best for last. If you loved the stuff up above, this is going to knock your socks off:

If you’re planning a trip to Hawaii and feeling overwhelmed about mapping out a daily itinerary, you NEED Hawaii Bound! My tested itineraries are the best way to see all of the highlights on each island while still having time to chill at the beach.

You’ll get 10-15 different DAILY itineraries for each of the four main islands (Maui, Oahu, Kauai and the Big Island).

These aren’t week long itineraries, but daily itineraries so you can pick and choose what works best for your trip. If you’re the go-go-go type, then pick 6 different daily itineraries and string them together into one adventure packed trip. If you’re staying at a nice beach resort and wanting to take advantage of the amenities, then pick 2-3 daily itineraries and spend the rest of the week chilling at the resort/beach. If you’re going on an island hopping extravaganza trip, use the daily itineraries to figure out how many days to spend on each island and what to do!

Click here to get the Hawaii itineraries.

Thanks for sticking around and reading this whole post! It’s always my goal to provide a TON of value to YOU. To that end, lately I’ve been packing my Instagram (@hula.land) FULL of content and adventures that you might want to check out. A lot of my post captions are like mini blog posts with travel info, I’ve got IGTV review videos for luaus and excursions, and helpful story highlights like grocery store prices and hotel reviews. Not to mention that my feed is pretty much the ultimate tropical eye candy! You can follow me here and share my account with your friends! Your support really helps me to keep this blog running!

Also, if you have ANY questions about planning your trip to Hawaii, you can join my free Facebook group here. I’m in there answering questions every day and there are 5000+ other friends who have a ton of Hawaii information to share!