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Overview
Hawaii

Though a state of the USA, Hawaii has its own district culture and identity. As a result, we recommend doing your research before you go on your Hawaii holiday, especially for visas and what to pack. 

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Visas
Hawaii

The current Visa Waiver Program allows British citizens to enter the US without a visa for holiday, transit or business purposes. Your passport must be valid for at least 90 days, be machine-readable, and your stay must not exceed 90 days. You must also have a return or onward ticket and check into the US government ESTA website prior to departure. To find out more, please refer to the ESTA website or ask your Travel Butler.

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Inoculations
Hawaii

You don’t need any special vaccinations to visit Hawaii. 

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When to go
Hawaii

Hawaii really has only two seasons: the dry season (in summer from May to October) with average coastal daytime temperatures of 29.4 degrees Celsius; and a rainy season (in winter from November to April), when the average temperature is 20 degrees Celsius. But it rarely rains for more than 3 days in a row anywhere and the microclimates mean that the south-western coasts are sunny, dry and lined with beaches, while the north-eastern sides are home to rainforests, waterfalls and surf. The best weather is often found in April to May, and in September to October, when the daily winds deliver a cooling breeze. 

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Currency
Hawaii

The local currency is the US dollar.

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Electrical
Hawaii

The USA uses 110 volts compared to our 240 volts. If you’re planning on taking a laptop, electric razor or hairdryer, check to see if the voltage is compatible. If your appliance has a tag or an imprint that says 100-240V, it should work but you will need a plug adapter. US plugs have 2 pins that sit in a ‘V’ shape.

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Travel insurance
Hawaii

As with any international travel, we recommend purchasing travel insurance before you travel to Hawaii. For advice on the best coverage, talk to your Travel Butler. 

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What to pack
Hawaii

Because Hawaii is always warm at the coast you will only need light clothes. If you are planning on trekking inland or going stargazing though you will need to bring warm clothes. The temperature can drop by about 12 degrees Celsius at night, so be sure to bring some warm layers. Other useful items to pack include:

  • Passport
  • Power Adaptor
  • Hat, sunglasses and sun cream
  • Flip flops
  • Swimwear
  • Sarong
  • Walking or hiking shoes

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