Not everybody likes to go on vacation with their families or close friends. It can be very rewarding to take a break from the routines of life and have a thrilling adventure in a new place, particularly one as breath-taking as Hawaii. Even though the Aloha State is one of the most popular destinations for weddings, honeymoons and family getaways, you don’t have to travel with a posse to have an incredible time. Here are some helpful tips about what to do when you venture to Hawaii flying solo.
Be extra safe: Even though part of the beauty of your vacation will be in those solitary moments where it is just you and nature, remember to have a healthy respect for the islands. Pay attention to the signs, weather reports and any warnings from residents. Even if you have a strong inclination to do something or go somewhere, be sure that someone knows where you are going (even if it is just the hotel concierge) and that you ask plenty of questions beforehand. Simple inquiries—like when does the tide come in, how strong are the currents there, is it safe for swimming or will those trails be safe for hiking if it rains—could save you from injury or worse. Having a healthy respect for nature and the characteristic changes that Hawaiian weather is known for will be an important element of any solo-traveler’s trip.
Take lessons and guided tours: If you have always wanted to learn to surf or try scuba diving, now is great time to do it. You won’t be holding anyone back and you won’t be worried about how long the lesson might take. Sign up for a surfing lesson in the calm waters of Waikiki beach or take a classic hula dancing class, learning the hand motions and what they mean. Pick up a ukulele and learn to play a song for the next time you watch the sun go down on the beach. If you are the adventurous type, sign yourself up for a guided kayaking tour down the Wailua River in Kauai or along the stark ocean cliffs of the Na Pali Coast. Now you finally have the chance to gain a new skill or memory with the experts in this unique place.
Try new foods: A fantastic element of self-discovery is trying something completely unfamiliar and seeing how you like it. In Hawaii the cuisine is as diverse as the population and whether you prefer to dine at award-winning restaurants in upscale downtown districts, tour famous farms sampling fruit right off the vine or wander through farmer’s markets like a local, try to devote a good amount of time to enjoying the food. If you have never tasted guava or lilikoi shave ice, sipped on some Hawaiian-brewed Kona coffee, tasted distilled vodka made from the deep ocean waters off the coast of Maui, then you are in for an entirely new experience of quality and flavor. Savor the wares of Hawaiian chocolatiers, crack open fresh macadamia nuts, and order a famous plate lunch or Spam musubi after the end of a long day at the beach and you may never want to return home.
Visit Hawaii’s natural wonders: If you are a hiker, you might want to look into the best waterfall trails or coastal beach walks in your area and set out to find them. Waimea Canyon, the Na Pali Coast, Haleakala or the summit of Mauna Kea—these are all superior destinations to discover if your priority on this trip is to commune with nature. There are dozens of State parks across the islands with everything from glorious waterfalls to secluded natural pools, wild-growing fruit trees, ancient hieroglyphics and lava rock formations. Don’t forget your camera, so you can carry the memories and images of Hawaii’s most impressive landscapes with you always.
Wherever you go in Hawaii, the options for outdoor adventure and indoor relaxation are endless. The deals found on Panda Travel ® can be some of the best and our all-inclusive travel packages ensure that your solo trip is not only seamless, but absolutely magical.