There are several factors to consider when planning a trip to Hawaii. How many days you need in Hawaii is contingent on:
- Islands you are planning to visit
- How much money you are looking to spend
- Kinds of activities you want to participate in, and
- How you’re getting to the islands
While you’re planning your trip, strategize and identify your priorities before you decide on a set number of days for your vacation. Once you nail down these factors, you’ll have more of an idea of how many days to carve out for your trip.
Keep reading to learn our tips on how to choose the number of days you need in Hawaii.
How Many Days Do You Need?
Less Than a Week
When you are visiting a Hawaiian island for less than a week, you are not giving yourself a lot of time to do several activities. A few things you can do are snorkel, parasail, hike, and enjoy some amazing food. You probably shouldn’t visit another island if you can only afford to go to one for a week. The reason for this is because you want to maximize the time you have to explore, rather than traveling.
If your budget allows you to visit more than one island in less than a week, then you have to be very strategic. You should do some research into which island you would like to spend the most time on and what activities you can do in a short amount of time.
1 Week to 10 Days
With more time for activities, a week to ten-day vacation on a few Hawaiian islands is a perfect idea. You will have time to visit at least two islands and three if you want to get wild. Depending on which island you choose, you will have more time for activities you have to reserve a spot for like a dinner cruise, swimming with dolphins, a boat tour around the island, or a horseback riding adventure.
The reason you will have more time to do things is that sometimes the activities that have you reserve a spot can take up to half a day to complete, sometimes longer. Before you choose which islands you are going to visit, make sure they have the activities you want to do as well as affordable prices.
2 Weeks or More
If you are looking to escape the real world for a few weeks, then you definitely want to spend more than 2 weeks on a Hawaiian island or a few. Not only will you have ample time for snorkeling, hiking, and exploring, but you can afford to do more activities that require you to make reservations. Not only will you have more time for activities, but you will be able to visit as many islands as you want.
What to consider when deciding on how many days to spend in Hawaii
How many islands do you want to visit?
While it is possible to visit all six main Hawaiian Islands in a week, for instance, you won’t get to see much of each island. If you want to visit all six in one trip, you’ll want to budget adequate time to see, as well as travel to and from, each island. Seeing all of the Hawaiian islands, or even as many as four, might entail two full weeks. If you only want to see one or two islands, a week is sufficient time, just keep in mind a few days will be spent traveling.
What’s your Hawaii budget?
If you are trying to see Hawaii on a budget, which is perfectly realistic and reasonable, you should book fewer days. Even if you’re not planning expensive excursions or sightseeing while you’re there, scheduling a trip for fewer days saves you money in hotel fees, airline tickets (especially if you book at the right time) and other travel expenses. Factor in things like souvenirs or clothes shopping, as well as dining out, since you’ll likely want to indulge while you’re there, even if you’re on a budget.
What kinds of activities do you want to do while you’re there?
If you want to just lounge on the beach and swim at your hotel’s pool (which are totally valid reasons for vacationing in Hawaii!) you should only book a few days. A whole week on the beach may feel monotonous or like a waste of money. If you’re planning to go the whole nine yards with hikes, helicopter tours, and volcano visits in addition to chilling on the beach, you’ll want to book at least a week, regardless of the number of islands you plan to visit.
How are you getting there?
How are you planning on visiting Hawaii? Booking a vacation with a cruise line is a common and popular option, because they distinctly set a definitive number of days at each island, so you don’t have to worry about that while planning your trip. If you’re flying into Hawaii and then planning on continuing flying between islands, you’ll need to account for the days you lose in travel time.
Best of luck planning your trip! We hope our tips helped you get an idea for how many days you’ll need in Hawaii to enjoy the most fulfilling vacation possible.
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