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Hawaii Travel Agent FAQ
As a Hawaii Travel Agent, I am always answering questions about vacationing in Hawaii. I thought it was time to put together this Hawaii Travel Agent FAQ page – in both blog post and video form – to help answer some of the most common questions about Hawaii Travel.
I have individual blog posts for most of these questions, and I will list those below if you want to dive deeper into a particular question.
When you plan a trip to Hawaii, anyone who has ever been to Hawaii or knows someone who has been to Hawaii will have some input. The problem is, the suggestions of your friends and family often conflict, and you’ll end up flat out confused!
So, who do you turn to for help? A Hawaii Travel Agent! Aunty Gertrude may have visited Hawaii in 1985, but that doesn’t mean she has any idea how to plan a Hawaii vacation now.
Your friend who tells you to avoid Kauai and visit Oahu instead? Maybe they had a great vacation in Oahu, but if they’ve never been to Kauai, how can they compare the two islands?
To be an effective Hawaii Travel Agent, I have to understand the current trends and travel restrictions in vacationing in Hawaii. That means I ask lots of questions to help you plan your Hawaii Vacation based on YOUR desires.
If you want to skip all the FAQs and work with me directly, contact me to plan your dream Hawaii vacation. I am very selective with the clients I take on, so contact me as far in advance as possible.
Frequently asked questions for vacationing in Hawaii
Do Hawaii Travel Agents charge a fee?
While some Travel Agents do not charge a fee for their services, most experienced travel agents do charge a fee.
Travel Agents who specialize in a particular destination or type of work often charge fees for their expertise. I personally charge a fee for my services. For most families and couples, that fee is $100. I do charge more for groups and destination weddings.
As an expert in Hawaii, I may charge more than a general Travel Agent who books everything, or a brand new Travel Agent trying to get their business off the ground. I believe my services are well worth the fee, and my clients agree!
Why should I work with you as my Hawaii Travel Agent?
I’ve only gotten this question once, but I wanted to address it. Most of my clients come to me because they appreciate what I share online and value my knowledge of their destination.
I don’t want anyone coming to me asking me why they should work with me; if you have to ask, we’re probably not a good fit!
How do you travel from island to island in Hawaii?
You have to fly from island to island in Hawaii. Most people seem to think ferries are connecting all islands, and this is not and has not ever been the case. There are also no bridges connecting the islands. You’ll fly with one of the following airlines:
- Hawaiian Airlines
- Mokulele Airlines
- Southwest Airlines
Check out The Ultimate Guide to Hawaii Interisland Flights to learn more.
Mokulele Airlines has 10-seater planes, and you don’t go through TSA. Seriously! It’s wild.
When is the best time to visit Hawaii?
“When is the best time to visit Hawaii?” or “Is there a bad time to visit Hawaii?” is one of the most common questions I get as a Hawaii Travel Agent.
The truth is, there is never a wrong time to visit Hawaii. Each island has microclimates and beautiful beaches and sunny weather year-round. And yes, the water is always pleasantly warm in Hawaii.
Do you need a passport to visit Hawaii?
If you’re not a U.S. citizen, yes. If you’re a U.S. citizen, you should have learned the 50 states in school. Hawaii is the 50th. 😉
Does it rain a lot in Hawaii?
Yes, and no. Hawaii is home to the rainiest spot in the world (Mt. Waialeale), but many areas receive very little rain. The Kohala Coast on the Big Island gets less than 10 inches of rain annually.
No rain, no rainbows!
Do you need a rental car in Hawaii?
YES! You need a rental car in Hawaii. If you don’t have a rental car, you won’t be able to get around the island. Hawaii is not the destination where you just sit around the resort. Having a resort day (or two or three) is fantastic, but you’ll want to spend some time out exploring.
If you’re looking for the best way to rent a car in Hawaii, I recommend Discount Hawaii Car Rental. You’ll find the best deals on any of the Hawaiian Islands.
Is Hawaii expensive?
In short, yes. Hawaii can be expensive if you’re not careful with your planning and spending. Even if you are careful, Hawaii is an expensive destination. Knowing this ahead of time is important to be reasonable with your expectations and set your budget accordingly.
Is Hawaii safe?
I didn’t cover this one in the video, but yes, Hawaii is generally safe. The one important thing to note is that you should never leave valuables in your rental car. This is true for any destination, but stealing valuables from rental cars is a common crime in Hawaii. This is easily remedied by not leaving valuables in rental cars.
If you’re in Honolulu, you should take precautions as you would in any large city. Otherwise, you should be just fine. The stories you hear about tourists clashing with locals are generally due to the tourists doing something wrong.
I have a post with 20 things you should never do in Hawaii that will help you avoid being “that tourist.”
One of the most common ways that tourists are harmed in Hawaii is simply due to carelessness. Making common-sense decisions such as not hiking along, not turning your back on the ocean, and learning about Hawaiian animals will go a long way.
Do I have to take a test to visit Hawaii?
As of March 2022, there is nothing required to travel to and from Hawaii. It is back to “travel as usual.”
What should I pack for Hawaii?
This is the question I get asked most often by my clients. The best place to start is with my post, which outlines what you need to pack for Hawaii.
Hawaii is a casual destination. You’ll want to pack clothes that are light, cool, and breezy.
The most important thing you can do when packing for Hawaii is bringing reef-safe sunscreen!
Hawaii Travel Agent FAQ
If you’re looking for a travel agent to help you book your next vacation in Hawaii, don’t hesitate to reach out. As I mentioned before, I do not work with everyone (and I wouldn’t be able to!), but I have a lot of free information on this blog and my YouTube.
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