Are you tired of travelling to mainland Europe? Do you fancy a business or leisure getaway a little more exotic than your usual European destinations? How about considering going to Hawaii?
You’ve probably heard of Hawaii before, the only US state outside of mainland America and in the Pacific Ocean, and the only US state in the tropics. Despite being a historically-filled state, Hawaii is now most commonly known for its luxurious holiday resorts and exotic landscapes.
If you’re interested in travelling from Dublin to Hawaii for your holidays, you’ve come to the right place! This article will guide you through the main steps to make the most out of your holiday, avoiding any hassle. Read along to find out more!
Preparing your holiday trip from Dublin to Hawaii
Hawaii isn’t the most obvious holiday destination from Dublin given its distance from Europe, but still, it is an option you should definitely consider! There are however a couple things you should prepare before leaving, so make sure you consider the following:
Make sure you have the correct travel documents
This goes without saying, you will need a passport to get to Hawaii. Make sure you have a valid passport, the good news being that there is no six-month validity requirement thanks to Ireland’s agreement with the US. All you need is to have a passport valid for the duration of your stay in Hawaii.
Get yourself an ESTA or Visitor Visa
If you’re an Irish citizen, you will need an ESTA – or electronic system for travel authorisation – to visit the US. The current ESTA fee is $21. More information on the ESTA may be found here.
You may have to apply for a Visitor Visa (B1/B2) if you are not eligible to the Visa Waiver Programme (VWP) or if your ESTA has been denied. This may take a couple weeks to be processed, so be sure to apply for an ESTA or Visa well in advance of your trip to make sure you fulfil requirements. Visit this webpage for more information on Visitor Visas.
Get in touch with the US Embassy in Dublin
Be sure to visit the US Embassy in Dublin’s useful travel FAQ to make sure you comply with the appropriate travel and document requirements. We have good news for you: you no longer need to show proof of Covid-19 vaccination to enter the US, so there’s nothing you should worry about in this regard. If you have any other administrative concerns regarding your trip, this is where you’ll find the answers to your questions.
Follow the Irish Embassy in Washington
Make sure you follow the Irish Embassy in Washington before you leave. Staying in touch with your diplomatic and consular representatives is very important in the event of unforeseen circumstances. Subscribe to their Twitter or Facebook page now! Find out more on travelling abroad with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs’ Travel Wise page, or their “Know before you go” guide.
Save some useful emergency contact numbers on your phone
Let’s hope you won’t need them, but saving emergency contact numbers on your phone is always useful.
- US emergency services (including police, fire brigade and ambulance services): 911;
- Embassy of Ireland in Washington: + 1-202-462-3939.
Please note, the country-specific caller code in the US is +1.
Booking your holiday trip from Dublin to Hawaii
Book your holiday from A to Z with Trazler
You might feel a little overwhelmed when booking your holidays abroad, especially to Hawaii. Good news, Trazler has got you covered! Our smart booking platform makes your life a whole lot easier: simply select your travel dates and requirements, and we’ll do the rest!
Select your flights
There are no direct flights from Dublin to Hawaii, so you’ll probably have to change flights in London, San Francisco or Los Angeles. Pick your inbound and outbound dates on Trazler and compare options!
Bear in mind that the overall flight journey will be quite long (approximately 20 hours), so prepare everything you’ll need for a cosy time across the Atlantic!
Book your accommodation
Given the travel distance from Dublin to Hawaii, you’ll probably be staying there for a couple weeks, so feeling just as cosy as at home in your accommodation is important! Luckily for you, Trazler ensures finding your accommodation is as easy as it gets. Browse our online comparator to find the perfect hotel for you according to your criteria. Pick your stay from a wide range of prices, reviews and facilities.
Choose whether you want a transfer or car rental
Since public transportation is quite limited in Hawaii, we can only recommend booking a car rental to get yourself around. Luckily for you, you can book your car rentals directly on Tralzer’s online booking platform.
Make sure you bring your full Irish driving licence and appropriate driving insurance, and don’t forget that cars drive on the right side of the road.
Alternatively, if you do not wish to rent a car, you may also have a look at ride-sharing, shuttle or taxi options on some islands. This may not get you everywhere, but it’s still an option to consider!
Be sure to book in advance
This won’t come as a surprise: plane tickets from Dublin to Hawaii can get expensive, so be sure to book well in advance! Read our dedicated article on travel tips for booking cheaper travels, and consider the following:
- Booking over one month in advance can help you save up to 40% on your overall travel costs;
- Travelling during off-peak season (i.e., outside June to August) can help you save up to 50% on your overall travel costs, a significant bargain. Travelling off-season also gets you less crowded and more enjoyable weather holidays;
- Booking midweek and early morning or late evening flights can also help travel for a lot cheaper;
- Finally, don’t be afraid to book transfer flights, it may be a little annoying to wait at the airport but there could be a lot to save upon!
Making the most out of your holiday in Hawaii
Visit all there is to do in Honolulu
Honolulu is the capital city of Hawaii and is definitely a must-see. Drop your things off at your hotel and be sure to head straight to Waikiki beach to enjoy one of the most stunning views of the Hawaiian shore.
You may also be interested in the historic sites of Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial (commemorating the attack on 7th December 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor) or the Diamond Head volcano crater. When it comes to exploring the city, be sure to check out the lively neighbourhoods of Ala Moana and Waikiki.
Go relax at Maui
Going to Maui island is amongst our best recommendations if you’re travelling to Hawaii to get some stress off your chest! Well known for its amazing landscape diversity, Maui is the way to go! Drive through the iconic road to Hana and experience a breathtaking sunrise moment from the summit of Haleakala volcano. After this, get to the golden beaches of Kaanapali or Wailea for a scenic dive or swim.
Enjoy the natural beauty of Kauai
Kauai – also known as the “Garden Isle” – is amongst Hawaii’s most scenic islands to go to. The Na Pali coast is absolutely stunning, so be sure to get there after having hiked through the well-known Waimea Canyon, also called the Pacific Grand Canyon. Once you’ve done this, consider taking a boat tour to Fern Grotto, a breathtaking lava rock grotto that you must see after spending time at Wailua Falls.
Spend a day (or more) in Big Island
The largest island in Hawaii is known as “Big Island”, and is most famous for its active Kilauea volcano, part of the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Get your cameras ready for Mauna Kea, you won’t regret some of the most beautiful landscape pictures you could ever dream of, and be sure to visit Hilo, a historic town at the very heart of the island! If you’re in the mood for a nap or rest, take a short drive to the Kona beaches, thank us later!
Travelling to Hawaii from Dublin isn’t amongst the most popular destinations given the distance, but it is definitely an option you should consider!
Hawaii will offer you a breathtaking getaway from Ireland, and has everything you need to make the most out of your holiday trip!
Be sure to book in advance and have the appropriate travel documents to get to Hawaii, and you’re good to go!
Book your flights (there are no direct flights so you’ll have to transfer flights), your accommodation, and your car rentals or transfers, and you’ll be ready for your trip! Good news for you, Tralzer makes all of this a whole lot easier for you. Simply enter your travel dates and requirements, and let us do the rest! Our quick and easy booking platform will save you a lot of time in your booking process, get booking now!