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Solo Travel in Hawaii

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Hawaii in the USA , is a dream destination that I have yet to discover on a Hawaii solo trip. So, for this guide, I've compiled a list of recommendations from our solo female community on their favourite things to see and do in Hawaii. 

If you are planning to solo travel to Hawaii, discover where to go in the islands, where to stay as a solo and how to get around. All recommendations for Hawaii solo travel come with our Solo Female Friendly endorsement. Just choose the relevant section or read the full article for your solo trip to Hawaii. 

* Before you solo female travel in Hawaii, check what paperwork or visas are required for The USA

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Hawaii is an amazing destination and one for the solo bucket list. It attracts women searching for transformational travel, surfers and nature and volcano lovers. As well as gorgeous locations, the islands have a lot of historic significance. Crime is virtually nonexistent here but as a solo be careful with your belongings on isolated beaches.

Each island in Hawaii has its own individual character. Areas such as Hilo are untouristy, so you can integrate with the locals for a more authentic experience. The hiking in Kauai is stunning but if you want to avoid couples or people honeymooning then you may want to skip Kauai. 

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Hawaii is part of the USA and is known for its volcanic islands, national parks and lava fields, eco-tourism, and black sand beaches. It is also a mecca for surfers but there is more to Hawaii with its cosmopolitan, eclectic atmosphere than riding its waves. Below are our favourite can’t miss Hawaii destinations to inspire you for your Hawaiian trip.

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The Magic of Maui

If your budget allows for it then you really can't go wrong with the breathtakingly beautiful island of Maui in Hawaii. This paradise isle is filled with natural wonders including waterfalls, volcanoes and hidden beaches. The sunsets at the East Maui volcano (Haleakalā) are simply breathtaking.

To meet others head to the north end of the island which is more populated. It is also touristy (it is windy here too). Or l earn more about the history of Maui and Hawaiian values through a storytelling and culinary evening at Mokapu Farm . 

Maui is also great for diving with lots of marine life or you can take a Maui snorkel tour with an option of SNUBA too. You can even snorkel through underwater lava arches and swim with Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles at Turtle Town. Just look out for the current between Maui and Molokai, which can be strong. 

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Road To Hana

If you come to Hawaii and plan to stay in Maui, you simply have to see the Road to Hana, one of the most gorgeous landscapes and beautiful drives in the world. Journey along the Hana

Highway to East Maui and you'll see beautiful sites including gorgeous waterfalls, black sand beaches, unique volcanic cinder cones, bamboo fields, and the only winery in Maui. Stop at some of the fantastic beaches and hidden coves along the way.

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USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor

The most popular visitor destination in the whole of the Hawaiian islands is the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor. Each year, more than 2 million people visit the Arizona Memorial in Honolulu to learn more about what happened at this famous harbour and the events that transpired on that fateful day. 

This site is operated by the National Park Service and is made up of more than 17 acres of land. You'll need at least two hours to join the guided tour which includes the boat shuttles, a film about its history and an additional boat tour. * Find out more about the tour

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If you love to surf, then you’re going to absolutely fall head over heels in love with the North Shore of Oahu. This area is well renowned for its amazing coastlines, beautiful beaches, and its waves during the winter that are completely larger-than-life. Waimea Bay is a big wave surfing spot where you can watch surfers riding the perfect waves.

But surfing isn’t the only thing to do on the North Shore as Oahu has some of the islands' best shipwrecks and aeroplane wrecks to dive down to. You can even take a shark dive on the North Shore. 

Or head to the East Side for some great long beaches and body surfing. For somewhere more remote with calmer beaches, head to the West Side of the island. If walking along a beach at sunset is more your style, a walk along the shore of Waikiki Beach in the evening is simply magical. 

Art lovers, on the other hand, will love the Haleiwa Arts festival held on the North Shore of Oahu annually. The event celebrates local culture and includes dance, music, arts, jewellery, painting and sculpture.

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Head to the island of Kauai, for a slower pace of life. It is the oldest of the islands and is known as ‘the Garden Isle' as it is covered in lush tropical rainforest. While here, you should definitely explore Napali Coast State Wilderness Park, a sacred space that spans 17 miles of cliffs, beaches and waterfalls along the island's North Shore. Manawaiopuna Falls even appeared in the movie Jurassic Park.

You do need to do some planning before you tackle the steep footpath of the Kalalau Trail in the park, especially if you aren't familiar with the terrain. You may feel more comfortable as a solo taking a guided kayaking trip or boat tour from Port Allen to see the coastline from the water instead. 

As with the majority of Hawaii, Kauai is also ideal for diving. Be prepared to spot a shark or two as off the shore of Kauai you might run into some tiger sharks and black-tip reef sharks. 

Another area for hiking is the big island of Kona. One area that's good for solos is Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. The ‘Kona Side' is the liveliest and is a good base if you're planning to spend time on the west coast.

There are many things to do in Kona to keep you entertained from farmers' markets, shops, seaside restaurants and the Kailua pier, as well as plenty of Kona coffee to drink.

Because it's mainly sunny and dry here, it's good for sunbathing, hiking past lush waterfalls in the National Parks or snorkelling at Cook's Bay seeing beautiful reefs. There is nothing that you can't find on the island. 

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If you have time, the island of Molokai is also fantastic for hiking. This island is the second smallest Hawaiian island and has some of the world's highest sea cliffs, scenic trails and secluded beaches. But it's also an island that is rich in heritage. It isn't touristy and the majority of the population here are native Hawaiians who live rurally. 

Take a guide if you're planning to take the steep path to Kalaupapa National Historical Park, a preserved area that was a former leprosy colony, or view it from the viewpoint in Palaau State Park, or visit Papohaku Beach, one of Hawaii's longest beaches. You won't find many other visitors here so it's perfect for some solitude and to experience authentic Hawaii. 

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The Road to Hana is one of the most popular activities and is the most beautiful drive in Hawaii. Hire a car to experience these gorgeous landscapes at your own pace. The busiest roads in Hawaii are on Oahu where you'll find developed roads and motorways.

The least busy is Molokai. There is hardly any traffic here and hiring a car is the best way to get around or you can do what the others do and hitchhike which is normal and encouraged. 

Or you could take an inland cruise that takes you around the islands. Water taxis operate between Maui and Lanai, and Hawaiian Air and Mokulele Airlines both offer flights to and from the islands.

It’s also possible to see Hawaii on a layover, even if you only have 8 hours to spare. Taking an Uber can be the quickest and easiest mode of transport if you are short on time.

Depending on what time you arrive, you can check your bag in early and hire a car (or take an Uber) to experience an early morning sunrise hike at Diamond Head State Monument, and avoid the crowds. Then onto the Pearl Harbour Memorial which is only a 40-minute drive from the airport. 

* TIP – Rome2Rio is a great resource for how to get from place to place.

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Hawaii has all types of accommodations. From hotels to B&Bs, boutique accommodations, and apartments.  If you're drawn to areas that are more touristy, you may prefer the beaches of Waikiki for resorts, or resorts on the Big Island or Kauai.

The best areas to stay in Maui for resorts are near Lahaina and Ka’anapali Beach but a ccommodation can be pricey in Maui. The Whaler Maui real estate scene is hot in case you decide to stay!

You can cut costs by finding a more affordable Airbnb, or a guesthouse away from the expensive area of Wailea. Molokai offers a more authentic experience where you can book homestays and stay with the locals. 

There are many eco-lodges in the area, but given the beautiful greenery, you might want to set up a camp in one of the campgrounds instead. 

Below are recommended accommodations from our solo female community. For all other accommodations, click on the link below. 

* Check prices, dates and availability for all Hawaii accommodation

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Honolulu – Queen Kapiolani Hotel

In Honolulu, this 4-star hotel is only one block from Waikiki Beach. The staff are really friendly and welcoming. There’s an outdoor pool with a stunning view of Diamond Head, yoga classes, free filtered water and coffee in the lobby, as well as an onsite restaurant, and a gym.

Rooms have air-conditioning and many have fridges and a balcony. Choose from a studio ocean view, a studio, a junior suite with a balcony, or a queen or king with a city or ocean view. You can also upgrade to a penthouse.

  • Prices start from $197 for a studio ocean view
  • Check prices, dates and availability: Queen Kapiolani Hotel

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Maui – Aloha Surf Hostel

The Aloha Surf Hostel on Maui is a great place to stay for solo travellers. As well as being located between Kanaha beach, and Ho’okipa beach on the North Shore, some of the best surfing spots, they offer tip-based tours around the island every day to hiking trails and hidden beaches, making it easier to meet others to explore the island with.

It’s really sociable too with ping pong, a pool table and a hot tub to chill out in. Plus. Paia town is nearby with shops and restaurants. Choose from a bed in a dormitory room or a private room if you prefer your own space. Breakfast is included in the rate.

  • Prices start from $50 plus tax for a bed in a dorm room
  • Check prices, dates and availability: Aloha Surf Hostel

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Volcano Eco Retreat by Heart Core Hotels

Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Volcano Eco Retreat is a friendly vegetarian and vegan oasis, set within the peaceful Fern Acres. The grounds are stunning and you really feel one with nature with cute lizards and a frog chorus at night.

Bikes here are free and there is a spa to help you rejuvenate and unwind. The beds in your bamboo bungalow are comfortable and you’ll receive a warm welcome and plenty of delicious homemade produce and breakfast too. Bungalows come with a garden view.

  • Prices start from $255 for a bungalow with a garden view.
  • Check prices, dates and availability: Volcano Eco Retreat

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Tours of Hawaii

Banzai Divers – Offers diving in the Pupukea Marine Life Preserve in Hawaii (known as ‘Sharks Cove.’) See turtles, seals and rays and experience underwater lava tubes, tunnels and arches. Choose from a snorkel tour or a night dive. Even if you have never dived before you can experience your first dive here. 

Get Your Guide Hawaii – Get Your Guide helps you to find top-rated activities and day tours in worldwide destinations including Hawaii. Choose from a 2-hour whale-watching cruise from Lahaina Harbor, an audio tour of the Official USS Arizona Memorial in Oahu, or a Molokini and Turtle Town snorkel from Maui including lunch.

Some of the tours require a minimum of 2 people but there are plenty to book as a solo including a Waikiki glass-bottom boat cruise from Honolulu, or Waikiki, and it’s really simple to use. Just check the reviews, price and availability then book online. Read my Get Your Guide review   or click the link below for all their tours.

* Check all Get Your Guide tours, prices and availability

Viato r Hawaii – Viator is similar to Get Your Guide. They are an American company and a tour platform with more than 345,000 tours and worldwide activities. Choose from an ultimate Circle Island adventure including Waimea Waterfall, a night manta ray adventure where you are guaranteed to see the rays or a Kuala Ranch Hollywood movie site and ranch tour to see where films such as Jurassic Park, and Pearl Harbor were filmed. Read my Viator review or click the link for all their tours.

* Check all Viator tours, prices and availability

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For the spiritual and wellness Girl about the Globe, there are plenty of retreats in Hawaii. From Hawaii retreat centres to sound healing and spiritual retreats in Hawaii, here are the recommended retreats in Hawaii for solo female travellers. For all other Hawaii retreats, click on the link below and search for recommendations based on the duration of time or cost. * Check all yoga retreats in Hawaii

6 Day Sound Healing in Maui

If you’re staying in Maui, this 6-day sound healing and yoga retreat in Maui, Hawaii is a mystical alchemy experience. Find your true north and get clarity on your path during a daily 2-hour yoga and sound healing retreat. Through pranayama, breath work and guided meditation with EFT energy and learning about shadow archetypes you will experience true transformation at the Black Swan Temple. Prices are from £2498 / $3095 for a private single room including daily vegetarian breakfast and lunch. * Check dates and availability: 6 Day Sound Healing Retreat

8 day Ayurvedic Alchemy Yoga Retreat

Rejuvenate and heal your soul in this week-long retreat in Hawaii. Held at a permaculture farm on Maui, you can enjoy daily yoga and breathwork with an abundance of nature as you visit the island’s tallest waterfall and beaches on this Hawaii yoga retreat.

As well as crystal bowl sound healing, you’ll also receive an introduction to Ayurveda and sauna nights. The price starts from £2500 / $3098 for a shared dorm on the farm as well as delicious organic meals. * Check dates and availability: 8 Day Ayurvedic Alchemy Retreat

10 Day Yoga Immersion Retreat

If you have longer than a week, this 10-day Hawaii retreat yoga immersion retreat includes traditional ashtanga vinyasa yoga and Ayurveda for all yoga levels. In a paradise retreat in Maui learn the 8 limbs of yoga including Patanjali Sutras and breath and Pranayama work.

Enjoy an introduction to the perfect health as well as meditation practices and Ayurvedic-influenced juices. The retreat includes free time to explore nature hikes and the beaches of Maui. Prices start from £1496 / $1854 for a private single room. * Check date and availability: 10 Day Maui Yoga Retreat

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Hawaii is warm all year round and has pleasant temperatures every month. The coasts can vary with different climates making it perfect to visit at any time. However, the best time to visit is from March to September when it is hotter. These months also have less rainfall.

To escape the crowds, visit between October to November when it is quieter. Expect cooler temperatures the higher the attitude. The chart below shows the annual temperatures in Honolulu from January to December. 

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  • Can I drink the water? Yes, but check in the more remote areas.
  • Is tipping expected? Hawaii is part of the United States where tipping is expected for every service. Tip between 15-20% in restaurants, $1-$2 for drinks, and $5-$10 for tour guides depending on whether it’s a half or full-day tour. Find out more
  • Fixed price or barter? Fixed price generally.
  • Any ATMs? Yes, you’ll find ATMs all over Hawaii.
  • Which side of the road do they drive? The right-hand side
  • Good for vegetarians? Yes, there are vegetarian and vegan restaurants on the Big Island, Kauai, Maui, and Oahu. 
  • Any Seven Wonders of the World? No.

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Social Impact Projects

Many native Hawaiians do not benefit from the tourism industry. Many have been left homeless due to rising rent prices or bigger companies buying off their land. Thus, it is extremely important to support native-owned and native-run projects and initiatives and to decolonize your vacation as much as possible.

The Native Hawaiian Hospitality Association was founded on the basis of wanting to sustainably develop Hawaii’s hospitality and tourism industry by using native Hawaiian cultural values. On their website , you can find resources on how to write about Hawaii respectfully.

Native Intelligence – Native Intelligence is a retail establishment located in Wailuku, Maui. Their goal is to showcase local artists and creatives who protect and evolve traditional craftmanship. Native Intelligence prides itself on being an advocate for both culture and community.  

Hololeʻa – Tour Loko Ea Fishpond. Take a tour around the Loco Ea fishpond and learn about its history and enjoy a vast array of demonstrations from bamboo-pole fishing to net-throwing. Participants are encouraged to help restore the pond to its former glory through meaningful work activities.  

Stay Eco in Hawaii

Native-owned hotels and hostels are hard to come by, which illustrates further the problem of social and economic injustice the indigenous population of the islands face. The hotels suggested here are great for the environment but sadly not native-owned or native-run, thus take these suggestions with a grain of salt.  

The Modern Honolulu

The Modern Honolulu is a trendy and award-winning hotel that is perfectly suited for the solo traveller. Its perfect location at the gateway to Waikiki Beach begs tourists and travellers alike to explore the culture of the island, go shopping, or venture into the great outdoors.

Equipped with SMART Room technology, having their own green team, and donating all food scraps to a local farm, the Modern Honolulu is perfect for the urban traveller who likes to stay green!  

* Check prices, dates and availability: The Modern Honolulu

Volcano House

Do you dream of rolling out of bed and waking up on the edge of a volcano? Promise it’s not that scary! At Volcano House, you can stay in one of their historic guest rooms, cabins or campsites and do just that! Shop a collection of jewellery and crafts made by local artisans at their gift shop, enjoy the hotel’s commitment to the preservation and protection of the national park's resources and have fun on your once-in-a-lifetime adventure.  

* Check prices, dates and availability: Volcano House

Books to read before you go: Detours: A decolonial guide to Hawai’i

Issues affecting vulnerable girls in Hawaii

* For many holiday-makers Hawaii looks and feels like paradise, however, the small island suffers from over-tourism, over-exploitation, and sex trafficking. A study conducted by Child and Family Service revealed that more than a quarter of their participants mentioned having experienced sex trafficking. 64% of those who experienced sex trafficking identified as Native Hawaiian and three-quarters identified as female.

* The same report unearthed that community problems and child abuse most likely contributed to the vulnerability of those victims. Read more…

Current Time in Honolulu

Budget – $170 a day

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Capital –   Honolulu

Population – 1.416 million

Language spoken – English

Local Currency – US Dollar  

Do I need a visa?  

Vaccinations Required  

Did you know? Hawaii is also considered part of Polynesia

Lingo – They speak English

Useful Info

Airlines to Hawaii  

The Best Time to Go – May 

Which Plug Do I Need?  

UNESCO Sites in Hawaii  

Events and Festivals in Hawaii

Local Cost Guide

Local Customs & Traditions

Authors: Thank you to: Yolande Jackovics Langley, Monica Tang, Mara Furlenmeier, Tracy Milne, Samantha Cunningham, Sarah Logan Gregory from our Girls about the Globe community for helping to put this guide together. 

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Solo Trip To Hawaii: The Ultimate Guide (From A Local!)

By Bridget Gutierrez. This guide to traveling solo in Hawaii contains affiliate links to trusted partners!

Are you considering a solo trip to Hawaii ?

If so, then you’re in the right place!

As a Hawaii local who knows the ins and outs of the islands, I’ve created the ultimate guide to help you make the most of your trip.

From choosing which island to visit to finding local activities and booking the best solo travel tours in Hawaii, keep reading to learn everything you need to know to have an authentic experience.

Whether you’re looking for adventure, relaxation, or both, this guide will provide you with the best advice and recommendations from a local.

⏳Short on time? Here are some quick tips for visiting Hawaii solo: 🚘 Car Rental: Discover Cars  (save up to 70%!) 💸 Save Money: If visiting Oahu, get the Go City: Oahu All-Inclusive Pass to get access to 40+ local attractions and tours for one low price. 🏨 Accommodation: This accommodation map shows a mix of hotels and vacation rentals with prices. It’s currently set to the North Shore of Oahu, but you can easily change it to your preferred island and heighborhood. 🎉 Experiences: You can see a list of guided Hawaii tours here . A few top picks include: – Turtle Canyon Catamaran Snorkel Cruise (Honolulu, Oahu) – Eye-Level Whale Watching Eco-Raft Tour (Lahaina, Maui) – Volcanoes National Park Safari (Hilo, Big Island) ☔ Safety: While Hawaii is safe for solo travel, it’s still smart to pack travel safety essentials . One top pick is the She’s Birdie Personal Safety Alarm , which is TSA-approved and can help scare away potential attackers. Other recommendations include Clever Travel Companion Pickpocket-Proof Garments and Speakeasy Travel Supply Hidden Pocket Scarves 🏥  Travel Insurance:  SafetyWing (budget-friendly) & World Nomads (robust) 📞  Staying Connected:  Airalo eSIM

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Travel Solo To Hawaii With Confidence [Free Course]

But first, before we get into how to plan a solo trip to Hawaii, I invite you to grab a seat in Jessie’s  free Savvy Solo Traveler E-Course .

The 6-day course is designed to help you feel confident about booking your first solo trip and exploring the world alone.

Lessons include:

  • Common solo travel fears and how to overcome them
  • How to choose your perfect solo trip
  • How to tell loved ones you’re hitting the road solo
  • Mentally preparing for your solo journey without losing your mind
  • Essential steps for staying safe on a solo trip
  • How to take amazing solo selfies

Once you’ve  grabbed your seat , read on to learn how to travel solo in Hawaii.

course teaching how to confidently travel solo in Hawaii

Is Hawaii Safe To Travel Alone?

Yes, traveling to Hawaii alone is safe, especially as the destination has a lower crime rate than many other US states.

In fact, according to SafeWise , Hawaii’s violent crime is lower than the national average, and it’s one of only 15 states to continuously see a decrease in violent crime rates.

In short, as a tourist, you’ll likely feel very safe exploring Hawaii alone — though, of course, crime does still occur.

This is why it’s wise to stay aware of your surroundings, avoid flashing valuables, and do your research so you know of any local scams or concerns to be aware of.

visiting a white sand beach while traveling solo in Hawaii

Where Is Hawaii?

Hawaii is a beautiful and unique state in the middle of the Pacific Ocean .

Made up of a chain of islands that include Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and the Big Island , Hawaii boasts some of the most breathtaking scenery in the world.

The islands are known for their stunning natural beauty — with gorgeous beaches, lush rainforests, and towering volcanoes.

If you’re wondering where it is on the map, Hawaii is about 2,500 miles southwest of Los Angeles, California.

Getting To Hawaii

Hawaiian Airlines plane

Getting to Hawaii may seem daunting, but it can be a breeze with some planning and preparation.

The best way to reach Hawaii is by plane, with several airlines offering direct flights from major cities in the United States and worldwide. Some popular airlines that fly to Hawaii include Hawaiian Airlines, Alaska Airlines, American Airlines, and United Airlines.

If you’re flying from the mainland United States , you can fly directly to Honolulu International Airport on Oahu.

Hawaii has two international airports:

  • Daniel K. Inouye International Airport on Oahu (HNL)
  • Ellison Onizuka Kona International Airport at Keahole in Hawaii (KOA)

From there, you can catch a connecting flight to one of the other islands.

Getting Around Hawaii As A Solo Traveler 

solo traveler in Hawaii driving a 4x4

When you arrive in Hawaii, transportation options include rental cars, taxis, shuttles, and public transportation.

Renting a car in Hawaii

One of the best ways to see the sights during solo travel in Hawaii is renting a car, which will give you the freedom and flexibility to explore at your own pace.

It’s recommended to check out Discover Cars to quickly compare your rental car options.

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Public transportation in Hawaii

However, if you feel uncomfortable driving or would prefer not to rent a car, other options exist — such as public transportation, ride-sharing services like Uber or Lyft, and even biking or walking, depending on where you’re staying.

If you’re staying in Honolulu, the bus is an excellent option as it covers most areas of the city and is the most affordable option.

Taxis are also available — but can be expensive, especially for longer distances.

Biking around Hawaii

Biking is a fun way to explore some of the more scenic areas of Hawaii, such as the North Shore of Oahu or the famous Ke Ala Hele Makālae bike path along the east coast of Kauai.

If you have a motorcycle license, a more adventurous option is renting a moped to explore independently. This allows you to see Hawaii on your own time while really immersing yourself in the scenery.

Hawaii Solo Travel Map

To help give you a lay of the land, here is a map. It has most of the main points and solo activities mentioned in this guide to Hawaii solo female travel pre-plotted:

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You can also click here for the interactive version .

Popular Solo Travel Destinations In Hawaii

On that note, let’s go over some of the best places to go when you travel Hawaii solo.

The following destinations are safe, fun, and have a lot to offer those doing a solo trip to Hawaii.

Honolulu, Oahu

view of Hawaii from Puu Ualakaa State Park

The first Hawaii solo female travel destination on the list is Honolulu, a city on the island of Oahu, which is full of fun things to do.

Honolulu is the best place to travel in Hawaii alone for first-time solo female travelers looking for a mix of urban amenities and natural beauty. 

The city is known for its historic landmarks, vibrant food and shopping scenes, and beautiful beaches for a memorable solo beach trip .

One must-visit place in Honolulu is Waikiki Beach , where you can relax on the sand, catch some waves, or enjoy the  city’s nightly scene .

If you want to explore Honolulu’s natural beauty, hike up Diamond Head — a 300,000-year-old dormant volcano — to get panoramic views of the city and the Pacific Ocean.

If hiking is not your thing, drive up to Puu Ualakaa State Park , an underrated lookout point offering amazing views of the city and one-of-a-kind views of Diamond Head.

For a taste of Hawaiian culture and history during your solo travel in Hawaii experience, head to the Iolani Palace or the Bishop Museum.

You can take a guided tour of the Iolani Palace — a royal residence — to learn about the history of the Hawaiian monarchy. The monarchs played an important role in Hawaiian history, and their legacy is still celebrated and remembered today.

Alternatively, the Bishop Museum showcases an extensive collection of Hawaiian history, local culture, and natural history. Popular exhibits include Hawaiian voyaging, the Hawaiian language, and the cultural traditions of the Hawaiian people.

Honolulu truly offers the best of city and beach lifestyle.

Honolulu Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Honolulu . Honolulu Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Honolulu .

North Shore, Oahu

woman visiting a soft sand beach with palm trees during a solo trip to Hawaii

If you are a solo female traveler looking for a laid-back and authentic Hawaiian experience, the North Shore of Oahu is the best place. This is where you’ll find many local things to do in Oahu , which is one of the more popular Hawaiian islands.

North Shore is great for relaxing and unwinding on its stunning beaches and lush landscapes.

The area is known for its world-class surfing during the winter season, though there is plenty to do beyond the waves.

Love hiking? Some beautiful moderate trails are Waimea Valley Trail — which takes you to the magnificent 30-foot Waimea Falls — and Ehukai Pillbox Hike , which offers beautiful views over the North Shore after taking you past several WWII “pillbox” bunkers.

If you love to explore underwater, you must go snorkeling in Pupukea Beach Park at Shark’s Cove — known for its shallow, calm, and clear water as well as its abundant marine life and sea creatures. While there aren’t actually sharks here, lucky visitors may get to see angelfish, butterflyfish, moray eels, and octopuses. It’s the perfect spot for beginner snorkelers.

After a day at the beach, head across the street to the local food trucks for lunch plates and poke bowls.

You can also find an abundance of food trucks in Haleiwa Town — which is also known for its surfing — and in Kauhuku .

A must-try is garlic shrimp from Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck in Haleiwa. Just make sure to bring cash and be prepared for a long line — though it’s totally worth the wait!

The relaxed pace of life in North Shore makes it easy for travelers to connect with locals and other visitors, whether at a farmers’ market or the beach watching the sunset.

Oahu North Shore Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Oahu North Shore . Oahu North Shore Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Oahu North Shore .

solo female traveler in Hawaii taking in a sunrise view from a volcano summit above the clouds in Maui

If you want adventure and relaxation, Maui is perfect for a solo vacation to Hawaii and is one of the best islands for solo travel .

Compared to Oahu, Maui is more rural and offers a more tranquil atmosphere with its scenic drives along the coast.

Maui offers the best hotels in Hawaii for solo travelers, from hostels to vacation rentals to budget-friendly hotels.

Solo travelers will find that Maui’s friendly locals and laid-back atmosphere make it easy to form connections and find adventure. Plus, the island is known for its natural attractions — including a volcano, secluded beaches, waterfalls, and even whale watching .

The best things to do in Maui are the scenic Road to Hana and visiting the Haleakala National Park.

Road to Hana is a 64-mile coastal road known as the Hana Highway that officially starts in Kahului and ends in Hana. Along the way, you can stop at waterfalls, black-sand beaches, local fruit stands, and farm-to-table restaurants.

While there are countless stops and sights to explore along the way, there are three must-see spots that should not be missed:

  • Twin Falls is a beautiful waterfall with swimming pools. You can reach the falls via a relatively easy 1.8-mile hike just off the main road.
  • Hana Farms Roadside Stand is a great mid-point stop to eat at before continuing the 34 miles left on the Road to Hana. This outdoor farm-to-table cafe serves healthy dishes made with local ingredients and fresh produce. I recommend trying out their beef brisket or kale pork farm plates. You can also buy freshly baked goods like banana bread and brownies, ice cream, produce, nut butter, and more.
  • Waianapanapa State Park is a black sand beach where you can do much more than just swim. Visitors can explore a small cave on the right of the beach. On the other side of the beach, to your left, you’ll find a hiking trail that winds through the lava rock. The park does require a reservation to enter the park.

Within Haleakala National Park , you can book a bike tour to watch an awe inspiring sunrise at the Haleakala summit — 10,000 feet above sea level! Watching the sunrise while you are above the clouds is a one-of-a-kind experience, and afterwards you can do some downhill biking to experience the area’s natural beauty in a fun and active way.

The park is also full of hiking trails. One recommended trail is Waimoku Falls via Pipiwai Trail , a moderate 3.8-mile hike that takes you to a gorgeous 400-foot tall waterfall.

You can view a full list of top Haleakala National Park hiking trails here.

If you’re wanting a peaceful solo travel in Hawaii experience removed from the big city vibes, then you can’t go wrong with Maui.

Maui Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Maui . Maui Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Maui .

visiting the Waimea Canyon State Park on a solo trip to Hawaii

Known as the “Garden Island” because of its lush tropical landscapes, Kauai is the perfect tourist destination for solo travelers who love the great outdoors and don’t mind getting rained on.

The rural island is known for its beautiful hiking trails, with only 10% of the land accessible by car.

Hikers should head to  Waimea Canyon State Park — known as the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” This is because it resembles the famous Grand Canyon with its reddish hues — Waimea (“reddish water”) refers to the canyon’s red soil erosion — and massive size at 10 miles long and up to 3,000 feet deep.

The extreme rainfall on Mount Waialeale formed the canyon , which is one of the wettest places on Earth.

Prefer biking? Don’t miss the Ke Ala Hele Makālae bike path , an easy trail along the island’s Royal Coconut Coast, a nickname given to Kauai’s East Side due to its abundance of coconut groves.

And if you want to zipline, head to Koloa on the South Shore to go ziplining on Kauai’s longest zipline course. You can fly like a superhero along a 1000-foot zipline through lush forest and over the Waita Reservoir.

Beyond the above-mentioned adventures, a trip to Kauai is not complete until you see the Na Pali Coastline . These beautiful emerald-hued cliffs stretch for 17 miles, and can only be seen via hiking, helicopter, or boat.

The best time to do a Na Pali Coast boat tour is during a summer morning, as this is when the water conditions are the calmest.

Boat tours leave from Hanalei (only in summer months) on the North Shore as well as Port Allen on the South Shore. If possible, opt for Hanalei as you’ll reach the Na Pali Coast from here. Expect the boat tour to be about 4-5.5 hours long. You can choose to go on a catamaran or a motorized raft.

Another option is a Kauai helicopter tour , which offers stunning views over Waimea Canyon, Mount Waialeale, Na Pali Coast, and a few other spots. You can choose from “doors on” or the more popular “door-off” option — which provides unobstructed views and is great for taking stunning photos of Kauai.

Experienced hikers will love the challenge of trekking the 11-mile (one way) Na Pali Coast (Kalalau) Trail , which begins at Ha’ena State Park at Ka’a Beach and takes about 3 days to complete. Note that it requires a permit to hike and camp that must be booked in advance as the limited reservations sell out fast.

Even if you only hike a few miles of the trail, you’ll be rewarded with beautiful panoramic views.

Now, I’m sure you’re curious: which of these options for seeing the Na Pali Coast is best? In my opinion, the boat, as it is a longer tour and is way more affordable than a helicopter tour and way easier than a hike.

Kauai Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Kauai . Kauai Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Kauai .

Hawai’i, aka Big Island

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If you are a backcountry lover and want to explore not one, but two volcanos — one of which is active — Hawaii is the island for you.

Big Island is the largest island out of all eight major Hawaiian islands, with the two main areas to visit being Kona and Hilo .

Hawaii is home to Manua Kea , the largest volcano on Earth, and Kilauea , the most active volcano, located in the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park .

If you’re wondering whether visiting the Big Island with an active volcano is safe, the short answer is yes! While this may sound dangerous, the reality is that the area around the volcano is well-monitored, and visitors are typically kept at a safe distance.

The best things to do in Hawaii alone are to:

  • go on a whale watching tour
  • hike the scenic and historic King’s Trail (and other Big Island hikes )
  • go snorkeling with manta rays
  • take a helicopter tour of the Kilauea Volcano
  • Just make sure to check if lava is flowing during your visit

Another interesting way to see lava flowing is aboard an evening lava boat tour , which gets you up close to the action.

Alternatively, you can go on a scenic drive along Chain of Craters Road , which provides the best view of the huge hardened lava flows year-round. On this road, you can stop at different points like Thurston Lava Tube , Halemaumau Crater , Devil’s Throat Crater , and Holei Sea Arch .

Big Island is also known for its coffee, particularly in Kailua-Kona . You can visit farms along the Kona Coffee Belt — like Greenwell Farms and Mountain Thunder Coffee — to tour the plantations, learn more about the production process, and taste local coffees.

There is also this in-depth Kona tour , which takes you to a coffee plantation, a bee farm, Kealakekua Bay, and Kaloko-Honokohau Park.

And if you’re just looking to kick back and relax, Big Island has plenty of luxurious resorts and spas where you can unwind — like Mauna Lani, Auberge Resorts Collection , a beachfront resort on the Kohala Coast that offers breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean.

With three swimming pools and a beautiful beach, there are plenty of opportunities to relax and soak up the sun. And for a truly indulgent experience, treat yourself to a massage or facial at the resort’s sumptuous spa.

The hotel also has several dining options to suit any taste, from casual family-style dining to farm-to-table Japanese-inspired dishes.

At Mauna Lani, you will surely receive exceptional service that will make your stay comfortable and memorable.

Big Island Hotels: Click here for a full list of hotels in Big Island . Big Island Tours: Click here for a full list of fun tours in Big Island .

Advice For Solo Dining In Hawaii

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Does the thought of eating alone during your solo trip to Hawaii make you feel self-conscious? Here are a few tips:

Bring an activity. Bringing a book or other enjoyable activity can give you something to focus on while dining.

Sit at the bar. It often feels less awkward to sit at a bar alone than a table. Bonus: you’ll have the bartender to chat with if you’d like someone to talk to.

Dine outside of main meal times. This will allow you to dine solo with less people around.

Opt for a food tour. There are many food tours in Hawaii , which have the added benefit of allowing you to meet other travelers and get insider knowledge from your tour guide.

Focus on your food and enjoy. At the end of the day, realize that nobody besides you is focused on the fact that you’re eating alone in Hawaii. So instead of caring what others may or may not think about you sitting on your own, focus on the delicious food in front of you.

Tips For Planning A Solo Trip To Hawaii

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Now let’s chat about some important things to keep in mind during solo female travel in Hawaii.

1) Choose the right island. Each Hawaiian island offers a unique experience, so choosing the island that best fits your interests and travel style is essential.

For instance, Oahu and Maui are popular choices for solo travelers, with plenty of activities and reliable transportation options.

If you are visiting Hawaii alone and want a more rural environment to go hiking and camping, Kauai and Hawaii (also called the Big Island) are great options.

Once you pick an island, research its popular areas so that you can choose a centrally-located accommodation near to the things you want to do on your solo trip to Hawaii.

2) Be respectful. Hawaii has unique cultures and customs, so being respectful and aware of local traditions is essential. Also, respecting locals, nature, and sacred sights is crucial.

Here are few additional local tips for showing respect:

  • When a car gives you the right way to pass, it’s a nice gesture to shaka 🤙🏽
  • Saying aloha (hello) and mahalo (thank you) goes a long way
  • Never touch or get too close to wildlife — it’s illegal!

3) Research local transportation. To make traveling to Hawaii solo easier, figure out your transportation method. Not all Hawaii islands have public transportation, and renting a car is always the best option if you’re comfortable driving.

Again, you can use Discover Cars to quickly compare your rental options.

Another excellent choice for solo travelers wanting to see the sights without renting a car is to book a tour.

Here is a full list of top-rated tours in Hawaii .

4) Know how to stay safe on a solo trip to Hawaii. Hawaii is generally a safe destination for solo travelers; however, it’s essential to take precautions like:

  • Pack important travel safety essentials
  • Stick to well-lit areas at night, avoid isolated beaches or trails, and stay aware of your surroundings
  • If you plan on hiking or participating in outdoor activities alone, let someone know where you’ll be and when you expect to return
  • Pay attention to any warning signs at the beach or at the beginning of the hiking trails
  • Consider joining tours to meet other travelers and enhance your Hawaii experience

By taking these simple steps, you can enjoy all that Hawaii offers while staying safe during your solo travels.

What Does Hawaii Solo Travel Cost?

rugged Na Pali Coast in Kauai

The cost of solo female travel to Hawaii can vary widely depending on your travel budget , trip style, and the length of your stay. That being said, the average weekly cost is about $2500 to $5000.

Here is a cost breakdown for a solo trip to Hawaii :

Accommodation:

  • Hostel dorm bed: $45 per night
  • 3-star hotel room: $150 per night

Transportation:

  • Car rentals: $50 to $150 per day
  • Moped rentals: $50 per day for a 7-day rental
  • Bus ride: $2.50
  • Hawaiian shave ice: $5-$10
  • Fast food plate: $10-15
  • Restaurant entree: $22-50 

Excursions:  Hawaii offers a wide range of activities for free. If you want to do a tour, prices can vary widely; but, expect to spend anywhere from $50 to $200+ per activity.

A solo trip to Hawaii is expensive, but it’s worth visiting. To reduce costs, consider visiting outside of peak season — which is typically late December through March — and booking your flights and hotels a few months in advance.

Do You Need Travel Insurance For Hawaii?

When visiting Hawaii—or anywhere else in the world—it’s wise to get travel insurance.

For this, I have two recommendations:

SafetyWing . If you’re looking for something straightforward and budget-friendly, you can’t beat SafetyWing. They offer one global policy that you can cancel at any time or continue paying for long-term coverage (making it the perfect option for digital nomads!).

Their plan includes medical coverage, trip interruptions, personal liability, unplanned overnight stays, lost luggage, and more.

World Nomads . For something more comprehensive, World Nomads is a great option. While you’ll pay a bit more, you’ll typically get higher coverage maximums as well as additional inclusions—like trip cancellation.

Frequently Asked Questions About Solo Travel To Hawaii

solo female traveler in Hawaii with Kualoa Ranch in the background

Now let’s go over a few common questions about planning a solo trip to Hawaii.

Q) Is Hawaii safe for solo female travelers?

Yes, Absolutely! Hawaii is generally safe for solo female travelers, and you can enjoy exploring this beautiful destination alone.

You’ll likely have a worry-free trip if you take standard precautions — such as staying aware of your surroundings, keeping your belongings close, and avoiding isolated areas after dark.

Plus, the locals in Hawaii are known for their friendly and welcoming nature, so you’ll feel right at home in no time.

Q) W hat is the best Hawaiian island for solo travel?

Oahu is often considered the best place in Hawaii for solo travel. It offers endless outdoor activities, museums, and iconic landmarks like Diamond Head and Pearl Harbor — which provide an opportunity to learn about the history and culture of Hawaii.

For those seeking relaxation, Oahu has some of the  best beaches in Hawaii, including Waikiki Beach and Lanikai Beach. Also, getting around the island is much easier than the other islands.

Q) What is the best time to visit Hawaii?

The best time to visit Hawaii is during the shoulder seasons of May to early June or September to mid-December. During these times, you can get score great deals while avoiding the crowds.

Hawaii’s climate is relatively consistent year-round, so you can expect warm temperatures and occasional rainfall no matter when you visit.

Q) What is the most affordable Hawaiian island to visit?

Oahu is often considered the most affordable island to visit. One of the reasons for this is that the island has a diverse range of accommodations — including hostels, hotels, and vacation rentals, making it easier to find affordable lodging options.

Additionally, Oahu has an excellent public transportation system that can take you anywhere on the island without spending too much.

Q) Can you drink tap water in Hawaii?

Yes, tap water in Hawaii is generally safe to drink. The water in Hawaii comes from the onshore aquifers or accumulated underground rainwater.

Due to its natural porous volcanic rock filtration, no fluoride is added to water; however, the taste of tap water can vary depending on the location and the source of the water.

Final Thoughts On Going To Hawaii Alone 

coastline and resorts along Waikiki Beach

Hawaii is a fantastic destination for solo travelers. As we’ve explored, Hawaii is generally safe for solo female travelers, with plenty of activities to suit various interests and budgets.

Whether you’re looking to relax on a beach, hike to a scenic waterfall, or explore the local food scene, Hawaii has something to offer.

From the stunning natural beauty of Maui to the bustling city life of Oahu, each Hawaiian island has its own unique charm.

While getting to Hawaii may require some planning, many airlines offer direct flights from major cities worldwide. Plus, once you arrive, getting around as a solo traveler is relatively easy — with plenty of transportation options available.

And with Hawaii’s consistently warm weather, there’s always a right time to visit, whether seeking a peaceful escape or an exciting adventure.

In short, consider the Hawaiian islands for your next solo trip!

What are your top tips for planning a solo trip to Hawaii?

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Wow, what an amazing experience! I’m so jealous! I’ve always wanted to take a solo trip to Hawaii and it sounds like you had a great time. I’m sure you made some amazing memories that will last a lifetime. Thanks for sharing your story!

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How to Have an Awesome Solo Trip in Maui

10/12/2016 by Kristin Addis 37 Comments

Think Maui, Hawaii is only for couples and honeymoons? Think again! As a solo female traveler, I enjoyed traveling alone in Maui and here are some practical tips and guides on planning the best solo trip to Maui, including the best things to do and where to eat & stay! #Maui #Hawaii #Solofemaletravel

When I was in high school, someone I knew took a trip to Hawaii by himself and I remember feeling really bad for him, because a solo trip to such a romantic destination must be terrible, right?

That was before I had experienced the benefits of solo traveling firsthand, and after years of doing it, I started to envy him for going to such an amazing destination on his own. Ultimate freedom in a place as raw and adventurous as Hawaii sounded like a dream come true.

When the opportunity came up for me to work on a photography project in Hawaii, I jumped at the chance to check it out solo, confident that more than a honeymoon destination, Hawaii can be a great solo female travel destination, too.

Turns out that it totally is! These are some of the best activities in Maui, plenty of which will give you opportunities to meet other travelers, and enjoy a few solo adventures too:

Road to Hana

This famous road has over 600 turns, and though some of them are hairpin turns on a one-lane road, as long as you take it slow and go before the other tourists are on the road, you’ll be just fine.

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The Road to Hana has quickly become one of the most popular activities on Maui since it takes you through some of the dreamiest landscape on the island, including waterfalls, black sand beaches, jungles, and a bamboo forest.

I did this one alone, and was glad to have all of the time and space that I needed to really do it justice in the way that I wanted to.

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You won’t have cell service out there, so I recommend getting the Gypsy Guide for the Road to Hana as it’s synced to satellite. The voice on the app, I named him ‘Bill’ because he seemed like a Bill, gives really good suggestions on the must-sees, gives some historical background, and will let you know in plenty of time before you get to each landmark. Without a navigator, that help was invaluable.

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I have a bunch of tips here for how to do the road right, to get away from other tourists, and to have a more pleasant drive!

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Maui Surfer Girls

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I’m so very glad that I gave surf lessons on Maui a try. I’ve been resisting surfing for so long and I honestly don’t know why. I guess I just assumed it would be difficult and I’d be battling it out with a bunch of guys who are way better than I am.

Maui Surfer Girls made me feel so comfortable with the whole experience. The waves on the side of Maui that they teach on (Olowalu Beach near Lahaina) are nice and small, the views of the green mountains as you ride the waves in are beautiful, plus I had plenty of room to learn.

To my surprise, I was already standing by my second wave, and rode two all the way in during my two-hour lesson. Having the female-friendly, non-competitive environment that these lessons provided just made me feel good, and the surf camps they offer make it easy to meet other female travelers too! Try some Maui surf lessons out, it’s a blast, really!

Snorkeling the Molokini Crater

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This was actually my first activity on the island and I was surprised by how easy it was to make friends on the boat. Even though people were there with their significant others, they were friendly and I ended up chatting with and making friends with people right from day one. I also found the crew to be particularly friendly and easy to talk to, which made the whole experience great as a solo traveler.

The Molokini Crater is a crescent-shaped, partially submerged volcanic crater that is pretty famous for snorkeling and even diving. For me, the boat ride was the best part as being on the ocean is one of my favorite things in life. Jumping into the warm water, spotting an octopus, and swimming around just added to the fun.

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You have a few options for booking a trip like this, but I’d suggest a smaller boat. I saw some that appeared to have hundreds of people, while the Alii Nui’s max is 60 (but there were only 24 when I went last Monday). The food was excellent, the wine and beer were free-flowing, and it included a pickup and drop off at my hotel.

A few solo female travel tips:

  • Safety: Thankfully Maui is pretty safe and most crime is limited to petty theft. That said, plenty of people on the island don’t even lock their doors so that’s a pretty good indication that it’s a safe place for solo female travelers. Just make sure that you lock your rental car ( book here ! By the way, despite what the guy at the rental place tries to upsell you, a compact car on Maui will do you just fine).
  • Meeting others: It might be easier than you think. I hadn’t realized I already knew plenty of people in Maui. Post on your Facebook page that you’re heading there and you may be surprised who knows whom!
  • Consider using social media: If you have an active social media account like Instagram or Snapchat, you might be able to find people that way. If not, use sites like Couchsurfing.org or meetup.com .

Where to stay and eat: 

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  • The Grand Wailea : The rooms and grounds are out of this world, and the staff will customer-service you all day. It’s awesome. The Grand Wailea also has some of the best food I’ve ever had. I’m being completely serious. Their restaurant, Humuhumu had delicious eats. Even if you don’t stay at this hotel, splurge on the dinner. It’s SO worth it!
  • Kaanapali Beach Hotel : Talk about a great sunset spot! This hotel is intimate without being tiny and is a great mid-range option.
  • Budget: Camping in Hawaii is awesome, and you can save tons of money if you’re willing to brave the occasional rain. If not, check out AirBnB for options. Definitely eat at Ono Tacos, a taco truck in Lahaina, for some cheap and seriously delicious fish, al pastor, pollo, and asado tacos.

So if you’re thinking of visiting Hawaii and are tired of waiting for the perfect opportunity, or person, to go with you, look no further than your own reflection. Seriously, I was so surprised at how easy and enjoyable it has been to meet people in Hawaii, whether it’s locals or other tourists. Don’t fear a solo trip here, rather embrace it and enjoy the adventure!

*As mentioned in the intro, I was here on a photography assignment and therefore partnered with the Hawaii Tourism Board to bring you this article. Some of these links are affiliate links. I only promote the things I love think you’ll love too. Your trust always comes first. 

About Kristin Addis

Kristin Addis is the founder and CEO of Be My Travel Muse, a resource for female travelers all around the world since 2012. She's traveled solo to over 65 countries and has brought over 150 women on her all-female adventure tours from Botswana to the Alaskan tundra.

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Brooklyn Murtaugh says

10/12/2016 at 11:52 pm

Hawaii has never been high on my “go to” list, but the older I get the more I want to go! I lived in Australia for a bit and had planned to try surfing, but for some reason I never did it. I think due to being nervous. The company you went with sounds great!

Kristin says

10/13/2016 at 11:07 am

I was nervous too and then once I tried I was like, okay that was way more fun and less scary than I thought. What was I actually worried about?

10/13/2016 at 3:28 am

Love this. Have always wanted to go to Hawaii but whereas I’m still travelling and refusing to ‘settle down’, all of my friends have. This has gI’ve me the confidence to go by myself. So New Zealand (again) next year and Hawaii for 2018 i think. Thanks!

10/13/2016 at 11:06 am

Sweet! I was surprised at how easy it was to meet people. I thought it might be a little bit lonely but found that the alone times didn’t bother me at all because I was so stimulated by the surroundings and people are in such a good mood on Maui -they’re on vacation!

John Parker says

10/13/2016 at 7:24 am

Thanks for sharing your solo travel experience with us.

10/13/2016 at 11:12 am

It’s a GoPro Hero 4 with a dome: http://amzn.to/2ed4qQJ <- that's the one I have but I think it's pretty crappy and would consider getting a better quality one if you think you'll use it much. The top already broke and my friend had to fix it. The dome is necessary to get the half in half out of water shots 🙂

Serhat Engul says

10/14/2016 at 1:12 pm

Breath-taking beauty of nature and great photographs. Thank you.

Jocelyne says

10/14/2016 at 8:54 pm

Wow. You’ve done some serious travels and yes I’ve gone to Mexico by myself and let me tell you it was amazing! Love every bit of it.

10/14/2016 at 10:09 pm

Sounds like an awesome trip! I would definitely love to go there, Hawaii is a great destination for honeymoons but boasts just as much for single people. I feel like I’d have to take it one island at a time though, or there wouldn’t be enough time to see everything there!

10/16/2016 at 1:26 am

Yeah definitely give the islands their time! I wish I’d had longer but then again I almost always do.

Lauren Will says

10/15/2016 at 7:23 pm

What a great guide! Maui is so much fun…. HumaHuma is one of my fave spots!!! The spa at The Grand Wailea is incredible as well 🙂

10/16/2016 at 1:01 am

I heard the spa is amazing! I’m not usually a spa person because I want to be outside exploring but if I’d had more time there I think I would have had to check it out.

Dave Briggs says

10/19/2016 at 1:12 am

Fantastic things to do on the island. Glad to find that you’ve found it completely safe. The snorkeling bit is appealing to the adventurer in me tremendously! And trekking to that incredible jungle would be perfect as well!

10/20/2016 at 1:12 am

Tons of great snorkeling in Maui and Hawaii in general!

10/28/2016 at 2:32 pm

Great tips! My first trip to Hawaii I spent six weeks there solo and loved every minute. There are some great hostels on Maui in particular including Banana Bungalow and Aloha Surf Hostel which include free tours every day. It’s an awesome way to meet other travelers and also to cut costs as you won’t need a car rental (which can add up when you don’t have someone to split it with.) Mahalo <3

11/01/2016 at 2:35 pm

Thanks for the hostel ideas! I wouldn’t have even thought of that (which is silly, because why not?)

Carrick says

12/05/2016 at 6:31 pm

Hi Kristin!

Lovely post and beautiful photos. Maui is such a fantastic island, isn’t it? We just returned from visiting in October and we fell in love. We didn’t spend much time there, but we got up early (like, should’ve just stayed awake early) and drove up to Haleakla National {ark to catch the sunrise. It was totally worth it.

Maybe some day you can make it up there and I can take some surfing lessons!

Safe travels!

12/05/2016 at 6:51 pm

That’s something I missed that I’d wanted to do. Something to go back for!

Lisa Williams says

07/24/2017 at 7:06 am

I’m thinking about heading back to Maui, solo this time. I love snorkeling but would be afraid to go it alone. Any recommendations on groups? Besides Molokini…..

07/25/2017 at 8:51 pm

I’m guessing any tour you take would be able to accommodate you.

Marirose says

08/05/2017 at 7:01 pm

This post is exactly what I was looking for! I’m thinking about doing a solo trip to Maui. Thanks so much for the tips. Even more excited for it now.

How long did you stay there? I have 10-11 days to plan for. Considering island hopping. Would this be something you’d recommend, or do you think there’s enough to do on the island for 10 days?

08/06/2017 at 6:53 pm

I was in Hawaii for the same amount of time and also visited Molokai https://www.bemytravelmuse.com/off-the-beaten-path-hawaii-molokai/ and Lanai: https://www.bemytravelmuse.com/lanai-hawaii-activities/

Loved that mix but wished for more time. Who doesn’t want more time in Hawaii?

01/23/2018 at 7:08 pm

How long did you go to Hawaii for? I am looking at going during Easter break.

01/24/2018 at 4:22 am

It was 10 full days between Maui, Lanai, and Molokai.

Silvia says

03/12/2018 at 4:53 am

Hi! Thanks for all the tips and inspirations 🙂 I was wondering though if it’s impossible to visit Hawaii without renting a car: since I’ll be by myself, it will be quite expensive renting one all alone :-/ Many thanks in advance! Silvia

03/14/2018 at 2:25 am

There’s a bus system and lots of people hitchhike. I actually picked up a couple of hitchhikers myself!

Serena Belluschi says

04/26/2018 at 9:32 am

Hi!, did you rent a car on your own? did you manage to find someone to share with? I am planning to do solo trip to maui but not sure on which side of the island to stay. The cheapest is hostels in Kahului or paia but then I have to go around from there!

04/27/2018 at 9:11 am

I rented it on my own. I did give rides to people but they were hitchhikers so I didn’t ask for money or anything like that. It’s an expense for sure but the good news is you don’t need the Jeep they’ll try to upsell you. Just get the cheap car!

Stephanie says

05/22/2018 at 5:06 am

I’m will traveling to Hawaii in Oct. and for the first week I will be with a friend in Oahu and the second week I will be by myself. I would like to go to another island, but wasn’t sure which one would be the best for a female traveling alone. I came across you blog and I have read everything you posted about Hawaii, and found it to be interesting. Is there an island that you would recommend over the others? I was thinking of going to Maui. Any tips would be greatly appreciated.

05/22/2018 at 7:09 am

I love them all for different reasons. Lanai and Molokai are both tons of fun too but you’ll spend more time solo there, I imagine. Maui will have lots of other people as would Kauai. The big island is super adventurous and fun as well but, well, bigger. I’d base it on how much you’d like to be alone and what kind of scenery speaks to you the most. They’re all different!

Eleasabeth says

09/03/2018 at 3:16 am

I also spent a really good time there during my last summer holidays and came back with a lot of pleasant memories.

Micaela says

12/03/2018 at 10:34 am

Were you able to capture your ‘selfies’ alone or did you typically ask other travelers, etc?

12/04/2018 at 1:29 am

I took all of them alone: https://www.bemytravelmuse.com/how-to-take-travel-selfies/

01/31/2019 at 4:02 pm

After visiting the island a few times with family, I now want to travel their alone Great reading your article.

I would like to know more about your assignment and how you partnered with the Hawaiian tourism board. I myself am a professional wedding photographer who travels on off seasons.

02/01/2019 at 7:38 am

They contacted me to help them promote Hawaii to my audience. I think they were particularly interested in that part of it.

10/05/2019 at 1:44 pm

was this an expensive trip including hotels, foods, travel?

10/05/2019 at 2:08 pm

You can make it cheaper by camping and eating at food trucks, or more expensive depending on the car – which doesn’t need to be a Jeep even if they try to sell you on an upgrade – so you have options on a budget!

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Solo Female Traveler’s Guide to Hawaii

Traveling solo Female to Hawaii is a dream for many, and for women exploring the islands alone, it’s an opportunity to experience independence and empowerment amidst stunning landscapes and vibrant cultures. Hawaii’s allure lies in its diverse islands, each offering unique charms and adventures for the solo female traveler. From safety tips to immersive experiences, here’s your ultimate guide to navigating Hawaii with confidence.

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Why Choose Hawaii for Solo Female Travel

Hawaii’s appeal to solo female travelers is undeniable. Its safety, hospitality, and diverse landscapes make it an ideal destination. Whether you crave solitude on secluded beaches, adventure in dense rainforests, or cultural immersion in local communities, Hawaii promises an unforgettable experience for solo female travelers.

Preparing for Your Solo Female Travel to Hawaii

Research and Planning Thorough research is crucial before your Hawaiian adventure. Explore each island’s offerings to match your interests. Whether it’s the bustling streets of Honolulu, the tranquility of Maui, or the rugged beauty of Kauai, each island has something special for solo female travelers.

Prioritize Safety While Hawaii is generally safe, it’s wise to exercise caution, especially when traveling alone. Stay informed about local safety guidelines, avoid isolated areas after dark, and keep your belongings secure. Share your itinerary with trusted contacts and stay connected throughout your trip to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience as a solo female traveler in Hawaii.

Pack Wisely Packing essentials for Hawaii requires a mix of practicality and style. Sunscreen, a wide-brimmed hat, and breathable clothing are musts for solo female travelers exploring Hawaii’s diverse landscapes. Don’t forget a reusable water bottle for hydration and sturdy walking shoes for exploring diverse terrains with confidence.

Embracing Solo Exploration in Hawaii

Connect with Nature Hawaii’s natural beauty beckons solo female travelers to explore its wonders. Take solo hikes through lush rainforests, where the sounds of birds and rustling leaves create a serene ambiance. Visit iconic landmarks like Diamond Head or Haleakalā National Park for breathtaking views and memorable experiences as a solo female traveler in Hawaii.

Immerse in Culture Engage with Hawaiian culture through authentic experiences. Attend traditional luaus for local cuisine and captivating hula performances. Explore farmers’ markets to meet artisans and purchase handmade souvenirs, embracing cultural immersion as a solo female traveler in Hawaii.

Dive into Water Adventures Hawaii’s clear waters offer endless aquatic adventures for solo female travelers. Whether surfing, snorkeling, or paddleboarding, there’s something for everyone. Book guided tours to encounter sea turtles and vibrant marine life or join group activities for shared experiences and memorable encounters as a solo female traveler exploring Hawaii’s oceanic wonders.

Navigating Dining and Nightlife as a Solo Female Traveler in Hawaii

Culinary Exploration Hawaii’s culinary scene is a fusion of flavors influenced by its diverse heritage. Don’t hesitate to indulge in local delicacies as a solo female traveler in Hawaii. Opt for casual eateries or food trucks for relaxed dining experiences and memorable culinary adventures.

Enjoy Nightlife Safely As the sun sets, Hawaii’s nightlife comes alive. Prioritize safety when exploring nightspots as a solo female traveler in Hawaii. Stick to well-lit areas and moderate alcohol consumption. Consider joining organized tours or group activities for socializing in a safe environment and making memorable connections with fellow travelers in Hawaii.

Finding Accommodation for Solo Female Travelers in Hawaii

Prioritize Safety and Comfort Choose accommodations in safe, convenient locations for solo female travelers in Hawaii. Look for hotels, resorts, or rentals with positive reviews and amenities catering to solo travelers’ needs, ensuring a comfortable and enjoyable stay in Hawaii.

Consider Hostels Hostels offer budget-friendly lodging options with opportunities to meet fellow travelers for solo female travelers in Hawaii. Look for secure facilities and social activities to enhance your experience and make meaningful connections with other solo travelers exploring Hawaii’s wonders.

Conclusion Traveling solo to Hawaii offers women the chance to embrace independence and adventure in paradise. By following these tips, solo female travelers can navigate Hawaii confidently, immersing themselves in its beauty and culture while creating unforgettable memories as solo adventurers in Hawaii. From outdoor excursions to cultural experiences and vibrant nightlife, Hawaii promises a journey of self-discovery and empowerment for solo female travelers. So pack your bags, embrace the aloha spirit, and embark on a solo adventure in paradise as a solo female traveler in Hawaii.

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In October, a fellow blogger asked me if I had ever been to Hawaii. My response:

"No, and I'm not sure if I ever will. It's just so expensive to fly to such a small island."

Fast forward two weeks and I was clicking submit on skyscanner.com for a three week travel plan. My first stop being Oahu, Hawaii.

Travel is so unpredictable. Places I never imagined are suddenly imaginable thanks to a lot of research and killer flight deals.

So last month I began adventuring, touring and discovering Oahu, Hawaii as a solo female traveler.

With no plans and no idea what the island had to offer, I had to start on some research....about two days before I showed up. I sat on the plane on my layover in Phoenix staring at my phone waiting to see if I could sleep on the couch of a friend of a friend my first night. God, I am such an awesome procrastinator. And for having little planned-not even a place to sleep, I have to say things went extremely well.

Solo female travel is extremely intimidating at first. Half of the people you meet will think you are completely insane and the other half with think you are the coolest person alive. Traveling alone opens you to meet amazing new people and to lead you on adventures you never knew existed. It also strips you of all your comfort and forces you to be in situations most would find uncomfortable.

For example: eating alone. Others tell me all the time they feel bad for people at restaurants who sit alone and that in fact they look lonely. With solo travel, be prepared for those "I feel bad for you" stares. But you are not afraid.

I took a tour on the island and was the only single traveler of the group. But I never felt alone. I paired up with some friendly guys from the Philippians and we had a kick-ass time biking the beaches of North Shore, SUPing, Kayaking and just hanging out. Plus everyone else wants to learn your story. Once they find out you're alone it's a flood of questions:

"Aren't you scared being a female and alone?"

"How long are you traveling for?"

"You're not seriously all by yourself...are you?"

But in the end, a majority give you major props. And hell, maybe I am a little crazy...but I like it that way.

So I show up to Hawaii and stayed with some amazing people from Advlo.com , who were more than kind to open their home for me for the first few nights. After that, I just started floating. A hotel here, staying with an old high school friend there. I usually discovered where I was sleeping the day of after being sent on the street with my backpack and no plan. I'll admit it was extremely stressful but extremely fun. I always love to be a little spontaneous. We should all learn to do that a bit more. (Note: make sure you're not traveling there during the Honolulu Marathon, as all hostels will be booked)

I also went on some KILLER hikes. The landscape here is absolutely insane. Jurassic Park meets Lost meets Avatar meets Narnia. All the locals stroll around and I'm there next to them staring up and screaming "BEACHES AND MOUNTAINSSSSSSSSSS".

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Hawaii is absolutely one of a kind. The island of Oahu is no longer than 26 miles across, but the ecosystems are completely different based upon the area. The beaches are sunny almost everyday and see about 10 inches of rain per year. Some mountains are actually rain forests that can see up to 400 inches of rain per year with low clouds often lingering.

Did you know 3 of the top 10 rainiest places in the world are located on the islands of Hawaii?

The contrast explains why rainbows are so incredibly common here (At least one a day).

The absolute most difficult and annoying thing I had to deal with while traveling alone in Hawaii was lack of transportation. Unfortunately, I tried renting a car but those dreams were quickly smashed. Locals also told me how risky renting a car is, because if you take it out of the city islanders can spot rental cars and then break into them.

The bus system is quite slow (3 hours to get to the other side of the island) and hitchhiking may be common on the other islands, but Oahu is not the best place. Mopeds are probably the best solution, however that means you must travel light enough to carry everything from place to place on your back. The friend I couchsurfed with the couple days had a moped and we rode that around until we got pulled over by the police for riding two people on a one-seater. Oops.

Overall, I give solo female travel Hawaii 4.8 stars and am definitely returning in the future. I could spend 6 months there and not do every hike I wished. I never felt scared or intimidated and by traveling solo I made dozens of new friends in a matter of 7 days. Not bad, right?

Solo traveling will always lead you to fun and exciting adventures that wouldn't be possible otherwise. You will meet the skeptics who think you will end up on the side of a milk carton. You will meet the people who envy you because they've always wanted to do it. But most importantly it will teach you that the world is not scary and that good people outweigh the bad tremendously.

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Hi there, I’m Belinda from Australia. This might not be the right forum to post this but I will be traveling the USA in July, August, September. (email: [email protected] for fees) Ive organised a coupla tours but will be traveling by myself for a bit. Please contact me if you want to go for a hike, coffee, walk, dinner and some bevy’s at a bar. (drinks as single traveler always needs some dutch courage) Sorry that this forum was for Hawaii travellers, I’ll have to search other sites.. Email or add me on Facebook or instagram: belindzking Cheers Belinda

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Hi there, I’m Belinda from Australia.

This might not be the right forum to post this but I will be traveling the USA in July, August, and September. (email: [email protected] for deets) Ive organised a coupla tours but will be traveling by myself for a bit. Please contact me if you want to go for a hike, coffee, walk, dinner and some bevy’s at a bar. (drinks as single traveler always needs some dutch courage) Sorry that this forum was for Hawaii travellers, I’ll have to search other sites.. Email or add me on Facebook or instagram: belindzking Cheers Belinda

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Hi ladies, I am a solo female traveler as all of you. I am planning a vacation at the BI the first week of December so was wondering if anyone is planning a vacation at the same time so we can possibly meet and explore together. I would be happy to find a travel partner and have fun as I am very nervous and a bit scared to go there on my own. Please comment here or just email me @ [email protected] .

Hi girls, I am a solo female traveler and so glad i found this blog. I am planning a vacation to Hawaii the first week of December so was hoping to find a travel partner/ friend. I’ll be happy to hear from anyone who is planning a visit to Hawaii at the same time or even maybe overlapping with mine 12/03-12/10. Please email me @[email protected]. Thanks much,Lily

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Hi ladies, I am a solo female traveler going to Honolulu February 21 to 26, 2019. I would love to meet up with anyone who will be there during that time. Please email me at [email protected]

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I’ve travelled to SO many places alone: Japan/Kyoto, Vietnam for three weeks solo, Malaysia/Singapore for three weeks solo (including small islands in Malaysia) Hong Kong, China, Korea, and Portugal (Lisbon and Porto) and never had any issues or felt unsafe. Also, met so many people to hang out with, even all nighters at clubs in Lisbon! And I also lived for 7 years teaching in Korea and China so that helped to not feel like a tourist anyway.

I even arrived in India alone for part of a trip.

I plan to go to Hawaii alone so this is helpful!

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11 Best Things To Do In Oahu For Solo Travelers

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Since 2011, when I dipped my toe into the world of solo travel with my first trip to Paris, I have had an insatiable appetite for exploring the world on my own. The freedom and the growing confidence with each solo trip is empowering and overflows into all aspects of my life.

The older I get, the more I gravitate toward the sea (and all water). There’s something about the water, sand, and a clear blue sky that has a meditative effect on me. I appreciate nature more now than I did in my 20s and 30s. This was why Hawaii gently twisted my arm to come and visit. 

Oahu is a perfect destination for us solo travelers to immerse ourselves in nature. The sea, the mountains, the lush rainforests; there’s not only the beach and laid-back lifestyle, but the locals are friendly, too. The weather is amazing, and Oahu is a safe destination for solo travelers. 

There is so much to do and see on Oahu, and here I share some highlights that I enjoy when I’m exploring the island solo. 

I love the North Shore, and Haleiwa is the center of this part of Oahu. The North Shore is the “real Oahu,” celebrating the surfing lifestyle. 

You can easily spend a good part of the day in Haleiwa wandering in all the cool shops which sell everything from clothing to t-shirts, surfing gear, and home goods. Most of the shops are located right on Kamehameha Highway along a one-mile stretch. Much of that stretch has sidewalk, but part of the way does not. 

Breakfast burrito att Kono's in Haleʻiwa, Oahu, Hawaii

Haleiwa has some of the best food in Oahu. I love to grab a breakfast burrito at Kono’s in the North Shore Marketplace, find a nearby picnic table, and watch the island chickens scurry about. There are a few sit-down restaurants.

A delicious crepe from the North Shore Crepe Cafe food truck on Oahu, Hawaii

Pro Tip: I like to skip the restaurants in favor of a plate lunch at a food truck. Oahu has a very food truck-orientated lifestyle perfectly suited to solo travelers. That is clear in Haleiwa, where there are food trucks everywhere. My favorite is North Shore Crepes . Just look for the cute VW van.

Matsumoto Shave Ice in Haleiwa, Oahu, Hawaii

2. Shave Ice At Matsumoto’s

You may run into a long line of tourists and locals in Haleiwa waiting for a shave ice sweet treat at Matsumoto’s . Trust me, it’s worth it.

Along with serving shave ice, the attached store sells all kinds of merchandise. T-shirts, pancake mixes, and other gift items are available.

Pro Tip: Ask for the add-on vanilla ice cream! Trust me.

Fun Fact: The Matsumoto’s opened their grocery store in 1951, eventually converting it to sell merchandise and souvenirs, then expanded and began selling shave ice topped with their own syrup recipes. Matsumoto’s is still a family-run business with only one location in the world. 

Those tiny black dots are surfers on the Banzai Pipeline off Oahu, Hawaii

3. World-Class Surfing On The Banzai Pipeline

A real treat if you are visiting Oahu’s North Shore in the winter months is watching the pro surfers. You need a car to get to the pipeline. Drive past Waimea about 2 miles on Kamehameha Highway to “the pipeline.”

This is the most famous spot to watch the surfers in Hawaii. When the surf is right, swells from the northwest form those perfect barrels. 

The best viewing is about 100 yards left of Ehukai Beach Park. If you are lucky and score a parking spot in the park, it’s just a short walk onto the beach. The alternative is street parking. 

Pro Tip: Ask a shopkeeper at one of the surf shops in Haleiwa if the surfers are at the pipeline today. They will know if the conditions are right to go watch on that day. If they are, brace yourself for the traffic jam, and know it’s worth it! It’s a marvel to see the power of nature create those waves.

Heirloom varietes of sugar cane used for Kō Hana Rum. Oahu, Hawaii

4. Kō Hana Hawaiian Agricole Rum Distillery

Visiting Kō Hana Distillery and sampling their rum is a uniquely Hawaiian experience. While molasses is the base for most rum, they make Kō Hana rum from the fresh juice of 36 varieties of heirloom sugar cane. These varieties are native to Hawaii and, like the grape to the wine producer, each cane variety produces a distinct flavor.

Kō Hana offers two different tours. Each tour also ends with a sampling of the rum. If you don’t have time for a tour, you can still enjoy a tasting.

Lanikai Beach on the east side of Oahu, Hawaii

5. Lanikai Beach

This half-mile-long stretch of beach is postcard perfect. The spectacular blues of the water and the powder-soft sand make Lanikai Beach one of the best beaches in the world. On the windward side of Oahu, the water is calm and a glorious spot for snorkeling over the reefs, swimming, and kayaking. 

Parking here can be difficult. There’s free street parking on one side of Mokulua Drive. This area is residential and access to the beach is by public walkways in between the properties, which helps to keep crowds down. 

Pro Tip: Go early in the day for a better chance of nearby parking, or you may need to park at Kailua Beach and walk (less than a mile) to Lanikai Beach. Kailua Beach has a sizeable parking lot and restrooms. Lanikai and Kailua Beach do not connect.

6. Mokule’ia Beach

When I travel solo, I prefer to avoid crowds. So if you’re looking for a beach that gives you a feeling that it’s all yours, this stretch of sandy shoreline is perfect. Although the surf is rough and you can’t swim here in winter, it’s the seemingly endless miles of beach that call to those looking for an escape from the crowded beaches in many other parts of Oahu. Here you can just pull your car over and step onto the beach. Take highway 930 (Farrington Highway) and pick your piece of beach heaven.

The pathway leading down to the rainforest part of Wahiawā Botanical Garden in Oahu, Hawaii

7. Wahiawā Botanical Garden

Wahiawā Botanical Garden is in central Oahu in the town of Wahiawā. This 27-acre botanical garden has two levels. The upper level and a ravine which is dense rainforest. Maps are available at the entrance and there is a self-guided tour included in the brochure as well. Accessing the ravine is by a steep trail, which can be hard to navigate for some, but those with mobility issues can still enjoy the upper part of the garden. Admission is free.

The majestic mountain backdrop in Ho'omaluhia Botanical Garden on Oahu, Hawaii

8. Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden

Ho’omaluhia Botanical Garden backs up against the Ko’olau Mountains. While you can walk the garden, it’s best to drive through and stop at the parking lots to inspect. At the top, there is a parking area and a lookout you can walk up to. The view from the platform is astounding. The mountains, with their blanket of green, surround you and you feel you can almost reach out and touch them. You can drive through in 20 minutes, but why not allow at least a couple of hours? Admission is free.

"Crossroads of the Pacific" sign at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii

9. Pearl Harbor

Pearl Harbor is a must when visiting Oahu. Taking that short, somber ride out to the USS Arizona Memorial was surreal. Walking around the grounds and walking through the museum was captivating. Being there on the actual site is an experience that is unforgettable. You can spend a half day here. 

Looking out at the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor on Oahu, Hawaii

Pro Tip: If you cannot score tickets for the tour of the USS Arizona Memorial, arrive early on the day you want to go. You wait in a line, and they add a few walk-ins on every departure to the memorial. I arrived first thing and had no trouble getting on the boat. 

Fresh fruit at Aloha Stadium Swap Meet in Honolulu, Hawaii

10. Aloha Stadium Swap Meet

Instead of battling the crowds in Waikiki looking for fun souvenirs, this is the place to go. When I travel solo, I like one-stop shopping so I have more time for experiences, plus this is a fun place for people watching.

The swap meet is open three times each week: Wednesday and Saturday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sunday 6:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Up to 400 vendors sell everything from ukuleles to fresh fruit. Admission is $2 for ages 12 and up. Find additional details here .

11. Bailey’s Antiques And Aloha Shirts

Ask anyone on Oahu where to get a vintage Hawaiian shirt and they will name Bailey’s Antiques in Honolulu. Even if you’re not in the market for a shirt, stop anyway just to see pictures of the famous folks who have bought shirts here. 

If you’ve considered taking a solo trip to Oahu, you should. With an airport that is small and easily navigated, a main highway system that makes it easy to drive from one side of the island to another, quiet stretches of beach, and a food truck scene perfect for those of us who dine solo, you can’t beat it for that once-in-a-lifetime solo travel experience.

Pro Tip: Rent a car. We solo travelers are an independent bunch, and seeing the island by car is the best way to go. My suggestion is to check out Turo .

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Your ultimate guide for a solo trip to Hawaii! Includes solo travel tips, some cool work exchanges in Hawaii and the best things to see and do.

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Solo travel is an amazing way to branch out, have new exciting experiences, and learn more about yourself along the way.  Traveling the world alone is empowering and can boost your confidence!

If you’re wondering where to travel alone, there are so many safe and beautiful destinations around the world. One of those is Hawaii!

Hawaii is one of the most stunning and unique US states. Located in the Pacific Ocean, this chain of islands is filled with lush natural beauty as well as a special Hawaiian culture to experience.

Many people have Hawaii on their tropical island travel bucket list. But maybe you’re wondering, “Is Hawaii a good place to solo trip?”. The answer is yes!

Hawaii is one of the safest US states. Though there can be crime anywhere in the world, Hawaii has a relatively low crime rate. Travelers and locals coexist peacefully, so it’s an accommodating place for solo travelers .

There is also so much to see and do in Hawaii! As a solo traveler, you’ll never be bored or lonely.

In this article, we’ll cover some helpful tips for planning a solo trip to Hawaii. Hopefully, it inspires you to book a flight to the gorgeous Hawaiian islands and embark on an epic solo adventure!

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Planning a solo trip to Hawaii

There is a lot to consider before traveling anywhere, especially if you’re going alone. You want to be fully prepared and ready for anything.

We’re going to cover when is the best time to go to Hawaii, how to get around, how much money to save, and some of the best places to go as a solo traveler.

We’ll also cover Worldpackers work exchanges and how they can help you save money and have a unique cultural experience in Hawaii. 

When is the best time to go to Hawaii?

The dramatic landscapes and picturesque beaches of Hawaii can be enjoyed year-round.

But the recommended season for a solo trip to Hawaii is the shoulder season. That includes April and May, or September and October.

You can still visit Hawaii in between those months, but the chances of rain and tropical storms are higher.

For example, June through November is hurricane season in Hawaii. However, massive storms are pretty rare so you still might enjoy amazing weather during that time.

The winter months of November to March have the most rainfall. But winter also brings more swell and better waves for surfing.

But to have the best chances of sunny days, shoulder season is the most ideal. 

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How to get around?

There are a few ways to get around Hawaii. Let's check them together:

If you plan on visiting multiple islands, flying is the quickest and easiest way to travel long distances. Domestic flights are also pretty cheap!

Hawaiian Airlines is a reputable local airline that offers affordable flights in between islands. The tip is to book your plane tickets in advance: the sooner you book them, the cheaper they will be.

For traveling shorter distances on an island , the bus is the cheapest way to get around.

But bus routes in Hawaii are not always consistent for tourists. Sometimes buses are more geared towards the locals and their routes, so buses don’t always reach popular tourist destinations.

Buses are also quite slow, so only travel by bus if you aren’t in a rush. Just be sure to plan your trips in advance to ensure there are buses for your destination. Always ask your accommodation staff or any local friends for advice as well.

For reaching interesting travel destinations where there is no public transport, you can always book a guided tour .

Browse different companies online and in person to see where you can get the best deals. Some day trips in Hawaii are quite affordable! A guided tour is also a great way to meet people if you’re traveling alone.

Hawaii is a gorgeous place to road trip! It’s super easy to rent a car in touristy hubs on the Hawaiian Islands.

Renting a car gives you more flexibility to get around. But it can be pretty costly, especially if you’re traveling alone and can’t split the costs with anyone.

You can always rent a car just for a day, or make friends in your hostel to do a road trip with so it’s cheaper. 

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How much is a trip to Hawaii?

Many think of Hawaii as a luxury travel destination. Sure, there are lots of high-end resorts in Hawaii, but you can also travel Hawaii on a budget . Everyone has a different travel style, so what you spend for a solo trip to Hawaii can vary.

Your flights may be your biggest expense, depending on where you are traveling from. If you’re coming from the USA and you book your flights in advance, round-trip plane tickets might cost around $600 - $1500 USD.

Once you arrive, accommodation is usually the biggest expense. There are so many nice hotels and resorts if you have money to spend. But if you’re on a budget, stay in a hostel ! There are some great hostels on the more touristy islands of Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island. Most hostels in Hawaii cost around $40 - $60 USD per night.

Another awesome way to save money on accommodation is by doing a Worldpackers work exchange . You can work for your accommodation, so you’ll get to stay in Hawaii for free.

This is also a great way to spend a solo trip to Hawaii because you can live with locals, learn about the culture, and make friends. There might be other travelers volunteering as well, so you can find friends to explore with.

Here are some examples of Worldpackers work exchanges in Hawaii :

  • Work as a handyman/mechanic on a permaculture project
  • Help with web development at an eco-retreat 
  • Help a local around the house at a homestay  
  • Volunteer at an animal rescue center 

Other than accommodation and flights, just using general budget travel tips will help you save money while traveling in Hawaii !

Instead of eating out too often, try to cook some meals at home or eat at local restaurants. Don’t be afraid to try some street food! If you do a work exchange, you can eat home-cooked meals and save money on food as well.

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Where to go in Hawaii as a solo traveler

Now it’s time to look into where to go in Hawaii! On your solo trip to Hawaii, you are spoiled for choice in terms of where to go.

There are so many fun things to do in Hawaii , and you may be struggling to decide which island to visit.

For each island, we’ll list some of the best things to see and do.

The Big Island

Also known as Hawaii Island, the Big Island of Hawaii has so much to offer.

Those who love hiking and nature can explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park or Akaka Falls State Park. There are incredible volcanoes, waterfalls, valleys, and hiking trails in the lush rainforests of these regions.

Or you can visit Hapuna Beach and Kahalu'u Beach Park to go snorkeling and sunbathing. Tour the markets and art galleries in Hilo, or visit a coffee farm.

The Big Island is home to lots of sustainable farm projects , many of which have work exchanges available. Volunteer at a permaculture project or an eco-farm to save money and get in touch with nature! 

Full of gorgeous beaches and scenic drives, Maui is an awesome place to visit on a solo trip to Hawaii. Haleakala National Park is definitely a highlight of the island , as there is so much natural beauty to explore here.

Maui is also a great spot for whale watching, kayaking, snorkeling, surfing, and more. If you’re thinking of renting a car while solo tripping in Hawaii , the Road To Hana is one of the most beautiful driving routes in the world.

For an extra unique experience, you can volunteer at a yoga retreat , help out at a honeybee ecotourism farm , or work on a local sustainable farm .

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Another one of the best places to go in Hawaii as a solo traveler is Oahu. Home to the capital city of Honolulu, as well as numerous state parks, monuments, and beaches , there are lots to see and do here.

History buffs can visit the USS Arizona Memorial and Pearl Harbor Memorial in Honolulu. Visit the famous Waikiki Beach, or embark on a challenging hike up to Diamond Head State Monument for one of the best views in Hawaii.

You can also head up to the North Shore of Oahu. There are stunning beaches here, as well as many opportunities for surfing. Here you can find some of the best waves in the world that attracts world-class surfers, or you can take surfing lessons on more peaceful beaches.

Known as “The Garden Isle”, Kauai is one of the wildest and most lush Hawaiian Islands. Full of dramatic cliffs, tumbling waterfalls, and beautiful beaches , Kauai has so many things to do .

It’s also not super touristy on Kauai, and it’s very safe. So those wondering where to go in Hawaii as a solo traveler, this is one of the best spots to visit!

Be sure to check out the mindblowing cliffs of the Na Pali Coast, as well as the colorful natural hues of Waimea Canyon.  

Other fun things to do include kayaking down the Wailua River, checking out art galleries in Hanapepe, and relaxing on the numerous golden sand beaches.

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Lanai and Molokai

These two islands are small and not that touristy. If you’re wondering where to go in Hawaii as a solo traveler and you want to meet people, I would recommend spending most of your time on the Big Island, Maui, Oahu, or Kauai.

But these two islands are stunning and great to visit for a few days. You can make them a little getaway from your stays on the bigger, more popular islands.

Lanai is a hub for marine life. Snorkeling and boat tours are common, as there are often dolphins, whales, and turtles frolicking in the ocean. There are also beaches and hiking trails to enjoy. Check out Shipwreck Beach and Polihua Beach, as well as the crazy natural landscapes of the Garden of the Gods.

Molokai is most well known for its Kalaupapa National Historic Park and Oloupena Falls. Both are stunning expressions of natural beauty.

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Hello! I am a 25 year old from the USA with a knack for traveling on a budget. I fell in love with traveling while studying in Europe, and that love grew even more when I started volunteering abroad in South America. Since then, I've worked odd jobs and volunteered all over the globe while cultivating passions for hiking, wildlife photography, food, wine, animals, permaculture, and more!

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How to Plan a Solo Trip to Hawaii

Do you have questions about solo travel in hawaii keep scrolling for my step-by-step guide on how to plan a solo trip to hawaii that will blow your mind, this guide to planning a solo trip to hawaii was written by marcie cheung (a hawaii travel expert) and contains affiliate links which means if you purchase something from one of my affiliate links, i may earn a small commission that goes back into maintaining this blog..

You’ve been dreaming about that solo trip to Hawaii, but you aren’t sure where to start.

I’ve been traveling to Hawaii since I was a child, and today it’s still my favorite place to visit! Below you can find all of my best tips and perspective to help you plan solo travel to Hawaii.

You might love to travel solo, or perhaps it’s a new experience you’ve been craving. Solo trips are great for relaxing and shedding the responsibility of everyday life. You don’t have to worry about anyone else, so you have the ultimate flexibility and independence!

A solo trip to Hawaii is great for everyone. You can meet people or spend time alone on a white sand beach. But you might have questions about how safe it is to travel so far from home by yourself.

So, is Hawaii good for solo travelers? It’s easy, safe, and a lot of fun to plan a solo trip to Hawaii. And you can read all the details below!

Why turn to me for Hawaii advice? Having explored the islands on 40+ occasions, my perspective is truly seasoned.

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How to Stay Safe When Traveling to Hawaii Alone

The Hawaiian Islands are very visitor-friendly and  crime rates are super low  when compared to the rest of the US! When you’re planning a solo trip to Hawaii, the best thing you can do to protect yourself is to be mindful and prepared.

Do your research concerning the area where you’ll be staying. Search forums or even call your hotel and ask about the neighborhood at night and transportation in the area. Also, think about how you plan on getting to your hotel from the airport.

Since you’ll be alone, I suggest using apps for car services. Both Uber and Lyft are on the 4 major islands, and there’s also  Execucar . This is better than using a taxi because you can monitor the GPS tracker and there’s a record of your location if anything happens.

Before you travel to Hawaii, try to give someone back home your itinerary. Typically, you’d give it to a family member, a friend, or a coworker. Check in regularly during your trip and keep them updated on where you’re going next.

And when you get to your hotel, it’s good to let your concierge know you’ll be traveling alone. This way they can give you their take on the area and keep an eye out for you as you come and go!

What’s the Best Island for Solo Travel?

Normally when you travel by yourself, it’s recommended that you stay in more populated areas to avoid being isolated, especially at night. But ultimately, this is a personal choice.

Check out this mega list of Hawaii captions for Instagram by top Hawaii blog Hawaii Travel Spot! Image of a woman taking a selfie at Waikiki Beach

All the Hawaiian Islands are very welcoming to travelers on a solo trip to Hawaii. But I recommend either Oahu or Maui , especially if it’s your first time in Hawaii . Below you can read a quick overview of what each island offers a solo traveler.

I consider Oahu the best Hawaii island for single men and women.  It’s the most affordable island , and it’s home to the popular Waikiki!

Waikiki beach at sunset. Image o a crowded beach with surfers and tourists

There’s quality shopping, great nightlife, beautiful Waikiki beach, and great day hikes with lots of traffic.

If you’re looking for luxury resorts and golf courses, you’ll find them in West Maui. Plus, this is the best place to enjoy whale watching .

Road to Hana packing list: Image of a man with a camera taking photos of waves crashing on black lava rock along the Road to Hana in Maui

Or you can head outdoors with the Road to Hana and Haleakala National Park . All of this is why I think it’s the best Hawaiian island for solo travel.

Great if you’re an experienced outdoors person looking for a thrill and lots of challenging and breathtaking adventures. You can hike canyons, book helicopter rides, or raft down a river.

Check out the best Na Pali Coast tours on Kauai recommended by top Hawaii blog Hawaii Travel Spot! Image of the Na Pali Coast.

Kauai also has an incredible food scene with tons of food trucks, farm tours, and several farm-to-table restaurants.

This is the place for the solo traveler seeking a classic Hawaiian vacation experience. The Big Island of Hawaii enjoys a mix of great urban environments and natural areas.

Hawaii Big Island lava tourist on volcano poking stick in red hot moving lava. flowing lava from Kilauea volcano around Hawaii volcanoes national park, USA. Young asian woman hiker.

Come here if you want to see lava at the  Hawaii Volcanoes National Park . And there are lots of tourist attractions, plus Kona coffee, and white sand beaches!

Where to Stay on a Solo Trip in Hawaii

The great thing about Hawaii solo travel is the many options you have when it comes to where you’ll rest your head.

You don’t have to worry about paying for extra people, and you only have to listen to your own comfort. You could even try out more than one of the great options below!

Solo trips are popular with avid campers. It’s the perfect setting to get back to nature, and who doesn’t want to sleep right on the beach? Hawaii has many great state parks and natural areas that offer camping permits. You can find tent camping, RV setups , and even cabins.

Namakani Paio Campground in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

The tricky thing about Hawaii camping is that campsites are often isolated and offer very little when it comes to amenities. When you’re a single guy or gal going to Hawaii alone, it’s not recommended to be in the middle of nowhere by yourself, just in case.

But if you insist on including camping on your solo trip to Hawaii, there are safer ways! Try out  Hipcamp . It’s like VRBO, but for campsites.

In Hawaii, a lot of people who own farms or unique retreats use Hipcamp. You can find tent sites on beautiful ginger farms, RV camps, and even cabins and treehouses in the rainforest behind your host’s house. It’s a great way to get the camping experience, but with a little caution.

One big perk of solo trips is that they tend to be more affordable! A lot of singles in Hawaii will stay at cheap digs and save their money for big-price experiences. Staying at a hostel is a popular way to go.

If you’ve never considered a hostel, you should! They tend to offer dormitory-style rooms with 2-6 beds with shared common areas. You’ll cook and eat with your fellow boarders in the hostel kitchen.

And many hostels are a lot of fun with game rooms, outdoor spaces, and even group activities that you can sign up for! It’s a great way to meet new people and even find a crew to hang with in Hawaii.

One that I recommend is  The Beach Waikiki Hostel . It’s one of the best places in Hawaii for solo travel. You can enjoy super affordable lodgings in the heart of Waikiki near all the hustle and bustle.

They host BBQ nights and scheduled group outings you can sign up for and just pay a small fee to join to cover costs!

And if you’re in Maui on a surfer getaway, check out  Aloha Surf Hostel  in Paia on the Road to Hana. They have different buildings with a variety of boarding options.

It’s right off the beach and it’s perfect for surfers, because of the hostel’s built-in surf club! It’s also in Paia, which is super trendy with great shops, eateries, and nightlife.

If you prefer a traditional hotel while you’re traveling solo in Hawaii, there are plenty to choose from. For singles, you might want to look for adult-only sites with many high ratings.

If you consider yourself an eco-tourist,  Volcano Eco Retreat  is a great hotel and a unique experience.

Located on the Big Island, Volcano Eco Retreat feels like an exclusive, custom hotel experience. That’s because you’ll be in 1 of just 4 King-sized bungalows set in an Ohia rainforest on the side of Kilauea Volcano!

Enjoy daily vegan and vegetarian breakfast, as well as locally grown vegan and vegetarian dining options for the rest of the day. There are also cocktails and champagne that you can enjoy by the fire or in the outdoor whirlpool spa. Hang out in the common area, book a massage, or do yoga with complimentary mats. 

There are lush gardens where you can spend your day or use the hotel as a base to explore the nearby Hawaii Volcanoes National Forest. 

If you’re looking for the best Hawaii resorts for singles, I have a few options for you. Resorts offer amenities and services you don’t get at a hotel or vacation rental.

And on a solo trip, these amenities make a huge difference. There are restaurants, cocktail hours, and activities that offer you the chance to mingle with strangers and meet people.

The  Hyatt Regency Maui Resort & Spa  is on Maui’s luxurious West Coast with so many amazing attractions and things to do for guests. Join a tennis match or hit the golf course.

Image of the Hyatt Regency Maui pool

Decompress at the outdoor Spa Moana or strike up a conversation at the Hyatt’s 5 on-site restaurants! And at the Moana Athletic Club, you can join a group hike or book a personal fitness trainer.

In Oahu, the  Hilton Hawaiian Village Waikiki Beach Resort  will make you feel like royalty. There are more than 20 restaurants and cocktail lounges, and you can even attend exclusive happy hours.

Image of the Hilton Hawaiian Village on Oahu

Go shopping, enjoy a spa, or lounge with new friends by 5 different pools. The Hilton also has group fitness classes and a cultural activity center for all ages. Read my full Hilton Hawaiian Village review .

Things to Do on Your Hawaii Solo Trip

On your solo trip to Hawaii, you might want to relax by a beach or go for a long hike. Just be aware of your surroundings and make wise choices.

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Think about the fact that you’ll have to leave whatever you bring on the shore unattended. And it’s best to look for popular hikes where you’ll cross paths with other hikers!

So, here’s a list of the top things to do as a solo traveler in Hawaii!

  • Visit historic sites like  Pearl Harbor  in Oahu and  Hulihe’e Palace  on Big Island
  • Start the night off right and meet people on a  Waikiki Sunset Cocktail cruise
  • Go on the  Diamond Head Crater Hike  for amazing views of Waikiki
  • Look for the most popular Hawaiian foods, like poke, shave ice, and manapua
  • Enjoy the iconic Waikiki in Oahu or visit Hawaii’s longest beach, the serene Papohaku Beach on Molokai
  • Attend a classic luau, one of which is at the  Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Island hopping is ideal for solo travelers, and it’s the best way to travel between the Hawaiian Islands
  • Book  a helicopter tour of Kauai’s natural wonders , including Waimea Canyon and the Na Pali Coast
  • Go on a snorkeling tour of the coral reefs at Molokini Crater
  • Visit  the food trucks  around Kauai that are open every day of the week

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FAQ about Solo Travel in Hawaii

A trip to Hawaii will include costs like flights, hotels, food, things to do, and travel on the island. This all typically runs between $2000 and $4000 for a week. There are ways to lower that cost a little on a solo trip, with cheaper hotels and free activities. Or you can splurge on the ultimate luxury retreat!

You’re more than welcome to go alone! Don’t worry about what people might think. Anyway, they’re having too much fun to think about the fact that you’re solo! In fact, most attractions and dinners in Hawaii are super welcoming to single travelers. Just do what you want to do and have the time of your life.

While Hawaii is known as one of the top honeymoon destinations in the world, it’s also great for singles. Each of the islands offers a different experience that will appeal to singles. Big Island has volcanoes and Oahu has great nightlife. For the ultimate outdoor adventure, go to Kauai. And Maui has a variety of cultural experiences.

Have a Blast Planning Your Solo Trip to Hawaii

A solo trip to Hawaii can be a rewarding experience. You can meet new friends if you’re brave enough to start a conversation. A solo trip is also a great way to retreat from it all and have an “Eat Pray Love” moment.

The Hawaiian Islands are safe for single travelers, and you’ll be surprised how welcome everyone will make you feel!

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Solo Travel in Hawaii: Oahu for Solo Travellers

Hawaii was somewhere I’ve wanted to go for years- ever since I saw Blue Crush. I might have even harboured secret dreams about being a surfer girl but, sadly, my surf lesson in Ireland  proved that will never happen).  Throughout high school I doodled hibiscus flowers on all of my binders and notebooks, gazed longingly at internet photos of Hawaii’s lush islands and beaches, and daydreamed about swimming with dolphins, manta rays, and hundreds of colourful fish. Fast-forward to 2018 and, thanks to a seat sale and some strategic planning, I finally got my chance to visit Hawaii for the first time. However, as excited as I was for my South Pacific adventures, I did wonder about solo travel in Hawaii. Would I love it? Or would it be awkward since Hawaii is known as a romantic honeymoon destination?

Sitting on the wall in Hanauma Bay, Hawaii

For my solo travel in Hawaii, I chose Oahu. This was mainly because it was the cheapest island to fly in and out of from Canada. But also because Oahu had direct flights once a week to Fiji- which was where I was headed. I ended up spending about 1 week in Hawaii . It was a ton of fun and the island was just as beautiful as I had hoped. As for solo travel in Hawaii? Well, I can only speak for Oahu but it was ok. Not amazing, but doable and I did enjoy myself enough to have gone back in 2021 for a couple of days. With that being said, I do have some tips and advice to pass on to others.

Tips for Solo Travel in Hawaii: Oahu for Solo Travellers

wild spinner dolphins in Hawaii

Public Transit Around the Island is Definitely Lacking

I think this was my biggest disappointment when it came to solo travel in Oahu. While I could easily get around Waikiki and Honolulu with the local bus service, travelling around the Island itself was much more difficult- bordering on impossible. Maybe if I had more time and could afford to spend hours on small buses stopping at each town across the way but let’s be honest, no one comes to Hawaii to spend hours sitting (or standing) on a bus.

Renting a car is clearly the best choice when it comes to the Hawaiian Islands but that wasn’t an option for me so I felt pretty stuck in Honolulu. Which wasn’t awful, I found things to do, but Honolulu wasn’t exactly the Hawaii I wanted to see. I wanted rainforest and mountains and secluded beaches. Not skyscrapers and shopping malls and crowds.

Thankfully, there are plenty of day tour options from Waikiki area that will take you to explore more of the island. I did a full day circle island tour one day which was perfect for seeing the countryside or, in my mind, the real Hawaii. I also took a snorkel and sight-seeing tour out to the west coast to see the wild spinner dolphins .  While neither experience was cheap, I was grateful for all the tour options available that meant I could get out of the city.

Hawaii is Expensive

Jurassic Park film set Hawaii

This really isn’t a surprise as Hawaii has a reputation for coming with a price tag, but I think I felt it more as a solo traveller than I would have if I was travelling with someone else and could have split costs on things like a hotel and maybe even renting a car. Everything in Hawaii was expensive from food and drink to tours to accommodation. While I tried to explore on the cheap, sometimes I just needed to say ‘fuck it’ and fork out the money to make sure I had the Hawaii experience that I wanted. After all, I didn’t fly for 15 hours just to sit on Waikiki Beach and watch the surfers. I would say the expense is the biggest downside of solo travel in Hawaii. Based on my experience, I recommend budgeting for more than you expect. 

Psst: Check out my post on how to visit Hawaii on a budget for tips.

Hostels in Hawaii Are Great for Meeting People…But That’s About it

3 girls in Hawaii

Hostels were one of the biggest disappointment for me in terms of solo travel in Hawaii, and not because I have anything against hostels. When I’m backpacking around and want to meet people, hostels is one of the first places I go. Sure sharing bathrooms with strangers can be awkward and you’ll probably end up sharing a dorm with some inconsiderate jerk who flips the lights on at 4am to pack but, they are also awesome for meeting people and usually are affordable and often can be pretty nice as well.

Not so much in Hawaii.

I was discouraged from the get-go when I read the less than stellar reviews of the hostels in Waikiki. I finally settled on Waikiki Beachside hostel as it seemed to be my best bet. While the location was awesome (just a block from the beach and a bus stop) the hostel itself was not as great as I hoped. Dorms were hot and stuffy and really, really loud at night (from the street, not from the hostel) so I barely slept at all during my stay and while I’m sure part of it was jet lag, part of it was just because I was really uncomfortable. It also wasn’t the cleanest and the staff weren’t exactly the warm and welcoming type. Maybe I’m spoiled from boutique hostels in Europe and friendly staff in Asia, but as far as my hostel experiences go, this definitely wasn’t a great one.

What I can say is that I did manage to meet some pretty cool people who I really enjoyed hanging out with. Since Hawaii is such a pricey destination, it seemed that most solo travellers picked this hostel as well which was great for making friends.

That being said, the hostel sleeping situation was bad enough that, when I returned to Hawaii in October for a couple of days before heading back to Canada, I splurged on a private room at the S urf Jack Hotel . While it was clean, comfortable, and perfect for sleeping I didn’t meet anyone. The crowd here was mostly couples which meant that while I slept amazingly well at night, things did get a bit lonely during the day.

The Locals are Really Friendly

Food Truck North Shore Hawaii

The good thing about solo travel in Hawaii is that I found the locals to be really friendly. As in they kindly took a couple minutes out of their day to chat to lonely little me when I was desperate for conversation. Granted I was also normally buying something from their shop (Waikiki’s adorable shops did not help with staying on budget, but they did help me get some Christmas shopping done early!), but it still made a difference. In fact, I found it kind of funny that Hawaii is technically the USA because the friendliness factor didn’t really reflect that at all. It kind of felt more like being at home in Canada. 

Aside from just having someone to have a quick chat with, the locals were pretty good with recommendations as well. A young woman at a shop told me where to get delicious (and cheap) poke bowls. A middle aged lady at one of the ABC convenient stores happily told me where to go to catch the bus (after the girl at the hostel told me ‘down by the beach’) and the bus driver on the way to Hanauma Bay told me everything that I wanted to know about anything in Hawaii. She was a total sweetheart.

So, if you are travelling solo in Hawaii don’t be shy to strike up a conversation whether it be the bus driver, shop attendant, or cute surfer boy on the beach… the one with neon beach shorts, shiny aviators, shaggy dark hair covered by a black ball cap and a very tanned six pack. If you see him  stay away him he’s mine  say hi.

Hawaii Feels Very Safe for Solo Travellers

Girl sitting on the beach in Oahu, Hawaii

My favourite part of solo travel in Hawaii is how safe I felt. In fairness, I didn’t go out to any bars or clubs (jet lag and lack of sleep does not make for a party girl) but from walking around Waikiki alone during the day and evenings I never had an issue. No cat calls or snide comments, nothing. I’m sure part of that had to do with the fact that I was also in busy tourist areas but it felt pretty good to feel safe wandering around as a young woman alone.

So, Do I recommend Solo Travel in Hawaii?

I absolutely do. Despite a couple of the above frustrations, I did have a great time and would definitely go back. I think the key thing to keep in mind when it comes to solo travel in Hawaii is to have a bigger budget so you won’t be limited by the lack of transit around the island. Or, if like me, you end up wanting to splurge on a hotel room instead of staying in a crappy hostel dorm. It’s definitely worth spending the extra money to ensure that you get the Hawaii experience that you want.

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[…] you read my article on solo travel in Hawaii, you’ll remember that I disliked the hostel I stayed in so much that I spent my last 2 nights in […]

[…] to get around is to rent a car. However, I know this isn’t always an option, especially for those travelling solo to Hawaii like I did. Don’t worry though, you won’t be stuck. There are ways to get around both Honolulu […]

HI, Hannah. I enjoyed your articles on traveling solo to Hawaii. I’m finally traveling to Waikiki in a few weeks. For my budget I decided on skipping the car rental. Honolulu gives the appearance of being able to walk (or bike, bus, tour, etc) to most of the areas I’m interested in seeing. This is a planned “lazy girl vacation”. So, walking is about the hardest activity I’m planning!! I know I’ll enjoy exploring on my own.

Thank you again for all the tips.

Totally fair! There are some great island tours- that’s what I did 🙂 Enjoy!

What’s the name of the restaurant with great poke? 😋

The one on the North Shore that I have a photo of is Aji Limo Truck, its on the sign 🙂

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Solo Trip to Hawaii | 2024 Hawaii Travel Guide for Solo Travelers

Hawaii is an absolutely gorgeous location to travel to that should be on every solo traveler’s bucket list! It draws people looking for life-changing trips, and there is so much to do and see here, from enjoying the beautiful ocean with a surf lesson or snorkeling and exploring its underwater world, to exploring the great outdoors on land in its stunning national parks. The islands are not only stunning but also very important historically and culturally.

Hawaii is a very safe place to travel alone, and although there is hardly any crime, you should still always be cautious when on a solo trip. You are bound to meet tons of new people since the locals are known for being kind and welcoming.

Are you ready to get out of your comfort zone and take a trip on your own? Read on for our complete guide to traveling to Hawaii solo!

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Hawaii Entry Requirements for Canadians 

One of the following documents must be presented by Canadian citizens flying to Hawaii:

  • a passport that must be valid for their entire stay
  • a current NEXUS card that can be utilized at self-serve kiosks at specific airports

COVID-19 Requirements for Hawaii

To enter the United States, Canadians who qualify for the COVID-19 vaccine must be vaccinated.

There is no longer a requirement to present recovery from COVID-19 documentation or negative pre-departure COVID-19 test results.

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Best Time to Visit Hawaii Solo

It is hard to pass up visiting Hawaii during this time of year! The summer season starts in May and goes until October. The hottest months have weather that is perfect for the beach, with highs around 28-30°C and lows of only around 20°C.

Cold Season

The winter months in Hawaii are from November to April. The rainy season that occurs from December to March doesn’t stop visitors looking for a winter getaway – it’s actually the peak travel season! During the winter season you’ll experience temperatures around 23-24°C. Average precipitation is high, especially in December. To avoid the rain, vacation on the west and south coasts, which tend to be drier. But on the Hawaiian Islands, rain showers are very brief and don’t last days or even hours, so it’s still a wonderful time to visit Hawaii!

Best Time to Visit Hawaii – Our Recommendation

We think a great time to visit Hawaii is between September and November, or between April and June!

During these times, the weather is pleasant, and travelers can get great deals on airfare and accommodation. It’s best to get your vacation in early, before school breaks start, especially if you’re hoping for fewer people around the popular sites!

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Getting Around in Hawaii

Hawaii car rentals.

Public Transportation is truly lacking on the Hawaiian islands and you don’t want to rely on it to get around. The best way to get to where you want to go on a solo trip to Hawaii is to rent a car.

Tier One Tip: reserve your rental car sooner rather than later to make sure you get a decent price, as rental cars can get very pricey in Hawaii.

Island Hopping in Hawaii

You can travel between the islands of Hawaii by using one of three airlines: Mokulele, Hawaiian, or Southwest.

Hawaiian Airlines operates interisland flights to:

  • Honolulu International Airport on Oahu.
  • Kahului Airport on Maui.
  • Lihue Airport on Kauai.
  • Kona and Hilo airports on the Big Island.

How Long To Stay in Hawaii on a Solo Trip

On one of the larger Hawaiian islands, you might easily stay two or three weeks in Hawaii as a solo traveler and never get bored. You may, however, have to give up some of your plans on your first island if you decide to add a second or multiple islands.

Our advice: take your time researching and choosing the best Hawaiian Island that will fit your travel needs best. Since you’re traveling solo, what you do is up to nobody else but YOU!

Or, if you’d like to talk to someone who had been to Hawaii before and can advise you on which island(s) are best for you as a solo traveler, contact your Tier One Travel Specialist .

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Things To Do in Hawaii as a Solo Traveler

Here are some of the best destinations over six of Hawaii’s most popular islands for solo travelers.

Hawaii: The Big Island

The Big Island of Hawaii is a whopping 4,000 square miles, and still growing!

This is the youngest of all of the Hawaiian Islands, and larger than the other seven major Hawaiian Islands put together. And fortunately, with that larger size comes great geographical diversity. 

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Visit Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

You can choose to explore the summit of an active volcano at the UNESCO Heritage Site, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

Visit remnants of old fishing villages, listen to native birds sing in the rain forests, or stroll the shoreline of black sand beaches and even see lava falling into the ocean. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, contains two of the world’s most active volcanoes, Maunaloa and Kilauea. This is an incredible spot to explore while traveling solo if you want to experience the best of Hawaiian nature.

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Stargazing on the Big Island

One of the best activities to do on the Big Island is stargazing. Did you know that you can see most of the stars visible from the earth from the Big Island of Hawaii? Hawaii’s Big Island offers some of the most incredible stargazing experiences on the planet; in fact, Mauna Kea is home to the world’s biggest research observatory. Join a knowledgeable guide for a narrated tour of our beautiful solar system. This is an incredible activity to do solo since you’ll be able to stay and stare at the stars for as long as you want.

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Helicopter Tours

The Big Island of Hawaii has a very diverse climate, with waterfalls thousands of feet high, green rainforests, snow-capped mountains, and Kilauea, the world’s most active volcano,  explore the Waipi‘o Valley all on an incredible helicopter tour to see Hawaii from a different point of view. This is a great option when you’re traveling alone, this is also a great way to meet other travelers since you are usually with other people on these tours.

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Go For A Drive

The Hāmākua Heritage Corridor scenic drive is known for its miles of water-carved gulches, lush green valleys, massive cascading waterfalls, and gorgeous seaside views. Having the freedom to drive wherever you want on the island is a big perk to solo travel in Hawaii.

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Swim with Manta Rays

One of the most magical experiences you can have on Hawaii Island is swimming with the manta rays, which are elegant and harmless sea creatures with wingspans of up to 16 feet! Hop on a snorkeling tour where you’re likely to see a lot more wildlife than just Manta Rays. This is another great way to meet other travelers, while on a snorkelling tour.

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Oahu is full of tropical aromas and perfect temperatures, the turquoise ocean, schools of colorful fish, green rainforest, lush scenery, and nearly endless things to do. Solo travelers will always feel welcome in Oahu!

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Honolulu, The Capital City

You can find everything in Hawaii’s capital city, from great dining to world-class shopping. There is so much to see and do in this incredible city, from relaxing on the famous Waikīkī Beach, exploring Iolani Palace, wandering museums, and much more. Which makes it a perfect place for solo travelers to spend a day!

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Surfing in Oahu

With endless golden beaches, inviting blue waves and lovely weather, you can play in the water all year round on Oahu.

If you’ve always dreamed of hanging ten on a longboard, Waikiki Beach is the perfect place to take your first surfing lesson (another great way to meet other travelers)! The world’s best and boldest surfers can be seen performing in Waimea Bay on the North Shore of Oahu which is renowned for its 30-foot waves in the winter. Summertime brings about a significant calming of the water, making it a wonderful place to go swimming, snorkeling, and diving.

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Snorkeling in Oahu

Beyond surfing, you can explore the clear blue ocean along 112 miles of coastline, making snorkeling a top activity on Oahu.

 For some of Oahu’s best snorkeling beaches, we recommend: 

  • Hanauma Bay, for its high fish population
  • Kuilima Cove, for its perfect beginner snorkeling conditions
  • Kahe Point, for its clear deep water
  • Kaena Point State Park, for its quiet, beautiful sand beach further away from the city
  • Sharks Cove, for its wonderful blue water and tropical fish. 

Tier One Tip:  If you choose to snorkel solo, make sure to take every precaution to stay safe. Don’t snorkel if the water is rough or if there aren’t many people around. Go on a group snorkeling tour if you aren’t confident about going on your own.

Whale Watching

This is a must for solo travelers who love wildlife. While on a sunset cruise or sailing excursion, you might spot a humpback breach during whale-watching season (December through May).

These gentle giants come to the warm Hawaiian waters every year to breed and give birth to new calves, making Oahu a perfect place to experience these beautiful creatures. You can also spot whales from Oahu’s many beaches and from southeastern Oahu spots like the scenic Makapuu Lighthouse, Hanauma Bay, and Diamond Head.  

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See Oahu from a different point of view! If you’ve always wanted to feel the rush of skydiving, there’s no better place to do it than on Oahu’s North Shore. Fly above the clouds and fall through the Hawaiian skies at 120mph, taking in panoramic views of Oahu’s green mountains and deep blue waters that few have ever seen. Skydiving is definitely an experience you will always remember; perfect for the truly adventurous solo traveler!

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Oahu Helicopter Tours

Oahu’s pleasant, year-round weather is perfect for helicopter tours. Experience breathtaking sights and stunning vistas as you fly around the islands, soaring over the turquoise waters, you’ll venture around Diamond Head’s crater, fly past white sand beaches, and glimpse landmarks only visible by air such as Sacred Falls. 

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Oahu Hiking 

Oahu’s diverse tropical terrain, unmatched ocean views, and wide range of activities will easily bring out your adventurous side! Don’t forget to be well prepared while going hiking especially when you’re by yourself. Bring enough water and snacks, wear proper shoes, etc.

Here are some of the most popular treks on the island:  

Diamond Head 

Hike to the top of the iconic volcanic crater Leahi (Diamond Head)/the Diamond Head State Monument for a panoramic view of Waikiki. The views you’ll take in from the top viewing platform are not only beautiful but are also recorded as the longest land views you’ll see in the world! 

Waimea Falls Park

Waimea Falls Park is one of the great Oahu hikes/strolls for lovers of the outdoors! Walk along a flat road that is surrounded by botanical gardens, which will keep you entertained until you reach the stunning 50 ft, Waimea Falls. 

The Manoa Falls Trail

This Oahu hiking trail is located above Waikiki in the Manoa Valley mountainside.  The Manoa Falls Trail is a somewhat easy but still adventurous hike through a lush bamboo and guava tree forest, so it’s perfect for those traveling solo. The prize at the end of this hour-long hike is a towering 150 ft waterfall. Set your expectations high for this hike! 

Kaniakapupu Ruins 

Kaniakapupu Ruins, Located in the Nu’uanu Valley off the Pali Hwy are the remains of King Kamehameha III’s summer home, originally built in 1847. Today you can take a short stroll through a bamboo forest and visit the Kaniakapupu Ruins, one of the oldest standing structures on Oahu!

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Oahu Golfing

Play golf well into the evening on a long Hawaiian summer day. What better place to tee off than surrounded by breathtaking mountain ranges and the Pacific Ocean? Don’t let the crashing waves distract you; these gorgeous courses are fun yet challenging and a great solo activity. Plus, you’re sure to make likeminded friends while playing a round!

Here are some Oahu golf courses that we recommend:

Turtle Bay Golf Club

On the North Shore is the Turtle Bay Golf Club. The Palmer Course is consistently regarded as the best course on Oahu and among the very best on all the islands! This course at Turtle Bay is an absolute must-play during your visit to the area.

Royal Hawaiian Golf Club

On the Windward Coast is the Royal Hawaiian Golf Club. Nestled between the majestic Mount Olomana and Ko’olau Mountains, this course is an awe-inspiring experience with Oahu’s most stunning views. 

Hawai‘i Prince Golf Club

The Leeward Coast is home to the Hawai‘i Prince Golf Club. This Golf Club offers 27 dramatic holes, the only golf course of its kind in Hawaii. 

Ko Olina Golf Club

Also on the Leeward coast is the Ko Olina Golf Club, listed as one of Golf Digest’s “Top 75 Resort Courses in the U.S.” It is a challenging 18-hole course, but there are also golf lessons and daily clinics available with top PGA professionals! 

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Polynesian Cultural Center

Solo travelers who love learning about new cultures will love spending the day exploring the rich heritage of the Pacific Islands at the Polynesian Cultural Center. Wander through tropical scenes and explore authentic villages and mingle with locals that are part of six Pacific cultures. Enjoy the adventure of traditional hands-on activities, play ancient games, dance, learn how to fish without a net, and sample poi. Dine like royalty at an authentic Polynesian luau and top it off with the most fabulous evening show on the islands. This is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in Hawaiian culture!

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Pearl Harbor

At Pearl Harbor, hear first-hand stories from survivors describing the chaotic scene on Battleship Row. Walk through an airplane hangar that still bears the scars from that fateful morning. Peer into the shallow harbor where the USS Arizona Memorial is located where you can still see the sunken structure. Visiting Pearl Harbor is an experience that will be etched into your soul forever and will offer you a new perspective on World War II. Solo travelers who love history should definitely put this on their Hawaii bucket list!

Immerse yourself for a part or more of the day in five historic sites that comprise Pearl Harbor today: the WWII Valor in the Pacific, Battleship Missouri Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, USS Oklahoma Memorial and the Pearl Harbor Aviation Museum. 

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Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian island and it, too is full of exciting contrasts— think luxury resorts set against white-sand beaches, and charming small towns tucked against country roads that wind along the coast. Solo travelers will love a visit to Maui!

Maui Travel Update: Due to the wildfires that started on August 8, 2023, all unnecessary travel to West Maui (including Lahaina, Napili, Kaanapali, and Kapalua) is highly advised against until October 17, 2023. The other Hawaiian Islands, such as Kauai, Oahu, Lanai, and Hawai’i Island, as well as other parts of Maui (such as Kahului, Wailuku, Kihei, Wailea, Makena, and Hana), are still open. We ask all visitors to the islands to exercise extra caution and respect as the community recovers from this tragedy. Find the official travel advisory here .

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Visit The Haleakalā National Park

The remote and sacred Haleakalā National Park offers a taste of history and adventure. The finest place to view what may be the most breathtaking sunrise on earth is at the Haleakalā Visitor Center. Witness the sun rise from beneath a vast sea of clouds. Haleakalā’s sunsets and the starry skies visible at night are possibly equally magnificent! This is perfect for solo travelers willing to make the journey to enjoy a moment of tranquility while enjoying the gorgeous views.

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Explore Lahaina

The journey is worthwhile for this colorful and beautiful village. The city’s main activities include visiting various boutiques and gift shops. There are also fashion stores with famous names like Coach and Michael Kors. There are also markets on the weekends at Lahaina Harbour under the large banyan tree. This is a great spot for solo travelers who love to shop!

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The Road to Hana

The greatest attraction on Maui without a doubt is the picturesque Road to Hana. The main draw of traveling the Hana Highway on Maui is the journey itself, not the final destination. There aren’t many words that can explain the breathtaking splendor of this drive, with its cliffs covered in lush, green valleys teeming with waterfalls. This drive can be challenging and sometimes stressful! There are many options available to get someone to do the driving for you if you don’t want to do the drive alone.

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Explore West Maui

West Maui offers equal parts adventure and relaxation with its abundant sunshine, shopping, world-class golf, and scenic drives along the West Maui mountains. There’s so much to do in this area for solo travelers, from snorkeling in colorful reefs or teeing off on a championship green to exploring the shops and galleries of a historic whaling town or enjoying a five-star feast at one of West Maui’s stellar restaurants.

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Tour East Maui

Powerful surf, lush rainforest, and waterfalls that pour straight onto the road are just some of the highlights you can see while in East Maui. Streams rush down the forested side of Haleakalā into glistening pools, waves wash up onto jet-black volcanic beaches, and vines dangle over the winding highway. Maui’s rural North Shore and East Side are full of gorgeous, natural landscapes that you will want to photograph around each and every bend. Outdoorsy solo travelers will love exploring east Maui. 

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Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island that is nicknamed the “Garden Island” for good reason! This is the oldest and northernmost island in the Hawaiian chain that is covered in many beautiful landscape elements such as emerald valleys, mountain spires and jagged cliffs, tropical rainforests, and flowing waterfalls. Although Kauai’s hiking is beautiful, as a solo traveler you might want to avoid it if you don’t want to encounter honeymooners or couples. But if you’re okay with running into some couples, this could be a great destination for adventurous solo travelers.

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Visit Waimea Canyon

Waimea Canyon, on Kauai’s West Side, is described as “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific.” Although it is not as big or as old as the actual Grand Canyon, you won’t encounter anything like this geological wonder elsewhere in Hawaii. The Waimea Canyon Lookout provides panoramic views of wild foliage, tropical cliffs, green-and-pink scenery, captivating waterfalls, and striking rainbows. One of the most popular things to do at the canyon is to explore its hiking trails! Experience the natural splendor of Kauai’s Waimea Canyon on a guided tour, learn about the fascinating geologic history of the canyon and stop at several vista points along the way for great photos. 

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Visit the historic island town of Hanapepe and see highlights of the southern coast, including the Koloa Sugar Mill, Spouting Horn blowhole, and the luxurious beach resorts of Poipu. You can also shop at the westernmost bookstore in the USA at the Talk Story Bookstore.

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See Kokee State Park

Located North of Waimea Canyon on Kauai’s West Side is Kokee State Park. This state park is covered in forest, wildflowers, and hiking trails, making it an excellent spot to see native plants and colorful Hawaiian forest birds like the apapane, iwi and moa. The park also offers some of the state’s finest hiking trails. Some trails lead to views of Waimea Canyon, others wind through wet forests with sweeping views of valleys opening to the North Shore.

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Explore The Napali Coast

Spanning 17 miles along Kauai’s North Shore, the Napali Coast is a sacred place known for its extraordinary natural beauty. Emerald cliffs with sharp ridges tower above the Pacific Ocean, exposing beautiful beaches and waterfalls that fall to the valley floor. The rugged terrain appears the same as it did centuries ago when Hawaiian settlements thrived in the deep, narrow valleys.

Tier One Tip: The Na Pali Coast is only accessible from May through September because of high winter surf and weather conditions.

There are many ways to experience the Napali Coast as a solo traveler – let’s explore some of them!

Hiking is a must along the Napali Coast. There are numerous trails to explore, but the most famous hike on Kauai is the challenging 11-mile Kalalau trail along the Napali Coast. Beginning at the end of the road at Kee Beach, most people hike in and stay at least one night before returning. Others limit their hike to the first two miles, which leads to Hanakapiai Beach. Whichever you choose, you’ll be treated to amazing views of Kauai’s North Shore.

Take a Flying Tour Over Kauai

All of these options are amazing, but aerial tours might be the best way to grasp the magnitude of the Napali Coast. Soar over Kauai on an aerial adventure with a local helicopter company. You’ll get a front-row seat to scenic areas that are largely inaccessible by land or water, such as the iconic Manawaiopuna Falls, which was featured in Jurassic Park.

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Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse

Perched at the northernmost tip of Kauai, the 52-foot Daniel K. Inouye Kilauea Point Lighthouse was built in 1913 as a beacon for traveling ships. Although its light was turned off in the 1970s, it still serves as one of the island’s most visited attractions.  The lighthouse is located within the Kilauea Point National Wildlife Refuge, a sanctuary for seabirds. This picturesque peninsula is a must-see on your visit to the Napali Coast!

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Visit the Kilohana Estate

Solo travelers interested in history should visit Kilohana, a restored plantation estate that provides a glimpse of life in the 1930s. The site of a Tudor mansion, the estate was home to one of the island’s most famous families. Manicured green lawns surround the estate, which now features a restaurant and several unique shops like the Koloa Rum Company. Once the center of a 27,000-acre sugar plantation and the hub of Kauai business, cultural and social life, the 35-acre estate now features tropical gardens and an old plantation village. The classic Kauai Plantation Railway gives you a tour of Kilohana’s working farm. 

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Water Activities

Solo travelers who want to get into the water will love these watersports. They’re also great for going on tours and meeting some new people and potentially, other solo travelers!

Experience the wild beauty of Kauai’s breathtaking Napali Coast on a sailing and snorkeling cruise where you can see an unbelievable perspective of soaring emerald sea cliffs, sparkling waterfalls, and remote beaches, all from the deck of a lavish catamaran! 

Kauai Snorkeling

On the North Shore, fantastic shoreline snorkeling beaches include the reefs off of Kee Beach and Haena Beach Park. Anini Beach offers a lagoon great for beginning snorkelers. Makua, or “Tunnels” Beach in Haena also has a wide reef area that’s a great one to experience. Be sure to check ocean conditions and currents prior to going out, especially during the big north shore swells of the winter.

On the East Side, Lydgate Beach Park offers a safe snorkeling lagoon which is great for solo snorkelers who are just starting out.

On the South Shore, Poipu Beach State Park offers amazing, protected areas for snorkelers.

Scuba Diving

Kauai also offers a variety of scuba sites for beginners and experienced divers. Dive tours offer plenty of tropical fish, reef creatures, dolphins, and honu (Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles) to discover. Experienced divers will generally find more thrilling spots on the east and west shores, including cave exploration and lava tubes.

Whether you are certified in diving or not you will be able to have an amazing underwater experience.

Those new to scuba should start on the north or south shores (Hanalei, Kee Beach, or Poipu Beach). 

Kauai whale-watching tours are a must-do in Hawaii! From December to May, you are likely to catch a glimpse of a majestic kohola, or humpback whale, off Kauai’s shorelines. 

You can also spot whales from Kauai’s many beautiful beaches, including Poipu Beach on the South Shore, and from scenic spots like Kilauea Lighthouse and the Napali Coast’s Kalalau Trail on the North Shore. On the East Side, the Kapaa Overlook between Kapaa Town and Kealia Beach is another notable viewing spot. So, keep your eyes peeled, you never know when you will see these gentle giants

Kauai Paddle Boarding

Similar to surfing but using a longer, wider board, stand-up paddle boarding (SUP) has become an increasingly popular water activity over the past several years. On the island of Kauai, you’ll often find paddlers on the sparkling blue waters of Hanalei Bay, Poipu Beach or Kalapaki Beach. You can easily find rental places on the islands to hook you up with gear, and often-times lessons as well, if you’re new to the sport!

Kauai Kayaking

Kauai is home to the only passable rivers in Hawaii, so kayaking is an essential part of a unique Kauai getaway. You can relax and take in the scenery as you paddle down the Wailua River which passes through lush, jungle landscapes along with the island’s East Side. Other river routes include the Huleia River from Nawiliwili Harbor in Lihue, as well as the Hanalei River on the North Shore, the longest on the island.

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Consider traveling to Lana’i to soak up the seclusion and quiet that Lāna’i offers, from five-star luxury resorts to off-road adventures. This lesser-known Hawaiian island has few paved roads, and plenty of opportunities for adventure for solo travelers.

Hunt for petroglyphs, ride horses or sip cocktails while watching for dolphins in Hulopo‘e Bay. You’ll need a four-wheel drive vehicle to explore the areas beyond Lāna‘i City – which is part of the fun! Solo travelers who want to treat themselves to a luxurious vacation will love Lanai.

Hulopo‘e Beach’s golden stretch of sand is one of Hawaii’s most beautiful beaches. Spend a day here, making use of the uncrowded picnic tables, barbeque grills, restrooms, and showers. The sheltered waters are ideal for swimming, snorkeling, and exploring tide pools. 

Hulopo‘e Bay is a protected marine reserve. You can even see Hawaiian Spinner dolphins and humpback whales here during the winter months! And Hulopo‘e Beach is just as beautiful beneath the water’s sparkling surface. Strap on a snorkel and you’ll have the chance to see parrotfish, pencil urchins, and honu (sea turtles)!

Solo travelers looking for a luxurious and secluded holiday will find that Lana’i is really the perfect destination.

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Life is simple and inspiring on Moloka’i, a mere 38 miles long and 10 miles across at its widest point. This rural island is home to incredibly unique wonders — including the world’s tallest sea cliffs, and Hawaii’s longest continuous fringing reef! Visit and you’ll see how natural charm and potent history are inextricably linked on this secluded, beautiful little island. Solo travelers really looking to get away from it all will love the time they spend in Moloka’i.

Likewise, the beaches on Moloka‘i are beautiful and secluded. However, there are no lifeguards on duty on the island, so solo travelers should use caution when entering the water, especially during the winter months when the surf tends to be bigger.

From golfing to hiking, whale watching, visiting cultural centers and so much more, Moloka’i is full of opportunities and adventure and is more of an “undiscovered” Hawaiian island.

If you are looking to explore a quieter and more secluded island, Moloka’i might be perfect for you for your next solo trip!

This is only the start of all of the solo adventures available to you on the islands of Hawaii.

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The Ultimate Guide To Solo Travel For Females In Hawaii

  • Last updated May 08, 2024
  • Difficulty Beginner

Arjun Yadav

  • Category Travel

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Picture yourself lounging on a white sandy beach, feeling the warm sun on your skin, and listening to the peaceful sound of the ocean waves. Now imagine doing it all on your own. Solo travel can be an empowering and liberating experience for anyone, but for females in Hawaii, it takes on a whole new level of adventure and possibility. In this ultimate guide, we will take you on a journey through the Hawaiian islands, providing you with insider tips, safety precautions, and the best spots to explore as a solo female traveler. So grab your bikini and your sense of adventure, because it's time to embark on the ultimate solo travel experience in paradise.

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Safety tips for solo female travelers in hawaii, must-visit destinations for solo female travelers in hawaii, best accommodation options for solo female travelers in hawaii, solo female traveler's guide to transportation in hawaii.

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Hawaii is a dream destination for many solo female travelers. With its stunning beaches, lush landscapes, vibrant culture, and friendly locals, it's no wonder why so many women choose to explore this beautiful archipelago on their own. However, just like any other destination, it's important for solo female travelers to be aware of safety concerns and take precautions to ensure a smooth and enjoyable trip. Here are some essential safety tips for solo female travelers in Hawaii:

  • Research your destination: Before you embark on your solo adventure to Hawaii, take the time to research the different islands and areas you plan to visit. Familiarize yourself with the local customs, traditions, and laws to avoid any cultural misunderstandings or legal issues. Additionally, gather information about the neighborhoods you'll be staying in and learn about their safety ratings.
  • Choose your accommodation wisely: When booking accommodation, prioritize safety. Look for hotels or guesthouses that have good reviews and are located in well-lit and busy areas. Consider opting for a room on a higher floor, as it can be more secure. If you prefer to stay at a vacation rental or Airbnb, read the reviews of previous guests and communicate with the host to ensure a safe and comfortable stay.
  • Stay connected: Make sure you have a fully charged cellphone with local SIM card and emergency contacts saved. Additionally, inform a trusted friend or family member about your itinerary, including the places you plan to visit and the dates of your stay. Regularly check in with them to let them know you're safe and sound.
  • Trust your instincts: As a solo female traveler, it's important to listen to your gut. If a situation or person feels uncomfortable or unsafe, remove yourself from it immediately. Trust your instincts and prioritize your own well-being above all else.
  • Blend in with the locals: While exploring Hawaii, try to blend in with the locals as much as possible. Dress modestly and avoid wearing flashy jewelry or carrying expensive gadgets that may attract unwanted attention. Being mindful of your surroundings and not drawing unnecessary attention to yourself can go a long way in ensuring your safety.
  • Avoid walking alone at night: It's best to avoid walking alone at night, especially in unfamiliar neighborhoods. If you need to get somewhere after dark, opt for a taxi or rideshare service rather than walking alone. If you do find yourself out after dark, stick to well-lit and populated areas.
  • Practice water safety: Hawaii is famous for its beautiful beaches and clear blue waters, but it's crucial to prioritize water safety. Always swim in designated areas with lifeguards on duty. Be cautious of strong currents and heed any warning signs. If you're not a strong swimmer, consider taking a guided water activity like snorkeling or surfing to ensure your safety.
  • Be cautious with alcohol: It's important to be mindful of your alcohol consumption while traveling alone. Never leave your drink unattended and be aware of your surroundings while in bars or clubs. Trust your judgment and avoid situations or people that make you feel uncomfortable.
  • Use reliable transportation: When getting around Hawaii, choose reliable and licensed transportation options. Use reputable taxi companies or rideshare services like Uber or Lyft. If you plan to rent a car, make sure you're comfortable with driving in unfamiliar areas and always park in well-lit and busy areas.
  • Connect with fellow travelers: Solo travel doesn't have to mean being alone the entire time. Consider joining group activities or tours to meet fellow travelers, especially when engaging in outdoor activities like hiking or snorkeling. Having a travel buddy can offer an additional layer of safety and companionship.

By following these safety tips, solo female travelers can have a worry-free and enjoyable trip to Hawaii. Remember to always prioritize your own safety and well-being, trust your instincts, and take the necessary precautions to ensure your trip is memorable for all the right reasons.

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Are you a solo female traveler planning a trip to Hawaii? Lucky you! Hawaii is a fantastic destination, filled with breathtaking natural beauty and vibrant culture. Whether you're seeking adventure, relaxation, or a mix of both, Hawaii has something for every solo traveler. Here are some must-visit destinations for solo female travelers in Hawaii:

Oahu, the most populous island in Hawaii, offers a wide range of activities for solo female travelers. Visit Waikiki Beach and take a surf lesson or try stand-up paddleboarding. Explore the fascinating history of Pearl Harbor, hike Diamond Head for stunning views of the island, or join a guided tour to learn about Hawaiian culture and traditions. Oahu also boasts a vibrant food scene, so don't miss the chance to indulge in local delicacies such as poke and shave ice.

Maui is a paradise for nature lovers. If you enjoy hiking, make sure to explore the iconic Waihee Ridge Trail or the Pipiwai Trail in Haleakala National Park, home to the stunning bamboo forest and the famous Seven Sacred Pools. You can also take a road trip along the scenic Road to Hana, stopping at waterfalls and beach lookouts along the way. For a more relaxing experience, spend a day at one of Maui's beautiful beaches or book a sunset cruise to witness breathtaking views of the ocean.

Known as the "Garden Isle," Kauai is a perfect destination for solo female travelers seeking outdoor adventures. Hike the Kalalau Trail along the breathtaking Napali Coast, take a helicopter tour to see the island's stunning landscapes from above, or go kayaking on the Wailua River. Kauai is also home to the famous Waimea Canyon, often referred to as the "Grand Canyon of the Pacific." Don't forget to explore the charming town of Hanalei, with its unique shops and restaurants.

Big Island:

The Big Island of Hawaii is a haven for adventure seekers. Start by exploring Volcanoes National Park, where you can hike through volcanic craters and witness the power of an active volcano. For a unique experience, visit the Mauna Kea Observatories and stargaze from one of the world's best astronomical sites. Snorkeling or diving with manta rays is another must-do activity on the Big Island. Lastly, don't miss the chance to relax on one of the island's beautiful beaches and enjoy the warm Hawaiian sun.

If you're looking for a secluded and peaceful getaway, head to the island of Lanai. With its small population and untouched landscapes, Lanai offers a serene escape from the crowds. Explore the otherworldly rock formations at the Garden of the Gods, go hiking in the Munro Trail, or simply relax and unwind on one of Lanai's secluded beaches.

Remember, while Hawaii is a safe destination overall, it's always important to take precautions when traveling solo. Stay aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts, and avoid walking alone in remote areas after dark. Before embarking on any outdoor activities, check the weather conditions and follow the guidance of local authorities. With careful planning and a sense of adventure, your solo trip to Hawaii is sure to be an unforgettable experience.

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Hawaii is a dream destination for many women looking for a solo travel adventure. With its stunning beaches, rich culture, and warm hospitality, the islands offer a perfect getaway for female travelers. When planning your trip to Hawaii, one important aspect to consider is accommodation. There are various options available, but to ensure a safe and comfortable stay, here are some of the best accommodation choices for solo female travelers in Hawaii:

  • Hotels: Staying at a hotel is a popular choice for solo travelers as it offers convenience and a sense of security. Look for hotels that are located in safe and well-populated areas, preferably close to tourist attractions and transportation options. Many hotels in Hawaii have dedicated solo female traveler programs that provide additional safety features like female-only floors and 24-hour security.
  • Hostels: Hostels are an excellent choice for budget-conscious solo travelers. Hawaii has numerous hostels that cater specifically to backpackers and solo travelers. These hostels often organize social activities and provide communal spaces where you can meet other travelers. Opt for a hostel that has lockers to store your valuables and choose a female-only dorm if you prefer more privacy.
  • Bed and Breakfast: Staying at a bed and breakfast is a great way to experience Hawaiian hospitality and immerse yourself in the local culture. Many bed and breakfasts in Hawaii are family-run, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Look for bed and breakfasts that have good reviews from solo female travelers, with positive comments about safety and friendly hosts.
  • Vacation Rentals: If you prefer a more independent and home-like experience, renting a vacation home or apartment can be a good option. Websites like Airbnb and VRBO offer a range of accommodation options in Hawaii, from private rooms to entire homes. Make sure to read reviews from previous solo female travelers to ensure the safety and reliability of the rental.
  • Women-Only Accommodations: If you want to connect with other solo female travelers, consider staying at women-only accommodations. Hawaii has a few women-only hostels, retreats, and guesthouses that provide a safe and empowering environment for women. These accommodations often offer additional services like women-focused tours and workshops.

No matter where you choose to stay, remember to prioritize safety during your solo trip to Hawaii. Research the neighborhood of your accommodation, keep an eye on your belongings, and trust your instincts. It's also a good idea to inform someone back home about your itinerary and check in with them regularly. With the right accommodation choice and necessary precautions, your solo trip to Hawaii will be a memorable and enriching experience.

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Solo Female Travelers Guide to Transportation in Hawaii

Hawaii is a dream destination for many solo female travelers. With its stunning beaches, lush mountains, and vibrant culture, it's hard to resist the allure of this tropical paradise. If you're a solo female traveler planning a trip to Hawaii, here's everything you need to know about getting around the islands.

Renting a Car

Renting a car is the most convenient way to explore the islands at your own pace. It gives you the freedom to visit remote beaches, scenic viewpoints, and hidden gems that may not be accessible by public transportation. Most major car rental companies operate in Hawaii, and you can easily book a car online before you arrive. Keep in mind that traffic can be heavy in popular tourist areas, so give yourself extra time when planning your itinerary.

Public Transportation

If you prefer not to drive, public transportation is another option for getting around Hawaii. The bus system, known as TheBus, is an affordable and reliable way to travel between towns and major attractions on the islands. TheBus operates on Oahu, Maui, Kauai, and Hawaii Island, and you can check the schedules and routes on their official website. While TheBus is a popular option for budget travelers, it may not be the most convenient choice if you want to explore off-the-beaten-path locations.

Ridesharing Services

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are widely available in Hawaii, particularly on Oahu and Maui. These services can be a convenient option if you're staying in a city or tourist area and need transportation for short distances. With ridesharing, you can avoid the hassle of parking and enjoy the convenience of being dropped off at your destination. However, keep in mind that prices may vary depending on demand, so it's a good idea to check the fares in advance.

Taxis are available in Hawaii, but they can be expensive compared to other transportation options. If you're looking for a quick and convenient way to get around, especially for airport transfers, taxis can be a good choice. However, be aware that taxi availability may be limited in less populated areas, and it's advisable to book in advance during peak travel times.

Bicycles and Scooters

If you're staying in a small town or beachside area, renting a bicycle or scooter can be a fun and eco-friendly way to explore. Many towns in Hawaii have bike lanes and rental shops where you can easily rent a bike or scooter for a day or more. Just make sure to wear a helmet and follow local traffic laws to ensure your safety.

Hawaii's beautiful weather and scenic landscapes make it a great destination for walking. If you're staying in a tourist area, many attractions and amenities may be within walking distance. Walking allows you to soak in the local atmosphere, discover hidden gems, and take in the breathtaking views. Just make sure to stay hydrated, wear comfortable shoes, and be aware of your surroundings, especially after dark.

In conclusion, getting around Hawaii as a solo female traveler is relatively easy and safe. Whether you choose to rent a car, use public transportation, or opt for ridesharing services, there are plenty of options to suit your needs and preferences. Just remember to plan your transportation in advance, stay aware of your surroundings, and enjoy the beauty that Hawaii has to offer.

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Frequently asked questions.

Hawaii is generally considered to be a safe destination for solo female travelers. The islands are known for their welcoming and friendly atmosphere. However, it's always important to exercise basic safety precautions, such as staying aware of your surroundings, avoiding unsafe areas at night, and taking transportation from reputable sources.

Each island in Hawaii offers its own unique experiences for solo female travelers. Oahu, with its lively city atmosphere and vibrant nightlife, may be attractive to those seeking a more social experience. On the other hand, Maui and Kauai offer stunning natural beauty and a more serene environment. It ultimately depends on your personal preferences and what you are looking to experience during your solo trip.

There are numerous activities that solo female travelers can enjoy in Hawaii. Some popular options include hiking to breathtaking waterfalls, exploring volcanic landscapes, snorkeling in crystal-clear waters, learning to surf, and indulging in the local Hawaiian cuisine. Additionally, taking a relaxing yoga class, visiting local farmers markets, or simply spending a day relaxing on the beach are also great options. Ultimately, there's something for everyone in Hawaii, regardless of whether you're traveling solo or not.

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The Ultimate Oahu Solo Travel Guide

Sunsets over Waikiki Beach in Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii, one of the best solo travel destinations in the United States.

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After visiting Hawaii as a solo female traveller twice, I thought it was time to write a comprehensive guide to everything I know about solo travel on Oahu.

I am still reminiscing about my time in Hawaii . It feels like forever ago now, but in reality, it was only last month. I absolutely loved my time in Oahu, and would happily return there again and again. Yes, some people might not like the buzz of Waikiki, but I don’t mind it. There isn’t a lot of information out there about solo travel on Oahu, so this is my input. Here’s a glimpse at what I got up to in my four days on Oahu, which will hopefully come in handy if you’re travelling alone in Hawaii as well.

Where to stay when you solo travel on Oahu

I stayed at the Waikiki Beach Boutique Hostel , but I’ve previously stayed at the hostel located directly in front: Waikiki Beachside Hostel . I preferred the hostel I stayed in this time, as it had reasonably priced four-bed dorm rooms, which include private bathrooms and a small kitchenette. Having a fridge and air-conditioning in Hawaii was much appreciated. There was also free breakfast and a rooftop deck, with a lot of seating and a kitchen area. The only downfall was the WiFi, which seemed to cut in and out. But that could’ve just been our unfortunate room.

Diamond Head views from outside the hostel

If you’re looking for another option, my friends stayed at the HI Hostel and said it was good. The only downside there was a no alcohol policy, which some HI hostels do have. I got lucky with my dorm mates at my hostel, who I hung out with a few times outside of the room. We watched a stunner of a sunset on the beach one night and then got dinner together on my last two nights. It was a nice way to break up the solo travel. For more hotel recommendations, check out this post .

The aforementioned sunset

Check out my top hostelling tips for solo female travellers

General solo travel on oahu tips.

• I never felt unsafe walking around Waikiki at night. Always trust your instincts, but there are usually so many other travellers around after dark.

• When you arrive, organise an airport shuttle. It’s cheaper than a taxi and so convenient. I went with Speedi Shuttle and was very happy with their service. They even had staff at baggage claim at 12:30 in the morning, as I didn’t pre-book my trip.

• The public bus is made for tourists, so the voiceover usually tells you what hotels or attractions are at each stop. This makes life a lot easier.

• My friends told me they were able to hire a car to go to the North Shore for quite a reasonable price, as they filled all seats with other guests from their hostel. Ask around at the hostel and see if anyone does have a spare seat. A girl in my dorm room in Maui did the same thing. I just unfortunately already had my days planned on the island!

Although Hawaii might be targeted as a romantic destination, I would highly recommend it as a solo destination. Oahu is definitely the easiest and most developed island to navigate as a solo traveller too. Can I go back yet?

Things to do when you solo travel on Oahu

Here’s a list of some of the best things to do in Oahu — from personal experience and recommendations.

Do an all-day Oahu tour

  I did a recap of my  specific tour ,   but an all-day island circle tour is an excellent and inexpensive way to see as much of the island as possible. I highly recommend it for fellow solo travellers, who don’t have access to a car. Here’s another option  from Viator.

Visit Hanauma Bay

The island’s most popular snorkelling spot, it’s easily accessed by public transport from Honolulu.  Hanauma Bay   is a cheap day out and I only heard good things.

Visit Pearl Harbor

I visited Pearl Harbor during my first time on Oahu. I found it extremely informative, as someone who didn’t know much about the events before visiting.

Do some shopping

I always go shopping when on holidays. I love picking up pieces from different destinations; even if they’re just from  Old Navy  or  Ross . There’s a lot of shopping on Oahu.  Ala Moana   is the biggest open-air shopping centre in the world, which doesn’t surprise me. That place is so massive I needed a map to navigate my way out. There’s also a lot of shopping malls and stores all around Waikiki.

Chill at a beach or two

I spent most of my time at Kuhio Beach Park, which is at the Diamond Head end of Waikiki. There were breakwaters here, so the water was very calm (and very cold). It was a good way to wake up in the morning! I also love the Duke Kahanamoku Lagoon in front on the Hilton. Ala Moana Beach Park   is meant to be a picturesque spot too. Waikiki may always be crowded, but I found a spot in the shade 😉. Away from Honolulu, there are beautiful beaches up the Oahu coast, near Laie and Kahuku.

Visit the Polynesian Cultural Centre

Another place on my list for next time. Our tour driver Wes said it was worthwhile and a good place to learn about Hawaii’s history.

Check out other Oahu tours

I know that when you’re on a budget, you don’t have a lot of money to spend on tours. But I was looking at doing a movie sites tour at  Kualoa Ranch . The ranch does a lot of different tours, which I would probably look into for my next trip (yep, planning already). Tours are one of the best things to do when you solo travel on Oahu.

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See a sunset.

I saw the sunset every night while on Oahu. I’ve said it before, but there’s nothing better than watching the sunset over the ocean. It was also a nice way to unwind with my book or a new friend.

Head to the North Shore

Another stop on the tour and an Oahu drawcard, you can also access the North Shore   via public bus. However, it does take a long time. But your reward is the beautiful beaches.

See the free show at Waikiki Beach

At Waikiki Beach on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, as the sun sets, there’s a fun free hula show.

Wander around downtown Honolulu

I got the bus from Waikiki to some of Honolulu’s most famous monuments. As someone who watches  Hawaii Five-O , I had to see the Supreme Court Building, which is featured in most episodes. I also saw the State Capitol and Iolani Palace, which is pretty expensive to enter. Next time I would also venture further afield and check out Chinatown.

Go for a walk or two

I did a lot of walking around Waikiki, including all the way along the beach and from Ala Moana. There’s also the infamous Diamond Head Hike, which isn’t far from Waikiki.

Go chasing Oahu’s waterfalls

I heard good things about the hike to Manoa Falls too.

Check out my solo travel guide to Maui as well!

My recommendations for what to eat when solo travelling on oahu.

I found the food in Honolulu to be quite expensive. So I primarily stuck to cheap eats and takeaway instead of dining in, which definitely saved on costs. Here are some of my recommendations.

Leonard’s Bakery

I’m still dreaming about the cheap, warm deliciousness that is the malasadas at Leonard’s Bakery . Funnily enough, the guys on Hawaii Five-O were eating them in an episode I watched a couple of weeks before my trip. It was about a 20-minute stroll from my hostel and I rewarded myself by trying the original (plain sugar) and cinnamon sugar coatings. They’re basically a doughnut without a hole, but a whole lot fluffier. SO GOOD.

Rainbow Drive-In

I read about this diner before my holiday, which I walked past on my way to the malasadas. Rainbow Drive-In offers plate meals and apparently Obama visits when in town.

I actually discovered this place on my first trip and pretty much fell in love immediately. So I knew I had to go back this time. HI Steaks is a small takeaway place, but their plate dishes (salad-rice-meat) are filling, fresh and YUM. I got mine for dinner and ate it under a palm tree on Waikiki Beach.

Tucker and Bevvy

This is actually an Australian business that specialises in picnic food to eat on the beach. Think salads, smoothies and healthy sandwiches. I love the picnic idea, and their location is just around the corner from Kuhio Beach Park.

I decided to treat myself to a nice brunch on my first day, so went to Hula Grill . It’s located on the second floor above Duke’s and has beautiful waterfront views over Waikiki. I complimented my omelette with a mimosa. When on vacation on Oahu, right?

Teddy’s Bigger Burgers

For a quick meal, check out  Teddy’s . It’s located next door to Tucker and Bevvy and it has an old diner look. It’s nothing flashy but sometimes that’s all you need.

Food courts

Speaking of nothing flashy, I did find myself at two different food courts. The first was lunch at Ala Moana’s food court. Seeing as the shopping centre itself is so large, you can imagine the size of the food court. It has all the options you could want in a clean environment, such as Mexican, Asian, Italian and American.

I also visited one on my last night with my dorm mates. Pa’ina Lanai Food Court is located within the Royal Hawaiian Centre. It has similar options to what I previously mentioned, but the best part is it’s located on Waikiki Beach. Eating tacos while sitting on the sand? That’s my kind of meal.

There’s a Safeway supermarket located opposite Leonard’s Bakery, which is definitely the most budget-friendly option. However, the many ABC Stores around Honolulu have basic food and beverage supplies, they’re just a little bit more expensive.

I hope this guide to solo travel on Oahu helps you plan your own solo trip to Hawaii. 

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February 2, 2019 at 2:13 am

these pictures are so gorgeous, I love them! I also visited Oahu last year, it was an incredible experience that charged me with so much positive energy. I even tried diving, the Sea Tiger Shipwreck ( https://dive.site/explore/site/sea-tiger-shipwreck-XMZV ) was my absolute favourite, and I’ve since been recommending it to all my friends.

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December 18, 2017 at 5:03 pm

I hope you’re doing well! I stumbled across your blog as I was researching for my solo trip to Oahu in a couple of days. I was wondering if you have any insights or experiences you could share about traveling to Maui from Oahu – is it correct that only flights are available? I have booked my accommodation in Oahu for an entire week, but would really like to visit Maui as well as I heard that the place is breathtakingly gorgeous – the road to Hana in particular. Please let me know what you think?

Best regards, Jacy

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December 20, 2017 at 11:26 am

Hi Jacy, from my research I only found flights, but there are so many every day that they’re pretty reasonably priced. And the flight is extremely quick – less than an hour!

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May 7, 2017 at 11:59 pm

Thanks for these tips! When I get back to North America, Hawaii is high on my list to visit!

May 8, 2017 at 3:45 pm

You’re so welcome, Ashley! I hope you get to visit, it’s seriously the best ;)

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March 31, 2017 at 10:46 am

Sigh, yes please, I want to crawl into these pictures!

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Kauai Hawaii Travel Guide

A Solo Traveler’s Guide To Kauai: Where To Eat, Stay, And Play

Chloe Caldwell

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In 2021, I spent more time on the road than I did at home. As a passionate adventurer , one of my greatest lessons over the past year has been a new appreciation for solo travel . Group trips, couples getaways, and family vacations are great, but there’s something empowering about taking your travels into your own hands. Especially as a woman . Exploring unknown places alone leaves the door wide open for you to create your own itinerary with the freedom to be spontaneous along the way. You learn to have fun by yourself, connect more intentionally to the world around you, and experience people and places in new ways.

Or at least, that’s what I’ve gained from it. And I’m absolutely hooked.

My most recent solo adventure was to Kauai, Hawaii’s wettest, greenest, and fourth-largest island. With 97 percent of the island covered by forests or mountain ranges, it’s a haven for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. The endless stretches of beach surrounding the dense greenery make it a vision of tropical paradise — and a natural stand-in for Jurassic worlds , distant jungles, and far-off planets .

Traveling to Kauai solo, I was able to meet people I never would have connected with had I gone in a cloistered crew. I may or may not have left with new ink because I met a tattoo artist and owner of Tried and True Tattoo at dinner on my first night. I often changed plans on a whim, whether that meant chilling at the resort pool with a Mai Tai or hiking first thing in the morning. Whatever I wanted to do, I did it. By the end of my five days in Kauai, I felt more connected to myself, nature, and my spirituality than I had in a long time.

If you’re looking for a solo adventure of your own, Kauai is my #1 pick on the planet. It’s hospitable, safe, and full of beauty. Below, you’ll find my solo traveler’s guide to the island — but I’ll readily admit that I’ve only scratched the surface of what there is to see and do.

PART I — Where to Play

Explore waimea canyon.

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First of all, you’re going to need a rental car in Kauai. Uber is scarce here, and as a solo traveler, it’s nice to have easy transportation access at any time of the day. I spontaneously decided to upgrade my rental to a convertible, and it was 100 percent worth it. (As a rule of thumb, never leave any valuables in your rental car.) One of the best parts of my trip was simply cruising through the jungle with the top down and checking out the views. This was especially enjoyable when I drove through Waimea Canyon State Park , a ten-mile long and 3,000 feet-deep canyon where cliffside views are abundant.

Waimea Canyon wasn’t originally on my itinerary, but a convincing DM from one of my Instagram followers persuaded me to change things up (again, the perks of solo travel!). I spent an afternoon driving through the state park, making stops along the way whenever something caught my eye or I noticed a line of cars parked on the side of the road. From miles of mountainous greenery to waterfalls and running creeks, the island’s vast natural beauty is on full 360-degree display throughout Waimea Canyon.

At the top of the state park, there are lookout platforms where you can take in the views from up above. However, if you find yourself in Kauai during winter, then you’ll realize how quickly the weather can turn on its head. By the time I made it to the peak, it was completely foggy and absolutely pouring (AKA, bring a rain jacket). Luckily, the sun made its way back from behind the clouds on my way back down. I made one last stop in the canyon where I was met with a breathtaking double rainbow and mountain view.

It was truly a magical moment that made the afternoon of driving and rain worth it.

Cacao Bliss & Mindful Snorkeling Tour

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I’ve been loving Airbnb Experiences lately. These are first-hand, one-of-a-kind activities hosted by local experts. I knew I wanted to do at least one badass experience during my stay in Kauai, so I signed up for the Cacao Bliss & Mindful Snorkeling Tour . My guide took me on a short morning hike down to a small secluded beach that’s typically only frequented by locals. He then led me in a meditation, served me a warm cup of ceremonial cacao elixir while sharing its various healing benefits, and joined me in the ocean for a swim. Unfortunately, the water was too rough for the snorkeling portion of the excursion, but it was certainly a morning to remember.

This mindfulness experience was the perfect way to start the day, as it encouraged me to get in touch with nature, practice gratitude, and open up to the endless beauty that surrounds me — cheesy, I know, but… it’s true !

Check Out Wailua Falls

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There is no shortage of gorgeous waterfalls in Kauai. If you want to get up close and personal with one, head to Wailua Falls, a 173-foot fall on the Wailua River near Lihue. Not only is it incredible to see, but it’s also convenient. You can drive straight up to the main viewpoint to check out the scene and take photos. This spot is great if you’re on a time crunch but still want to fit in seeing the island’s scenery between meals or activities.

If you’re feeling adventurous and don’t mind getting a little wet, you can even hike down to the base of Wailua Falls. The trek down is a short distance, but it’s often muddy and therefore slippery so it’s a good idea to use caution and take your time walking down. As a safety precaution, avoid any swimming or water activities at the bottom of waterfalls. Keep a lookout for signage surrounding the falls and comply with all warnings against trespassing beyond the designated lookouts. As always, especially when traveling solo, it’s a good idea to text someone where you’re hiking and what time you’ll be done.

Chill on the Beach

I mean, duh . You obviously can’t spend time in Kauai without hitting the beach daily, even if that means you don’t venture from the sand at your resort. There are a plethora of public beaches on the island, and each one seems to have its own character and charm. If you’re on the North Shore of the island, a few notable beaches to check out are Hanalei Bay and Anini Beach. Both of these offer tranquil vibes and scenic ocean views with a jungle backdrop to match. Hanalei is more ideal for families and swimming, while Anini Beach is a great spot to chill out and enjoy a picnic by the water.

For days on the South Shore, check out Poipu Beach, one of Kauai’s most popular beaches. This is another good beach for taking a dip in the waves, as there are lifeguards, picnic tables, and showers nearby. There are also great spots to eat right by the main beach area so you can enjoy your lunch while you sunbathe.

Tour the Kauai Coffee Estate

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Have you ever wondered exactly how coffee is made? It’s more intricate than you might think, and the Kauai Coffee Estate gives you a first-hand look (and taste) of the entire process. With over 4 million coffee trees grown on 3,100 acres, Kauai Coffee Company is the largest coffee grower in the U.S.

The farm in Kalaheo offers personalized, guided walking tours where you’ll learn about how the farm’s coffee is grown, harvested, and roasted. You can also opt for a free self-guided tour and stroll through the grounds at your own leisure. After the coffee estate tour, you can chill out at the property’s visitor center for coffee taste-testing and panoramic views of the fields and ocean.

I spent an afternoon touring the Kauai Coffee Estate, and it was certainly the educational highlight of my trip.

PART II — Where to Eat

South shore restaurants & fast casual:.

Kauai travel guide

You can find everything from beachside resort restaurants to hole-in-the-wall small businesses throughout Kauai. As you can imagine, seafood is one of the primary delicacies of the island. If you’re craving fresh sashimi and sushi, head to Sushi Bushido . Tucked in the far corner of the Coconut Marketplace , a charming shopping center full of gift shops and eateries, Sushi Bushido is a locally-owned sushi bar with both unique specialty rolls and traditional favorites.

Order the Lava Roll and Uni for a mouthwatering meal. As an LA sushi aficionado, I definitely vouch for this spot.

For a more casual bite to eat by the beach that doesn’t skimp on taste, head to Puka Dog . Located next to Poipu Beach, Puka Dog serves Hawaiian-style hot dogs (or veggie dogs) slathered in a mess of tangy sauce and flavors of your choosing. A traditional Hawaiian-style hotdog is made with a freshly-baked bun wrapped completely around the dog. It’s then doused with garlic lemon secret sauce, a tropical-fruit relish, and locally-made mustard.

It just might be the best wiener experience of your life.

For a nicer sit-down outing and lively environment, I recommend Duke’s . I ended up here two nights in a row because I enjoyed the entire dining experience, from the ambiance to the food and fruity cocktails. Between the rainforest-like decor (including a waterfall fountain in the middle of the dining area), the live music, laidback vibes, and good grub, it’s a must-visit restaurant. I ordered the fish tacos and fish ‘n’ chips, and both offered a large portion that did not disappoint. To drink, I ordered the Lava Flow, a blended concoction of pineapple, coconut, and light rum erupting with strawberry. It was the ultimate island drink to celebrate my time in Kauai. Sweet but definitely tasty.

North Shore Restaurants & Fast Casual:

Kauai travel guide

I didn’t spend as much time on the North Shore, but I did get a taste of the local eats while I was there. If you want to do some shopping and taste the local fare, head to the center of Hanalei where you’ll find boutique shops, clothing stores, local bars, and eateries. Another must-visit spot for sushi lovers is Hanalei Dolphin’s Fish Market . Here, you’ll find specialties like teriyaki shrimp, sushi rolls and fresh sashimi, poke salad, ceviche, seafood chowder, organic salad mixes, and The Dolphin’s homemade salad dressings. It’s basically your one-stop-shop for all things fish.

There are sit-down dining and takeout options available. I got mine to go for lunch on the beach.

Another Hanalei hotspot is Tahiti Nui , a family-run and operated establishment that serves everything from specialty pizzas to coconut shrimp, baby back ribs, and macadamia-crusted chicken. It’s a great restaurant for a post-beach pick-me-up when you need to refuel from a long day in the sun. The menu also offers a selection of specialty cocktails and wine. Go for the Over the Rainbow Martini for a strong kick of Grey Goose Poire, passion fruit, lime, lemonade, and club soda.

PART III — Where to Stay

Kauai coast resort at the beachboy.

Kauai travel guide

There really isn’t a bad place to stay on the island. You’re in freakin’ Kauai, after all! The North Shore is where you’ll find lush jungle views and a serene atmosphere due to its more frequent rainy weather and untouched natural environment. The South Shore is dryer and closer to the airport, and it’s also a more convenient access point to popular adventure spots like Waimea Canyon. The good news is that no matter what side of the island you stay on, it’s a quick drive to and from each shore.

I stayed in Kapa’a at the Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy , and it turned out to be the perfect location for me. It was nearly equidistant to both sides of the island, making the drive to every excursion a breeze. As for the resort itself, Kauai Coast Resort at the Beachboy made me feel right at home. The rooms themselves aren’t the most extravagant, but the apartment-style layout was comfortable and nice to come back to at the end of the day. The resort is right on the beach, so I spent every morning strolling in the sand watching the sunrise. There’s also a central pool area, a popular restaurant (make a reservation!), and hammocks spread out throughout the property for the mid-afternoon nap of your dreams. The resort is also across the street from the Coconut Marketplace mentioned above, so you’ll always have shopping and a bite to eat nearby.

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2025 Hawaii Calling: Explore, Empower, and Unwind with Your New Sisters in Oahu, Maui, and the Big Island!

Imagine escaping to the vibrant, lush landscapes of Hawaii with a group of inspiring women just like you. In 2025, Sisterhood Travels invites you to embark on an extraordinary tour of Hawaii’s most enchanting islands: Oahu, the Big Island, and Maui . Envision your arrival in the iconic Waikiki, where the soft, sun-kissed beaches are just the beginning of a transformative journey with a vibrant group of like-minded women who are sure to become your new Sisters and friends.

As the days unfold, each island brings its own magic. From the solemn beauty of the USS Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbor to the lush rainforests and volcanic landscapes of the Big Island, every experience is curated to deepen your connection with Hawaii’s rich history and breathtaking nature. In Maui, the scenic road to Hana awaits with its stunning vistas, cascading waterfalls, and the serene Iao Valley.

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Imagine the stories you’ll share and the memories you’ll create as you explore these islands with your new Sisters, each day ending with laughter-filled dinners or peaceful evenings under starlit skies. Join us for this once-in-a-lifetime Sisterhood Travels tour , where new friendships are forged, and every moment is a celebration of spirit and scenic wonder. This isn’t just a vacation; it’s a carefully crafted journey meant to connect, rejuvenate, and exhilarate .

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We'll visit three islands, additional destinations, our itinerary, november 30, 2025.

Aloha! Our adventure begins on the sun-drenched beaches of Waikiki. Your driver will transfer you to our beautiful hotel where you can relax and rejuvenate. This evening, meet your Group Leader for an informal get together with your Sisters. ( No meals are included today )

Hotel: Prince Waikiki

Waikiki Beach

December 1, 2025

Remember Pearl harbor with a visit to the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, viewing artifacts from the attack and a short documentary on the “Day of Infamy.” We’ll travel by naval launch to view the white marble-class USS Arizona Memorial, honoring those who lost their lives in the Pearl Harbor attack. After, we’ll take a city tour of Honolulu, highlighting the historic Iolani Palace, the impressive state capitol building, King Kamehameha’s statue, and the National Cemetery of the Pacific. The rest of the afternoon is yours to enjoy with your Sisters. (Breakfast and Dinner included)

December 2, 2025

This morning, we’ll dive into Hawaiian history with a visit to Iolani Palace to learn about the Hawaiian monarchs and the takeover of Hawaii by the United States. Then, enjoy free time with your Sisters in downtown Honolulu. Later, we’ll stop at the Pali lookout in O’ahu’s rainforest before returning to Waikiki for an evening of independent leisure and dining with your Sisters. (Breakfast included)

December 3, 2025

This morning, we’ll board our group flight to the volcanic “Big Island” of Hawaii. True to its name, the island itself is larger than all the other Hawaiian Islands combined. Although the island’s official name is the archipelago’s namesake, the Big Island is also famous for its volcanoes creating rocky, black landscapes. Upon arrival, we’ll pause at the iridescent mist of Rainbow Falls before having time to explore Hilo with your Sisters for lunch. Then, we’ll set out for a tour of the South Coast including a visit inside Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to learn about Kilauea – the world’s most active volcano. Be sure to make your way along the steam bluffs to get a view of the impressive caldera. On the way to our hotel, we’ll take in views of the crystal-clear waters of Kealakekua Bay and visit one of the iconic black sand beaches where you may luck out in spotting a green turtle soaking up the sun. (Breakfast included)

Hotel: Outrigger Kona Resort & Spa

December 4, 2025

This morning, take some time to relax and pamper yourself at our resort. In the afternoon, we’ll head to Kailua-Kona, a town established by King Kamehameha I before he unified the Kingdom of Hawaii. After, enjoy ample time to peruse the shops and grab a bit of lunch with your Sisters before returning to our hotel for a lei making class taught by a local expert. You’ll learn about the cultural significance of leis and create one of your own to bring home. This evening, enjoy dinner Hawaiian-style at a traditional Polynesian luau featuring endless tropical drinks and a sumptuous feast. (Breakfast and Dinner included)

December 5, 2025

We’ll start the day at Bay View Farm, which has been harvesting coffee beans since 1984. We’ll tour the farm with a local before enjoying a tasting of the local brew. Then, we’ll visit St. Benedict’s Painted Church, built in the 1800’s and adorned with vibrant frescoes. Later, we’ll continue Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park on the rugged coast, once the place of refuge for those that broke the Kapu (sacred law) in old Hawaii. (Breakfast and Dinner included)

Bay View Farm View

December 6, 2025

This morning, we’ll board our group flight to the “Valley Isle” of Maui, one of the most beautiful and popular outer islands. We’ll visit the town of Kihei where we’ll have some time to explore this laid back downtown for independent lunch with your Sisters. After, we’ll visit the stunning Iao Valley and view the 2,000-foot-high Iao Needle, one of Maui’s famous natural landforms. Finally, we’ll travel to the resort area of Ka’anapali and arrive at our deluxe beachfront hotel. (Breakfast and Dinner included)

Hotel: Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa

Ka’anapali Pano

December 7, 2025

You’re in for a treat today as we spend our day visiting some of the most beautiful scenery that Maui has to offer as we make our way to Hana. Prepare to see black sand beaches, hardened lava tubes, bamboo jungles, eucalyptus groves, quaint plantations and much more. Highlights of our day will include Paia Town, Waianapanapa State Park and Beach, Kaumahina State Park, and Keanae Lookout. This evening is yours to relax and dine independently with your Sisters at the resort. (Breakfast included)

Hana Bay

December 8, 2025

Today, enjoy a completely free day in paradise with your Sisters. Tonight, we’ll join together for our Farewell Dinner. (Breakfast and Dinner included)

Maui Last Sunset

December 9, 2025

It’s time to bid Aloha to Hawaii but not without treasured memories of our new friends and Sisters. We’ll transfer to the Maui airport for our flights home. (Breakfast included)

Trip Inclusions

  • 9 nights/10 days deluxe accommodations
  • 14 meals (6 Breakfasts and 5 Dinners)
  • Internal group flights from Honolulu to Hilo and from Kona to Maui
  • Private roundtrip airport transfers as specified in the itinerary
  • Hotel porterage
  • All sightseeing tours, exclusive experiences and excursions as listed within this itinerary
  • Deluxe, private transportation throughout the itinerary.
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  • Non-refundable deposit due at time of booking: $1000 per person
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  • There will be a maximum of 24 Sisters on this tour, including your Sisterhood Travels Group Leader. Roommate matching available.
  • Roundtrip airfare between your home and Hawaii is not included in your pricing.
  • You will fly into Honolulu (HNL) and out of Maui (OGG)
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  • Check-in time at your arrival hotel is at 3:00 pm.
  • Group flights in economy class are included between Honolulu and Hilo and from Kona to Maui. Upgrades are not available, and we will not be able to provide you with our specific flight information until closer to trip departure.
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  • Included arrival transfers are provided only on November 30, 2025, from the Honolulu airport to our hotel. Included departure transfers are only provided on December 9, 2025, from our hotel to the Maui airport. If you arrive or depart outside these days and/or you need transfers or hotels elsewhere, you are responsible for making your own arrangements at your own expense.
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Kauai Solo Travel Guide- Three Days on the ‘Garden Island’ of Hawaii

Travelling to Hawaii alone- particularly when it comes to Kauai solo travel- isn’t really the done thing. This is the island of couples retreats and honeymoons galore. But that definitely does not mean you should write off a solo trip to Hawaii- it is 100% possible to explore this stunning island on your own, and have a brilliant time doing it.

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Have you ever heard of Kauai?

Remember that scene in Jurassic Park, where Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough and co. are sitting in the helicopter? And there’s triumphant fanfare-style music playing in the background as they fly over the rugged coastline of the dinosaur island, into a glorious forested ravine? That glorious tropical island is the real-life Hawaiian island of Kauai, and seeing it in the flesh is even better than on the silver screen, I promise you. Travelling solo in Kauai isn’t something that many people would consider, particularly given that it’s such a popular destination for honeymooners. But I’m here to let ya know that it’s fully possible and DEFINITELY worth it.

I flew into Kauai from Portland, Oregon , and after a five hour flight over nothing but ocean, I was crazily excited to see a patch of bubbly clouds on the horizon, signalling the green mountains of Kauai underneath. Did I strategically play the Jurassic Park theme tune through my headphones as we neared the island?

Why yes, yes I did.

Did the island live up to my expectations?

Why yes, yes it did, and more.

Travelling solo in Kauai is also not often done without a car, so I wasn’t sure how much I’d be able to do and see with only three days to explore, and no vehicle. Lucky for me, it was easier than I’d expected to have a brilliant time on the island, all on my tod.

And before we continue onwards- because I myself wasn’t sure until my friend’s mum graciously informed me- Kauai is pronounced ‘Ka-why-ee.’ FYI.

Arrival on Kauai

I’d already spent three weeks jetting here there and everywhere across the States, with not much of a difference in its Springtime temperatures. Which meant that my arrival at Kauai’s tiny airport in Lihue was a bit of a climate shock for me. I stood outside Arrivals (which is approximately ten paces from Departures; this airport is tiny ), waiting for my Uber in the heat and feeling rather overdressed in my black skinny jeans and t-shirt. All black everything is just not the Hawaiian style, you know?

Surrounded solely by people in denim cut-offs and floral shirts, I stuck out like a sore thumb.

I might not have been given a lei when I arrived on the island, (the traditional way of greeting visitors), but I definitely felt like I received a very warm welcome regardless. Before long, I was into the Uber, driven by a super-friendly lass in gigantic aviators who gave me a run down of every US city she’s ever lived in (there were a good few).

She also gave me a long list of recommendations for about ten places to eat (plus one yoga studio) in the close proximity of my hotel, an infinite list of reasons why she loves living on the island, and followed that up with letting me know how happy she was that I was travelling solo in Kauai. She, too, had been a big time solo traveller back in the day, and her words of encouragement gave me a healthy dose of confidence that I would indeed have the best time ever on Kauai, despite the fact that I wasn’t on my honeymoon.

hand painted aloha sign

A retro resort in Kapa’a

I had chosen to stay at a tiny family-run hotel called the Coral Reef Resort , right on the beach in the town of Kapa’a. Unlike the majority of the hotels and resorts across the island, this was not a glamorous affair. Oh no sir. I wanted a place with character .

But also, to be completely frank, a room that cost less than $200 a night, which seemed to be the minimum for pretty much everywhere I could find.

This place was a gem, and I loved it.

With the exterior appearance of a tropical motel from the 1960s, the Coral Reef has a lawn kept in pristine condition out the back. This little lawn consistently has several feral chickens and other traditionally-farmyard birds pecking their way across it, fluffy chicks in tow. Chickens are the norm in Kauai; it’s possible in my opinion that there are more resident chickens on the island than humans, so much so that they’re considered a bit of a nuisance. Visitors are advised not to feed them as they can get rather aggressive.

Over to one side of the hotel’s lawn is a gated swimming pool complete with waterfall, trees, and a no-chickens-or-non-hotel-guests policy. 

My room, overlooking the chickens and the sea, naturally came complete with the sound of chickens and the sea, which lucky for me is a sound that I really appreciate. If you don’t appreciate roosters crowing at the crack of dawn you guys, maybe Kauai is not the place for you.

A ginormous lanai (aka balcony) stretched the length of the room, which was the perfect place to take in the sunrise every morning. The room itself was kitted out with dark wooden furniture and tropical-looking cushions, and in an extravagant turn of events the bathroom contained not one, but two sinks. Just in case I needed a spare, you know.

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The Banana Bread Lady and Cher

Every morning, a hilarious Hawaiian lady would sit in the hotel’s reception, keeping watch over her home-baked banana bread and a pot of freshly brewed coffee, chuckling merrily and offering seconds and thirds to everyone who came to tuck in to breakfast. What a brilliant woman.

‘I do not have a drivers license. I do not have a cell phone. I do not have a passport. What would make anyone think I know how to use Facebook!?’

I really appreciated that lady, for sticking to her ways with absolute joy.

A couple of days in as I was tucking in to my banana bread and coffee breakfast, the owner of the hotel appeared- an energetic and twinkly-eyed man with one of the best moustaches I’ve seen in a while, twizzled to perfection in a Victorian style. He took one look at my t-shirt, which had a massive illustration of Cher emblazoned across it, declared ‘OH MY GOD IT’S CHER!!!’ And disappeared down a hallway in search of something, reappearing with his Cher doll in mint condition.

The people of the Coral Reef Hotel, are Good People.

Retro style Coral Reef hotel in Kapaa, Kauai - a great place for Kauai solo travel

The hippy-town of Kapa’a

The Coral Reef Hotel is on the edge of the old town of Kapa’a, which is a great base for exploring the Eastern side of Kauai. Plus, it’s conveniently only about 8 miles from Lihue, where all the planes come in. Beware though- it may not be far from the airport, but there is only one main road connecting the two together, which means the traffic along there can get jam-packed very quickly.

Inland from the town on the horizon, is the Sleeping Giant mountain ridge, which legend says is really and truly a giant who fell asleep one day (possibly from eating too much) and is yet to wake up. I’ve got to admit, it does look very much like the silhouette of Gulliver, so I’m all for believing this brilliant story.

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Back in town the Main Street is lined with a mixture of souvenir shops selling leis, floral shirts and hula girl bobbleheads to families of tourists, boutique style stores selling $200 bikinis and $50 coffee cups, and colourful little restaurants and food trucks selling tacos and poke and açai bowls. A funny mixture of spiritual-surf-hipster and family-oriented beach town, if that makes any sense at all. 

Likewise, the type of people you’ll bump into are an interesting blend of all-American families in golf visors and I heart Hawaii t-shirts, and exceedingly tanned and dreadlocked locals, shoeless and carrying longboards and macrame shopping baskets and organic produce. On the beach in front of the Coral Reef, there always seemed to be a small collection of people- either strumming on guitars and drinking beer, or a different collection of people doing yoga, or simply just standing like statues. True story.

People round here seem to know each other, and life around these parts is a quiet one.

down to earth building in Kapaa - Kauai solo travel guide

Where to eat and drink in Kapa’a

For really good coffee, delicious açai bowls and other classic hipster-cafe meals involving a healthy dose of avocado, head to Java Kai , who’s slogan is ‘Drink Coffee or Die.’ Beware though- this place clearly has a reputation. In the middle of the day the line can get rather humungous. If you do find yourself paying them a visit, it’s worth signing up to their website in advance, just to get a free coffee.

Right next to it, the Mermaids Cafe serves awesome poke from a hole in the wooden wall of their handpainted little hut. A local lady stood outside waxing lyrical about their wraps for a solid fifteen minutes while she waited for hers to be prepared.

Bubba Burger  is further down the road, serving up a mahoosive selection of classic burgers and hotdogs and fries, for the best prices I saw the entire time I was in Hawaii. I became mildly addicted to this as they’re downright delicious.

And the choice of food trucks in Kapa’a is EXTENSIVE, considering the town is on the smaller side. My favourite was  El Taco Feliz , for their jolly exterior and delicious fish tacos, although there are little pods of trucks (I feel like ‘pod’ is as good a collective noun as any, for a group of food trucks), dotted up and down the entire length of the main road.

mermaid poke bowls in Kapa'a

Walking the Eastern Shore

I left the hotel on my first morning without much of a plan for the day; I stepped onto the bike path that separated the hotel’s garden from the beach, turned left, and carried on going for as far as my little legs would take me.

Which, it turns out, was pretty full on far.

The landscape around the island is so beautiful that it wasn’t hard to get completely mesmerised by the whole set up and before I knew it I’d been walking on and on for absolutely hours.

The Kapa’a Bike Path is about 8 miles long, stretching along the seafront past golden sandy beaches. At that time in the morning they were just starting to welcome the first footsteps of surfers carving out their trails to the foam of the waves lapping at the shore.

On the other side of the path you can see inland to green mountains and grassy plains, and eventually the path cuts away from the road and curves around the rocky bends of the island, with characteristic red soil of the Garden Island underfoot. Kauai is the oldest of the islands of Hawaii, and the unique red colour of its soil is caused by the layers of volcanic rock which rusted over the years and turned the dirt red.

So don’t wear white shoes as you’ll just be  asking  for trouble.

Kauai solo travel guide view inland to the mountains on Kuaui

Wildlife on Kuaui

Kauai is notorious for being a nature haven, so I kept my eyes peeled the entire time for any kind of wildlife.

First on the agenda: things swimming in the sea. Whales and dolphins are often spotted from the shores of Kauai. And I’ve got whale-spotting down to a fine art due to my time working on cruise ships. But did I see any of these guys in Kauai? No sir, I did not.

Alas. Secondly: things bathing on the sea shore. And I don’t mean my fellow human beings. Turtles can often be found hanging out on the quieter beaches, and the island of Kauai is also a hotspot for endangered Hawaiian Monk Seals. Those guys just love chilling on the beaches in the sunshine.

But did I spot any whilst I was there? Nope. Zero. Nein.

Kuaui written on the beach

My final chance to glimpse some awesome wildlife came as I was nearing the Pineapple Dump- a concrete pier built out over the sea during the 1900s, which was once the place where unusable pineapples from Kauai’s plantations were dumped into the sea in their masses. The plan of the pineapple dump actually backfired though, as the pineapples didn’t float away, but were pushed back towards the beach where they rotted in the sun. How  awkward.

Anyway pals, there I was by the Pineapple Dump.

The eucalyptus and palm trees were stretching overhead, and the grass was swaying gently, when all of a sudden a gigantic bird crashed into that long grass destroying the peaceful atmosphere. It disappeared almost instantly in the lengthy blades.

I was pretty sure, given the size of it, that it must be some kind of eagle. Or at least an albatross. Potentially even some kind of modern-day velociraptor, as this  was  Jurassic Park, after all.

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I tentatively crept towards the spot in the grass where I estimated the landing site to be. If I’m honest I was getting a little nervous, because that bird had looked  large.  I was mere footsteps away when the bird came rushing out, wings flapping, making all the noise it possibly could. 

It was a chicken. 

A really massive chicken.

Having survived my close call with nature, I spent most of the rest of the day on the beach, chilling out in the sunshine and reapplying my sun cream every fifteen minutes. But knowing full well that on my skin this would have little to no effect. Lo and behold, I made it back to the hotel looking incredibly patchily lobster-toned and feeling rather embarrassed. 

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Public Transport on Kuaui

It was pretty much a so far so good situation on the ‘no car’ front, however I wasn’t sure whether that would last when I decided to head further afield.

After some hefty googling which gave me mixed reviews of Kauai’s public bus network, I decided to take a chance and head for the bus stop on my second morning in the hope of getting on a bus to Hanalei Bay on the Northern Shore of the island. I perched in the bus shelter at the roadside with all my morning’s optimism trickling away as the minutes ticked by. Trucks and buses zoomed past. I started to think maybe the locals would start thinking I was a bit odd.

Maybe buses aren’t actually a thing here and it was all just a cruel trick? Kauai solo travel is one thing, but Kauai solo travel on public transport is a whole new level.

But approximately fifteen minutes after it was due, the little bus pulled into the stop. VICTORY!!

MY FAITH IN THE WORLD AND ITS PUBLIC TRANSPORT WAS WELL AND TRULY RESTORED!!

The  Kauai buses  are funny things, very similar to the local buses I got in the Caribbean- small and a bit rattly. The driver told me to put my dollars in the box and after I stood waiting for a ticket, shooed me up the bus to sit down. You don’t need tickets on these buses pals, they’re so teeny that it’d be pretty obvious if someone hasn’t paid without needing a piece of paper to prove it.

The only people already on board were some teenagers in the traditional backseat spot , a couple of old ladies gossiping animatedly to each other, and a lady sat alone on the opposite side of the bus to me. She was shrouded in pale blue shawls, a gigantic straw hat and sunglasses combo, and thick skin coloured tights. I wondered if she had an allergy to sunlight, because her whole ensemble seemed quite full on for a day as hot as that one. After about ten minutes the bus stopped for a barefoot Buddhist monk in full robes, who sat next to the blue lady, large wooden staff in hand.

It was an odd posse of people to be all hanging out together on the bus, I’ll tell you that for free.

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The Journey to Hanalei Bay

Altogether the journey lasted around 40 minutes, past farms, beaches, plantations and hills. It was, basically, BEAUT.

I wish I could’ve captured the whole journey on film to remember it properly as I hadn’t seen anything quite as stunning in a while. As we got further into the North part of the island, we passed waterfalls, big tropical flowers and gigantic trees covered with tangled webs of vines and platelike leaves.

Eventually the bus began to climb down a hillside overlooking the paddy fields where taro is grown just outside Hanalei. One of Hawaii’s most important crops, taro was once the staple food of the native Hawaiian diet, and it’s still a firm favourite with the people of this awesome state. The fields look pretty with taro in them too, so it’s a win win situation I’d say.

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Hanalei Bay

Hanalei Bay is a stunner.

A two mile stretch of curved white sand, with a backdrop of mountains with tiny silver slivers of waterfalls cutting their way down the greenery- it’s easy to see why this place is so popular. Although somehow, it doesn’t have the tourist-centric atmosphere that could go hand in hand with a must-see like this.

The town, surrounded by the natural beauty of the mountains either side of the valley, is filled with colourful food trucks, surf shops and little gift stores, and has a completely laid-back vibe. And there is not a hotel to be seen!

Every now and again, the sky would suddenly cloud over completely, a smattering of rain drops would fall and cool everything off, and then just as quickly as they appeared, the clouds would be gone again. Of all the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai gets the most rainfall, and the North shore is notoriously more prone to flash rainfall than the rest of Kauai. But for the most part, people seem to ignore the few spots of rain whenever they landed on the beach, probs because let’s face it- it’s pretty refreshing really. 

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The miracle of Shave Ice

After a few hours on the beach, I walked back through the little residential streets of Hanalei, past surfboards leant against the sides of houses, and garages filled with dad-projects, open to the elements. I had a casual stroll around the town, and queued for a while at  Jojo’s Shave Ice  to sample an enormous rainbow creation.

Guys. I have seen episodes of The Simpsons where they squirt multi-coloured syrup over things and hand them over ready to eat. But I hadn’t realised that was a real-life thing that is actually done in real life!?

Macadamia flavoured ice cream (a Hawaiian classic, as macadamias are aplenty round these parts), was layered on the bottom of my pot, with an enormous globe of ice scooped on top, approximately the size of my face. Three different day-glo syrups were drizzled on and I was good to go. To the average every day American, shave ice is quite a normal creation, but for me…well I  never.  Well. I. Never.

rainbow shave ice in Hanalei Bay

The tale of Captain Cook and the Hawaiians. As told by a sketchy man on a bus

My bus back to Kapa’a at the end of the day was shared with as equally a strange bunch of people as the journey there. This time a man got on the bus who was intent on explaining the history of Captain James Cook. At t times the guy didn’t make a whole lot of sense, but I still really appreciated his storytelling skills.

I’d actually had no idea that Captain Cook had not only probably been the first European to step foot on Hawaiian soil, but also that on his third visit to the islands, the Hawaiian islanders killed him.

Cook and his crew had previously arrived during festival time , and it’s presumed that the natives believed the sailors to be a bit on the godly side- due to the timing of their arrival. But one of the sailors died whilst the crew were docked in Hawaii, and the jig was up as it became clear to all that these English blokes were actually  not  immortal after all.

When Cook and his crew returned to Big Island (ie, the biggest of the Hawaiian Islands), the natives pelted them with rocks and were accused of stealing a boat. Next thing you know, the English had attempted to use some of the Hawaiian’s sacred wood from their burial ground, shot one of the Hawaiians, and all hell broke loose, resulting in the death of the English Captain. What a story. 

Thanks, man on the bus!

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Some grand adventure plans

On my third day in Kauai, I ran into a slight problem. I was really, really intent on getting further afield, deeper into all the natural beauty that Kauai has to offer. I mean, outdoor pursuits are basically the main reason that people visit the island.

And the Waimea Canyon is the number one hotspot of all these natural beauties that visitors arrive for. The ten mile long Canyon is located in the West of the island, and was created when the volcano that created Hawaii collapsed, and heavy rainfall eroded a deep pathway through the land. The only way I could have possibly seen the Waimea Canyon without a car, would have been to join a tour. But I’d also heard that cloud coverage was particularly thick at the time that I was visiting (in fact, it often is) , and that there would be a good chance that I’d see nothing at all. So I scratched that plan.

Risky business.

Instead, I planned to wake up extra early hike the Sleeping Giant trail, which wasn’t too far from where I was staying.

Bad times pals, as I was awoken at approximately 5.30am by an insane torrential downpour outside, coupled with the sound of the wind whipping through the skinny palm trees. They all had the appearance of a person who’d just had a ride in an open-topped car going at 100mph. Poor little things. This was not a case of spotty, cooling rain drops like the day before; it was basically  biblical  in its extremity. There was no way I was going to attempt to climb up a mountain in that. Every half hour or so, the rain would suddenly disappear, the sun would blast out from the clouds with all its might, and then half an hour later the wind would whip itself into a frenzy again and the downpour would return.

Indoor pursuits

So, do you know what I did, pals? I watched Lilo and Stitch. Because Lilo and Stitch is  also  a film set in Kauai, and if I couldn’t physically get outside then I might as well get as close to it as possible via the medium of DISNEY, you know?

Later in the day, I didn’t venture further away than the confines of Kapa’a, out of fear that the rain would return. (It did). But actually, it was nice to have a chilled out day roaming around the town, occasionally legging it to the nearest shelter, and naturally purchasing a Hawaiian shirt of my own.

I mean, you can’t  not  get a Hawaiian shirt while in Hawaii, surely? 

stormy weather above Kapaa bike path

Farewell Kuaui

So guys, whilst my third and final day had been a bit of a wash out, I was still overall pretty satisfied with what I managed to do in three days. Especially because not only had I been travelling solo in Kuaui, but I’d also been on quite a strict budget.

Would it have been easier to see the island with the use of a car?

Undoubtedly, yes, it would.

But for three days, there was plenty to see and do either nearby, or via public transport- so I’d say it was a success all round. This island is absolutely stunning, with an incredibly laid-back vibe about it, and arriving in the busy city of Honolulu after three very peaceful days on Kauai was quite the culture shock.

Kauai is my kind of place.

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Logistical Statisticals

  • I won’t beat around the bush here; Hawaii in general is an expensive place, and when in expensive locations, my go-to accommodation of choice is hostels. However, outside of big cities in the USA, the hostel selection is minimal, and on Kauai, the selection is even more minimal. Be prepared to either book your hostel or Airbnb far in advance, or pay more than your usual if you’re normally a budget traveller.
  • Even snacks are expensive here; it’s worth stocking up before you fly to Kauai just to have things to nibble on between meals that won’t cost a small fortune.
  • Although the network isn’t extensive, public buses in Kauai cost a mere $2 per ride! Bargain.
  • Be prepared for rain! Parts of Kauai are amongst some of the wettest places on Earth.
  • But also- don’t forget your suncream, and if possible go for one that doesn’t contain reef-harming chemicals. Hawaii has recently passed a law banning the sale of any suncream containing these crazy chemicals that protect our skin but destroy coral reefs, so I’m a full on fan of that.
  • If you find any seals or turtles hanging out on the beach…leave them alone! Part of the reason they come to Kauai is because they tend to be left well alone.
  • Like everywhere in the USA- tax is not included on the price labels of anything you buy. Similarly, tipping 20% is expected.

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Solo Female Traveler’s Guide: 20 Essential Survival Tips for a Safe Journey

Posted: May 20, 2024 | Last updated: May 20, 2024

<p><strong>Solo female travel is like grabbing the world by the proverbial horns and saying, “Let’s dance.” It’s empowering, enlightening, and comes with its own set of challenges that, frankly, guys don’t have to think twice about. But fear not! With a blend of sass, smarts, and these survival tips, you can navigate the globe and come back with stories that’ll make everyone’s jaw drop – safely.</strong></p>

Solo female travel is like grabbing the world by the proverbial horns and saying, “Let’s dance.” It’s empowering, enlightening, and comes with its own set of challenges that, frankly, guys don’t have to think twice about. But fear not! With a blend of sass, smarts, and these survival tips, you can navigate the globe and come back with stories that’ll make everyone’s jaw drop – safely.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / soft_light</p>  <p><span>Spending more time in fewer places reduces transportation costs and lets you discover hidden gems.</span></p>

1. Trust Your Gut

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That little voice inside your head? It’s your best friend. If something feels off, listen to it. It’s better to miss out on a potentially cool experience than to ignore your instincts.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / photobyphotoboy</p>  <p><span>The simplicity of not needing a passport for travel is a convenience that can’t be overstated, making spontaneous travel all the more accessible.</span></p>

2. Make Copies of Important Documents

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Losing your passport or ID in a foreign country is like trying to solve a Rubik’s Cube blindfolded. Keep digital copies in your email or cloud storage for just-in-case moments.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Maria Markevich</p>  <p><span>Lodging with sketchy reviews isn’t worth the few bucks saved. Opt for places where other solo female travelers have left their seal of approval.</span></p>

3. Stay Somewhere With Positive Reviews

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Lodging with sketchy reviews isn’t worth the few bucks saved. Opt for places where other solo female travelers have left their seal of approval.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Bogdan Sonjachnyj</p>  <p><span>Augmented reality (AR) will replace traditional travel guides and maps, offering real-time information and historical overlays as you explore new places.</span></p>

4. Blend In

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Wearing a neon fanny pack and a map? Hello, target on your back. Try to dress and act like a local, or at least like you know exactly where you’re going and what you’re doing.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / everst</p>  <p><span>A crossbody bag with a zipper is your knight in shining armor. Backpacks are pickpockets’ playgrounds, and purses might as well have a “steal me” sign on them.</span></p>

5. Keep Your Belongings Close

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A crossbody bag with a zipper is your knight in shining armor. Backpacks are pickpockets’ playgrounds, and purses might as well have a “steal me” sign on them.

Travel journaling is an art form that allows wanderers to capture the essence of their adventures in a deeply personal a

6. Share Your Itinerary

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Someone trustworthy should always know where you’re supposed to be. It’s not about checking in; it’s about checking up.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Antonio Guillem</p>  <p><span>Encounters with fraudulent ticket sellers and tour operators can quickly dampen the excitement of exploring renowned attractions. These scammers exploit the eagerness of tourists, selling tickets or tours that are invalid, overpriced, or vastly different from what was promised. </span></p>

7. Learn Key Phrases in the Local Language

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“Help,” “No,” and “Where is the bathroom?” are universally useful. Bonus points for mastering the art of saying “I’m meeting my husband” with convincing authority.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Iryna Inshyna</p>  <p><span>That friendly stranger doesn’t need to know you’re traveling alone, staying at the hostel down the street, or that you have a deep-seated fear of clowns.</span></p>

8. Don’t Share Too Much Information

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That friendly stranger doesn’t need to know you’re traveling alone, staying at the hostel down the street, or that you have a deep-seated fear of clowns.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Lifestyle Travel Photo</p>  <p><span>New city, who dis? Try to arrive during the day when it’s easier to find your bearings and less likely to encounter sketchy situations.</span></p>

9. Avoid Arriving in New Places at Night

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New city, who dis? Try to arrive during the day when it’s easier to find your bearings and less likely to encounter sketchy situations.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Milan Ilic Photographer</p>  <p><span>The Dublin Literary Pub Crawl is a unique experience that combines the city’s rich literary heritage with its famous pub culture. Led by actors and scholars, the crawl takes participants through historic pubs associated with Dublin’s literary greats, including James Joyce, Samuel Beckett, and Oscar Wilde. It’s an entertaining and informative way to explore the city, offering insights into the writers’ lives and the pubs that inspired them.</span></p>

10. Keep Your Drink in Sight

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Accepting drinks from strangers comes with a side of risk. If you didn’t see it made or it left your sight, consider it a no-go.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Alexander Chaikin</p>  <p><span>Trentino-Alto Adige, nestled in the heart of the Dolomites, offers a culinary tradition that is a fusion of Italian and Austrian influences, reflecting the region’s unique cultural heritage. The cuisine here is hearty and satisfying, designed to fuel the body against the backdrop of the rugged Alpine landscape. Speck, a lightly smoked ham, is a regional specialty, adding depth and flavor to dishes like canederli, bread dumplings served in broth. The region’s abundant apple orchards and vineyards contribute to its culinary diversity, with apple strudel and wines like Gewürztraminer and Lagrein showcasing the fruits of the local terroir. Trentino-Alto Adige’s cuisine is a testament to the region’s ability to blend traditions, offering a gastronomic experience that is both comforting and sophisticated, a reflection of its Alpine identity.</span></p>

11. Stay Sober

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Keeping your wits about you is crucial. There’s a fine line between enjoying a glass of wine and impairing your judgment.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / CatwalkPhotos</p>  <p><span>Taxi scams are a pervasive issue travelers encounter worldwide, exploiting the need for reliable transportation in unfamiliar locales. Unscrupulous drivers may employ various tactics to inflate fares, including taking unnecessarily long routes, claiming fixed rates are mandatory for tourists, or manipulating the taxi meter to charge exorbitant prices.</span></p>

12. Use Legitimate Transportation

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That random guy’s offer of a cheap ride might as well come with a “sketchy” label. Stick to licensed taxis or well-reviewed ride-share apps.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Dan Rentea</p>  <p><span>A pair of headphones can be a universal “do not disturb” sign when you’re not in the mood for conversation or unwanted attention.</span></p>

13. Invest in a Good Pair of Headphones

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A pair of headphones can be a universal “do not disturb” sign when you’re not in the mood for conversation or unwanted attention.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Jose Calsina</p>  <p><span>Walk with purpose, even if you’re internally navigating by the stars. Confidence can deter unwanted attention.</span></p>

14. Be Confident

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Walk with purpose, even if you’re internally navigating by the stars. Confidence can deter unwanted attention.

<p><span>Leverage technology to stay ahead of the crowds. Many popular tourist destinations have apps or websites providing real-time crowd-level information. This can help you plan your visits to avoid the busiest times. Social media and travel forums can offer up-to-date advice and tips from fellow travelers.</span></p> <p><strong>Insider’s Tip: </strong><span>Follow social media pages or forums for up-to-date information and tips from fellow travelers.</span></p>

15. Know the Local Emergency Number

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911 isn’t universal. Have the local equivalent saved in your phone, just in case.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Rebius</p>  <p><span>For that extra peace of mind in your accommodation, a portable door lock is a lightweight addition to your travel arsenal.</span></p>

16. Carry a Portable Door Lock

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For that extra peace of mind in your accommodation, a portable door lock is a lightweight addition to your travel arsenal.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / GaudiLab</p>  <p><span>Real-time updates are a no-no. Wait until you’ve left a location to share it with the world, unless you’re into uninvited followers.</span></p>

17. Avoid Over-Sharing on Social Media

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Real-time updates are a no-no. Wait until you’ve left a location to share it with the world, unless you’re into uninvited followers.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / David Bokuchava</p>  <p>Research genuine local products to avoid paying premium prices for counterfeit goods.</p>

18. Dress Appropriately

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Research local customs and dress accordingly. It’s not just about respect; it’s about avoiding unnecessary attention.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / IR Stone</p>  <p><span>Crowds can be overwhelming and are prime spots for pickpockets. Keep your belongings secure and stay aware of your surroundings.</span></p>

19. Stay Alert in Crowded Places

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Crowds can be overwhelming and are prime spots for pickpockets. Keep your belongings secure and stay aware of your surroundings.

<p class="wp-caption-text">Image Credit: Shutterstock / Chiociolla</p>  <p>The first recorded speculative bubble burst over tulips, with some bulbs trading for the price of a luxury home. When the market crashed, it left many in financial ruin.</p>

20. Embrace the Freedom

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Despite all the caution, remember this is about adventure. Embrace the freedom that solo travel brings and the incredible strength you have as a woman exploring the world on her terms.

<p><span>Santorini is a photographer’s paradise, known for its iconic sunsets, white-washed buildings, and the deep blue of the Aegean Sea. The island’s unique architecture, with its cubic houses and blue-domed churches perched on cliffs, offers a striking contrast against the volcanic landscapes. As you wander through the narrow streets of towns like Oia and Fira, you’ll be greeted with numerous vantage points for capturing the island’s beauty.</span></p> <p><span>The sunsets here are particularly mesmerizing; positioning yourself along the Caldera Edge gives you a front-row seat to one of nature’s most spectacular shows. Beyond the towns, explore the less-traveled paths to photograph the rugged terrain and panoramic views of the sea, ensuring your camera captures the essence of this stunning island.</span></p> <p><b>Insider’s Tip: </b><span>Capture the iconic blue domes of Oia during sunrise for a crowd-free experience.</span></p> <p><b>When To Travel: </b><span>Late spring or early autumn to avoid the peak tourist season.</span></p> <p><b>How To Get There: </b><span>Fly to Santorini Airport or take a ferry from Athens.</span></p>

Ready to Conquer the World?

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Solo travel as a woman isn’t just a trip; it’s a statement. It says you’re fearless, capable, and not waiting for anyone to see the world. With these tips tucked into your travel belt, you’re more than ready to take on whatever adventures await while keeping safety in the co-pilot’s seat. So, where to first?

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  15. Maui

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  17. The Hawaiian Islands for Solo Travelers

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  18. Solo Travel on Oahu, Hawaii

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  23. Trip Report: Hawaii (first time solo traveling) : r/solotravel

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