Romance Hawaii Guide : Romance Hawaii Guide 2018
• You’ll find that most major roads are well maintained. • Please ‘drive with Aloha’ (slowly and without the horn as it’s considered rude) and observe speed limits. Avoid tailgating and the local rule for single-lane bridges is to yield to on-coming traffic. However, if you’re the on-coming traffic and there is a line waiting on the other side, stop and let your neighbours cross. TIPPING GUIDELINES US standards on tipping apply: Bar – US$1 per drink Concierge – US$1 for calling a taxi Free shuttle – US$1 per short trip per person Housekeeping – US$1 per bed per night (leave it on the bedside table each morning) Kids’ clubs – US$15 a day Luggage porters – US$1 per bag Room service – 10-20% of total bill Taxi – 15% of fare Tour guides – US$5-$10 per half day per person/couple Restaurants – 15 -25% Note that a service charge may be automatically added to a bill, especially for party sizes of six or more. Check your bill, before tipping, to see if a service charge has already been included. BASIC COSTS Coffee – US$3-$5; Beer – US$5-$10; Club Sandwich – US$8-$15; Glass of Wine – US$7-$10; Soft Drink – US$3-$5. When purchasing an item you will be charged a General Excise Tax (added on at the time of purchase) of 4.166–4.712%. WATER SAFETY Hawai‘i’s ocean is beautiful, but it can also be dangerous. Strong, hidden currents can overpower even experienced swimmers and standing on rocky outcrops can be dangerous due to sudden, powerful rogue waves. Conditions in the water constantly change. Remember: • waves come in sets and conditions can be calm for up to 20 minutes between dangerous sets of waves • swim only where lifeguards are on duty • do not fight a rip current (keep calm, float, wave for help and go with the current to conserve energy) • use the buddy system – never swim alone and know your limits • when in doubt, don’t go out • nude bathing and nude sun-bathing are prohibited across Hawai‘i. WEATHER The temperature fluctuates very little. Summer (May-Oct) has an average daytime temperature at sea level of 29.4oC while the equivalent in winter (Nov-Apr) is 25.6oC. Temperatures at night are approximately 12oC lower. November to March are the wettest months but the rain tends to be localised with sunny spots usually found somewhere else on each island. Long periods of rain are uncommon. During summer showers are less frequent, often lasting only a few minutes. CLOTHING Casual daywear and semi-casual clothes with a light jacket for evenings. If touring to high elevations (the top of mountains/ volcanoes) warm clothing is required. ROMANCE HAWAI‘I 45 JAN FEB MAR APR MAY JUN JUL 27 27 27 29 29 31 31 AV HIGH AV LOW AVERAGE TEMPERATURES ACROSS HAWAI‘I *provided by USclimatedata.com AUG SEP OCT NOV DEC 32 32 31 29 27 19 19 20 21 22 23 23 24 23 23 22 22 For detailed Hawai‘i travel tips visit the Travel Smart Hawai‘i website at: travelsmarthawaii.com Aubrey Hord Photography / visit aubreyhord.com INTERNET Many hotels in Hawai‘i provide internet or Wi-Fi connectivity for their guests. Check with your hotel regarding charges. Free Wi-Fi is often also available in cafes and restaurants. AREA CODE FOR HAWAI‘I 808 MOBILE ROAMING Check with your mobile phone provider regarding international roaming charges as they can be expensive. Many travellers opt to disable international roaming and data downloading when they are overseas. One way to keep your mobile bill under control while you’re away is to buy a pre-paid set- value SIM card prior to departure or on arrival. In both cases, you simply get a temporary number and SIM card to place in your existing handset while you’re overseas. Convenience stores across Hawai‘i also sell phone cards that you can use to call home. ELECTRICAL VOLTAGE Electricity is 115/120 volts at 60 cycles (60 Hz) per second. Purchase a voltage converter if your device does not accept this voltage. The USA uses the ‘RJ11’ jack. ETIQUETTE • Respect property marked with kapu (off limits) • Remember to mālama kai (respect plants and animals) • Make sure to mālama ‘aīna (respect the land) by staying on trails and not disturbing plants • Dispose of opala (rubbish) properly • Abide by smoke-free laws which prohibit smoking in enclosed public areas.
Romance Hawaii Guide 2017