A Solo Traveler's Guide to Hawaii

Parking Olomana Hiking Trail, Kailua, United States
Parking Olomana Hiking Trail, Kailua, United States | © Wild & Away / Unsplash
Hawaii is one of those places that’s a bit tough to get around if you’re flying solo. If you use a bit of creativity however, it can be an even more magical experience than going with anyone else.

Grab a scooter

On Hawaiian islands aside from Oahu, hitchhiking is definitely an acceptable form of transportation. Locals can spot rental cars from a mile away and that’s not attention you’ll want to invite. Travel light and rent a moped; it’s the easiest way to get around the islands, whether you’re headed to the beach or the mountains.

Scooter is the best mode of transportation around the islands © Eirik Skarstein / Unsplash

Be active

Hawaii is the destination to get active and go on adventures, if nowhere else. It’s an opportune time to try your skills at a surf lesson or four. Camps and schools are abundant all over the state and the surf in Hawaii is the kind you won’t want to miss.

Don't be afraid to dive right in © Chris Osmond / Unsplash

Meet new people

Finding a tribe is so crucial when you’re traveling alone; and this is the perfect place to do it. There’s something in the air here. It’s called the Aloha Spirit and its extremely contagious; affecting everyone from locals to foreign visitors. Finding a group of like-minded people opens the doors to mornings of adventurous hikes and afternoons of refreshing cliff jumping.

Jumping off for a fun adventure © Jakob Owens / Unsplash

Don’t stay at a hotel

Whatever you do, don’t stay at a resort or hotel. It will only isolate you from the exciting and vibrant environment Hawaii has to offer. For a proper experience, check out some of the local hostels. You’re more likely to meet new people this way and find so many other solo travelers just like you.

Take in the views in Honolulu © Andrew Tanglao / Unsplash

Learn to be one with nature

In our crazy, busy lives, we often forget to slow down and enjoy what’s in front of us. Sometimes it’s good to let yourself feel small and be awed by nature. Traveling solo in Hawaii leaves you with no distractions and so much peace of mind you won’t know what to do with.

Soak up Hawaii's natural surroundings © Drew Farwell / Unsplash

Eat adventurously

Indulge in the crazy, blended food culture here. Hawaii’s long history of Chinese, Portuguese, Filipino, and Japanese influences can be experienced simply by trying out the local and quintessential foods. If you’re feeling extra brave, you can also check out a Kava Bar for a one of a kind Hawaiian experience.

Enjoy some afternoon tea © Vienna Reyes / Unsplash

Consider giving back

The Hawaiian islands offer so much to their visitors. The food, culture, and scenery are all gifts from the local community. If you have the time, joining a beach clean up project is a great way to give back and not to mention, extremely rewarding.

Doing your bit to beach clean can be rewarding © Tim Foster / Unsplash

Know your limits

Above all, be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts. Mustering up the courage to take on a hike like Stairway to Heaven on Oahu might seem like a great moment to capture for Instagram, but if you feel nervous about going it alone and would rather find a group to go with, it’s important to follow your gut. Better safe than sorry.

Take on the Stairway to Heaven © Tyler Lastovich / Unsplash