Having Fun & Staying Safe

Having spent years finding the best spots to recommend for your precious vacation time (and steering you away from the worst), we also want to do our best to help you stay out of trouble. Though Hawai‘i seems idyllic, please remember that this isn’t Disneyland—it’s nature. Mother Nature is hard, slippery, sharp and unpredictable. Nature is …
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Local Culture & You

Hawai‘i’s diverse population has made for an enviable cultural stew. (Melting pot seemed too cliché.) The aloha spirit is alive and well and akin to small town hospitality found on the mainland. After all, when you’re on an island, you are bound to run into the same folks, and being respectful of everyone’s differences is …
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Being an Eco-Friendly Tourist

The extraordinary remoteness of the Hawaiian Islands has given rise to unique life that can’t be found anywhere else on the planet. That being said, the native wildlife is under constant threat from a variety of sources. Knowing how best to enjoy all that Hawai‘i has to offer while staying ecologically sensitive is important in …
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What Readers Have to Say

“My husband and I just got back from our vacation in Kauai – we used your book thousands of times during our trip and it wouldn’t have been the same without it – we found wonderful beaches, great tidepools, beautiful hikes, decent food, and the best dive group we’ve ever been with (Fathom Five). Many of which, I’m sure we would have missed without your book. We also loved the candid comments and sarcastic humor. Just imagine, a guidebook that you can actually read, not just thumb through looking for reviews… Thank you for taking the time to put together such a helpful and fun guidebook – we’ll recommend that anyone else planning a vacation to Hawaii pick up their own (because we’re not giving ours up!).”

- L. Watkins