Monday 4 March 2013

Kilauea Lighthouse Celebration

Taking a holiday in Kauai, Hawaii? Well if you are visiting Hawaii in May then be sure to check this event out!

The Hawaii Island of Kauai has a very special birthday this year. Kilauea lighthouse celebrates 100 years of guiding the way to ships and the lighthouse first shone in 1913. The lighthouse served as navigation to ships sailing on the Orient run. Today Kilauea Point is one of Kauai’s most popular sites to visit and has earned its listing on the State and National Registers of Historic Places. The light was decommissioned in 1976, however the US Fish and Wildlife Service acquired it in 1985 and currently they manage the 31 acre site as part of a 203 acre wildlife refuge.

The Kilauea Lighthouse celebrations will run from May 1st – May 5th 2013, with special exhibits on display and daily guided tours of the lighthouse also giving a close up view of the lighthouse interior. Then on the 4th May 2013 a very special treat, the relighting of the lighthouse will take place at dusk. This will be the first time since 2010 that the Kilauea Lighthouse will shine.

So if you are taking a holiday to Hawaii in May then don’t miss this special event.

Thursday 28 February 2013

Things to do in Hawaii for March

This weekend sees the start of the 19th annual Honolulu festival, taking place from 1st - 3rd march 2013. Located on the Hawaii Island of Oahu in Waikiki, the theme for this great festival is going to be Harmony of cultures across the Pacific, showcasing a fantastic display of Hawaiian cultures. Over the weekend you can enjoy local crafts, music, singing, dancing, fireworks, and a vibrant colourful parade through Waikiki, perfect for all the family on a holiday to Hawaii.

The Hawaiian Island of Kauai celebrates Prince Kuhio birthday from March 16th – 30th 2013 (an official state holiday in Hawaii). Kuhio was one of Hawaii’s most beloved alii (royalty) and statesmen. Located in Poipu, Eleele, Lihue and Wailua the various celebrations and events will provide many insights into the Hawaiian culture, from music, dancing and crafts to a traditional Hawaiian boat race, the festival shows a beautiful array of Hawaiian history.

So if you are visiting Hawaii in March then be show to check these colourful events out!

Friday 15 February 2013

International Driving Permit Update

Charter Travel have been advised by ABTA that the Florida Department of Highway Safety & Motor Vehicles have suspended the state’s recently enacted International Driving Permit requirement and is pending further study. International visitors who plan to drive in Florida will now only need a valid driver’s license issued from their own country (both parts - if applicable) and a major credit card.

Thursday 14 February 2013

Do I need an International Driving Permit?

Do I need an International Driving Permit to drive a hire car in Florida? In short, YES, you do!
This has been the topic of conversion across forums and social media sites in the last week and has been a question that we have been swamped with. In fact we are quite surprised at the lack of communication there has been to inform anyone of this … we weren’t informed and even the car hire companies did not appear to be aware of this??
However, after some extensive research it has come to light that if you have a UK driving license and you are planning on driving in Florida then you will need an International Driving Permit(IDP). This came into action on the 1st January 2013 and can be purchased from your local post office - currently priced at £5.50.
As it stands we are aware that this is just a law that has been implemented in the state of Florida, however there may be a possibility that it will be adopted in other states so be sure to check with your local post office if you plan on driving in the USA.
You will find more information on this at your local Post Office and The AA.

Tuesday 12 February 2013

Top Water Sports to do on a Maui Holiday

So we have done the research and found the best water sport to take part in on a Maui holiday! If you’re into ocean activities then this article will give you the information you need to have a blast on your holiday to Maui, Hawaii.

Whale Watching in Maui

This has got to be a number one for all. Whale watching in Maui is truly magical and can be enjoyed by all ages. Humpback whales migrate to Hawaii during the winter months, so why not treat yourselves to this amazing experience as Maui is regarded as the best place in the world for whale watching.

Snorkelling in Maui

In second place we have snorkelling of course. Submerge yourself into the underwater world of Maui and see the fantastic colours, sea life and coral reef of the warm ocean of Maui. You will find the very best snorkelling tours on offer in Maui and you will be able to cater it to your needs as the tour instructors will adapt it to your snorkelling abilities. Something that would be worthwhile is a snorkel tour to Molokini Crater and you will be sure to pick up memories to last a life time.

Surfing in Maui

Ok, so surfing has to be next on the list. If you fancy yourself as a surfer or would like to learn, then where better to start than Hawaii? Maui is known for having fantastic surf conditions all year round and is in fact the best island to learn to surf on as the conditions tend to be just right for new surfers. Allow your surf dreams to become a reality in Maui!

Kite Surfing in Maui

Slightly more active – we have kite surfing. Becoming more and more popular on Maui, kite surfing is a great activity that you can partake in on your holiday to Maui. However, we must say that kite surfing is a difficult skill to learn and it is very important to book with a great instructor who can take you through the safety too. A good place to start is with Aqua Sports, a great kite surfing school in Maui.

Sport Fishing

Last but not least we have sport fishing in Maui. Now, sport fishing may not be for everyone but it is great fun in Maui if you love to fish. There are many fishing tours that you can go on to take advantage of the great marine life in the Hawaiian oceans. You will find a wide variety of fish surrounding Maui including Bill fish and Hawaiian game fish including; Striped Marlin, Spearfish, Sailfish, Mahi-Mahi, Ono, Ahi, and Aku to name a few. Be sure to check out Maui Sport Fishing Charters to guarantee a great fishing experience.

Tuesday 29 January 2013

Facebook Competition!

Have you ever been to Hawaii?
If the answer is yes then you are in for a treat. We have a new Facebook page: and we have decided to run our first competition in celebration of Valentine's Day! See below on how to enter...

How to Enter:

And that’s it...
Competition ends at 12noon on 14th February 2013 and the winner will be announced on the 14th February 2013 so get posting for your chance to win a £30 Love to Shop voucher! T’s & C’s apply.
Good luck everyone and we look forward to seeing your snaps.

Thursday 24 January 2013

Things to do in Hawaii in February

Hawaii is a fantastic destination to visit in February and there are some great options for a holiday in Hawaii for February. The weather sees highs of 27⁰C and lows of 17⁰C throughout the month of February with medium to large surf on the North and West shores. If you’ve decided on going on a holiday to Hawaii over February then this article will help you to plan your trip with exciting events taking place.

Battleship Missouri Memorial – 2nd Feb 2013

If you enjoy history then this is a perfect “must do” for you. Celebrating the 69th anniversary of the launch of the USS Missouri from Brooklyn Navy Yard and the anniversary of the ship’s opening as a memorial in Pearl Harbour, the Battleship Missouri Memorial day takes place on the 2nd Feb and is a day of great festivities including performances, games, and demonstrations.

Giordano Dance Chicago  - 4th - 14th Feb 2013

A high impact, high-energy jazz dance performance for all ages, this production is a great show to see on your holiday in Hawaii in February. Showcasing at various venues in Hawaii on the Hawaiian Tour from the 4th - 14th Feb 2013.

Taiko Drum and Dance  8th Feb – 17th Feb 2013

First up is the loud and colourful Taiko Drum and Dance Collaboration of Honolulu, Oahu. Taking place at the Kennedy Theatre and with reasonable ticket prices this can be an event for all the family on your Hawaii holiday.

World Whale Day – 16th Feb 2013

Celebrate Hawaii’s humpback whales at the World Whale Day. Starting at 9am with a fantastic parade along South Kihei Road, Maui and continuing on to Kalama Park in Kihei, it’s a great day out to experience the colour and culture of Hawaii. The day will provide live music from top Hawaiian recording artists, food from local restaurants, hula dancing and much more.

This article provides you with a taster of the great activities happening in Hawaii throughout February 2013 but there is so much more you can do on a holiday to Hawaii in February so be sure to check back soon for more information on attractions, excursions, hotels and much more on Hawaii.

We also have a great Hawaii Island Hopping Holiday for Feb 2013! Take a look here- Hawaii Island Hopping Holiday.

Wednesday 16 January 2013

Top Beaches of Hawaii

So you’ve booked your flights to Hawaii and organised your holiday (or you are looking to) and you want to know what beaches to check out whilst you’re there. Well you have come to the right place because we are offing you some great information on our pick of the top 3 beaches of Hawaii!

Kaanapali Beach, Maui

Known as a watersport paradise, Kaanapali Beach in west Maui is one to visit if you’re into your snorkelling, scuba diving, surfing; the list goes on as virtually all watersports are on offer at this fantastic beach in Hawaii. A main attraction of this beach is the black lava formed rock that divides the beach named The Black Rock. If you’re planning a holiday to Maui, Hawaii then this is a beach you can’t miss.

Hanauma Bay, Oahu

Saturated with an abundance of sea life, Hanauma Bay was created by flooding of a volcanic crater and in turn has become a beautiful bay for all to enjoy on their holiday to Hawaii. If you get chance to visit this gorgeous beach on your Oahu, Hawaii holiday then make sure you plan your visit and arrive early.

Hanalei Bay Beach - Kauai

Some might say that Hanalei Bay Beach is the most beautiful beach in all of Hawaii and if you pay it a visit you will see why. Located on the North Shore of Kauai, this phenomenal bay is set to a backdrop of cascading waterfalls and luscious mountain tops; a truly breath-taking view and a perfect spot for rest and relaxation. So if you’re looking for white sands, tropical seas, large coral reefs and endless activities to part take in then this is the Hawaiian beach for you.
So, we hope you’ve enjoyed our pick of beaches this time round, be sure to check back again soon for more information on holidays to Hawaii, things to do, beaches to visit and sights to see.

Wednesday 9 January 2013

Things to do on a January Holiday to Hawaii

January is a fantastic time of year to take a holiday to Hawaii. Although January is one of the coolest months of the year for Hawaii, temperatures still reach highs of 28⁰C. For your January holiday to Hawaii you will have plenty to do and see and this blog article will provide you with the very best information on things to do on a Hawaiian holiday in January 2013. After you’ve arranged your flights to Hawaii you will need to look in to what attractions and events are happening in Hawaii in January and potentially organise this before you go. You’re just in luck as we’ve researched this for you and provided a list of the top events below….enjoy!  

Photo Tribute to the Whales Exhibit: 27th Jan-28th Feb 2013

Whale watching is a big thing in Hawaii and if you share the same love for this magnificent mammal as the Hawaiians do or have a passion for photography then this is right up your street. The Photo Tribute to the Whales Exhibition in Maui commences on the 27th January 2013 through to the 28th February 2013 at the Ma'alaea Harbor Shops. This exhibition will leave you amazed by stunning photographs captured by professional nature photographers and the Pacific Whale Foundation researchers, plus it’s FREE admission! A holiday to Hawaii wouldn’t be complete without experiencing the whale watching culture.  

The Sony Open: 7th-13th Jan 2013

For all those golf fanatics out there get yourselves to the 2013 Sony Open at the Waialae Country Club on the Island of Oahu and see the best golfer’s in the world compete for the whooping prize of $990,000. This event is great for all the family and is the largest charity event in Hawaii raising over $12 million in the past years. Take the opportunity to see this famous event on your January holiday to Hawaii.  

5th Annual Run-Hawaii: 12th-19th Jan 2013

The 5th annual run consists of 3 group runs of 3 different islands – Maui, Big Island and Kauai. Choose between a hosted run for those keep fit fanatics, the fun runs for the ‘not so serious’ runners, and finally the non-runners and guests who would prefer to kick back, relax and watch the world go by, or the runners go by - should we say.  

NFL Pro Bowl American Football: 27th Jan 2013

Again, another sporty event but one not to be missed! The NFL Pro Bowl is taking place on the 27th Jan 2013 in the Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Island of Oahu. On your holiday to Hawaii see the biggest stars of the NFL compete in the high powered sport of American Football. To experience this popular American sport; be sure to secure your ticket’s fast!  

WICKED Theatre Production: 1st Jan-12th Jan 2013

WICKED is a fantastic Broadway production that will entertain long time theatre fans right through to first time viewers and is great to see on your January holiday to Hawaii when the season is slightly quieter. Presented by Broadway in Hawaii and showing at the Neil S. Blaisdell Center, on the Island of Oahu, this show is one for all the family and tickets can be purchased before you take your flights to Hawaii and is a great thing to do on a Hawaiian holiday.

Friday 4 January 2013

Top 3 Things To do on Big Island

The largest and probably the most imposing of all the Hawaiian Islands this is the ultimate in an exotic holiday adventure. The emphasis here is on exploration, discovery and total relaxation. Hawaii Island will mesmerize and enchant you; whatever you look for in a holiday this is where you will find it. For those who want to fill every hour of every day there is a great variety of activities, sightseeing and excursions to enjoy and if it all becomes too much just chill out on a blissful sandy beach or relax over a Hawaiian culinary delight in one of the many superb restaurants.

Volcanoes National Park

This Park and World Heritage Site cover 333,000 acres from the summit of Maunaloe to the sea with many hiking trails that will take you through craters, deserts and rainforests. You will be entranced by the incredible sights at this park especially Kilauea Volcano being one of the most active on earth and producing 250,000 to 650,000 cubic yards of lava a day! You can sometime even watch the lava flowing into the sea and the landscape change before your eyes, a remarkable sight.

Swim with the Dolphins

Don’t miss a chance to swim with the dolphins on the beautiful Kona Coast as they live and play in their natural ocean habitat. This is a unique experience to interact with these highly intelligent mammals, and will become a memory that will last forever. Tours are available so don’t miss the opportunity to book one of these.

Manta Rays in Kona

These majestic fish have wingspans of 20 feet or more. The best way to see them is at night on one of the boat tours available setting off around sunset from Honokohau Harbour. If you wish you can swim with the mantas, snorkelling is permitted and also certified scuba divers. These wonderful gentle giants will often glide by you in extreme proximity but present no danger to swimmers.

See our website for more things to do on Big Island Hawaii.

Thursday 3 January 2013

Hawaii Island Hopping

Hawaii Island Hopping Holidays by
Hawaii Island Hopping is a fantastic way to see more than one of the Hawaii islands, if you are considering a holiday to Hawaii but are struggling to decide between the Islands, why choose? Let our knowledgeable and specialist team at Tailormade Hawaii help to create that unforgettable, once in a life-time, Hawaii Island Hopping holiday.
A Hawaii Island hopping holiday will provide you with the opportunity to experience all the luxuries and wonders of each different Hawaii Island in one Hawaii holiday. Each of the Hawaii Islands has its own unique characteristics, discussing your options with someone who has the experience of visiting the islands can help to establish which of the Hawaii Islands is best suited to you.
As its name suggests,Big Island is the largest of the Hawaiian Islands,and the youngest; there is something for everyone on Hawaii's Big Island. You can spend the day relaxing on the famous black beach or if you're more adventurous escape in a helicopter and tour a world heritage site, the lava flow region of The Hawaii Volcanos National Park.

Experience the heat whilst witnessing active live lava flowing down the mountainside and into the ocean or take a Lava Boat Tour, that takes you on a 2.5 hour narrated coastline journey around the southeast side of Hawaii's Big Island.
With our airline partners Hawaiian airlines, you can travel with ease to your next chosen destination. The Islands of Hawaii are one of the world's most isolated areas and here at Tailormade Hawaii our aim is that all our clients experience the very best the Hawaii Islands have to offer in the time permitted, Hawaii Island Hopping gives you that opportunity.
Kauai, The Island of discovery! Kauai is famous worldwide for its remarkable backdrop and for decades of television shows and movies, its scenery used to help shape their epic tales, from Jurassic Park to James Cameron's Avatar, Raiders of the Lost Arc to the famous South Pacific and many more. You can witness these famous locations on the Islands Movie Tour and learn about more than 60 feature film shots whilst on location in Kauai. Have a go at mountain tubing; this is a fantastic, fun and relaxing way to experience the remote locations of Kauai if you don't mind getting a bit wet in the process! Hiking is a great way to see the island's natural magnificence first-hand.
The Island of Maui, the Magic Isle! Take the chance to experience the romance and tranquillity of Maui with its 42 miles of heavenly secluded golden sandy beaches and breath-taking oceanfront hotels, luxurious resorts, great restaurants, majestic views and sights being just a snippet of this beautiful Island of Maui. Be sure to visit the Haleakala National Park and the natural pools of Oheo Gorge, take the plunge in Molokini's underwater volcanic crater alongside sea turtles or try out a spot of whale watching in the azure blue seas surrounding the island, at Tailormade Hawaii we will help to guide you to the areas that will best suit your requirements.
Oahu,The Heart of Hawaii! Some of the world's most beautiful beaches and scenery is to be found on the Hawaii Island of Oahu. Soak up the legendry Waikiki beaches or try out a spot of surfing and hitch a wave with the experts! And the fun keeps going long after the Waikiki sunset with spectacular nightlife and live music. Make sure you stop over at Pearl Harbour before you leave Oahu, visit the Memorials such as the USS Arizona Memorial and the USS Oklahoma Memorial.
Last but not least the Hawaii Island of Lanai. Untouched tranquillity describes this, the smallest of the Hawaiian Islands, but probably the most romantic. Due to its location and feeling of solitude it's almost as though you are on your own private Hawaiian Island. In Lānaʻi City, there are no traffic lights, no shopping malls, and no public transport, but for a small fee, hotel guests can enjoy unlimited rides on small and large buses that go between the hotels and the ferry landing on Manele Bay. Bicycles are available for hire. You can also visit Lanai by taking a ferry day trip from the historic town of Lahaina on Maui.
Tailormade Hawaii is Charter Travel's dedicated Hawaii website. Charter Travel is a member of both ABTA and ATOL so you may book with complete peace of mind, knowing that your money is safe with us. As registered Hawaiian specialists with the Hawaiian Tourist board and a specialist agent for a number of Hawaiian hotels we are able to provide our clients with many little extra features not usually available to other agents - we welcome the opportunity to be part of your plans.