|Most popular in||December||High demand for flights, 10% potential price rise|
|Cheapest in||April||Best time to find cheap flights, 4% potential price drop|
|Average price||C$ 766||Price for this month|
|Cheapest price||C$ 581||From Toronto to Honolulu|
C$ 598 - C$ 1164
27 - 32 °C
8 - 73 mm
When to fly to Hawaii
High season is mid-December to mid-April. Summer, when schools are closed, is also very busy. The last week of April and first week of May are Golden Week in Japan and many Japanese travellers arrive on cheap flights to Hawaii, to Waikiki in particular. This is also the time for surfers to catch the best waves.
April, May, September and October are the months with the best weather. These are good times to search for discounted flights and hotel rooms, but avoid the Hilo area of the Big Island during the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival (takes place after Easter) and the Kona area during the Ironman Triathlon (October).
The Hawaiian Islands, a 2,500km-long archipelago in the Pacific Ocean, are every bit as beautiful as they appear on the silver screen. Millions of tourists takes cheap flights to Hawaii each year for the beaches, natural wonders and more activities than could possibly be packed into one trip.
There are six main islands within easy reach of Canadian airports: Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Oahu and Kauai. Perhaps the best island for a first-time visitor is Oahu. Honolulu is the state capital and Waikiki Beach is a must-sunbathe-on.
Hawaii (the Big Island) is diverse. Snowcapped mountains give way to sandy beaches and active volcanoes. It has 11 of the world’s 13 climactic zones.
Maui is second-largest, home to what are considered to be the best beaches in the world, a favoured destination for whale watching. Kauai is the oldest and most northern island and, some would say, the most beautiful. From the Coconut Coast’s golden sand beaches to the Waimea Canyon, considered the Pacific’s Grand Canyon, it’s a perfect destination for outdoor adventures, while Molokai and Lanai are true paradise islands, offering seclusion and a total getting-away-from-it-all vacation.
The flight duration from Canada to Hawaii is about 6h 15m for nonstop service, with one-stop flights averaging a flight time of 11h 15m. Departure and arrival cities will impact travel times, although nonstop flights are only about a five-minute difference because they all leave from the same airport of origin. Passengers may be able to find Hawaii travel deals, but be aware that lower fares may result in additional stopovers or significantly longer flight times.
Flights to Hawaii from Canada offering direct service are available from Vancouver, which offers nonstop flights to four different cities in Hawaii. Honolulu, Kauai, Kahului, and Kailua-Kona all accept direct and indirect flights from Canada. One-stop and multi-stop flights are available from Toronto, Montreal, Calgary, and Edmonton, as well. Popular airlines offering these flights include United Airlines, Air Canada, WestJet, Delta, and American Airlines.
There are multiple travel options for getting around Hawaii, depending on which island you are on. Travellers enjoy bus tours that explore various islands. Most of the islands also offer shuttles, taxis, and ride sharing service, as well as other public transit options in major cities and tourist areas. Those who want to explore on their own can rent a car, which is usually the preferred method of traveler for those visiting the island. Ferries and domestic flights are available to take travellers to the various islands in the chain, as well.
Hawaii has a variety of cultural attractions, natural wonders, and tourist areas that offer plenty to see and do. On Oahu, you can visit Pearl Harbor, take helicopter tours, and go dolphin watching or snorkeling. Zipline adventures are also available on multiple islands. There is a sightseeing tour taking visitors from Maui to Hana. The Big Island offers a Dual-Track Zipline Adventure and plenty of natural landscapes offering great photo opportunities. You can visit coffee farms on Kona or check out Waikiki, which is home to the famous Waikiki Beach and plenty of nightlife, bars, and dining. The Hilo Farmers Market on the Big Island is also a great visit, and there are plenty of surf towns and villages to check out along the way, as well.
Canadian citizens entering the US will have to present some proof of their citizenship. This can be a valid passport that does not expire until after you have left the US. However, you can also present a Nexus card at certain airports that have self-serve kiosks available. Water and land travel have different requirements, although passports are probably the simplest document to carry. Enhanced IDs and licences and Trusted Traveler Program cards may also be accepted as a form of identification for travel to Hawaii and other US states.