Recommended Hawaii Guide Books

For independent travelers on a budget, with an emphasis on whatever's hip, fun, or free."
- Associated Press

"Guides that penetrate the veneer of holiday brochures and mine the grit of real life."
- The Economist

Let's Go

 

 

From Antarctica to Zimbabwe, if you're going there, chances are Lonely Planet has been there first. With a pithy and matter-of-fact writing style, these guides are guaranteed to calm the nerves of first-time world travelers, while still listing off-the-beaten-path finds sure to thrill even the most jaded globetrotters. Lonely Planet has been perfecting its guidebooks for nearly 30 years and as a result, has the experience and know-how similar to an older sibling's "been there" advice.
Lonely Planet  

 

The fourth edition of the Rough Guide to Hawaii is all you need to guarantee getting the most of a trip to this glamorous and diverse group of islands. Whether you're going for a short visit or a longer stay, to the popular island of Oahu or remote and sleepy Molokai, for watersports or wildlife, the Rough Guide is the complete companion for your trip. There are vivid accounts of each of the six major islands and in-depth reviews of hundreds of resorts, hotels, restaurants and nightlife options - to suit every taste and budget. The authors also give expert advice on exploring Hawaii's dramatic scenery up close - from the volcanic landscapes to the lush rainforests and idyllic beaches.
Rough Guide  

 


Hit the beach and snorkel amid the coral reefs of a sunken volcanic crater, take a road trip past lava deserts and steaming craters, belly up to a 180-foot seafood buffet in Waikiki, or hit the links on the slopes of Mt. Olomana €”Fodor's Hawaii 2005 covers all these experiences and more! From the Big Island to Maui, our local writers have traveled throughout Paradise, to find the best hotels, restaurants, attractions and activities to prepare you for a journey of stunning variety. Before you leave for Hawaii, be sure to pack your Fodor's guide to ensure you don't miss a thing.

Fodor's

 

 


Most travel titles are put together in a few weeks by visiting travel writers. Wizard guidebooks take over a year to compile and the writers are residents who personally and anonymously review every facet of the island. Their maps are the best you'll find. From restaurants to helicopter companies to scuba to beaches to trails. They see it all and show you the best the island has to offer. They also reveal who's the worst and who to stay away from. All told in a frank, humorous way that keeps the reading fun.

Maui Revealed

 

 


The finest guidebook ever written for Kauai. This brand new fourth edition has more useful information, the most up to date maps and scores of hidden gems listed nowhere else. This book and a rental car are all you need to discover what makes the Garden Island so special. Maps include beach access to even the most remote beaches, mile markers so you always know where you are, hiking trails and numerous details in an easy to follow format. Symbols quickly identify recommended sights and companies. We identify which companies really are the best€¦and which to avoid. Special expanded sections on Hiking and Adventures. Clear, concise directions to get to those hard to find places.

Kauai Revealed

 

 


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