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uk based specialist travel agents

Hi all I am looking for any recommendations on tour operators or agents people have used to book an hawaii holiday. I would use transformers normally but looking for comparison prices?

Trilogy Excursions
Sightseeing Tours, Boat Tours, Scuba & Snorkeling, Eco Tours
KapohoKine Adventures
Sightseeing Tours, Gift & Speciality Shops, Nature & Wildlife Tours, Helicopter Tours, Zipline & Aerial Adventure Parks
Royal Star Hawaii Deluxe Tours
Sightseeing Tours, Bus Tours, Historical & Heritage Tours, Private Tours
Redline Rafting Co.
Sightseeing Tours, Boat Tours, Water Sports, Dolphin & Whale Watching, Scuba & Snorkeling
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1. Re: uk based specialist travel agents

First of all, apologies for not answering your question as I'm not familiar with UK agencies - but hopefully this can provide some help in your planning.

Many of us who come to Hawaii don't use Travel Agents. It's not that they can't be very helpful, especially if you hit a travel hiccup, they can step in to help you through it. However, unless the Agent is very familiar with your preferences and what Hawaii has to offer, you really can get a lot of top quality information right here, just by providing the following:

Your interests, budget, time frame, do you prefer condo or hotel, will you rent a car, etc.

The experts here can guide you to narrow down the choices as to which island(s), what accommodation and activities that best suit you.

Then, even if you use an Agent, you can provide them with some suggestions as to what appeals to you.

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No matter whether you decide to go with a travel agent or not, you should at least look at the different islands and decide how many, how long and what you want to do.

If you want to do more than one island, I suggest you need to go for at least 9 or 10 nights.

Each island is very different and you must decide what type of experience you might want.

I suggest you start with the topic on the top right of this page and look at the "summary of each island" as a start. Also, you might want to look at the individual forums for the various islands to get an idea of the activities on each island. Then start to do detail planning.

Before you do any booking with an agent, come on TA and ask the experts what to think about the options you are being presented. Many travel agents have never been to the places they send you, and you can end up in some undesirable situations.

If you have questions about something on a specific island, go to the forum for that island and ask there. You will get some straight forward answers from people who have been there and can help you make the best decision.

When you ask for opinions on hotels for example, you should tell people what your budget is, what you are looking for as best as you can and then get the feedback. You need to be as realistic as you can as well. For example, people go to the Oahu forum and ask for recommendations for hotels on the beach with an ocean view, a nice pool and great restaurants, etc. and they would like to spend $150 a night. Not going to happen. But you can get some suggestions for the best alternatives.

Hope this helps get you started. Don't hesitate to ask more questions and use the forums to get some good answers. Then if you still want to use a travel agent, it's up to you.

Aloha

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Hi all, thank you for your replies so far. We are just looking at the moment. Believe it or not we are on our honeymoon on a beach in Mauritius as I type this. But we are looking at a second honeymoon/ 1st anniversary vacation. We are looking at going maybe may 2014. Flights from London via a stop off but not LA, San Fran, or NYC as we have already been there. Ideally at total of 14 nights - 3/4 mainland and 10ish nights in Hawaii. Looking at a budget of about $2500 each but to include flights. I would like a beach vacation with some trips it will prob be a once in a lifetime trip. I really want to see an active volcano maybe by helicopter. We would like a hotel on the beach not too many children. If possible visit two islands also go to pearl harbour? Hope that helps.

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OK, if I understand I'll try to add some useful information.

2 islands is possible in 10 days. Pearl Harbor is on Oahu, and the active volcano is on what is called "The Big Island" or the island of Hawaii. Although the volcano is "active," it's not like it is shooting fire and brimstone out of it. There are active flows of lava that might or might not be visible, even by helicopter. If that is the only reason you want to spend time on the big island, then I suggest it would not be good for us anyway.

So again, you need to read the information at the right, and decide what island you want to visit. Then come back with that and get specific information for those islands as far as accommodations and that type of stuff. Hotels and such can be very different on each island. You don't always need a car on Oahu, but pretty much a requirement on the other islands.

So, enjoy your honeymoon, study up a little bit and then come back and we will help you.

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Ditto what Placebets said - based on what you'd like to see, have a look at Oahu and the Big Island.

If you're anything like me, starting with a very "visual" overview is nice (you may have an image in your mind of what Hawaii is like or what you are looking for, so photo-rich web pages will help). Then I start to do more detailed reading of specific islands and places on each island that make the short list. Otherwise all the research can be quite overwhelming.

Check this one out, it has links to the different islands with some general overviews and suggestions. A good place to start:

http://www.gohawaii.com/

Also: http://www.hawaiigaga.com/Guides.aspx

Congratulations and enjoy the rest of your Honeymoon!

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I'd skip the mainland stop and do 3 islands. You won't regret it. Each island has unique things to offer.

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May is lovely all over the islands, and it is in advance of the onslaught of families once mainland schools are on summer holiday. I'd spend two nights mainland and the rest in the much more unique Hawaii. For your stop-over, would Vancouver be of interest? Washington, DC? My 'hometown' of Chicago? Dallas? I'd be looking for a location you'd like to visit briefly, one with nonstops into HNL on widebody aircraft. (We avoid west coast routes and the 757's that often fly them.)

Ten nights = Two islands. Two weeks = Three, unless one is the very big Big Island. (If you are only interested in the active volcano there, consider an overnight -- in and out of ITO -- from HNL.) Transit between islands is best via Hawaiian Airlines. Each 'hop' can eat half a day 'in transit', and will cost about $100 pp one way.

Hawaii is unlike many places where you book into a resort and stay on property. Most visitors rent cars and plan DIY tours around the island where they are staying. It's also less of a checklist of 'sights' and more an opportunity to get on Island Time and soak up the Aloha.

Congratulations on your marriage. You will love Hawaii!

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Thank you for the extra information. We were in Chicago earlier this year. It's my favourite US city so far. I think Washington dc might be an option. I will look into the flights and costs.

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CW, what time of year would you travel? Washington, DC is very hot and humid in summer. In any case, a two-day stop is hardly worth it.

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We are looking at middle of May for maybe 3nights which would leave us 10/11 in Hawaii depending on flights.