SOLO FEMALE TRAVEL HAWAII

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In October, a fellow blogger asked me if I had ever been to Hawaii. My response:

"No, and I'm not sure if I ever will. It's just so expensive to fly to such a small island."

Fast forward two weeks and I was clicking submit on skyscanner.com for a three week travel plan. My first stop being Oahu, Hawaii.

Travel is so unpredictable. Places I never imagined are suddenly imaginable thanks to a lot of research and killer flight deals.

So last month I began adventuring, touring and discovering Oahu, Hawaii as a solo female traveler.

With no plans and no idea what the island had to offer, I had to start on some research....about two days before I showed up. I sat on the plane on my layover in Phoenix staring at my phone waiting to see if I could sleep on the couch of a friend of a friend my first night. God, I am such an awesome procrastinator. And for having little planned-not even a place to sleep, I have to say things went extremely well.

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Solo female travel is extremely intimidating at first. Half of the people you meet will think you are completely insane and the other half with think you are the coolest person alive. Traveling alone opens you to meet amazing new people and to lead you on adventures you never knew existed. It also strips you of all your comfort and forces you to be in situations most would find uncomfortable.

For example: eating alone. Others tell me all the time they feel bad for people at restaurants who sit alone and that in fact they look lonely. With solo travel, be prepared for those "I feel bad for you" stares. But you are not afraid.

I took a tour on the island and was the only single traveler of the group. But I never felt alone. I paired up with some friendly guys from the Philippians and we had a kick-ass time biking the beaches of North Shore, SUPing, Kayaking and just hanging out. Plus everyone else wants to learn your story. Once they find out you're alone it's a flood of questions:

"Aren't you scared being a female and alone?"

"How long are you traveling for?"

"You're not seriously all by yourself...are you?"

But in the end, a majority give you major props. And hell, maybe I am a little crazy...but I like it that way.

 

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So I show up to Hawaii and stayed with some amazing people from Advlo.com, who were more than kind to open their home for me for the first few nights. After that, I just started floating. A hotel here, staying with an old high school friend there. I usually discovered where I was sleeping the day of after being sent on the street with my backpack and no plan. I'll admit it was extremely stressful but extremely fun. I always love to be a little spontaneous. We should all learn to do that a bit more. (Note: make sure you're not traveling there during the Honolulu Marathon, as all hostels will be booked)

I also went on some KILLER hikes. The landscape here is absolutely insane. Jurassic Park meets Lost meets Avatar meets Narnia. All the locals stroll around and I'm there next to them staring up and screaming "BEACHES AND MOUNTAINSSSSSSSSSS".

 

 

 

Hawaii is absolutely one of a kind. The island of Oahu is no longer than 26 miles across, but the ecosystems are completely different based upon the area. The beaches are sunny almost everyday and see about 10 inches of rain per year. Some mountains are actually rain forests that can see up to 400 inches of rain per year with low clouds often lingering.

Did you know 3 of the top 10 rainiest places in the world are located on the islands of Hawaii?

The contrast explains why rainbows are so incredibly common here (At least one a day).

The absolute most difficult and annoying thing I had to deal with while traveling alone in Hawaii was lack of transportation. Unfortunately, I tried renting a car but those dreams were quickly smashed. Locals also told me how risky renting a car is, because if you take it out of the city islanders can spot rental cars and then break into them.

The bus system is quite slow (3 hours to get to the other side of the island) and hitchhiking may be common on the other islands, but Oahu is not the best place. Mopeds are probably the best solution, however that means you must travel light enough to carry everything from place to place on your back. The friend I couchsurfed with the couple days had a moped and we rode that around until we got pulled over by the police for riding two people on a one-seater. Oops.

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Overall, I give solo female travel Hawaii 4.8 stars and am definitely returning in the future. I could spend 6 months there and not do every hike I wished. I never felt scared or intimidated and by traveling solo I made dozens of new friends in a matter of 7 days. Not bad, right?

Solo traveling will always lead you to fun and exciting adventures that wouldn't be possible otherwise. You will meet the skeptics who think you will end up on the side of a milk carton. You will meet the people who envy you because they've always wanted to do it. But most importantly it will teach you that the world is not scary and that good people outweigh the bad tremendously.

177 Comments

  1. Yvonne on February 17, 2015 at 6:54 AM

    Hello. This is a great read. I too am an avid solo female traveller and love it – (for the most part). You are dead on with people inflicting their opinions on you at time but heyho each to their own. Hawaii is on my bucket list this year and your blog just got me excited as I love hiking, been trying to research which island to go to so this is great. It is a shame about the transport issue as I like to have easy options to get around independently. How did you find it price wise for accommodation/food etc? Yvonne (Ireland)

    • Shalee on May 5, 2015 at 9:51 PM

      Hi Yvonne,
      So sorry for my late reply, this comment must have slipped by me. I always love meeting other women who enjoy traveling solo.

      For Hawaii, I found food extremely over-priced. For example, I went out to Mexican one night with another traveler I met and the plate was $17. Ouch! On the North Shore they have food carts that are much more affordable and delicious.

      I mostly couchsurfed while I was there, so am unsure on accommodation. Sorry I can’t be more help on that end!

      Let me know if you get over there and how it goes! Happy travels!

    • Mackenzie on February 25, 2016 at 8:41 AM

      We should do Hawaii together!! I am a female solo traveler as well and it’s on my bucket list! I am from Rhode Island in the U.S. We should some how make a way where solo travelers can meet each other!

      • Cindy on April 8, 2016 at 10:52 AM

        I am traveling solo to HI this May. Have you gone yet?

      • Sofia on April 8, 2016 at 12:43 PM

        Cindy, I’ll be in HI in May too! Please write to me at [email protected]

        Cheers from Argentina

        xo

      • Carina on April 11, 2016 at 3:02 PM

        This is a great idea!! Hawaii is on my bucket list this year

      • Zen on April 16, 2016 at 11:56 AM

        I am planning on going to Hawaii early May and would like people to share the trip with. Anyone there from May 1st – 8th?

      • Teena on June 12, 2016 at 4:01 PM

        I’m going to Kona (solo) on June 25th to July 2nd. Any solo women going to be there?

      • Patricia on July 9, 2016 at 1:56 AM

        Mackenzie, I am from Massachusetts. I am also a female solo traveler. Hawaii is on my bucket list. Contact me [email protected]

      • Bella on August 28, 2016 at 7:03 PM

        I am going to Oahu in May 2016! I am from Mass as well 🙂 Any female solo travelers that will be in the area during the time contact me for sure! [email protected]

      • Tess on February 14, 2017 at 2:25 PM

        Im wanting to go to maui in aug 2017 . is any one planning to go . i would like the company

      • Lucy on February 22, 2017 at 3:11 PM

        another fellow Solo female brit travelling loon also heading to Oahu and the big island for the last two weeks of march 2017. If anyone is heading out then let me know [email protected]

      • Kirsten on March 25, 2017 at 10:23 PM

        Another solo traveller (from Australia)! I am looking at heading over to Hawaii later this year. Just found this page. Would also love the company.

    • Deyja Enriquez on July 31, 2017 at 2:00 PM

      Hi, just found this page!

      I will be visiting the islands September – November of this year. Would love some company or to share accommodations or tips or anything from anyone!

      Let me know at [email protected]!

      • Belinda king on August 11, 2017 at 8:12 PM

        Hello I’ve just found this pages too. Single traveller from Australia.
        Keen to go this year.
        Belinda

        [email protected]

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  3. Alex on May 2, 2015 at 4:13 PM

    Did you stay on Oahu for the whole three weeks? I am planning a ten day solo trip in 6 weeks, and have to be in Honolulu for the first four days.

    • Shalee on May 5, 2015 at 9:47 PM

      Hi Alex,
      I stayed in Oahu for a week and am already dying to return. Honolulu is great, but I recommend sneaking out to the eastern tide pools and Hanauma Bay. They aren’t far from the city and easily accessible even if you just rent a moped.

      I also highly recommend the Palolo Trail located off the northern city neighborhoods.

      Have a blast and thanks for reading!

  4. Zen on May 21, 2015 at 2:28 AM

    I am thinking about going solo to Hawaii as well…what do you recommend doing ?

    Its scary but I want to get out of my comfort zone 😀

    • Bella on August 28, 2016 at 7:03 PM

      I am going to Oahu in May 2016! I am from Mass as well 🙂 Any female solo travelers that will be in the area during the time contact me for sure! [email protected]

  5. Sabrina on May 23, 2015 at 9:58 PM

    I’m leaving on Thursday and headed to the North Shore. Haven’t booked my room yet. I’m checking out airbnb. Any suggestions on beaches and areas to stay in the North Shore area. I don’t wanna rent a car. How are the buses going that way? Enjoyed reading your travel. I went toPuerto Vallarta solo and had a blast. Travelled the mountains, took tours, took a bus until it ended. I ended up discovering the little town of Yalapa. Great to hear about others getting outside of their comfort zone and enjoying life!

    • Shalee on June 1, 2015 at 11:00 AM

      Sabrina,
      Hope you are having a blast at the North Shore! Sorry I couldn’t reply with a helpful comment sooner, you caught me on my “detox internet” week while in the mountains.

      How is it working out? Enjoy some hikes and sunset beach for me! I put the little town of Yalapa on my travel list. I love hearing of places like that.

      Enjoy and thanks for reading!

      Shalee

    • Alex on June 2, 2015 at 8:40 PM

      Hi!

      I am going to Oahu next week for ten days. I booked a hostel on the North Shore called Backpacker’s Hawaii. Price is right and the location is great!

      • Lili on January 7, 2016 at 10:02 PM

        I’m planning on a short trip to Hawaii myself. I’d just like to know on your experience in the hostel. I’m considering that location as a place to stay. Thanks!

      • Kim on July 16, 2016 at 10:22 PM

        Hi Alex! I’m planning a trip to that area in September, did you enjoy the hostel?? Let me know!

  6. Zana on June 11, 2015 at 1:25 AM

    Hey!!

    Im heading to Hawaii for 3 weeks in mid november! But i am still a little lost

    I am flying into oahu and thinking of staying for 5 days, then flying to the big island for a week and then heading back to Oahu for my birthday! Do you think it is a good idea to just have waikiki as my homebase and try travel around the island?

    Im thinking of Waikiki beachside hostel, since i want to meet fellow travellors and just have a good ol solo adventure!

    • Shalee on August 21, 2015 at 11:50 AM

      Hi Zana,
      Thanks for the comment! Wakiki is a great home base if you want to be close to the airports to fly to different islands. If you decide you want to spend some time just exploring Oahu, there is an awesome little hostel on the North Shore! It’ll get you away from the expensive-toursity locations :). They also have shark cage diving on the north end, which I didn’t have time to do and am so bummed I missed out on it.

      I hope this helps! Have so much fun!!

    • Annmarie connolly on July 14, 2016 at 4:01 AM

      Hi there I too am going mid November for 7 nights as a solo traveler. [email protected]
      Annmarie from Ireland

      • Vicky on October 27, 2016 at 12:40 AM

        Hi Annmarie

        I am going to Oahu from 10th-17th November. Will you be around?

        Vicky

  7. Juliana on July 14, 2015 at 10:34 AM

    Hello! You so totally rock for posting this – you’ve inspired me!

    I travel often for work to the west coast (home is NYC) and I decided to embark in a mini adventure to Hawaii for 4 days. I know it’s very little time, but it’s the only time I can manage to squeeze into my busy schedule. I really want to hike, surf and bike and explore nature as much as I can, would you recommend I stay in Oahu? The black sand beach has always been a place I want to visit, but I don’t think Island hoping is an option which such little time.

    Thanks again for a great post and look forward to hearing from you!

    Cheers,
    Juliana

  8. Sharon on July 26, 2015 at 7:53 PM

    This is so awesome!! I’m not the only one out there!!
    I plan to go to Hawaii in 3 weeks and am clueless still as to where I will be going, staying, doing!! Any tips on safety would be great. I am a little nervous and feel I will be vunerable as I’m not a seasoned traveler and am going with no set itinerary.

    At first I am attending a wedding on the big island at a “resort”, I’m not really a resort type of girl and want to spend more time in more natural and remote places doing things like, surf lessons, hiking (however, I’m a beginner and would want to go with a group for that) Kayaking, etc.

    Any tips on safety or activity would be great…..Thanks!! I’ll be there aug 23 -29 (ish)

    Look forward to any comments!!!!
    xoxoxxo Sharon

    • Amu on August 10, 2015 at 1:40 PM

      Hi Sharon!

      I’m planning to be there Aug end/Sept first week as well. I am going to be traveling by myself as well. Are you going to all islands?

      Best,
      Amu

      • Emily on August 28, 2016 at 9:25 PM

        Hi Amu and Sharon,
        Hope you both still check this site! I’m currently on Oahu and looking for hiking or adventure buddies?! Would anyone be keen?

    • Shalee on August 21, 2015 at 11:46 AM

      Hi Sharon,
      Sorry for the delayed reply! Your trip is just around the corner, eep! That’s so exciting and I’m beyond jealous.

      My biggest safety advice is to trust your instincts, but don’t be afraid to put yourself out there and connect with other travelers. Maybe see if they want to do a hike together! I was in your shoes, and can completely understand the nervousness! But once I got there I realized I was overthinking it.

      Have a BLAST! And surf some waves for me 🙂

    • Emily on August 28, 2016 at 9:26 PM

      Hi Amu and Sharon,
      Hope you both still check this site! I’m currently on Oahu and looking for hiking or adventure buddies?! Would anyone be keen?

  9. kaitlyn on August 2, 2015 at 11:50 PM

    you are the reason I’m planning a solo adventure to hawaii now!!!!!!! I didnt realize how do-able this was so awesome

    • Shalee on August 21, 2015 at 11:42 AM

      Yay!! I’m so glad! Please feel free to reach out of you have any questions :).

  10. Tracey on September 1, 2015 at 4:00 AM

    Hi Shalee,

    Thanks so much for your post! I’m doing LA, Hawaii and NY over the Xmas and New Year holidays and although I’ve lived round the world on my own I’ve never actually traveled solo! Your post has left me feeling way more confident and also empowered as a strong solo woman embarking on my adventure!! 😉

    • Elena on September 4, 2015 at 10:53 PM

      Hi tracy,

      I’m planning to do a similar trip in that time of the year and I’m traveling solo too! If you are instrest in getting in touch just reply in this post!

      • Helga on September 17, 2015 at 10:08 PM

        Hi,

        I’m planning a trip aswell mid-december, give me a heads up if anyone wants a new Norwegian friend!

        • Tori on September 28, 2015 at 11:47 PM

          When are you in Hawaii Helga?! Im also there December on my lonesome 🙂

      • Magdalena on October 5, 2015 at 1:23 AM

        Hello,
        I am planning to go go Hawaii this Christmas… Maybe we could plan something together?
        Magdalena

      • Elena on October 5, 2015 at 4:48 PM

        Hi,
        How long and in which island are you staying? I’ll be arriving the 1st of January actually at the Big island.

  11. Tori on September 8, 2015 at 5:33 AM

    This was a great read! I go to Hawaii solo as a young female in about 10weeks, and there are a couple of hikes I want to do, but I don’t want to do them alone. Basically, I just was hoping you could give me some tips on meeting people!! Are there any places you recommend?

    Thanks so much x

    • Clara Van Autreve on October 21, 2015 at 2:10 PM

      Hi Tori

      I’ll be on the Big Island from December 14 to December 21. Maybe we can travel together and discover Hawaii :)!

      X Clara

      • Pan Meszaros on September 22, 2016 at 11:18 AM

        Hello, my husband died 12 months , 22 days ago. I tried doing the HI trip with some people we had met but that didn’t work out so well. Too much drama for me. I ended my trip and came home. I am a young 60 year old so if age doesn’t bother you, I too would love to try HI again.

        Pan
        [email protected]hoo.com

  12. Tori on September 8, 2015 at 4:38 PM

    Hi Shalee,
    Wonderful post to read, makes me feel so much more excited about my trip to Hawaii in December! I am going on my own though, like you and staying in Waikiki. I am hoping you could give me a little bit of advice on places where I can meet new people! Can you recommend anywhere at all?
    Thanks so much, Tori x

  13. Tori on September 8, 2015 at 4:43 PM

    Hi Shalee!
    Wonderful post, makes me feel so much more confident about travelling to Oahu on my own in December! I am worried about meeting people though, as there are certain hikes that I would like to do that I won’t be able to do on my own! Is there anywhere that you would recommend to meet people, or even any tips?
    Thanks!
    Tori x.

  14. kanaga on September 19, 2015 at 11:05 PM

    Hi, im going to honolulu alone on the end of this month. I have some ideas about the places to go but im a kind of nervous. Can u give me some guidances about transportation. Is it safety

  15. Clara Van Autreve on October 21, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Hello!

    I’m planning a trip to the Big Island from December 14 to December 21. I was wondering if anyone is interested in travelling with me :)! It would be awesome to meet some independent and adventurous friends. It’s always interesting to exchange stories. Can’t wait to hear from you guys.

    Xx Clara

    • Alyssa on November 1, 2015 at 5:21 PM

      Clara! I’m thinking of going from the 9th-19th of December. I haven’t finalized anything yet but if I go let’s meet up. It’d be fascinating to see others in this situation.

      Alyssa
      [email protected]

      • Clara Van Autreve on November 11, 2015 at 2:45 PM

        Hi Alyssa

        I sent you an email ([email protected]) :).

        Xx Clara

  16. Metisse on November 7, 2015 at 4:49 PM

    I loved this read! I am actually traveling solo, to Hawaii, in less than two weeks! A lot has happened in my life, plans have fallen through, tons of disappointments and sadness. And I thought, hey, something is telling me to do some serious soul searching! So I bought a ticket, found two AirBnB places, and I am now planning how to pack for the trip. I am in my 20’s and thinking, well, lets do this! Your post gives me even more to look forward to. Thank you for posting!

    • Tori on November 11, 2015 at 5:08 PM

      When are you there?? I’m 23 and I’m there from the 3rd December 🙂

    • Yuki on November 10, 2016 at 2:12 PM

      Hi Metisse!

      When and where are you going? I’ll be in Maui from 11/23 to 11/28. I’ll most likely be there by myself. Maybe we can have some fun together? [email protected]

  17. Monique Garcia on November 11, 2015 at 8:14 AM

    LOL you are soooo right that half of the people you meet will think you are completely insane. 2 years ago I visited Hawaii alone. I was at the end of a relationship and this journey saved me. People really thought that I was crazy. But I met one of best friends now. She was traveling alone , too. Best regards!

  18. SJ on December 23, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Hi Shalee,

    I stumbled across your blog while planning a super last minute solo trip to Hawaii. I guess I’m super excited about solo travel, but also….super nervous. I hope I don’t back out. I am planning on being there starting this Saturday/Sunday and into the New Year. After reading your post, I think I’m going to try to find living arrangements once I get there. Do you think that’s too risky? Or should I just go ahead and book something before I go?

    Also, fellow solo travelers, if you see this and are in the area this next week, please let me know!

    Best,
    SJ

    • Elena on December 24, 2015 at 8:42 AM

      Hi SJ,
      I will we traveling solo to Hawaii after new years too! Im leaving my email if you want to keep in touch. [email protected]

      Elena

      • SJ on December 25, 2015 at 2:21 PM

        Hi Elena!!! Thank you so much for the reply. It looks like we’ll miss each other. I’m planning to fly out on the 2nd :/ are you getting to Hawaii after the 1st?

        SJ

  19. Katie on December 26, 2015 at 10:07 PM

    This is an awesome blog! I’m actually going to Hawaii as a traveling therapist in a couple weeks. I’ll be there for probably 5 months and I don’t know a soul. My supervisor is saying to just find a place to live when I arrive … Nervous and so excited haha. Really stepping out of my comfort zone, considering I live all the way in New York. Any advice about where to live would be great!

    • SJ on February 25, 2016 at 10:53 AM

      Hi Katie,

      I am fascinated that you get to travel to Hawaii for your job. What does being a traveling therapist mean and entail? I stayed in Pearl City which is in the center of Oahu and it makes going everywhere so much easier (assuming you have access to a car).

      SJ

      • Katie on June 29, 2016 at 11:06 AM

        Hey SJ,
        Sorry! I just saw this. I just got back from a 6 month travel therapy job in Maui. As a speech pathologist, I am able to take contracted jobs basically anywhere in theUS. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I was provided a car and found a place to stay three days after arriving. The company I worked for assisted me. While there, I worked at an elementary school and hopped from island to island:)

  20. Maricruz on January 6, 2016 at 4:58 PM

    I absolutely love this blog! I am planning a solo trip to Hawaii
    i’d say around March of this year i’m so nervous i never thought i’d do
    something like this, i just got out a really bad relationship & feel the need
    to find myself.
    I want to meet adventurous people and put myself out there i am 21 yrs old
    If anyone is planning a trip around the same time feel free to email me 🙂
    Any tips would really be great !

    • Sofia on January 11, 2016 at 3:15 PM

      Hi Maricruz!

      I’m kinda in the same situation. I’ll visit Hawaii next spring, starting May 3rd on Big Island, and I’m looking for tips and also people to share this adventure with.

      This is also my very first trip by myself, so it’s pretty scary but I also feel so excited about it!

    • Mariana on January 14, 2016 at 2:49 PM

      Hi maricruz!

      Im in the same situation… Just broke up a relationship and will take a trip alone to find myself.
      I’m going to Oahu from feb 29th to march 7th… Shoot me an email if our dates are similar!

      • Eve on February 13, 2016 at 5:13 AM

        Mariana, i will be in oahu 29feb-3mar, alone as well and staying in a hostel in waikiki. We should meet!

      • Ayse on February 21, 2016 at 3:05 AM

        Hi girls! I will be in Oahu from 29th of Feb till 3rd of March. I’m travelling solo, too. would looooove to meet you!!!!!! Shoot me an email: [email protected]. Eve, it would be great if we end up staying in the same hostel in Waikiki, lol!

      • Sylvia on February 21, 2016 at 11:01 PM

        Mariana, I am going on a solo trip to Honolulu the EXACT same timeframe as you (Feb 27-March 5 2016)! You didn’t put your e-mail address, but if you see this, please e-mail me at trisha335[at]yahoo[dot]com (Had to spell it out so that spambots don’t start sending me spam e-mails!) It would be great to meet up!

      • Krista on February 22, 2016 at 8:16 AM

        Hi ladies I am also in the same situation and planning to go in this time frame. I’m also turning the big 3-0. It would be nice to meet up!

  21. Brittany Bufano on January 8, 2016 at 1:14 PM

    This was so inspiring!

    This will be my first trip as a female alone and I’ve never been so excited! I will be in Oahu Jan18th-Jan26th 2016 and would love to meet with any other solo travelers! Thank you for the post.

    • Ali on January 11, 2016 at 4:34 PM

      Hi Brittany! I’m actually thinking of booking a trip on the 17th to Honolulu! I have been reading different solo travel blogs and came across this one. Shoot me an email. 🙂

      • Jax on December 11, 2016 at 12:58 PM

        I will also be traveling solo to hawaii. I will be there from Jan 10th – 24th. If you are going those same dates, shoot me an email. [email protected]

  22. Clara Van Autreve on January 13, 2016 at 12:35 PM

    Hi there!

    I only visited the Big Island. It was actually very easy to get around. Contact as many couchsurfers as possible! Also start discussions on couchsurfing (in order to find transportation etc.). Below you can find places to see and places to spend the night:

    – Waipio Valley and Waterfalls (Wasabi Tours are very good!): http://www.wasabitourshawaii.com/waipio-valley-and-waterfalls-tour/
    – Mauna Kea (try to go with a couchsurfer or other travelers)
    – Volcano park (an organized tour is better than going on your own because the park is pretty big): http://www.viator.com/tours/Big-Island-of-Hawaii/Big-Island-Hawaii-Volcano-Adventure/d669-2360HAWAII2
    – City of refuge and Two Step beach (next to each other). You need a car or someone who wants to drive you there.
    – Hilo farmers’ market (Wednesday and Saturday): in downtown, next to the bus station
    – Painted church (you need a car or you need someone who can drive you there)
    – Dolphin tour and manta ray tour: http://hawaiiexperiences.com/

    If you don’t have a car, try to meet people in Hostels or on couchsurfing.com (I didn’t have a car and I managed to get around without a problem).

    Places to stay

    – Koa Wood Hale hostel in Kona: very good, pretty clean, easy way to meet people, 10 min (by foot) away from downtown
    – Hilo Hostel: Hilo is very rainy(!!), not very clean, in downtown Hilo
    – Couchsurfers

    If you have any questions, feel free to contact me ([email protected]).

    Ps: Everyone told me it was impossible to get around without a car, this is not the case at all! Hawaiians are very very nice and they will give you a ride for sure! Tons and tons of solo travelers in Koa Wood Hale hostel who are looking for a companion. Don’t be shy and ask to join them on a trip :)!

  23. sarah on January 18, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Hi guys, Am also planning a solo trip to Hawaill in April for my birthday. I plan on going 28th to May 2nd and this will be my first solo trip but am also scared. I would really love to meet other solo travelers.

  24. Mathilde on February 1, 2016 at 12:43 PM

    Such a cool post! Really inspiring 🙂
    I am also going to Hawaii the 27nd of March and I am so excited (and a little nervous). I am going to be there for 3 weeks. Anyone else going to Hawaii at that time?

    • Florencia on April 3, 2016 at 3:15 AM

      Hey how long you will stay? I will arrive on the 12th 🙂

  25. Ayse on February 21, 2016 at 3:16 AM

    Thanks for the lovely post. I’m going to Oahu on 29th February until 3th and it was very relieving to read your experience. I will be all by myself and kinda excited and worried, mixed up feelings. My main concern is I can’t drive well and I will have to be stuck with tour companies or pay expensive cab fares to get all those amazing hikes or places. I really would love to meet some fellow solo travelers, make new friends, explore the island together and have some fun. Shoot me an email at; [email protected].

    I look forward hearing you ladies. Lots of love from Alaska, xoxo

  26. May on March 8, 2016 at 5:40 PM

    Hi ladies! I am planning to go on a solo trip as well for my 28th birthday coming up on March 15th.. Anybody else interested in meeting up? Or doing fun stuff together? I want to be there for a week or maybe 2-3 weeks .. It all depends lol! I want to go to Oahu and have signed up for couch surfing, Airbnb, or maybe some hostels! It’s so exciting knowing there are other solo female travelers out there, and I hope I can meet some lovely solo travelers out there 🙂 love this blog by the way! If you ever need a down for whenever travel buddy let me know haha

    • Florencia on April 3, 2016 at 3:14 AM

      Hi! Im going there on the 12th! Are you still there? Any advice on where to go and meet other solo travelers?

  27. Maureen on March 18, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Traveled Europe solo in my 20’s and am now at the other end of the spectrum and ready for some new adventures. Will have five days after my son’s graduation in San Francisco in May and decided to go to Hawaii. Heard Oahu is great, but have also been told that Maui is absolutely amazing. Planning on using airbnb or hostels. Any suggestions on which island to go to- would both be pushing it in such a short time?

  28. Linda on March 28, 2016 at 11:31 PM

    Hi ladies, I’ll be in Kona, Big Island next week Apr 2-8 (likely travelling solo unless any spontaneous friends want to join me). I have a place and car, but I am looking for hiking and/or diving buddies. Both are safer with buddies. If anyone is interested in meeting up, I’d love to hear from you.

  29. Indy on March 31, 2016 at 3:41 PM

    My plans fell through for visiting and staying with a friend, and he moved back to Utah due to a family emergency. So I was going to cancel my flight three days ago, and as I was in the process, just had a thought to just go anyway. I am leaving on Monday April 4th and staying for 10 days
    So I am very nervous, only 18. I have never done anything like this before. I hope to stay with a friend at school and wonder about staying in the hostel there at the North Shore. My Dad is very against that and says it will be dangerous. Please advise.

  30. Florencia on April 3, 2016 at 3:13 AM

    Going to hawaii from april 12 to april 26th. Anyone there?

  31. Zi Ying on April 7, 2016 at 10:38 PM

    Hello from Singapore! I am planning to stop by Hawaii for 4-5 days from 27 June to 3 July (tentative dates). This would be my first time travelling as a solo female! Looking for any hiking buddies :)))

    • Katherine Huynh on April 11, 2016 at 10:58 PM

      Zi- Let me know when you finalize your dates! I’ll be going solo July 16-19! Would love to meet up and do some hiking!

    • Rochelle on May 9, 2016 at 7:21 AM

      Hi Zi,

      Im looking at going 27th of July to 11th of July.

  32. Bob Summers on April 12, 2016 at 8:21 PM

    Aloha

    Hey, I’m the guy you met on the beach at South Point camping in my van, with the Doberman and Great Dane girls you met.

    Keep going!

    You are an inspiration

    • Shalee on April 28, 2016 at 1:49 PM

      Hi Bob! Thank you so much and thanks for reaching out 🙂

  33. Rochelle on May 9, 2016 at 7:25 AM

    I am travelling to Oahu on the 27th June to 11th of July. My story is I met a fella online who is coming to australia in 2 weeks for a holiday. From chatting with him I decided to book flights and better yet I’ll be there for 4th of July. This is my first time travelling solo and am particularly nervous about whether to book some accommodation or take the offer of his to stay with him (would be cheaper) but sounds risky for an outsider (and my parents when I tell them haha).

  34. Nina Charlotte on May 18, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Great article!

    I’m planning a solo (or partly solo) trip to Hawaii in September for about 3 weeks after a couple of stressful months, and thinking Oahu, Maui and probably one additional island. I’m a little bit converted about the transportation side of things as I cannot drive, but my hopes are when there’s a will there a way 🙂

    If anyone’s planning a trip around the same period, it’d be great to chat and potentially meet up!

    • Katherine on June 15, 2016 at 1:12 PM

      I’ll be in Oahu 8/31-9/7!

    • rm on August 17, 2016 at 3:19 AM

      hi nina,

      what are your dates in sept. for maui? i’m eyeing that month as well, mid or end of the month.

      -r

    • Lala on August 31, 2016 at 1:16 AM

      Hi, I am planing to be in Hawaii from 9-18 September. Solo female traveler. Let me know girls if you want to meet over there. L. my email [email protected]

  35. Arai on June 6, 2016 at 12:45 PM

    Great Blog.

    As a solo female traveler for the first time. Would you recommend Maui or Oahu for the 4th of July weekend/week?

  36. Florabelle on June 8, 2016 at 2:45 AM

    This is a great article! I’m travelling to Hawaii 2nd half of October and i have not planned anything yet! I have a bucketlist of places that i wanna see and just decided to go for Hawaii this time.

    Anyone planning to go there on the same timeframe? It would be amazing to mee new people!

    • Anu on September 30, 2016 at 8:29 PM

      I’m going to be in Oahu from October 20th to 25th. Also a first time solo traveller. Would love to meet there. Shoot me an email at [email protected] if our dates match.

  37. Katherine on June 15, 2016 at 1:11 PM

    This was a great read!! I’m traveling solo first week of September and staying at an airbnb. I’m still skeptical on the hostels bc I’ve heard so many stories of things getting stolen even while you’re sleeping!

    • Bibiana on August 9, 2016 at 4:18 PM

      Hi Katherine, I´m planning also a solo trip to hawaii the first week of September! I just decided that one week ago. Which islands are you thinking about?

      • Katherine on August 9, 2016 at 5:32 PM

        Hi Bibiana! I’m staying on Oahu for the entirety of my trip. I didn’t even think about the other islands! Maybe next time around. But I didn’t want too many activities on my mind but im planning to visit several different beaches and hike a few trails/waterfalls. I’ve joined some meetup groups in Oahu on the meetup app. Feel free to do the same! If you want to connect, let me know. Hope you have a wonderful trip! 🙂

      • Lydia Taylor on August 29, 2016 at 6:32 AM

        Hello 🙂

        I too am travelling solo to Oahu from the 3rd September for 3 weeks. I I’m pretty nervous about it but I feel it’s going to be an amazing trip. I want to explore the beautiful island and meet lots of people and to feel safe! This is my first solo adventure so would like to meet people early on and share the adventure!
        My name is Lydia, contact me via email if you want some company ! [email protected]

        🙂

    • Emily on August 28, 2016 at 9:28 PM

      Hi Katherine,

      Are you still in Oahu during the first week of sept? I’m here now until the 4th. Would love to meet up if you were looking for a hiking or activities buddy?

      • Katherine on August 30, 2016 at 10:23 AM

        Hi! I’m arriving Wednesday! Please email me for a faster response if you’d still want to meet. [email protected]

  38. Gia on June 20, 2016 at 9:55 PM

    Hello, I will be a solo traveler next week in Maui June 24th to June 30th. Any tips for me or fellow travelers around that way?

  39. Karissa on June 23, 2016 at 6:17 PM

    I love this article! I am going to Honolulu alone September 4-8th 2016 and am a bit nervous, but mostly excited. I’ve traveled solo here in the US close to home a few times but never without my dog. Sad to say I feel like I might be lonely and because I’m shy, I’m afraid i won’t meet too many people.

    How do you branch out and meet new people while traveling solo without feeling awkward?

    Thanks 🙂

    • Katherine on June 29, 2016 at 1:33 PM

      Hi Karissa! My name is Katherine, and I will be solo traveling to Honolulu myself 8/31-9/7! I’m also nervous about meeting new people.. Or being lonely. I plan to explore the island. If you’re interested in meeting up, I’d be more than happy to accompany you! Email me @ [email protected]

    • Lydia Taylor on August 29, 2016 at 6:31 AM

      Hello 🙂

      I too am travelling solo to Oahu from the 3rd September for 3 weeks. I I’m pretty nervous about it but I feel it’s going to be an amazing trip. I want to explore the beautiful island and meet lots of people and to feel safe! This is my first solo adventure so would like to meet people early on and share the adventure!
      My name is Lydia, contact me via email if you want some company ! [email protected]

      🙂

  40. Antonia on July 4, 2016 at 11:07 AM

    I’m thrilled to find this article. I’m a solo traveler and never been to Hawaii. I am also a bit nervous about meeting others or getting very lonely not having anyone to hang with for a week. I do have a friend that lives in Honolulu but they are going to be tied up with work, etc. Will be in O’ahu the 2nd week of October.

  41. Jeannie Galliano on July 5, 2016 at 3:46 AM

    Hi all, I have always thought about solo traveling & finally feel comfortable with the idea as I recently traveled to Waikiki with friends for several days & instinctively knew I would return solo. I will be in Maui for about 10 days in mid October & trying to figure out what activities I can enjoy with other solo travelers. I plan to surf every day & do that shark cave diving one of you guys mentioned. I’m excited!!!

  42. Tina on July 11, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    I just booked a solo Hawaii trip too. I am staying 5 nights in Honolulu first and want to hike, swim and learn to surf. I need some ideas for my 2 days and 3 nights in Maui. I arrive at 4 pm in Maui on a Thursday and want to do something different. Any recommendations?

  43. Annmarie connolly on July 14, 2016 at 4:07 AM

    Hi everyone I’m so excited after reading this …..I’m travelling to hawaii November to 10th for 7 days my first time ever traveling alone. Just got divorced!! Anyone going around that time?? Are the hostels nice?? Thank youuuuu.
    Annmarie

    • Charlene on July 29, 2016 at 4:02 AM

      Hi Annemarie!

      I will be travelling to Oahu on Aug 5th till 16th. Too bad you’re traveling later. I myself am going thru a divorce so that’s why I am going on this trip to take some time out for myself before the process starts.

      I have booked a hostel at The Plumeria in the Waikiki area. I got a private room that cost about $45 a night. Which I think is a pretty good deal. I hope it’s decent. I will let you know once I have stayed there.

      Excited to see us women travelling solo!!
      We owe it to ourselves to explore!!!

    • Shanti on October 14, 2016 at 9:48 AM

      Hi Annemarie! I’ll be in the Big Island Nov. 12-20. This is my first trip to Hawaii. Which island will you be at?

  44. Alissa on July 22, 2016 at 1:08 PM

    Hi. Im looking to travel to hawaii, probably Maui again, this time solo. Anyone planning a trip beginning of August? Im looking at Aug 8-12-13?

    • Charlene on July 29, 2016 at 4:03 AM

      I will be in Oahu, so if you’re heading to the Island let me know!!!

  45. Camel Trekking Morocco on July 24, 2016 at 4:19 PM

    Thank you for taking your time to write and to share with us this great article 🙂

  46. Charlene on July 29, 2016 at 3:58 AM

    Hi! This article is awesome!!!
    I just booked a trip to Hawaii solo from Aug 5th till the 16th. I am staying at hostel called The Plumeria with a private room. It soothed my budget without sharing a room with 8 roommates and without spending a fortune on a Hotel 🙂 Plus it’s in the Waikiki area
    I am staying all 11 days in Oahu hoping to relax and go on adventures. I have to say i am a bit nervous since I have never travelled alone before, but I am looking to take some time off from what is a difficult time in my life and to beat the crazy insane life of NYC.
    I would love to go on many hikes. Does anyone know if this is safe to go on your own?
    I came across so many hike trails, some look more doable solo then others.

    If any one is heading to this beautiful island during this time….feel free to contact me! I would love to meet some fellow female solo travelers

  47. Vickie on August 5, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    I am a newly separated woman in her 50s who has never done anything alone. And I am thinking of traveling solo one day! Just the thought scares the crap out of me but this article is making me really want to do it! I am planning to travel solo to Hawaii in a year or two. I feel like my entire life just opened up to me. I’ve never eaten in a restaurant alone. I have some groundwork to do before I attempt Hawaii, but this article really gives me hope. Thank you!

    • Shalee on August 6, 2016 at 5:30 AM

      Glad to hear this, Vickie! Go for it and please update me on your adventures! (first time I ever ate out alone I was truly terrified, but soon realized it actually quite enjoyable) 🙂

    • Maxine on June 21, 2017 at 12:09 AM

      Hi Vickie,
      Did you decide to go to Hawaii this year? I’m in the exact same boat and leaving for Oahu for the next 2 months!

  48. Annmarie connolly on August 6, 2016 at 5:32 AM

    Hi!! It’s amazing how many of us are in the same boat.. just the idea of eating alone scares me and thrills me at the same time. I keep repro to myself life is for living…x

  49. Sharon on August 30, 2016 at 8:33 AM

    Hi Emily!
    I went to HI last year. It was a trip of a lifetime!!

    I found an Air B&B in maui and traveled all over. There was a storm so it prevented me exploring the other islands but that has given me a good reason to go back!!
    I rented a jeep a had the time of my life! All the the little towns are so beautiful. Did road to Hana and loved it. Even met Mic Fleetwood at his restaurant on the island! You girls buckle up, and go for it!! You will not regret it!! xoxo
    My next trip is in October. I’m going to Portland, and renting a car and driving down to So. Ca. Stopping at camp grounds along the way. 🙂

  50. tina on August 30, 2016 at 11:34 AM

    I’m spending the first five nights of my October solo trip in Honolulu and want to learn to surf and hope to bike around Oahu and explore too. My hotel is booked on Waikiki beach. But I’m then going to Maui for a three night adventure, arriving in Kahului in the early evening and want to rent a car (or jeep!) and do the drive to Hana the next morning and explore beaches along the way and stay in Hana for the second night in order to seethe sunrise on the top of Halekelea and ride my bike down the volcano. My plan is to make my way to and stay in Wailea for the third night. Any recommendations for a north shore hotel, a Hana hotel and a Wailea hotel?

    • Anne on September 27, 2016 at 9:22 PM

      Hi! Ill be traveling solo in Oahu in mid October, 10/14-10/18
      I wanted to take Surfing Lessons, beach it, eat food, find yoga classes etc…
      Maybe if I get lucky find some locals to make friends with and do night bondfire?
      Let me know if you’d n there at the same time!
      [email protected]

      -Anne

  51. Jen on September 18, 2016 at 2:38 AM

    Going to be in Oahu by myself for 4 days first week of Nov before a wedding if anyone is looking for a snorkeling/hiking buddy! First time visiting Hawaii and hoping to escape the cold rainy Vancouver weather for a week 🙂 Any reviews on the Waikiki beach hostel?

  52. Adeline Loh on September 28, 2016 at 7:56 PM

    I’m Asian and will be travelling solo to Oahu for about 10 days from 13-23 October. Would love to make some new friends and go adventure together. I have not plan anything, just feel free and easy.

    • Amy Mooneyham on September 30, 2016 at 8:24 PM

      I’ll be there solo, but meeting friends for a couple of days while I’m there from Oct. 19-24. I’m 48 and like to stay active. I’d love to meet up to do an adventure! I’m thinking of hiking Turtle Bay on the north shore, maybe the Palolo Trail, Haunama Bay, the Sea Life Park, etc. Let me know if you’re interested.

  53. Mel on October 6, 2016 at 4:24 PM

    Hi there,
    I’ll be in Waikiki for a week solo next year – just wondering how safe you found it? I’m from New Zealand and have never been to the US before.
    Thanks!

  54. Adeline Loh on October 7, 2016 at 12:17 AM

    Hey! glad to hear from you Amy! I will be staying at Waikiki. I would love to meet you 🙂

  55. Shanti on October 14, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Hi! I’m traveling solo to the Big Island for the first time Nov 12-20. I’m renting a little cottage on a coffee farm through airbnb.

    I’d love to meet up with other solo women travelers for hikes, bike rides, SUPing, and general exploring!

  56. Yuki on November 10, 2016 at 2:20 PM

    Hi! I’m traveling solo to Maui from 11/23-28. First time solo….. hope to meet up with other travelers to explore the island.

    • Alexa on November 21, 2016 at 9:40 PM

      Yuki are you still traveling to Maui? I have a ticket to Oahu for November 23rd – 27th! I am of course a procrastinator and since my plans got cancelled to stay with a friend I am still debating on a hotel or airbnb. Does anyone have any recommendations? What an enjoyable and encouraging read!

  57. Christine on November 20, 2016 at 11:06 PM

    Hi I am taking my first solo trip in many years and my first to Hawaii and staying in Waikiki from Dec 27 to Jan 3rd. I’m from Sydney Australia and feeling very excited but a little daunted. I’m 60 years young. Would love to meet up with others to explore the Island.

    • Shalee on November 21, 2016 at 12:44 PM

      Awesome, Christine! If I find another cheap flight out to Hawaii this holiday season I might make a trip there as well. I’ll let you know if I do 🙂

      Thanks for reading,

      Shalee

  58. Liz on December 7, 2016 at 1:15 AM

    Such a great blog! I am a single female and am actually moving to Hawaii soon. This post and all of the comments really encouraged me. I’m researching as much as I can before I go but also trying to keep an open mind and stay open to adventure. I’m considering leaving my car behind and getting to know the island in other ways (bike, moped, TheBus, and occasional rental car). It’s a daunting prospect but I know it will be worth it. I would love to connect with any travelers if you come to Oahu!

    • Sasha on December 27, 2016 at 9:10 AM

      Hi Liz ! Are you there yet? I’m coming just in a few days for a week ! Could be great to meet

    • Mary on April 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM

      Hi Liz, if you are there and looking for an adventure buddy, I’ll be there May 5 – 11 solo, business for a couple of days, fun for the rest. Will have a rental car allowance, just wondering if I should use it?

    • Lisa on September 24, 2017 at 10:45 AM

      Hi Liz! Are you living in Hawaii yet?! I’m coming for a week Oct 11th through the 17th of this year!

  59. Anna Jakovich on December 9, 2016 at 4:35 AM

    Hello there. I am planning a 3 month trip to Hawaii and am inspired reading this blog . I am looking forward to a much needed adventure but am a little hesitant to go solo and would love to meet up with another solo traveller . I am coming from Sydney Australia in March / early April so please email if you are in the same boat and let’s go,from there . Bye for now Anna

    • Maria on January 4, 2017 at 9:40 AM

      Hi Anna I will be in Hawaii in April love to meet up email me

  60. Sasha on December 26, 2016 at 8:53 PM

    Hi there! Great blog! I will be traveling to Oahu from Dec 31 to Jan 7, a very unexpected trip that I actually decided to do just yesterday …. um , completely solo. If anyone is there too those days email me [email protected]

  61. Maria on January 4, 2017 at 9:35 AM

    Happy new year
    For my 50 bday will be in Hawaii solo female travel any suggestions ,I like nature, wake up with sound of waves not resorts or hotel ,hostels or bed and breakfast most definetly low in cash
    Thank you

  62. Anna on January 10, 2017 at 3:35 PM

    Lets get in touch. Pls email [email protected]
    What are your plans ??

  63. Claire on January 15, 2017 at 6:37 PM

    Hi, I will be in Kona from 25-29 March – has anyone any tips for Kona or will anyone be there then?!

  64. SJ on January 16, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    I am planning spending some solo time in Honolulu area for about 3 days- I know it’s MAD short but that doesn’t mean it can’t be mad fun! I also move pretty fast when travelling alone- I love nature I love relaxing and I love exploring. Those aren’t mutually exclusive, are they? 😉
    I will be going in March!

    Do you have any suggestions for must-do’s or must-eats? I probably won’t rent a car if it’s a)not very safe and b) not budget friendly and c) The Bus makes more sense, unless car renting does make more sense…I’m open to suggestions.

    Your insight would be greatly appreciated!!

    Thanks
    Shalini

  65. Stephanie on January 20, 2017 at 10:45 AM

    Travelling to Big Island Hawaii as a lone female traveller from the UK next week for 2 months!

    Looking to meet fellow travellers or locals!

    Drop me a message 🙂 [email protected]

    • Aggie on February 4, 2017 at 4:02 AM

      Hi Steph!,

      I will be coming to oahu from australi end of this month for avout 2 weeks and want to jump to big island for half of my trip. I havent decided yet where to stay on Big island but i definitely want to do vulcano hike. If you want to meet up let me know!
      Aggie

  66. Mayra on January 25, 2017 at 12:04 PM

    Hello everyone,
    I am planning on traveling to Honolulu sometime in march for 5 days , I will also be traveling solo. If there are any other solo travelers that would like to have a traveling buddy please let me know, i am a little scared of traveling alone. [email protected]

  67. Mia Carlsen on January 28, 2017 at 7:16 PM

    Hi everyone!
    Thank you for the inspiration and encouragment.. !;)
    I am closing in on my first prolonged solo trip – can’t quite believe it – looking at a month up till three months in Hawaii in March- april-may 2017
    I am 50, Danish w American degree in counseling which I hope to update via volunteer work and a class or two while I am there
    I would love to hear from you if you plan to be in the area during that time and if anyone know of cheap long term accomodation or where to look for it
    Email: [email protected]
    Many thanks,
    Mia in Copenhagen denmark

  68. Natalie on February 16, 2017 at 4:30 AM

    Hi,

    I know its been awhile since you have been there!
    But which tour did you go for? and did you go for the hikes alone?

    • Shalee on February 16, 2017 at 2:33 PM

      Hi Natalie! I wish I could remember the name of the tour. But I do remember it was $90 and there was a brochure about it at a tourist info locations. I’d check there!

      I went for a few small hikes alone and also found a hiking friend for some. I recommend both! But before hiking alone I always let a friend or family know the hike I’m going on and when for some extra safety. I hope this helps!

  69. Bella on March 26, 2017 at 8:53 AM

    Going to be landing in Oahu June 8th!!! staying until July 🙂 Me and my other friend Ainsley will be there and would always love to meet new people and make new friends while we’re there

  70. Mary on April 12, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Going to spend a solo 3 days before an environmental training May 6, 7, 8. Anyone also going solo who would like to adventure with me? I’ll be on Oahu.

  71. Bella on April 21, 2017 at 11:31 AM

    Going to be landing in Oahu June 8th!!! staying until July 🙂 Me and my other friend Ainsley will be there and would always love to meet new people and make new friends while we’re there

    Forgot to leave my email last time: [email protected]

    Let me know if anyone knows anything about Oahu or would like to hang out..we’re just backpacking and winging it 🙂

  72. Sevi on June 1, 2017 at 4:12 AM

    Hi
    I’m also a solo female traveller and I’m looking for other solo female travellers. to enjoy beautiful Hawaii. Going to be on Maui and Kauai in December 2017.
    I’d love to get an answer from you 🙂

  73. Moneyca on June 19, 2017 at 1:53 AM

    Hi. Anyone going to Oahu Aug 11th-18th?

    • Maxine on June 19, 2017 at 8:27 PM

      Yes I will be there the entire month of July and August! 🙂

  74. Maxine on June 19, 2017 at 11:52 AM

    I will be in Oahu for 2 months+ mainly on the North Shore if anyone wants a partner to hike and explore!

    • Maxine on June 19, 2017 at 11:56 AM

      This will be my first solo trip ever! A bit of nerves but mostly excitement. What should I expect?

      P.S. I’m friendly but on the shyer side so that makes me a bit nervous of meeting new people.

      • Shalee on June 19, 2017 at 7:36 PM

        Hi Maxine! Looks like Moneyca just commented saying she was going to be there Aug 11-18th! If you are there during that time 🙂

      • Anna on June 20, 2017 at 8:57 PM

        Hi. When will you be in oahu.
        I live in sydney and am planning to go too but not sure when.
        Ta
        Anna

        • Maxine on June 20, 2017 at 10:01 PM

          Hi Anna,
          I will be there the entire months of July and August 2017 in Oahu.

      • Clara on June 21, 2017 at 1:50 AM

        Hi Maxine

        I visited the Big Island on my own and I had a blast! An easy way to meet people is through Couchsurfing, talking to travelers in hostels (if you rent a car you will find a lot of travelers who would like to take trips together!) and taking one-day trips (there are a lot of awesome tours you can book). I met a lot of cool people and it was one of the best experiences in my life! I highly recommend going alone. I was also quite nervous about talking to people, that’s why I used couchsurfing to meet travelers, it makes talking to new people less intimidating. Have fun :D.

        • Shalee on June 21, 2017 at 7:34 AM

          Oh yes, I agree with this! Couchsurfing 100%. Even if you don’t stay with anyone there should be couchsurfing meet ups in the area.

        • Maxine on June 21, 2017 at 8:42 AM

          Thank you so much!

  75. Maxine on June 19, 2017 at 9:32 PM

    Hi Shalee,
    What do you recommend to meet other travelers? I’m not too outgoing but friendly.

    🙂

    • Shalee on June 21, 2017 at 7:33 AM

      Hi Maxine! I would really recommend taking a small tour somewhere. I’m not usually a tour person, but I took a small bus tour to the North Shore for $99. There was only about ten of us, but we all became pretty close and I didn’t even feel like I was solo traveling for that day. I randomly met a few other travelers on the beach, too. Where are you staying for those two months? I’m sure you’ll be able to meet a lot of people! Hawaii I found to be extremely hospitable.

      Hope this helps! 🙂

      • Maxine on June 21, 2017 at 8:44 AM

        Thank you Shalee! I will do that. You and your blog have been so inspiring.

  76. Maxine on June 21, 2017 at 6:59 PM

    I’m staying at different condos and homes on airbnb as well as HomeAway.

  77. Lisa on September 24, 2017 at 10:37 AM

    Hi girls!!!! I am so excited to by my hawaii ticket this week! I’ll be there from October 11th 2017 – October 17th 2017!!! Who would like to join me on this amazing first trip of making new friends and memories?!!! Email me!!! [email protected] I’m pretty stoked!!

  78. raquel on December 7, 2017 at 10:51 PM

    Hi everyone,

    I am super excited about my solo trip in January from the 14th-18. If anyone wants to meet up and do some site seeing with me or just explore the island let me know. My email is [email protected]

  79. Olah P Gandy on December 19, 2017 at 10:56 PM

    Hi Ladies,

    I decided last minute that I want to go to Hawaii for my birthday. Traveling solo so if anybody else will be there mid January 10th thru 15th, please email me [email protected]

  80. Rajpreet on April 6, 2018 at 10:43 PM

    Hi Ladies,

    I will be going to Hawaii sometime in May. Looking for a travel partner, this will be my first solo trip, this article and the following conversation has really motivated me. Pls email me at [email protected]

  81. Belinda King on April 9, 2018 at 3:01 AM

    Hi there, I’m Belinda from Australia.
    This might not be the right forum to post this but I will be traveling the USA in July, August, September. (email: Look[email protected] for fees)
    Ive organised a coupla tours but will be traveling by myself for a bit.
    Please contact me if you want to go for a hike, coffee, walk, dinner and some bevy’s at a bar. (drinks as single traveler always needs some dutch courage)
    Sorry that this forum was for Hawaii travellers, I’ll have to search other sites..
    Email or add me on Facebook or instagram: belindzking
    Cheers
    Belinda

    • Belinda King on April 9, 2018 at 3:17 AM

      Please delete

  82. Belinda King on April 9, 2018 at 3:13 AM

    Hi there, I’m Belinda from Australia.

    This might not be the right forum to post this but I will be traveling the USA in July, August, and September. (email: [email protected] for deets)
    Ive organised a coupla tours but will be traveling by myself for a bit.
    Please contact me if you want to go for a hike, coffee, walk, dinner and some bevy’s at a bar. (drinks as single traveler always needs some dutch courage)
    Sorry that this forum was for Hawaii travellers, I’ll have to search other sites..
    Email or add me on Facebook or instagram: belindzking
    Cheers
    Belinda

  83. Lily on November 17, 2018 at 10:40 PM

    Hi ladies, I am a solo female traveler as all of you. I am planning a vacation at the BI the first week of December so was wondering if anyone is planning a vacation at the same time so we can possibly meet and explore together. I would be happy to find a travel partner and have fun as I am very nervous and a bit scared to go there on my own. Please comment here or just email me @ [email protected].

  84. Lily on November 18, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Hi girls, I am a solo female traveler and so glad i found this blog. I am planning a vacation to Hawaii the first week of December so was hoping to find a travel partner/ friend. I’ll be happy to hear from anyone who is planning a visit to Hawaii at the same time or even maybe overlapping with mine 12/03-12/10. Please email me @[email protected]
    Thanks much,Lily

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