Disappointing photos show what vacationing in Hawaii is really like

Shutterstock and Getty ImagesSometimes, there’s trash on the beach.

When planning your honeymoon, a family vacation, or a treat-yourself trip, Hawaii is probably one of the first destinations that comes to mind. There are beautiful beaches, volcanoes to hike, great food, and historical attractions. It seemingly has everything.

But despite so many desirable qualities, there are a few negatives, too. Overcrowded beaches, overpriced hotels, and less-than-breathtaking views of skyscrapers are some of the realities that come with visiting the 50th state.

Keep scrolling to see what visiting Hawaii is really like.


The minute you hop off the plane, you’ll probably want to drive around and see the beauty of the island you’re on.

Hana Highway in Hawaii is one of the most scenic drives in America. The coastal highway takes 620 twists and turns along the outskirts of Maui. You’ll see waterfalls, rainforests, and dramatic cliff sides.


But you won’t be the only one. In 2015, Honolulu’s traffic was ranked second-worst in the entire US.

Francis Dean/Corbis via Getty ImagesTypical Honolulu traffic.

The traffic is maddening, according to locals. Depending on where you stay, driving will be anything but smooth sailing.


But once you’re out of traffic, and you finally make it to the beach, you’d be forgiven for craving some peace and quiet.

ShutterstockLanka Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.

Hawaiian beaches regularly win the top spot on lists of the best beaches in the US.


But popular beaches like Waikiki Beach are anything but relaxing.

Waikiki Beach is just one of six beaches that Honolulu Magazine called overrated. There are plenty of other things to do in Oahu besides Waikiki, but that doesn’t stop tourists from flocking there.


But even if crowds don’t bother you, you’re probably still expecting clean, pristine sand for your sunbathing pleasure.

Joe Sohm/Visions of America/UIG via Getty ImagesThe North Shore of the island of Oahu.

On Hawaiian beaches, the colour of the sand ranges from white to green to black.


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The World’s Most Colourful Beaches


However, beaches are sometimes covered in trash.

Education Images/UIG via Getty ImagesA beach on Oahu, filled with litter.

Per CNN, “Hawaii has a serious trash problem” as tons of trash has been washing up on its beaches.

Hawaii is also home to one of the dirtiest places in the world: Kamilo Point.


When some people think of Hawaii, they think of nearly untouched landscapes, and islands that are isolated and serene.

MNStudio/ShutterstockAn aerial view of Na Pali coast in Kauai, Hawaii.

For some people, it’s a chance to unplug and refresh. The state has amazing hiking, waterfalls, volcanoes, forests, and beaches – it’s a nature lover’s paradise.


Honolulu, however, is a super urban city filled with skyscrapers.

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty ImagesThe Waikiki neighbourhood of Honolulu.

It’s a little bit like Miami – which would have probably been cheaper and easier to travel to.


Not every view will be of a gorgeous waterfall or beach.

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