With its sweeping jade rainforests and shining golden beaches, Hawaii truly is a remarkable slice of paradise. Eight major islands make up this tropical wonderland, from the capital island of O’ahu to the small luxurious island of Lanai, each has its own identity with landscapes that change from the mountains to the shore. With 90 percent of the native plants and animals only being found in Hawaii, and a culture that is vibrant and one of a kind you are guaranteed a unique and incredible experience.
There’s no place on earth like Hawaii with its breathtaking natural beauty, enthralling history, and friendly people there’s something for everyone. Whether you’re a new visitor or returning, Hawaii finds a way to entice and excite any traveller.
Waikiki, with its beautiful stretch of oceanfront beach, is Hawaii’s biggest tourist attraction. A suburb of Honolulu, Waikiki is easy to reach and offers all the amenities and entertainment of a modern city. At the end of the crescent shaped beach is the extinct volcano known as Diamond Head Crater, adding a spectacular backdrop to the incredible sun drenched beach.
Volcanoes National Park
Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, Volcanoes National Park offers a unique, close-up look at an active volcano and the recent landscape produced by a volcano. Hot lava flows down the mountain side, and dry lava covers the road, showing its unstoppable force.
Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial
This memorial to those who perished in the sinking of the USS Arizona stands above the remains of the sunken ship. Some portions can be seen protruding up from the water. The Visitors Center provides historical information on the harbour and the Japanese attack, and a ferry shuttles visitors out to the actual memorial. The Battleship USS Missouri is also docked here and visitors can walk the ship’s deck.
One of the most scenic spots on the Big Island of Hawaii is the lookout over Waipio Valley. Surrounded by lush cliff walls the fertile valley opens out to the ocean, where the black sand beach is met with white waves and blue water. The high viewpoint gives an awesome perspective.
Maui Ocean Center
The Maui Ocean Center allows visitors a chance to see close up what lies beneath the ocean’s surface. Sharks, rays, turtles and all kinds of interesting sea life are presented in huge aquariums. A walk through glass tunnel is a favourite feature at the facility.
The dramatic Hana Road on Maui is a scenic stretch of highway that runs from Pa’ia, through lush forests, and along the ocean, to the remote town of Hana. This trip is worthwhile both for the stunning drive and to see the town itself. Hana’s location relatively cut off from the rest of the island, has allowed it to maintain more of a traditional Hawaiian culture than other towns.
The highest mountain in Hawaii, Mauna Kea offers some unique sights for this tropical paradise. Snow and skiing are not uncommon during the winter months. A rough road, suitable for 4 wheel drive vehicles, provides access to the summit, which is also home to the Mauna Kea Observatory.
Polynesian Cultural Center
Located on Oahu, less than an hours drive from Honolulu is the Polynesian Cultural Center. Through music, dance, craft demonstrations, and games, the centre portrays the culture and daily life of the Polynesian islanders in Hawaii, Tahiti, Marquesas, Tonga, Samoa and Fiji as well as that of the Maoris in New Zealand. The centre is divided into sections representing each of these locations. Many of the performers come from the islands which they represent, providing a high degree of authenticity. Visitors can tour the facility during the day or see a show in the evening.
With its dramatic contours, wide-open spaces and fantastic variations in elevation, Hawaii is a fantastic place to play a round of golf. With courses face the coast and many are carved from ancient lava flows golfing in Hawaii offers a truly one of a kind experience.
Without a doubt, the #1 top activity to do in Hawaii is snorkelling! Travel to the incredibly gorgeous Hawaiian Islands for your next vacation, and be sure to book a snorkel tour for you, your family and friends. Aboard a modern snorkelling vessel, visitors will surely enjoy being an eye witness to the beauty of an array of Hawaiian marine life. Visitors will journey safely underway with a professional tour guide receiving Hawaii marine life education, expert instruction, and snorkel guidance.
Just imagine how amazing it would be to see the Green Hawaiian Sea Turtle in its natural habitat, an abundance of tropical fish native to Pacific Ocean waters, and vibrantly colored reef formations. Depending on the time of the year you embark on a Hawaiian snorkel tour, guests may also have the added rare chance to see playful Spinner Dolphins skipping along the ocean surface or the great North Pacific Humpback Whales during their annual migration to Hawaiian waters.
Oahu – The Heart of Hawaii
Home to the state capital and the majority of Hawaii’s population, Oahu is a vibrant mixture of natural and cultural wonders with the modern arts, entertainment, and amenities of the 21st century. See pro surfers charge the big winter waves of the legendary North Shore, relive American history at the memorials and museums of Pearl Harbor, or soak up the sun and take a surfing lesson on Waikiki Beach.
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Maui – The Magical Isle
The second largest island is home to what some believe are the best beaches in the world. The waters off of Maui are also some of the best places in the world to whale watch every winter. Wake up early to catch the Haleakala sunrise, stroll through the historic hot spot of Lahaina town, or drive the long and winding road to Hana for spectacular scenery.
Kauai – The Island of Discovery
The oldest and northernmost island in the Island chain is graced with dramatic, natural beauty. Outdoor adventures and romantic escapades flourish on Kauai. Explore the beaches of the Coconut Coast, see Waimea Canyon, “The Grand Canyon of the Pacific,” or take a boat ride to marvel at the towering cliffs of the Napali Coast.
Hawaii – Hawaii’s Big Island
Larger than all of the other islands combined, the island of Hawaii, or Hawaii’s Big Island, is vast enough to hold 11 of the world’s 13 climactic zones-from sandy beaches to snowcapped mountains. See waterfalls, rainforests and botanical gardens in Hilo, explore the calm and clear water off of Kona, or view Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, in Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.
Lanai – The World’s Most Enticing Island
Without a single traffic light, Lanai is a true island getaway for luxury, romance, and privacy away from crowds. Get away from it all at Lanai’s opulent resorts in Hulopoe Bay and Lanai City, see the rock formations at Keahiakawelo, or 4-wheel drive amongst the pine trees along the Munro Trail.
With almost half of its population being of Native Hawaiian ancestry, Molokai is an island that has preserved its connection to the past and its love for the outdoors. Step back in time to the sleepy town of Kaunakakai, view the verdant flora in Halawa Valley or learn about the works of Saint Damien at Kalaupapa National Historical Park.