- Fantastic weather all year round….25-29 degrees average
- Direct flights from Sydney & Brisbane with Qantas and Hawaiian Airlines
- Under a 10 hour flight from Sydney or Brisbane
There's something to suit everyone in beautiful Hawaii…..read on to find out why
The Hawaiian Land and Sea
Hawaii – an eclectic mix of modern American and ancient Polynesian culture this jewel of the Pacific is one of the most famous and most unique destinations in the world. With dramatic mountain ranges, deep turquoise oceans, cutting valleys and golden beaches Hawaii is indisputably beautiful. But there’s far more to Hawaii than just its appearance. This collection of islands is packed with life and activities to keep you busy for your whole stay. Here we’ll go through the top things to do on land and in the sea in Hawaii to help you start planning your island getaway.
Volcanoes National Park and Waimea Canyon
One of the best way to see the sites of Hawaii is to hop in a car and wind along some of its spectacular drives. On the Big Island your unmissable stop is the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Containing incredibly diverse landscapes – from smoking hot black lava to lush, cloud-kissed rainforests this park stretches some 333,086 acres and houses seven ecosystems. But there are two road which can lead you to the most essential sights. The 11-mile Crater Rim Drive circles the summit caldera of Kilauea which is one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Stops that are worth your time along the way include the Steam Vents where you can watch steam emit from the depths of the Earth and the 500 year old Thurston Lava Tube – a natural and walkable tunnel that once used to house a river of molten lava! You can also explore the Chain of Craters Road, a 20-mile drive that descends 3,700 feet to the coastline. Along the way you can pull over for a short roundtrip to the Puu Loa Petroglyphs where ancient Hawaiians carved 23,000 images into stone.
Waikiki Beach and Diamond Head and a Hawaiian Luau
The island of Kauai is home to the dramatic Na Pali coastline and the Waimea Canyon Drive which winds through the valley to the Waimea Canyon and Puu Hinahina Lookouts. The Waimea Canyon has a raw beauty that is picture perfect. Boasting rugged cliffs in vivid hues of red, green, brown and orange you’ll be sorely tempted to take the challenging Kukui Trail deeper into the gorge.
Finally there is the famous Hana Highway on Maui. Pack up your car, put the top down and pump up the music as you wind along 59 bridges and 620 curves. Along the road you can eat breakfast in the old sugar mill town of Paia, swim in the waterfall pools in the Puaa Kaa State Wayside Park or stock up on some fresh local fruit at the many local stands along the highway or walk the sparkling black-sand beach at Wainapanapa State Park. The end of the road is Hana, a small town on the eastern shore where the Hawaiian culture is very much alive.
Once you’ve seen the sights it’s time for some leisure time. One of the best ways to end a day is to attend a luau. At this magnificent feast you get to learn Hawaiian arts and crafts such as basket weaving and lei making, watch cultural presentations and enjoy Hawaiian hula and fire dance performances to the sounds of ancient drumming.
The View from the Hana Highway and the Green at the Kapalua Golf Resort
During the day, if you’re looking for some relaxation, then find a spot on one of Hawaii’s famous beaches and watch the day go by. For the golfer Hawaii has plenty of spectacular courses to offer – with views to match! In early January you can attend the PGA’s Annual Hyundai Tournament of Champions at the Kapalua Resort on Maui and then on South Maui you can refine you skills at the David Leadbetter’s Golf Academy and spend a long day on the green at the notorious Wailea Golf Resort’s Gold, Emerald and Old Blue courses. The other islands offer just as many options for immaculate conditions: warm sunshine, pristine greens, a luxurious atmosphere, privacy and 360-degree panoramic views.
There’s plenty of things to do and see on land in Hawaii, but the water is where the heart and soul of these islands really lies.
Snorkelling with Green Sea Turtles and a Humpback Whale and Calf off the Hawaiian Coast
One of the best ways to discover the underwater beauty of Hawaii is to get in the water yourself. Snorkelling is an ideal way to see some of Hawaii best coral formations and a chance to glide alongside Manta Rays and Sea Turtles. But in order to keep up with the bigger animals, you’re going to need a boat. There are countless tours heading off the main island which can bring you in the midst of the playful Spinner Dolphins and from mid-Autumn until April you can watch as the 40-ton Humpback Whales dance and breach along the surface of the Pacific Ocean.
If you’re looking for more of a thrill, or to pick up a new hobby then the classic Hawaiian pastime is for you – surfing. The first Western written account of surfing in Hawaii was in 1779, it described Native Hawaiians riding wooden planks on the oceans swells off Big Island’s Kealakekua Bay. Nowadays surfing is prevalent on all the Hawaiian Islands, with some of the most renowned spots being on Oahu and Maui. Visit Maui to see the professionals tackle the mega swells or head to Waikiki Beach, Ala Moana Bowls and Castle in South Oahu if you’re an amateur looking to learn the ropes.