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In the News
Luscious Islands and Turquoise Seas - The Top Things to Do in Hawaii
Tropical Luxury - Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts
Fly to the Americas with the Qantas Business Class Sale
Sail on Crystal Clear Seas - Pacific Island Cruising
Etihad Airways and FirstClass.com.au Spring Golf Day
And Finally
In the News

Air France Unveils New Business Class Cabin
To ensure comfort and well-being all throughout the flight, Air Frances newly designed Business cabin is now available....

Crystal Cruises Announces New Product - Crystal Yachts
Crystal Cruises is excited to announce Crystal Yacht Cruises - A new exclusive, intimate travel experience Explore the world in an extraordinary new way....

American Airlines Sydney to LA Flights on Sale
American Airlines' new flights between Los Angeles and Sydney are now on sale, with the first service taking off on December 17 from the US, and December 19 from Australia....

Also in the News...

SWISS Unveils New Cabin for 777-300ER
Star Alliance Named Best Alliance at Australian Business Traveller Awards
Celebrating 25 Years of Crystal Cruises

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Luscious Islands and Turquoise Seas - The Top Things to Do in Hawaii

Why Hawaii?...Simple!

  • 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 

 

Hawaii  Hawaii Surf
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  Waimea Canyon
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  Hawaiian Luau
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. 

Hana Highway  Kapalua Golf Resort
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. 

Snorkeling in Hawaii  Humpback Whales Off Hawaiian Coast
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. 

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Tropical Luxury - Hawaiian Hotels and Resorts

Many Other Luxury Hotels to Choose From 

Moana Surfrider by Westin, Hawaii
In the heart of Waikiki Beach, the Moana Surfrider, A Westin Resort & Spa on Oahu, introduced the world to Hawaiian hospitality in 1901. Often referred to as the "First lady of Waikiki", this oceanfront Oahu hotel is a legendary landmark.
Halekulani Hotel, Waikiki
Located on Waikiki Beach overlooking Diamond Head, this historic 5-star resort boasts 3 award-winning restaurants, a live jazz lounge and day spa. A spacious lanai is provided in each guest room.
Turtle Bay Resort, Hawaii
Turtle Bay is that rare gem of a destination and is a truly iconic Hawaiian landmark and is a one of a kind hotel on the North Shore.
Four Seasons Ko Olina
Opening early 2016 - Chic and light-filled with vast ocean views, the Four Seasons Ko Olina will be your next personal sanctuary. 
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Fly to the Americas with the Qantas Business Class Sale

Qantas Business Class Sale to the Americas

Qantas Business Class
Qantas A380 Business Class Flat Bed - available on select routes. 

Take advantage of this Qantas Business Class sale to North and South America. 
Hurry, seats are selling fast!

 New York City

 

Times Square $7895 from $6,695
Save $1200

 Hawaii

 

 

Honolulu $6450 from $4,675
Save $1775

 South America

 

 

Machu Picchu $6845 from $5,050
  • New York City and Hawaii fares:
    • Valid until 21Aug15
    • New York fare valid for departures until 19Jan16
    • Hawaii fare valid for departures: 07Jul15 - 10Sep15/06Oct15 - 10Dec15/12Jan16 - 16Jun16/05Jul16 - 08Sep16
  • South America 
    • Fare vaild until 14Aug15
    • Valid for Mon-Thu departures until 31Oct15
  • Fly flat bed in award-winning Qantas Business Class
  • For full terms and conditions please contact your travel specialist

 

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Sail on Crystal Clear Seas - Pacific Island Cruising
7 Nights Tahiti and Society Islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises
Fly and Cruise Specials
7 Nights Tahiti and Society Islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises
Departure Date: 23Jan16, 13Feb16, 19Mar16, 26Mar16, 9Apr16, 7May16, 14May16, 18Jun16
Depart From: Papeete, Tahiti
Cruiseship: Paul Gauguin
From: AU$4996
Ends in: Papeete, Tahiti
Cruiseline: Paul Gauguin

10 Night Fiji and Pacific Islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises - Departing Lautoka
10 Night Fiji and Pacific Islands with Paul Gauguin Cruises - Departing Lautoka
Departure Date: 31Oct15
Depart From: Lautoka
Cruiseship: Paul Gauguin
From: USUS$3895
Ends in: Lautoka
Cruiseline: Paul Gauguin

11 Night Cook and Society Islands with Paul Gauguin
Fly and Cruise Specials
11 Night Cook and Society Islands with Paul Gauguin
Departure Date: 20Feb16
Depart From: Papeete, Tahiti
Cruiseship: Paul Gauguin
From: AU$5918
Ends in: Papeete, Tahiti
Cruiseline: Paul Gauguin

13 Days Pacific & New Zealand Cruise with Silversea - Papeete to Sydney
13 Days Pacific & New Zealand Cruise with Silversea - Papeete to Sydney
Departure Date: 30Jan16
Depart From: Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Cruiseship: Silver Whisper
From: AU$7750
Ends in: Sydney, Australia
Cruiseline: Silversea
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Etihad Airways and FirstClass.com.au Spring Golf Day

Tee off in style with FirstClass.com.au and the Concord Golf Club

Etihad Airways and FirstClass.com.au Golf Day returns this spring at its new home, the prestigious Concord Golf Course! With an illustrious history spanning back over a century, The Concord Golf Club has played host to a number of championship tournaments including the Australian PGA, NSW Open, ANZ Championship and Australian Women’s Open.

So come down and tee off on this historic course with us on Thursday 3rd of September and enjoy a day of golf with the chance to win a number of prizes!

Secure your place today by emailing your details to Golf@firstclass.com.au.

 

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