15 June 2017
Out in the middle of the North Pacific Ocean lies an archipelago of islands, atolls and islets known as the Hawaiian Islands. The islands certainly are special, but they are so much more than just beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets.
When you think about Hawaii, Waikiki might spring to mind. Once a swamp, this beachfront neighbourhood on the south shore of O’ahu is a vibrant area where you will find world-class shopping, dining, entertainment and activities. Within easy walking distance, there is so much to do here, making for a great holiday destination for families. Within easy reach of Waikiki, the calm waters of Diamond Bay offer an ideal spot to learn to surf or try your hand at SUP’ing (stand up paddle boarding). Perhaps you’re interested in learning more about Pearl Harbor with a visit to the USS Arizona Memorial or take some time out with a spot of shopping at the Ala Moana Centre. Interested in picking up a ukulele? Kamaka Hawaii, handcrafts these tiny instruments and offers weekday factory tours. With easy access to Honolulu airport, Waikiki offers a host of accommodation options for every budget. One of our favourites is the Outrigger Waikiki Beach Resort, located right on Waikiki beach.
Voted ‘Best Island’ by readers of Conde Nast Traveler, Maui is popular with visitors looking for a sophisticated and relaxed holiday. The island is blessed with great weather with the dry season lasting from April to October. Even in the rainy season, it rarely rains more than two or three days in a row. The best way to experience Maui is at a relaxed pace, savouring every moment. For some of the island’s best snorkelling, the tiny Molokini crater is Hawaii’s only island marine sanctuary. Here, the shallow reef is teeming with a wide variety of colorful and fascinating fish and marine animals. Hire a car for a day and take the Road to Hana. With 617 hairpin curves and 59 unforgiving one-lane bridges, take your time and you’ll be rewarded with stunning scenes of waterfalls, beaches and upcountry Maui. If you’re looking for an authentic Hawaiian dining experience, the Old Lahaina Luau is the place to go. This beachside eatery and luau offer a traditional hula and feast nightly.
If natural wonders and adventure are your thing, then you can’t go past a trip to the Big Island, Hawaii Island. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to Kilauea volcano, one of the most active volcanoes on earth. Here, you can choose to follow one of the many hiking trails through volcanic craters, scalded deserts and rainforests or take the Crater Rim Drive. The Big Island is renowned for Kona coffee, grown where the high elevation and rich volcanic soil are ideal for the unique Kona coffee bean. In the north, Waimea if great for horse lovers who can visit Kahuna Ranch to fully experience the best of Waimea’s cowboy country.
Also known as the Garden Isle, Kauai is Hawaii’s fourth largest island. The scenery here is simply breathtaking. Emerald valleys and jagged cliffs… think Jurassic Park. In fact, most of the filming of the 1993 Spielberg film took place here. The best way to explore the dramatic scenery of Kauai is to kayak, snorkel, hike or zipline – this island is ideal for outdoor activities. The laid-back atmosphere and rich culture make Kauai the perfect island to head out and discover more.
“Hawaii is not a state of mind, but a state of grace” - Paul Theroux
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