An Introduction to Hawaii
The Hawaiian Islands truly are one of the world’s most unique destinations with an unsurpassed variety of experiences. Six islands offer six different experiences. From crystal blue waters to beautiful sandy beaches, from spectacular sunsets to erupting volcanoes, Hawai’is iconic destinations will give you a holiday to remember!
Hawaii - The Big Island
The largest of the islands, Hawai’i has 93 miles of coastline and is 25 miles wide. With two international airports – Kona and Hilo, Hawai’i is one of the main gateways to the islands. Stunning sandy beaches, dramatic volcanic landscapes and all but two of the world’s different climate zones make this island a constant surprise!
Don’t miss: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to Maunaloa (currently dormant) as well as Kilauea where the goddess of the volcanoes, Pele, is said to live, Maunakea, the highest volcanic peak in the islands and its observatory for stargazing and Pu’uhonua o Honaunau National Historical Park.
Maui - The Valley Isle
An island of romance and luxurious resorts, rainforest and dramatic waterfalls, Maui offers both charm and adventure. The beautiful white-sand beaches of Ka’anapali and Kapalua were once the recreation grounds for Hawaiian royalty and are perfect for swimming, snorkelling and sunbathing.
Don't miss: Lahaina,a historic whaling town with quaint shops, galleries and a great nightlife. Explore the Lahaina Historic Trail or from December to May take a whale-watching trip, the scenic road to Hana, with over 600 hairpin turns, 54 bridges taking you past plunging cliffs and lush rain forests or a day trip to Molikini where you can snorkel or dive in the crater of an extinct volcano.
O'ahu - The Heart of Hawaii
Oahu is the Hawaii everyone knows. Its North Shore hosts some of the world's most prestigious surfing competitions in winter and is a great place to take a surfing lesson in the summer months. With so much to see and do for families and adults alike, from water parks, hula shows, visits to the pineapple plantation, horse riding, water sports, shopping and nightlife; Oah has everything you could wish for.
Don't miss: Waikiki Beach, the birthplace of surfing and one of the longest sandy baeches in the islands, Pearl Harbor, now a National Monument and memorial to the events of December 7th 1941, which drove the USA into the Second World War and the Polynesian Cultural Center, where you can learn about Polynesian culture, go to a lu'au (traditional feast), watch a Hawaiian show with over 100 performers.
Kaua'i - The Isle of Discovery
The lush green landscapes, dramatic canyons and awe-inspiring waterfalls made Kaua’i the chosen location for the filming of Jurassic Park. The oldest island in the Hawaiian chain, it is easy to imagine dinosaurs feeling at home here! Nowadays its beaches are perfect for soaking up the sun, paddle boarding and surfing.
Don't miss: The Napali Coast with dramatic cliffs and white-sand coves; maybe take a helicopter trip or guided kayak tour or visit Waimea Canyon – known as the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’ 3,600 feet deep and 14 miles long.