The beautiful islands of Hawaii, situated in the Pacific Ocean, have something for everyone to enjoy. From cascading waterfalls and magical rainforests, to white sandy beaches and outdoor activities to suit all tastes, a trip to Hawaii truly is a journey into Paradise. The two islands of Niihau and Kahoolawe, the former privately owned and known as the ‘Forbidden Isle’ and the latter completely uninhabited, are not open for tourism, but the other six islands offer more than enough fun and excitement to compensate.
Hawaii, aptly nicknamed the ‘Big Isle’, is the largest of the Hawaiian islands. Take a tour around the vast coffee plantations, or swim with the numerous but friendly wild dolphins that often surround the island. Hawaii is home to the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which provides an experience unlike any other. The largest active volcano in the world, Mauna Loa, can be found here. For more information on the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, visit the official website.
The most popular Hawaiian island is undoubtedly Oahu. Acting as the commercial centre with the capital city of Honolulu situated here, Oahu is where the action happens. Visit Waikiki Beach to top up your tan and enjoy the hustle and bustle of one the busiest and most famous beaches in the world, or take a guided tour into the breathtaking tropical rainforests. Oahu offers many historic sites that are not to be missed, such as the Bishops Museum, Iolani Palace and the US base of Pearl Harbour. For the adventurous traveler, the North Shore of Oahu provides a surfer’s paradise with what are said are to be the highest waves on the planet.
The second largest of the Hawaiian islands is Maui, and this island is a picturesque wonder that will leave you speechless. Journey to the volcanic mountain crater of Haleakala, standing over three thousand metres tall, or go snorkeling off the shores of Maui. Ocean wildlife is amazing here, especially around the Molekini Crater. Maui is also the perfect location for humpback whale spotting, and is home to Hana, a quaint little village at the end of a beautiful drive along winding roads that pass over bridges and past splendid tropical waterfalls.
For nature-lovers, the island of Kauai is the place to go. With natural wonders such as the Wailua River, the Waimea Canyon and the jaw-dropping views of the immense sea cliffs from the shores of Na Pali Coast, Kauai is an undisturbed landscape. This island is perfect for that ‘off-the-beaten-track’ adventure.
Molokai is home to Papohaku Beach, one of the most stunning stretches of beaches in the world. With pure white sands and plenty of water activities to enjoy, Molokai is a beach-lover’s heaven. The Kalaupapa National Historical Park is also found here, with its variety of natural features such as valleys, rainforests and volcanic craters. Visit the official website for more information.
For a more exclusive getaway, Lanai is the perfect choice. This island offers romantic settings, horseback-riding along the white sandy beaches, warm seas and restaurants serving authentic Hawaiian cuisine.The peace and serenity found here makes this island unique. For some amazing deals on four star hotels and tranquil getaways, visit Time and Place Luxury Holidays.
A visit to the Hawaiian islands is a incredible holiday experience. Plan a once-in-a-lifetime flight, book yourself into one of the many quality hotels that are on offer, and get ready for a memorable adventure to the most naturally beautiful group of islands in the world.