Hawaii is one of the most beautiful places in the world. It’s the 50th and most recent state of the United States of America (since 1959).
Situated nearly at the center of the north Pacific Ocean, it is the only US state located in Polynesia. Before it was part of the US, it used to be an independent kingdom-nation.
Even though Hawaii comprises hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles, there are eight main islands that are most open and accessible for tourism and exploration.
These are, from northwest to southeast; Niʻihau, Kauai, Oahu, Molokaʻi, Lānaʻi, Kahoʻolawe, Maui, and the Big Island (also called as Hawaiʻi).
It has become a much-visited tourist hotspot, probably because it has got something for everyone! The waves are always rolling in the ocean. The water is clear blue and the warm rays of the sun lighting this volcanic landscape remind us of a lost paradise.
Top Things To Do In Hawaii
There is a lot of things to see and do in Hawaii. As you know, Hawaii is made of several different islands and each island has something unique to offer of its own.
To cover everything in a single trip is almost impossible (unless you are going for over a month and willing to spend a lot of money). Things are expensive in Hawaii (as you might have already noticed when looking for flights to Hilo (Big Island) or Honolulu (Oahu).
Hawaii is the paradise of your dreams. It is a myriad of many islands brought together. But we are talking about the Big Island of Hawaii.
The youngest, yet the most sought out of all the islands. The natural beauty of Hawaii has a dangerous edge to it. Give it to the Volcanoes, which can erupt at any moment.
We bring to you some various places you must visit in the island.
When we talk about beaches, Hawaii has tons of them. But there is nothing like Waikiki.
The crystal clear water laps against the shimmering sands, away from civilization. It might be secluded, but it has got all the facilities you could probably ask for.
The unique thing about Waikiki is the quirky shape of the beach. It is in the form of a half-moon. To enhance its charm, the volcano Diamond Head crater juts itself high on the beach. Enjoy soaking in the sun!
Do you want to see the remains of the Japanese attack? The Pearl harbor still cherishes ship which was sacrificed. USS Arizona memorial stands high in the Pearl harbor. It is located just where the ship had sunk. You can take a tour of the memorial.
It will give you the information you need. The shards of the sunken ship can still be seen high on the water. Nearby the USS Missouri is another sight to withhold. Strut on the deck of this battleship.
A Land away from the noise, untainted by pollution. Waipio Valley is the defines essence of Hawaii. It can be hard to access. You can reach here by foot. Hiilawe Falls irrigate the Land. The vibrant valley floor is rich in avocados, mangoes, banana, papayas.
Colorful flower beds of orchids and hibiscus make it look something out of a fairytale. Soon the land gives in to black sands which make the beach. Enjoy the wind blowing through your hair as you wander in flower fields.
Who says that there are only beaches in Hawaii? You can do many other things other than diving and snorkeling. Mauna Kea can be easily called the highest mountain if only its half-mass weren’t underwater. You do not have to be worried about being burnt by lava. This volcano has been inactive for thousands of years.
It is doubtful whether it will get active anytime soon. During winters the mountain gets covered in snow. You can do skiing in the largest mountain on earth. Doesn’t that sound epic?
The Best Way to Explore Hawaii
For a more enjoyable and relaxed travel experience, we recommend breaking your Hawaii travels into two or more trips. On your first trip, you can cover the Big Island (also called Hawaii – yes, I know that’s confusing.) On your second visit, you can enjoy the vibrant city life of Honolulu, the island of Oahu, Maui, and Kuai.
On your third and future trips, you can visit the other minor islands and the cool things you may have missed on your first two trips. Or, simply revisit (and re-live) the best of Hawaii because now you know what you like the most here.
For our detailed things-to-do list, please read the individual destination guides (links below) for each Hawaiian island.
Flying Between Hawaiian Islands
Flying between the Hawaiian Islands is relatively quick and easy. There are dozens of daily flights connecting the six major Hawaiian islands. Flying is the fastest and cheapest way to island hopping.
That said, if you want to do it the old-fashioned way, go for a boat when and where available (both from the US mainland and between the islands).
Read: Oahu Destination Guide (Main page)
In Oahu, the Waikiki neighborhood is its center for dining, nightlife, and shopping. It is the best hotspot for travelers. The shores of Oahu are known for surfing even in the winters. Rolling pineapple fields are a pleasant sight. Do not miss the famous Waikiki beach. Pearl Harbor is a popular historical site related to the World War II attack. It includes the USS Arizona Memorial warship.
Read: Oahu Destination Guide (Main page)
You can visit the diverse national parks of Haleakala national park or trek on Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail in the island of Maui. Maui has delightful roads winding through its volcanic mountains. In the midst of the scenery are resorts for you to slow down, chill, and relax.
Read: Kauai Destination Guide (Main page)
Kauai is a gem when it comes to natural scenery. It has got its seven wonders which are hard to miss. Behold the magnificence of Waimea Canyon. Enjoy the refreshing NaPali coast.
Big Island (Hawaii)
Read: Big Island (Hawaii) Destination Guide – Main Page
Hawaii is the largest of them all. It also has an active Volcano called Mauna Loa. Here, you can experience the gorgeous beaches, or visit the lush coffee plantations. Hilo is the largest city among the islands, and a must visit.
Lanai & Molokai
Other regions are Lanai (pineapple plantations) and Molokai (least developed). Many smaller islands are either privately owned or are under the command of the US Navy. Some of them are too small and not developed. This means that they are difficult to access. There are also cruises offering trip across the islands. Inside the islands, you can use public transport which is reliable.
Every tourist should taste the delectable seafood in a modern Pacific style. You can do an array of activities in Hawaii, from adrenaline surging activities to peaceful museum tours, to coffee plantation to surfing.
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