Hawaii is often referred to as an island paradise, with its pristine beaches and easy-going ‘aloha’ spirit it’s not hard to see why. Beyond the heavenly blue of the Pacific Ocean lies a world of adventure, culture and rich history.
Hawaii is composed entirely of islands and although a state of the USA, has kept it’s unique character and individuality. The six main islands Kaua'i, O'ahu, Moloka'i, Lana'i, Maui, and the Island of Hawaii occupy the entire volcanic archipelago, which spreads across 2,400 km.
Weather in Hawaii is very consistent, with only minor fluctuations in temperature throughout the year, making it the bestit an ideal destination to visit year round.
The islands of Hawaii were formed by volcanic activity under the sea, a process which continues to this day. Volcanic activity and the subsequent erosion have resulted in impressive geological features such as striking sea caves and lava tubes along the island’s rugged coastline. These natural constructions are best explored by raft or by snorkelling at Kealakekua Bay Marine Sanctuary. The Hawaiian Islands have an abundance of sealife, so those taking part in snorkel tours can expect to see beautiful tropical fish, such as Hawai‘I’s state fish humuhumunukunukuapua‘a and even whales and dolphins.
Visit the eastern side of the Island of Hawaii, and take in the natural beauty of Hilo. Experience dramatic waterfalls, fertile rainforests and blooming gardens. Once a bustling farming and fishing area, Hilo is now an energetic township dotted with restaurants, galleries and shopping centres. Take a trip to the local farmer’s market downtown to taste some of the island’s freshest produce or visit the Liliuokalani Gardens a tranquil place featuring Japanese styled fishponds, pagodas and rock gardens or explore the Wailuku River State Park and its beautiful Waianuenue and Peepee falls.
A short flight away is Hawaii’s oldest island, Kauai. With only 15 per cent of the island accessible by car, one of the best ways to see it is by helicopter. Many providers offer tourists hour-long helicopter rides across the six-million-year-old island, Kauai. Sit back and relax in a luxurious 6- passenger Eurocopter AStar helicopter complete with huge windows, comfortable seating and air conditioning, as you explore the island’s peaks and iconic Na Pali coastline from above.
If you’re more of a food tourist than adventurer, treat yourself to a meal at Gaylord’s Restaurant which is one of Kauai’s most beautiful settings for lunch, dinner or drinks. Located in the historic Kilohana Plantation home, the restaurant offers views of the plantation grounds and Mt. Waialeale. Enjoy the island’s freshest seasonal produce and eclectic seafood sourced from local farmers and fishermen. Enjoy traditional ahi poke and watch the sunset with a Mai Tai in hand.
You really must experience the vibrancy and beauty of Hawaii for yourself. There’s a range of accommodation options across the six major islands and booking was easy using the HotelsCombined app.