Hawaii

It’s sometimes hard to believe that Hawaii is one of the states in the USA; home to active volcanos, lush vegetation and a year-round tropical climate, it’s easy to see why Hawaii is America’s paradise island.

The Hawaiian archipelago is made up of hundreds of islands spread over 1,500 miles, and there really is something for every kind of traveller. Head to Bishop Museum on Oahu for an insight into Hawaii’s history and visit Pearl Harbour to reflect and remember. Hawaii’s highest peak, Mauna Kau, is the perfect place to stargaze and a helicopter tour will give you a birds-eye view of this beautiful island.

Adventure seekers will feel right at home in Hawaii – it’s home to world-class surfing and some of the best scuba-diving opportunities. Trek through the Volcanoes National Park (home to two of earth’s biggest volcanos) and hike along the Nepali Coast in Kauai. Visit Honolulu to experience the blend of Asian and Hawaiian culture and to sample Spicy Shrimp from one of the many food trucks. Of course, relaxing on the white fluffy sands of Waikiki beach is also encouraged!

With something for everyone, we think you’ll fall in love with the paradise island of Hawaii.

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Hawaii Travel Tips

General Tips

Situated in the Pacific Ocean, America’s 50th State of Hawaii is a volcanic island paradise. It is well known for its rugged landscapes of cliffs, waterfalls and tropical foliage – it is not hard to see why it is one of the top movie locations chosen by Hollywood’s elite.

There are 6 main islands with Oahu being home to Hawaii’s capital city of Honolulu, home to Waikiki Beach and Pearl Harbor’s World War II memorials.

Places to See

With 6 islands, there will be plenty for you to see and do. With activities including volcano excursions, helicopter rides, horseback riding in Waipio Valley, ziplining and stargazing – there is so much to choose from to keep you wanting to come back for more.

If you like to get your feet wet, there are plenty of water activities to entice you. Taking a boat trip out will enable you to dive way into the deep with a professional scuba guide. There is the less thrill-seeking option of snorkelling if you prefer, which can be coupled up with a boat cruise and dinner on the beach. What could be more perfect than watching the sunset over a fabulous meal and a breath-taking view?

Getting Around

There are plenty of ways to travel around the islands of Hawaii, but it will take some planning in advance to determine which islands you would like to travel to.

There is a ferry connecting Maui and Molokai and departs twice daily from both islands and will travel between Lahaina, Maui, Kaunakakai and Molokai. This will give you a fantastic opportunity to explore these amazing islands and make it back to base in time for dinner.

A Hawaii Go Card will give you access to car rental but you are able to make your own arrangements if needed – the Go Card can be purchased online and is a great way to take up the offer of a car should you require.

Cuisine & Eating Out

If you come to Hawaii for the food, you will not be disappointed. The variety is huge and you will find options from various cuisines such as seafood, Polynesian, Italian and American.

There are restaurants for every budget but according to locals, the best food is to be found in the local steak shacks – budget eating but exquisite and authentic island food with a laid back atmosphere.

If you prefer a more up-market meal, there are plenty to choose from offering the most amazing Polynesian food on the island. Roy’s Waikiki Beach is renowned for its mix of Japanese, American and Seafood cuisine – but will set you back a little.

Shopping

In Honolulu, you will find plenty of shops to keep you satisfied.

If you are looking for designer goods, Waikele Premium Outlets in Oahu has many designer shops and boutiques on offer including Coach, Kate Spade, DKNY and many more.

Hawaii is also famous for its markets, exploding with colour and noise, you will find exotic goods and food on a budget.

If you prefer a quieter shopping trip, there are many ‘shopping strips’ on offer on all of the islands offering both high end and budget shopping options. You will certainly be able to shop until you drop in Hawaii.