Planning a vacation in Hawaii takes some doing. There are endless number of islands and places to visit, making an effort to zero down on a particular place quite difficult. All the islands of Hawaii and the attractions on it are diverse in their own way. Each island had it’s own unique offering, making it all the more tougher to decide on any one. It is only after you have started visiting the islands for yourself, you will realise that each has a different set of experience to offer.
A visit to the tropical island of Hawaii, for most, is a once in a lifetime experience. Every visitor would endeavour to soak in as much of the pristine island paradise as possible, including experiencing the comforts of Hawaii beach homes in the given time. In order to make it easy for you, connect with us on the island by island account of what attractions Hawaii has to offer, and those that are too tempting to overlook.
Volcanoes National Park
Out of all the places of interest in Hawaii, the Volcanoes National Park easily occupies the pride of place as being the star attraction of the island. Founded way back in 1916, the park is located on the southeastern tip of Hawaii, and in area includes Mauna Loa, Kilauea and the Puna coast, covering an area of roughly 21 square miles.
The island has grown in size since its discovery, primarily due to a series of eruptions, which spouted large amounts of lava on the surface of the island. Out of all the volcanoes, the active Kilauea and the Halemaumau crater are the most impressive, showcasing their fire-spitting properties from time to time. The accessible Kilauea – Caldera region can be reached from either Hilo or Kona.
This is the most beautiful oceanfront stretch in this suburb of Honolulu. It is easy to access and offers all modern amenities. The Diamond Head Crater, an extinct volcano, lies on one end of the beach, adding to the charm of the area.
This is the historical site of the USS Arizona the battleship, over the remains of which a war memorial has been erected. All the vital information about the infamous Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor is provided at the memorial. Visitors can also visit the USS Missouri, another battleship docked here.
Surrounded by high cliffs, the view point overlooking the Waipio Valley is one of the most scenic spots in Hawaii. The high perch gives good views of the black beach meeting the white waves of the ocean.
Haleakala National Park
This is the entry point to the inactive Haleakala volcano, rising to an altitude of 10,000 feet. The dormant crater top provides stunning views of the entire island
Hana Road drive
This scenic road connects Paia to Hana and passes through some of the most spectacular scenery of the island and the town of Hana itself. The stunning drive in this remote area showcases the traditional Hawaiian culture.
Na Pali Coastline, Kauai
This beautiful coastal stretch can only be approached by foot or an ocean vessel, which has led to it being somewhat isolated. The Na Pali region is steeped in Hawaiian culture and is known for its abundant flora and fauna.
Kalaupapa National Park
Founded in 1980, Kalaupapa symbolises the ancient settlements of Kalawao and Kalaupapa, whose residents suffered greatly at the hands of the dreaded leprosy disease. Able bodied persons can secure a permit and hike to Kalaupapa to see these settlements.
Travel to Lana’i
This private island, also known as the Pineapple Isle, is located within the Maui County, and can be accessed by flight from Honolulu, or ferry from Lahaina Harbor. Visitors can get up close to Hawaiian history at Keahiakawelo, with its incredible rocky landscapes and ocean views.
Kona Coffee Farm
There are hundreds of coffee farms on Big Island, so it is advisable to visit at least one of them. The Kona Coffee cultural festival is held here in November and offers guests unparalleled experience of the culture and interacting with food and coffee vendors.
This is the largest city in Hawaii, the state capital and home to iconic landmarks and a vibrant art scene. History lovers can tour the Iolani Palace and visit the Hawaiian State Art Museum, apart from other historical places.
If you want to spend days, or even weeks, away from the glamour and glitter of the other touristy islands, Molokai provides the perfect option. Spend quality time here scuba diving, surfing, kayaking or even whale watching.
Waimea Canyon State Park
One of the most stunning gems of this archipelago, it is said that no trip to Hawaii is deemed complete without visiting this exotic region. The canyon here, is said to be the Grand Canyon of the Pacific. It stretches nearly 14 miles in length and can reach a depth of almost 3,500 feet at places.
Diamond Head State Monument
The monument towers above the city of Honolulu and is one of the most important landmark of Hawaii. It is very popular with hiking enthusiasts, attempt to reach the top of the 300,000 year old crater rim.
Hapuna Recreation Area
When the tides are right, Hapuna Beach area is the ideal getaway for outdoor activities like surfing and snorkeling. One can make use of the ample number of picnic tables or relish a snack at the snack bar, on probably one of the finest places in Hawaii.
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