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Vacation in Hawaii

With breathtaking scenery, spectacular sand beaches, lush tropical rainforests, and a rich cultural heritage, your vacation in Hawaii, the islands of Aloha, will be an unforgettable experience.

Relax by a luxurious resort pool, swim under a waterfall, snorkel with sea turtles, golf alongside dramatic coastlines, or explore the state’s rich culture, art and history. Whatever you decide to do, your Hawaii vacation will live up to your dreams.

Just a five-hour flight from the U.S. mainland, Hawaii feels a world apart. This tropical paradise is home to one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Kilauea, as well as renowned beaches, like Waikiki Beach, enchanting waterfalls and famous surf sites. But what also makes Hawaii truly unique is the welcoming spirit of Aloha, evoked through the warmth of its people and cultural and ethnic diversity.

Choose your Hawaii vacation destination among the six major islands, or explore them all: Oahu; Kauai; Maui; Hawaii, also known as the Big Island; Molokai, and Lanai. Each has its own unique character and offers distinct experiences, adventures and activities that will entice any traveler.

If it’s your first trip to Hawaii, then vacation on Oahu will be a good option. Vibrant Honolulu, famous Waikiki beach, historic Pearl Harbour, popular Diamond Head crater are just a few of the many tourist attractions. Combine it with beautiful beaches, fantastic hotels, excellent restaurants, and you’ve got a perfect Hawaii vacation. 

Kauai is known as “the Garden Isle” – home to lush rainforests, secluded coves, the dramatic cliffs of the Napali Coast and the depths of Waimea Canyon. Less commercially developed, Kauai is a perfect place for an intimate, exotic Hawaii vacation. 

Maui, “the Magic Isle,” offers everything from the historic charm of Lahaina to whale watching, world-class resorts and shopping. It has something for everybody. Whether you’re planning a honeymoon in Hawaii or a family vacation, Maui is your island. You can stay at a 5-star resort or opt for a budget condominium, play on a championship golf course or relax on a gorgeous sunny beach, visit Haleakala, the largest dormant volcano on earth or drive the legendary, winding road to the village of Hana.

The peaceful isle of Molokai welcomes you to a more traditional way of life, focused on nature and outdoor adventures. Your Hawaii vacation here will truly feel like a respite from city life.

And the Big Island, Hawaii, lives up to its name with a large array of climates and cultures. In one day you can go from the dry, sunny beach lifestyle in Kona to upcountry coffee plantations, cattle ranches and the lushness of Hilo’s rainforests. It’s here, on the Big Island, you will find stunning white and black sand beaches, huge waterfalls and dramatic cliffs. It‘s also home to the Hawaiian Volcanoes National Park, one of the few places in the world where you can come face to face with an active volcano.

On every island, beneath turquoise waters, another colorful world beckons. Sea turtles, dolphins, whales and Hawaiian monk seals are all protected species here. Seascapes sculpted by dramatic lava flows and coral reefs teem with brilliant tropical fish, some found nowhere else on earth. Snorkeling and diving trips offer options from novice to advanced. But if you want to explore the ocean from the comfort of a boat, a sunset cruise or a whale watching tour will be a nice addition to your Hawaii vacation. Take surfing lessons, body surf, boogie board, go fishing, play in the waves or under a waterfall – Hawaii’s waters are warm and welcoming for all ages.

You can schedule your Hawaii vacation any time of the year and enjoy the fabulous, consistently mild tropical climate. Hawaii has two main seasons: summer from May to October and winter from November to April. The spring months offer comfortable warm temperatures and less rainfall. The water temperature is also very consistent with a pleasant average temperature of 74° F. Wave conditions vary by island and season. During summer, the water is typically calm on all beaches. The winter season brings bigger waves to the islands, which is the time for the big surf on Oahu’s North Shore beaches.

From fine dining to street food, Hawaii’s cultural diversity is reflected in the great variety of options for pleasing your palate. Throughout the islands, visitors can also experience Hawaii Regional Cuisine, a culinary movement that blends fresh, local ingredients with flavors from around the world.

If you want to “eat like a local,” sample some favorite traditional dishes, especially “plate lunch,” which consists of a main entrée like roast pork, two scoops of rice and macaroni salad. Or try “loco moco,” a popular dish of rice topped with a hamburger patty, egg and gravy. For a snack or pupu (Hawaiian term for appetizer), savor some poke - small, fresh pieces of seasoned raw fish.

The Hawaiian Islands’ rich multi-cultural heritage and genuine spirit of Aloha are expressed in music, art, dance and festivals. Every year, Hawaii is home to major music festivals, including the Ukulele Festival, the Big Island’s Slack Key Guitar Festival, and the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival. Numerous hotels throughout the islands regularly offer traditional Hawaiian shows and live entertainment, such as luaus, hula dance shows and local live music.

You can spend your entire Hawaii vacation on one island or decide to do some island hopping. The most convenient and fastest way to travel between the Hawaiian Islands is by air. Several inter-island air carriers offer frequent service to the major islands. The main airlines are Hawaiian airlines, Island Air and Go!

Once you arrive on any island, renting a vehicle is the best option for getting around and exploring all that Hawaii has to offer. Some islands may have limited quantities of available rentals, so it is recommended to make reservations in advance.

Oahu, the most populated island, has an excellent public transportation system, particularly in Honolulu. Bus service is less developed on the other islands. Taxis are available at all airports and at major hotels. Taxis can be easily hailed in Honolulu; elsewhere they must be booked by phone.

To see the spectacular coastlines, there’s nothing like a helicopter ride over Hawaii’s rainforest, waterfalls, cliffs, beaches and breathtaking waters. And don’t forget to keep an eye out for rainbows, arching across it all.

Book your Hawaiian vacation now. Paradise awaits. Aloha.           

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