Tailor made holidays and honeymoons to Hawaii from USA fly drive specialists!
There are four larger islands: Hawai’i, Maui, Kaua’i and O’ahu. Plus the smaller islands of Moloka’i, Ni’ihau, Lana’i and Kaho’olawe.
Part of the United States of America, located in the north of the Pacific Ocean, the islands of Hawaii are well known for their beautiful beaches and spectacular volcanic scenery. There are some great hotels here and it’s easily combined with other American destinations such as San Francisco, Los Angeles or Vancouver in Canada.You can go island hopping by plane and boat to see the contrasting beauty of different islands. Dancing and feasting is still a great part of Hawaiian culture – join in with traditional celebrations here! Seafood in Hawaii is fabulous but look out for the ‘Hawaiian Steak’ … otherwise known as Spam!!
Hawaii is a key destination for surfing – check the calendar for events and surfing listings during the year. Between November and April humpback whales visit Hawaii to breed in the warm waters.
Year round sunshine can be enjoyed in Hawaii with temperatures constantly around 26 – 30 C. Ocean temperature is 22-27C all year. The main tourist resorts are found on the southern, sunnier sides of the islands, but the northern coasts offer more off the beaten track experiences, with lush green forests and most of the rainfall.
The time difference is GMT – 10hrs and from the UK flights take around 17 hours. Cruises can also be enjoyed to and around the islands of Hawaii.
OAHU is probably the best known – fly into Honolulu (HNL) for great shopping, night life on Waikiki beach and fabulous restaurants. Oahu is an energetic island with a fusion of city and country, American and Polynesian, modern and historic. The North Shore is legendary for surfing and there are surf spots all around the island. Inland from Waikiki Beach area enjoy the nature reserves and bays which surround the island. Discover the history and beauty of the seven authentically recreated South Pacific Islands at the 42 acre Polynesian Cultural Center. Kailua Town has wonderful shops, restaurants and pristine beaches for kayaking and windsurfing. This is also the destination for famous Pearl Harbour and has been the backdrop for may classic films. The visitor centre here recounts the events of 7 December 1941 and is poignant and haunting.
MAUI (airport Kahului OGG) is a large island with plenty to see and do including lots of activities such as water sports, hiking and cycling so is a good option as a base for a few weeks. There are green sided mountains crashing into the sea with waterfalls tumbling into refreshing pools and deep valleys to explore. There are small towns alongside luxury resorts, top restaurants and boutique shopping, plus some camping and apartment options and pristine beaches. Kaanapali is known for championship golf courses and gorgeous swimming beaches. Lahaina is a historic whaling village and now consists of more than 40 art galleries and restaurants. Explore the town on a self guided trail and enjoy the vibrant night life here. Maalaea harbour (the former port of Maui) now offers seasonal whale watch excursions and snorkel and diving trips. Take a dinner cruise here or stop in the Harbor Village for boutiques and restaurants. For a glimpse of underwater life without getting wet take a walk through the acrylic tunnel in the Maui Ocean Center. Kihei is a great spot for dinner and dancing plus great snorkelling, kayaking or glimpsing humpback whales (seasonal). If you enjoy markets and shops, take a trip to Wailuku and Kahului and the cultural arts center at Makawao with its mix of pineapple plantation and paniolo (Hawaiian cowboy) heritage. Natural history can be enjoyed in the lush Haleakala National Park which rises more than 10,000 feet from the sea – visit the ‘house of the sun’ here.
KAUAI (airport Lihue LIH) is known as the ‘Garden Isle’ has soaring cliffs in endless shades of green mountains and canyons and invites you to ‘connect with nature’ This is a place to rejuvenate body and spirit in tranquil tropical surroundings and un-crowded beaches. Visit the beautiful ‘Fern Grotto’ and Wailua Falls. Waimea Canyon (‘grand canyon of the pacific!’) is one of the main attractions on Kauai offering stunning views of lush valleys and tropical forests. Beautiful coastlines here include the Napali Coast which is a 15 mile stretch of mountains and sea on the north-west only accessible by air, boat and foot and Kalapaki Beach with gentle waves and sandy base it’s a great swimming location and Poipu and Lydgate Beach Parks. The Spouting Horn on the southern coast is where the surf channels into a natural lava tube releasing a spurt of water up to 60 ft high in large swells.
THE BIG ISLAND (HAWAI’I) is actually the least developed of the Hawaiian islands – spend a day at the Volcanoes National Park to see Hawaii’s only active volcano (featured on BBC’s Volcano Live). Wide open spaces, un-crowded natural landscapes and endless adventure options, Hawai’i island will welcome you with the ‘aloha’ warmth! The Imiloa Astronomy Center is on a nine acre campus at the University and the Volcano Art Center exhibits the artistic and cultural heritage of it’s land and people. Kailua Village is the start point for fishing charters or wander the shops and restaurants here. This is also the start and finish of the famous Ironman World Championship. The most famous of the islands many waterfalls is in the Akaka Falls State Park. Kealakekua Bay is where Captain Cook is commemorated where he died in 1779 and is now a marine life conservation area.
MOLOKAI (airport MKK) is sheltered within 28 miles of fringed reef on the southern shore and much of the island retains the feel of ‘old Hawaii’. Hikers enjoy the Halawa Valley with many trails and waterfalls. Papohaku Beach Park is a gorgeous large sandy beach perfect for picnics. Kaunakakai has a long wharf forming the islands main harbour where you can charter boats for fishing, snorkelling and seasonal whale watching. Take a horse riding trip in Kalaupapa National Historic Park.
LANAI (airport LNY) has miles of back country roads and beaches so quiet they will seem that they belong to you alone! This is the perfect tranquil island escape. The Garden of the Gods is one of the more unusual sites here – no vegetation or birds, just ancient boulders and piles of rock! Hulopoe Bay has stunning golden sands and deep blue water in a protected bay. Lanai city has no traffic lights (or traffic jams!) and is much as it would have been 100 years ago. Bike or hike the Munro Trail near the city which is a 7 mile one lane dirt road with stunning views and a walk to the highest peak on the island.
INTERNAL FLIGHT TIMES
From Honolulu International (HNL) Oahu to:
Photography Credits Hawaii Tourism Authority Kirk Lee Aeder & Tor Johnson