Whether you’re looking for a romantic retreat or an island-hopping adventure, you’ll find it in Hawaii. Savor a candle-lit dinner that overlooks a sunset, pay a visit to world-famous Waikiki Beach, and even take an exhilarating (and completely safe) tour through the center of a volcano. Fill your days with snorkeling, or take a tour of the Hawaiian rainforest. Play golf against the backdrop of breathtaking ocean, attend a fireside luau, or kick back on a perfect stretch of black-sand beach. Do as much or as little as you please – you’re in paradise.
Take in majestic volcanic peaks towering over the horizon, surreal and beautiful black-sand beaches that seem to stretch out for forever, and Polynesian dining. Home to the ports of Hilo and Kailua-Kona, the largest island in the Hawaiian chain features tropical rainforests, striking volcanic formations, and a rich history and culture. Within a short trip from Hilo are the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens, and the Mauna Loa Macadamia Factory. On the other side of the island, Kailua-Kona is perfect for strolling through charming shops and art galleries, or for simply allowing the phenomenal coastline and spectacular sunsets lift your cares away.
A buzzing center of culture and colorful commercialism, it’s easy to see why the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu remains one of the most popular destinations on the planet. Overlooking the port is the 10-story Aloha Tower, a stylish complex that includes terrific shopping, dining, and entertainment options. Join beach lovers in Waikiki, enjoy delicious local cuisine, grab a surfboard and test the waters, or take off on the most incredible fishing trip you’ve ever imagined – you’ll find it all in Oahu.
Two thirds of this island is impenetrable and uninhabited, and retains a natural beauty and inescapable charm. Miles of pristine beach and striking rainforests cover the landscape. Hike Waimea Canyon, a jaw-dropping destination nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, or tour this sprawling oasis by helicopter or moped rentals from Nawiliwili, Kauai’s primary port.
Luxurious hotels, the best in fine dining, and shopping to die for can be found in Maui, a unique mix of Hawaiian culture and big city excitement. Kahului is a major port and active retail center, with a number of shopping complexes. Kahului is also is peppered by a number of restaurants that each put their own twist on traditional Hawaiian flavors. Lahaina features scenic, challenging golf courses, whale-watching trips, and the chance to experience traditional Hawaii at luaus and fire dances. These two very different and equally impressive ports are only a little over 20 miles apart.