Hawaii is a dream holiday destination that attracts visitors for its lush flora and fauna, tropical rainforests, world-famous beaches and laidback vibes. From the five-star hotels of Honolulu, to the world’s best surf beaches and hula-dancing locals on the popular islands of Oahu and Maui, and the secret beaches, towering waterfalls and active volcanoes on Kauai and The Big Island, the Hawaiian islands have everything travellers need to create their perfect escape. The only question is, which island paradise do you choose?
With its stylish five-star hotels, two-mile stretch of white-sand beach and luxury shopping boutiques, the beachfront neighbourhood of Waikiki on Oahu island is Hawaii’s most popular holiday destination, while for those looking for spectacular natural beauty with a touch of glamour, Maui boasts some of the world’s best beaches, colourful reefs filled with turtles and tropical fish, dreamy waterfalls and luxury spas. The quieter, lesser-known islands of Kauai, Molokai and The Big Island attract nature lovers to their active volcanoes and beautiful wildlife.
The Best of Hawaii
Hawaii is known as the birthplace of modern surfing, and it’s considered a huge part of the state’s history and culture. Beginners or experts regularly flock to the shores of the islands to catch some waves and learn from the best. For those who just want to watch from the beach, Hawaii hosts some of the world’s major annual surfing competitions including the Vans Triple Crown of Surfing and The Quiksilver in Memory of Eddie Aikau .
Rainbow Falls is an iconic Hawaiian waterfall located in Hilo. The waterfall is 80 ft tall and is known for its beautiful rainbows that are formed in the surrounding mist. The best time to visit is early in the morning when visitors can catch the best views of the water cascading over a lava cave that legend says is home to the Hawaiian goddess of the moon.
Volcanoes National Park
Located on the The Big Island, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park attracts guests looking to experience the unbelievable natural wonder of active volcanoes. At the heart of the park are the Kīlauea and Mauna Loa active volcanoes which can be viewed from lookout points above. The park also has over 150 miles of trails for hikers to explore and two campsites for those wanting to be immersed in nature.
The national historical landmark of Pearl Harbour is the number one visitor attraction on the island of Oahu. Pearl Harbour is still an active military base, but visitors are welcome to learn about the history of the 1941 surprise attack and view the bases attractions which include the Arizona Memorial, USS Bowfin Submarine Museum & Park, Battleship Missouri Memorial and USS Oklahoma Memorial.
Hanauma Bay on Oahu island is home to some of the best snorkelling the world. Formed within a volcanic cone, Hanauma Bay is a protected marine life conservation area that allows guests to get up close and personal with over 400 types of tropical fish and green sea turtles.
Planning a visit to Hawaii? Check out our list of the eight must-see natural wonders of Hawaii.