Hawaiian islands

The islands of Hawaii, America’s 50th state, are nestled in the blue waters of the Pacific Ocean, some five hours’ flying time south-west of California. The fabulous beaches, warm clear seas, lush vegetation, spectacular scenery and marvellous climate are perfect ingredients for relaxation in idyllic surroundings.

Hawaiian islands Highlights

Oahu
Most visitors to Hawaii will begin on the island of Oahu – aptly named the “Gathering Place” – to be greeted in the traditional Hawaiian manner with a lei, a garland, of exquisitely perfumed flowers. Oahu is a land of stark contrasts, with the tranquil unspoilt northern coastline and fascinating Polynesian Cultural Centre less than an hour’s drive from Honolulu’s large shopping centres contrasting the ubiquitous resort hotels and lively entertainment of Waikiki in the south, where Pearl Harbour and the now-extinct Diamond Head remain favourite tourist spots.
Kauai
Known as the “Emerald Isle” because of its lush greenery and tropical forests, many consider Kauai to be the prettiest of the Hawaiian islands. The Wailua River’s Fern Grotto is the setting for countless romantic weddings and to the north, the vast expanse of sands at Lumahai Beach was the setting for the filming of South Pacific. At Kauai’s south-west tip, Waimea is where Captain Cook allegedly first landed in 1778, and the intrepid explorer would surely have been awe-struck by Waimea Canyon, Hawaii’s very own Grand Canyon.
Hawaii
A drive around the coastline of the Big Island will reveal why Hawaii is often also referred to as the “Orchid Isle”, with its many varieties of exotic flower seemingly displayed around every corner. Not to be missed are the beautiful Akaka Falls and the breathtaking Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, where an 11-mile drive encircles the still-active Kilauea Crater. To the north, Mauna Kea is the highest point in the Pacific while to the east, the glistening black sands are the legacy from when Hawaii was alive with active volcanoes.
Maui
Note – new text needed here if you still include Maui after the recent fires that destroyed Lahaina.

Hawaiian islands Experiences

Polynesian Cultural Centre, Oahu
Set on 42 acres of Oahu’s North Shore, the Polynesian Cultural Centre showcases villages and exhibits representing the island cultures of Hawaii, Fiji, Aotearoa, Samoa, Tahiti, Tonga, and Easter Island. The award-winning Ali’i Luau takes guests on a journey to learn about Hawaii’s royalty while enjoying traditional Hawaiian food and entertainment. a lagoon that hosts canoe tours through the day and an exciting canoe pageant in the afternoon. The day ends with the stunning Ha: Breath of Life show, featuring over 100 performers and the thrill of Samoan fire knife dancing.
Pearl Harbour, USS Arizona and Circle Island Tour
This ultimate day tour of Oahu starts with a visit to the Arizona Memorial Visitor Centre where you’ll watch a film detailing the infamous day in 1941 when the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbour. Afterwards, board a US Navy Launch and travel to the memorial built right over the sunken remains of the USS Arizona. Your adventure continues with a beautiful journey around the island of Oahu where you will enjoy the spectacular views at the Nu’uanu Pali lookout plus the world-famous North Shore surfing beaches of Sunset, Banzai Pipeline, and Waimea Bay. Drive through the rustic, historic town of Haleiwa and finish your tour at the world-famous Dole Plantation, where you will see a variety of pineapples and memorabilia.
Kauai Explorer helicopter tour
Soar over Kauai, the “Garden Isle”, on this extensive island aerial adventure. This helicopter tour of Kauai features two of its more recognised natural landmarks: the Na Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon. Grasp the magnitude of the Na Pali Coast from the air, Kauai’s 17-mile coastline known for its emerald-hued cliffs with razor-sharp ridges. Dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”, Waimea Canyon is known for its desert landscape and vibrant colours. Travel past the tropical rainforest, Mount Waialeale, one of the wettest places on Earth. Get a bird’s-eye-view of Jurassic Falls, one of Kauai’s most renowned waterfalls, and conclude your flight over the Hanapepe Valley, famous for its scenes in the film Jurassic Park.
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