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Top things to do in Hawaii Island

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Things to Do in Hawaii Island

Welcome to paradise! Pristine beaches, inviting surf, colourful coral reefs and simmering volcanoes beckon you to explore, kick back or dive in. So what are you going to do now you’re here? The multicultural heritage of Polynesians, Europeans, Americans and Asians guarantees boisterous arts and cultural festivals and a fascinating history to explore. First, though, you’ll have to tear yourself away from those glorious sunsets over cobalt blue oceans and golden-sand beaches. When you finally drop the surf board, lay down the fishing rod, take the regulator from your scuba gear out of your mouth or slip off those hiking boots the relaxed fun carries on in the lively resorts and cities. There’s nothing to do but join in!

Areas & Neighbourhoods in Hawaii

The Big IslandHawaii, or the Big Island as it is known, is the largest of the islands and home to one of the most active volcanoes on Earth, Mauna Kea. In the National Park that surrounds it you can explore coffee and macadamia nut plantations, working ranches and even find green-sand beaches. Take a trip on the stunning saddle road that passes between the massive volcanoes of the island, have fun in the water or just enjoy the relaxed lifestyle here.

Oahu – The ‘gathering place’ is where most kama’aina (residents of Hawaii) live and there’s plenty for you here too. The city of Honolulu is replete with retail, culinary and cultural pleasures, whilst beyond it lies the sun and fun of Waikiki Beach. In between you’ll find some glorious surf, pineapples aplenty and the USS Arizona National Memorial at Pearl Harbour.

Maui – Boasting the must-explore 10,023 foot tall volcanic mountain crater of Haleakala, the ‘Valley Isle’ offers delightful trips inland across the narrow plain between Haleakala and the West Maui mountains. Take an island tour to the east where the tiny village of Hana can be reached by what must be the most winding and beautiful road anywhere in the world.

Kauai – The thing about Hawaii is that things just keep getting better! After the delightful sights of Maui you still have the ‘Garden Isle’ to explore. On Kauai it is all about natural wonders, and these range from the stunning Waialua River, the sublime Waimea Canyon and the unsurpassable Na Pali Coast. Bring your brolly though: Mount Waialeale is one of the rainiest spots you can find.

Things to See in Hawaii

Get ready to rub your eyes in disbelief. From the crashing surf of some of the hugest waves in the world that you can experience on a beach in Oahu to the simmering heat of the Big Island’s ever active volcano that you can experience on a flight that brings you just about as close as you’d ever want to get. From the gentle pleasure of looking out over pineapple and nut farms to the thrilling experience of seeing the wild beauty of Kauai on a walking tour or from a scenic flight. Hawaii offers sights that will blow you away but there’s always those sunsets to the background melody of a slack-key guitar to soothe you before the evening’s entertainment begins.

Things to Do in Hawaii

Scuba with sharks, learn to surf, swim with dolphins, hike through unspoilt wildernesses, catch sight of the majestic beauty of a humpback whale, snorkel in a submerged volcano crater, ride a horse through delightful plains, valleys and plantations. Hawaii is where your bucket list springs a leak. If this all sounds far too active then why not simply take hula dance lessons, learn the ukulele, grab some history at Pearl Harbour or some culture in the fascinating galleries and museums that are liberally dotted throughout the islands?

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