Hawaii Holidays

by DIWYY · 3 comments

Hawaii lives up to its reputation as a tropical island paradise. But Hawaii offers so much more than hula dancing and leis – the eight islands that make up Hawaii offer visitors fresh sea air, azure waters and spectacular scenery and landscapes. It is a diverse holiday destination that caters to a wide variety of visitors. You can choose to explore all the different holiday types that Hawaii has to offer, or plan your trip to suit your tastes.

If you’re planning on visiting the ‘Jewel of the Pacific’, which one of these Hawaii holidays will you choose?

–        Cultural. Native Hawaiian culture is filled with fascinating customs, music, legends, traditions and values. Hawaiian culture has roots in older areas of Polynesia and beyond to the islands of the Western Pacific and the edges of Asia. While the first settlers of the islands brought with them ancient Polynesian traditions, Hawaiian culture took a distinct shape in response to its different environment.  Cultural holidays to Hawaii will centre around cultural tours and interaction with native Hawaiians and their practices (such as the luau!)

–        Surf and beach. As an island destination, it’s not surprising that one of Hawaii’s biggest draws is its beach and surf culture. With some of the best waves, reefs, beaches and marine life in the world, visitors flock to Hawaii’s coast to surf, snorkel, sunbathe, swim and canoe! A trip to Hawaii is not complete without a surfing lesson – live out the cliché and ‘hang ten’ while the surf’s up!

–        Sightseeing. There are a number of natural and man-made attractions for visitors to Hawaii to explore. From helicopter rides over Big Island’s spectacular active volcano Mauna Loa, to visiting Waimea Canyon (the biggest canyon in the Pacific) on Kauai, there are a number of spectacular natural landforms and landmarks to marvel at. On a commercial level, a large number of visitors to Hawaii stop in Oahu’s Waikiki, which is home to Ala Moana, the largest open-air shopping centre in the entire world. Others with historical interests pay tribute to fallen American soldiers at the Arizona Memorial at Pearl Harbour.

There are eight Hawaiian islands to choose from – Hawaii’s Big Island, Kahoolawe, Maui, Lanai, Molokai, Oahu, Kauai, and Nihue – that all offer a range of holiday activities, settings, and styles for a wide variety of tastes. Whether you’re interested in a family vacation or student travel deals, you’ll find what you’re looking for in Hawaii.

Hawaii’s position in the Pacific Ocean makes it the perfect island holiday destination for Australians, as a number of airlines offer direct, cheap flights between Oahu and Australian east coast cities.  If you’re heading to the USA, why not stop over in Hawaii on the way?

Photo Credits:

Top Image (Waikiki Beach): http://www.flickr.com/photos/burckart/2108795480/

Bottom Image (Volcano): http://www.flickr.com/photos/merfam/5073398851/

Barbara 1

I just got back from a great trip to Oahu! I definitely recommend a surf lesson–Waikiki is such an easy place to learn! We also really enjoyed our catamaran ride–complete with music, drinks and a sighting of a pod of spinner dolphins. (Several catamaran companies leave from Waikiki throughout the afternoon for 1.5 hr rides, which cost about $30).

Tiffany Harrison 2

I live in CA and have yet to make a trip to Hawaii (I know, who hasn’t right? Although I could just be generalizing 😉 These are some great tips, especially in regards to cultural activities. I think with a place like Hawaii, where tourism is so frequent, focusing on the cultural aspect is really important. Even though it is part of the United States, there is a richness to the culture that really speaks of its history. I love how you point out that it’s much more than hula dancing and leis (even having never gone, I know there’s more to it than that). And as any good traveler will tell you, you have to see beyond the colorful-brochure-like slogans; instead focusing on what truly makes it an ideal travel destination. Or at least, that’s how I like to travel 😉

Ryan Rose 3

There is nothing better than a great adventure in Hawaii 😀

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