Without exaggerating one bit, it's the closest you can come to visiting paradise. White sand beaches, coral reefs, the choicest alcohol, bluest seas with gorgeous volcanoes in the background. My God, what more would you want? Hawaii is home to some of the most spectacular beaches in the world.Places to visit: Hawaii Volcanoes National Park to witness Mauna Lua and Kilauea - two large active volcanoes. Hawaiian Islands for the sublime sand beaches. Diamond Head for the trekkers; there's a trail that leads to the top of a volcanic tuff cone.Recommended duration: At least a week.Approximate expenditure (excluding flights): Rs. 1,20,000.For detailed information, refer to this trip.4. Go on a prolonged African Safari
Best Time To Visit
Best time to visit Hawaii is from June to September
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The Waikiki Beach is the most prominent tourist attraction of Hawaii. Crowded with tourists and locals, this beach still is quite well maintained. With local hula performances, concerts, and the Waikiki strip, you can't get bored! We usually would come here on the weekends towards the evening, because the sunset is a spectacular sight to catch. Boogie boarding or surfing are also some of the fun activities you can take on at Waikiki. But mostly, roaming with your family and friends gives you the time of your life here.
Kona Inn Shopping Village
Where to Eat/DrinkAt 7:00 a.m. there isn’t a lot to do just yet, except enjoy the dozens of Kona coffee shops along the main coastal road. My personal favorite was a small coffee shop located in the Kona Inn Shopping Village. I wasn’t much of a coffee drinker just yet, but every Wednesday morning before anything else would open I would be parked next to the ocean drinking my volcano-grown coffee with a slight breeze and not caring about anything else in the world.
Ala Moana Center
Across the street from Ala Moana Park is the Ala Moana shopping center, a high-end shopping mall that has great fashion and high-end jewelry between the usual tourists trinkets associated with Hawaii. If a stop at Tommy Hilfiger isn’t in your weekly budget there is also a Wal-Mart about a block behind the mall as well.
Kalaupapa National Historical Park
Kalaupapa National Historical Park is bittersweet, not the kind of place you travel to buy souvenirs. It is the kind of place from which you bring back lasting memories. Novelist, poet, essayist, and travel writer, Robert Louis Stevenson described it as a prison fortified by nature. It is not easy to get to but so worth the effort. On the Hawaiian island of Molokai, it is surrounded by the crashing waves of the pacific ocean on three sides and 1,700 ft high sea cliffs on the other. There is to say the least, limited access to the peninsula. You can fly in by small plane, hike or ride on mule back down the 2.9 mile steep trail with 26 switchbacks and the most breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean. Unless you are a guest of one of the few residents, the only way to visit is with Damien Tours. Very exclusive, only 100 people are permitted to enter daily, and that includes resident’s guests.
Haleakala National Park
Haleakalᾱ volcano rises 10023 ft above the Pacific Ocean and occupies almost half of the Maui Island of Hawaii. The geologic history of Haleakalᾱ is estimated to have begun a million years ago, around the time of woolly mammoth and saber tooth tigers! It comprises of colourful cinder cones scattered throughout the valley floor. The most recent eruption took place in 1802. This volcano is considered to be an active but currently non-erupting volcano. I got a chance to see this place a few years back. It is a matchless heaven weathered and coloured over time. The rains have oxidized the earth and the winds have emphasized the cinder cones! When I actually got to the summit, I wondered what was so good about this volcano. I hardly saw the cinder cones and the lush bright colors of the soil! We were told to hike up a trail to experience it for ourselves. Therefore, we started trudging towards what we really hadn’t anticipated. What I am going to quote is often said my the people of Maui that clouds in and around the summit of Haleakalᾱ carry whispers of another time. It is said that the demigod of Maui fished Haleakalᾱ and all the Hawaiin volcanoes from the sea, pulling them up and flinging his fishhook to the heavens. On clear nights, the fishhook of Maui, now the Scorpio, can still be seen in the sky from the summit of Haleakalᾱ.
Hike time: 25 mins. O-M-G. Makalawena There should be a picture of Makalawena Beach under “paradise” in the dictionary. By far the most beautiful beach on the island, “Maks”, as it’s called by the locals, is almost always empty with powder white sand, crystal clear azure water, a series of coves, big sand dunes, fresh water ponds, ample shaded areas and wildlife lingering around undisturbed by your presence. It offers great swimming and snorkeling as well as boogie boarding in the surf. The center beach is the best snorkeling spot with abundant coral, caves, and sea arches. To get there take Queen Ka’ahumanu Hwy. (Route 19) to Kona Coast State Park, also called Kekaha Kai State Park, between Mile Markers 89 and 90. It’s not the most obvious turn off so keep your eyes peeled, I missed it and had to turn back. The road off the highway leads all the way down to a parking lot near the water but has a gate that is only open Thursday through Tuesday 9am-7pm, so be sure to make it out on time or you’ll be locked in! The hike begins by taking you on an old carriage road, past the abandoned Magoon Mansion on Mahaiula Beach. Keep on trekking through some kaewe trees, past a couple of springs and over the dry a’a lava field until you reach the sand dunes. From here you’ll want to get out your camera because the view is spectacular. Stop for a moment to take it all in because it might not last forever, the land is surely set for development of condos and resorts unless the locals manage to put them off with their protests.
Ho'okipa Beach Park
If you’re an experienced surfer, head to the north coast of Maui, close to Kahului, and catch the morning waves at Ho’okipa Beach. If you windsurf, you’ve probably already heard of Ho’okipa as a windsurfing mecca. Wait until the afternoon and hit the water with hundreds of other windsurfers from around the world. Maui also has a world-class spot for kitesurfers, known appropriately as Kite Beach.
The Lanikai Beach at Oahu is an incredible spot to begin you holiday. In the event that you are even now slowing down from your adventure and the anxiety of your ordinary life then this is a shoreline for the start of your holiday. It is the ideal spot to swim, the waters are smooth and ensured by a seaward reef. The sand on this shoreline is similar to a delicate sugar, so you can delight in the warmth of the sun, after your swim, while viewing the coconut palms; the ideal spot to understand that you have arrived in Hawaii.
Kona Brewing Company
After an hour or so at Lu Lu’s it’s time to start walking back to port, with one more stop. The Kona Brewing Company is located about a block uphill from port and opens at 10:30. Here you can sample over a dozen of Hawaii’s finest brews and enjoy their homemade pizzas, which are absolutely amazing. My personal favorite pizza was BBQ chicken, paired with a Long Board beer.
While halting in the isle of Maui, we got a chance to snorkel in the deep seas. We chose to go to the island of Molokini about 2 ½ kms from the mainland. The island of Molokini is an extinct volcano in a shape of a crescent which provides protection from waves and powerful currents, making this area one of the top ten dive sites in the world. It is said to be a home for nearly 250 species of fish which are found nowhere else on earth. Our day begun at 6 am in the morning with a perfect weather taking us through the pristine waters of the Pacific Ocean. I had no clue about what we were about to witness, something so magnificent and unimaginable! They were the humpback whales swimming, splashing, playing and enjoying the warm waters of the island. While talking to a local on our boat, he mentioned that these whales come to the Maui waters to protect and teach their calves to survive since the water is warm and safe from the rest of the ocean. It was over-whelming to see 45 foot long whale spouting water through its blow-hole giving us a fantastic view, just what you see on National Geographic or the Discovery Channel. Being in that moment and capturing the site is beyond any explanation. After our experience with the humpbacks we came across the most loving, playful and popular fish of the big seas – yes, I am talking about the dolphins! They frolicked, flaunted and danced in front of our boat. It almost felt as though they were trying to please us or as if they have put up a small act before us. Whatever it was, the spinner dolphins did their best to impress us to the core!