The best beaches on earth, the world’s most active volcanoes, the birthplace of modern surfing, hula, luaus and the most diverse cuisine of any state in the US, Hawaii is a Polynesian island getaway like no other. The year round warmth draws many visitors the Aloha state every year. Each of the six major islands has its own unique character, from the Big Island of Hawaii’s volcanic deserts and lush rain forests to the Gathering Place island of Oahu’s luxurious ocean settings and famous beaches, Hawaiian Islands are a paradise for the senses.
When it comes to beaches on the Hawaiian Islands, there are as many things to do as there are beaches to do them on. Whether you enjoy simply sunbathing on Kaanapali Beach on Maui Island, surfing Waimea Bay off Oahu, or swimming with the Manta Rays on Hawaii Island, you’ll find all this and more on Hawaii’s beaches. While many areas lay claim to the best surfing in the world, only one can call itself the birthplace of surfing. The legendary North Shore Beach in Oahu played a significant role when surfers began the big wave riding trend that has lasted more than 60 years. The winter months are the best time to catch a big wave on any of the main islands. Maui is the island of choice in Hawaii for over 30 miles of pristine beaches. Maui also boasts a wide variety of beaches from idyllic white sands to volcanic black and red sands. Kaanapali and Makena State Park are Maui’s signature beaches, and we recommend Launiupoko Beach with unique natural pools excellent for families with small children. Hawaii Island is popular for snorkelers and scuba divers alike due to calm waters on the Kona Coast. In addition to swimming with the Manta Rays, Hawaii Island also offers a number of dolphin encounters.
Many visitors to Hawaii marvel at the chance to get up close and personal with the world’s most active volcanoes. Hawaii has three active volcanoes and a number of volcanic craters spread across the islands. Two of the three active volcanoes are on Hawaii Island at the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Because Hawaii’s volcanoes are “shield” volcanoes, the continually erupting Kilauea’s low profile and steady stream of lava are easy to access and tour. Additionally at the National Park, you can drive Crater Rim, which will take you past the Kilauea overlook, Jaggar Museum, Halemaumau Crater and the Thurston Lava Tube. The Thurston Lava Tube is a 500-year-old cave formed by an underground channel of molten lava. You can easily spend an entire day at the Volcanoes National Park, as there are 150 miles of hiking trails, volcanic desserts and tropical rainforests to explore. A Luxe Travel Advisor can make your reservations at the recently renovated historic Volcano House located nearby in Volcano Village, for the closest access to this intriguing park. On Maui and Oahu, you can hike volcanic craters at Diamond Head and the Punchbowl respectively.
The island of Kauai, the Garden Isle, is home to towering cliffs, panoramic canyons, plunging waterfalls and the only navigable rivers in the Hawaiian Islands. Kauai Island’s buildings are no taller than a coconut tree making it the perfect place to explore the natural beauty Hawaii offers without as many of the crowds. Napali Coast in Kauai has stark stunning cliffs jetting to the sky, covered in lush greens and reds. Enjoy the views of the rugged peaks by hiking, kayaking, or let a Luxe Advisor book a helicopter tour over the extraordinary vistas. Waimea Canyon in Kauai is nicknamed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” as it is almost 10 miles long and 3,000 feet deep. The hiking trails range from beginners to challenging. However, Luxe Travel recommends seeing the canyon by horseback for a leisurely, yet gorgeous view.
Golf is a popular pastime in Hawaii and for good reason. Year round tropical weather, dramatic hills and championship courses make Hawaii a golf lover’s dream come true. Over 70 golf courses across the six main islands offer you range of vistas to choose from, be it seaside water hazards or volcanic roughs. Many of the luxury resorts feature their own distinct courses. Let a Luxe Advisor find the perfect combination for you.
Many brides dream of getting married in paradise and Hawaii is certainly a top destination wedding choice. Imagine getting married on a secluded beach at sunset, overlooking the remarkable cliffs or next to a dazzling waterfall. Hawaii offers these and countless other options for making your dream a reality. Luxe Travel’s wedding specialists will help you find the perfect wedding planner and resort to begin your life together. Your romantic journey awaits.
Fresh fruits and vegetables grown in rich volcanic soil, diverse seafood, pasture raised cattle and a blend of Polynesian, Asian, American and Portuguese flavors are only a few of the words used to describe the unique bursting flavors of Hawaiian cuisine. Hawaii Regional Cuisine is a gourmet culinary movement found throughout the islands. Twelve award-winning chefs created the movement and no matter which island you choose, you’re sure to find a highly acclaimed restaurant to try the best of Hawaii. As for desserts, Hawaii has plenty of tropical delicious offerings, but we recommend a simple Hawaiian shaved ice, popular on the North Shore of Oahu. If you’ve ever had a snow cone, you’ve never had one like this. Try local flavors such as guava, pineapple, coconut cream and more for a refreshing treat. Of course, no visit to Hawaii is complete without spending an evening enjoying a sumptuous buffet, tropical cocktails and the songs and dances of traditional Hawaiian culture at a luau.
One of the best ways to get the most out of your Hawaiian vacation is to take one of the many cruises that sail in and out of the bigger islands. You will get to see the best each island has to offer, without ever unpacking. Luxe Travel recommends late winter or early spring to combine a cruise with the best time of year for whale watching. Alternatively, May and June offer warm weather and fewer crowds. Hurricanes are not usually a concern, but August and September tend to be stormier for the islands. A number of luxury cruise lines offer sailings around or including the Hawaii Islands. Speak to your Luxe Travel Advisor about designing the perfect cruise for you.
If you choose to stay on one of the islands, Luxe Travel can reserve luxury accommodations for you at a number of tropical resorts such as the St. Regis Princeville in Princeville, Kauai, Halekulani Hotel in Honolulu, Oahu or the Fairmont Orchid Hawaii Island’s Kohala Coast. To design the ultimate Hawaii Island vacation, contact the Luxe Travel team at 1-866-365-8747 or firstname.lastname@example.org.