A Hawaii vacation requires some tough choices to be made because Hawaii has so much to offer. The Hawaiian archipelago stretches for 1,500 miles in a line from southeast to northwest. Hawaii is the biggest island, followed by Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, family-owned Niihau and uninhabited Kahoolawe. Honolulu, located on Oahu, is the eleventh largest city in the U.S..
The Hawaiian islands offer many things to see and do, including famous Hawaii vacation destinations like the Haleakala National Park, USS Arizona Memorial and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park. Haleakala National Park extends from the 10,023-foot summit of Haleakala, the largest dormant volcano in the world, to the Kipahulu coast near Hana. Hike the national park, enjoying waterfalls and beautiful scenery. Visitors can learn about Pearl Harbor at the USS Arizona Memorial Visitor Center and take a ferry to the USS Arizona Memorial. You can also go below the deck of the Bowfin, a World War II submarine. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is home to two active volcanoes Mauna and Kilauea. Park visitors can enjoy hiking, bird watching, stargazing, wildlife viewing and other activities.
Maui offers a selection of different activities for your Hawaii vacation, ranging from ultra-relaxing to adventurous. There are many luxury resorts, a dormant volcano and 39 beaches with public facilities. Some of the popular activities include shopping in the old whaling town of Lahaina and watching the sunrise at Haleakala National Park. Maui is the second largest of the Hawaiian islands.
The County of Maui includes Molokai and Lanai which can be reached by ferry from Lahaina. Whether you like exploring diverse bays, hiking in a dormant volcano, shopping or relaxing at a luxurious spa, Maui offers a bit of everything. A hot summer body surfing spot, Slaughterhouse Beach is located in northwestern Maui. Enjoy snorkeling and Hawaiian marine like including colorful fish and turtles.
A wide choice of activities can be found on Oahu where you can go shopping, scuba diving, visit a museum, take a surfing lesson and enjoy island nightlife. Waikiki offers several unique honeymoon hotels. Founded in 1904, the Waikiki Aquarium is the third oldest public aquarium in the United States. It is home to over 2,500 animals representing more than 420 species. The Waikiki Aquarium is located in Queen Kapiolani Park, on the southern shoreline of the island of Oahu.
For best nightlife, a choice of restaurants and other activities, visit Waikiki Beach on Oahu. Waikiki Beach is a two-mile stretch of sand located on Oahu which offers numerous activities, including snorkeling, surfing, canoeing and relaxing in the sun. Waikiki is lined with hotels, condominiums and vacation rentals where vacationers who do not mind crowds can step directly onto the beach. Vacationers on Waikiki Beach can take surfing lessons, participate in a whale watching excursion, or simply relax in the sun.
Sunset Beach, located on Oahu’s north shore, is a great surfing site during the winter with fifteen to twenty-foot waves. In the summer when the waters are calmer, you can swim and snorkel.
Adventure trips in Hawaii range from scuba diving and kayaking to mountain biking down Haleakala and hiking in Volcanoes National Park. Many vacationers rise early to watch the sunrise at 10,000 feet in Haleakala National park. If you are up for it, adventure companies offer mountain biking down the slopes of Haleakala in Maui right after the sunrise. There are also many scenic golf courses.
The Hawaiian islands are very nice for families – there are many sandy beaches, spas, golf courses and resorts with programs especially for kids. The resorts offer golf, tennis and a children’s program. Popular watersports include snorkeling, scuba diving, outrigger canoe paddling, sailing, kayaking and catamaran rides.