A holiday in Hawai‘i can be as full-on or as relaxing as you’d like it to be. There is an endless checklist of activities, sites and foodie hotspots to experience, so much so, that you’ll have trouble fitting it all into one visit.
Islands to explore
The Hawaiian Islands are made up of more than 100 islands, but there are officially eight main islands that make up the Aloha State and only seven of those are inhabited: Hawaii (the Big Island), Maui, Oahu, Kauai, Molokai, Lanai, Niihau and Kahoolawe.
Island-hopping your way through Hawai‘i is the best way to explore the lesser-known natural marvels without the hordes of tourists.
Dart through waterfalls in Kauai. Pop over to The Big Island to visit its active volcano, Mt Kilauea. Surf the waves at the iconic Waikiki beach in O’ahu, and climb up the summit of Haleakala in Maui for a sunrise view that is truly an once-in-a-lifetime experience.
You could spend your entire trip hiking in Hawai‘i – it is that magnificent. You can trek to the crater at Diamond Head or brave the Kalalau Trail; but no matter where you hike, be sure to keep your camera poised to capture that perfect shot of the Hawaiian coastline.
Waimea Valley Falls Park & Botanical Garden
Head up the coast to O’ahu’s North Shore for a visit to Waimea Valley Park & Botanical Garden. Take a stroll through the park and check out the rare and exotic plants that grow in this area. Continue along the path and you’ll discover the area’s famous waterfall, Waimea Falls. On your way back to your resort, stop along Kamehameha Highway for Giovanni’s Shrimp Truck for a generous serving of sweet, butter-laden fried shrimp.