Hawaii is the ultimate holiday destination. Packed with activities, yet full of relaxing beaches and peaceful beauty spots, you can make this your dream holiday, whether you're an action fan or dozing sun-worshipper. There are six island paradises to choose from, all blessed with staggering natural beauty and bordered with crystal-clear waters. And all this is just waiting to be discovered. With Hawaii holiday packages to suit all holidaymakers, what are you waiting for?
Things to do
Tee off on the courses of Hawaii Island (the Big Island) and explore Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, or hike your way through Haleakala National Park on Maui. On tranquil Lanai explore the Keahiakawelo rock garden, and enjoy the relaxed town of Kaunakakai on unspoiled Molokai. On Oahu head for Waikiki Beach or the historic memorials at Pearl Harbor, while Kauai's Waimea Canyon will take your breath away.
Food & restaurants
Hawaiian cuisine features a fragrant mix of influences, from Polynesian to Japanese, Chinese and Portuguese. Hawaii restaurants therefore have a lot to offer. You could start with the tasty garlic shrimp at Tita's Grill on Oahu or the calamari at Hukilau Lanai on Kauai. Cool down on a hot day with some Japanese mochi ice cream at Bubbies Homemade Ice Cream in Honolulu.
If it's the lap of luxury you're after, the Four Seasons on the Big Island is unbeatable, with its two-storey beach bungalows, and golf and spa facilities. But Hawaii hotels have much more to offer than just exclusive resorts: try the self-catering apartments at friendly Napili Village on Maui, or for a hostel near the sea try Waikiki Beachside Hostel on Oahu.
Shopping in Hawaii is a real adventure. The local shops and markets are full of artisan crafts so you can bring home a little handmade piece of island life. For the huge shopping centre experience, try the Ala Moana Center in Honolulu – it's got four department stores, plus restaurants and luxury boutiques. Local chain Hilo Hattie is the place to shop for good-value Hawaiian clothing and accessories.
A good way to try the different foods on offer on Oahu is to visit the string of hole-in-the-wall restaurants. There's Char Hung Sut for the best pork buns in Honolulu's Chinatown, Bob's Bar-B-Que drive-in for baby back ribs, and Boots and Kimo's Homestyle Kitchen in Kailua for pancakes.