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Cruising Hawaii – Five Stunning Destinations

21st June 2012

The most recent state to join the United States is a seamless mix of cosmopolitan cities, incredible natural beauty and Pacific Island culture. Made up of eight main islands, Hawaii provides holiday-makers will a terrific escape from normality – and cruising is a great way to explore this magnificent destination.

Here are our top five Hawaiian cruise destinations.

waikiki diamond head

Scenic Honolulu

Honolulu, Oahu
Most travellers head straight to Waikiki Beach – and with good reason – the golden sands and crystal clear water are irresistible. Also consider hiking to the top of the Diamond Head crater for the panoramic views and paying your respects at the memorial to the American soldiers who lost their lives during the Pearl Harbour strike.

Kahului, Maui
After dropping anchor at Maui’s main port, Kahului, contemplate heading to the Waianapanapa State Park for the hiking opportunities and to view the various seabird colonies, before travelling to the isthmus valley. Divers and snorkelers will appreciate the marine life living in the waters around Maui.

Kailua Kona, Big Island
Kailua Kona is the traditional home of Hawaiian royalty. Begin your exploration with a cup of the famous local coffee before heading to the famous Sadie Seymour Botanical Garden. History buffs will enjoy visiting the site where Captain Cook was killed – the exact location is around 19 kilometres from Kona at Kealakekua Bay.

Lihue, Kauai
Kauai is known as the Garden Isle because of the generous coverage of natural vegetation – the forests and reserves cover the northern part of the Island. After docking near the main town of Lihue, it's worth exploring the Grove Farm Homestead Museum and the Wailua Falls. There are also numerous navigable rivers making kayaking, swimming and boating popular.

Hilo, Big Island
Laid back Hilo welcomes visitors with a traditional Hawaiian performance. Make sure you venture out of town to admire the striking black sand created by the Island’s volcanic activity – it’s most pronounced at the Punaluu Black Sand Beach. There are also scenic waterfalls near Hilo including Akaka Falls and Rainbow Falls.