“I want to island hop in Hawai‘i.”
The US state of Hawai‘i is the stuff of tropical daydreams, with swaying coconut palms, iridescent waters, and the warm caress of the sun and sand. With six main islands, you may be wondering which sandy shore has your name on it? Whether you opt to go island hopping or stay on the one isle, you are sure to find your island bliss in Hawai‘i.
The namesake and largest island of the archipelago is a wonderland of volcanic sights and black-sand beaches, including Kīlauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Also known as the ‘Orchard Isle’, this fertile land is famous for the lush coffee plantations in Kona where you can stop and sample a freshly brewed cuppa.
Hawai‘i’s most populous island is also home to the capital, Honolulu, and a raft of popular attractions such as Pearl Harbor, Waikiki Beach, Paradise Cove Luau, and the famed North Shore. The gentle waves of Waikiki are ideal for a beginner’s surf lesson, while Bishop Museum is a must-see for traditional Polynesian crafts. If you are feeling energetic, hike up Diamond Head Crater for panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean.
Voted as hosting some of the world’s most beautiful beaches, Maui is the spot to soak up the island life. But it’s not just about the sun and sand; take a relaxed approach swimming with turtles, or tackle the hairpin bends of the Road to Hana scenic coastal drive – weaving through Haleakalā National Park is a definite highlight!
Many visitors to Hawai‘i rate Kaua‘i as their favourite island. The aptly named ‘Garden Isle’ is an emerald-clad playground dotted with bewitching natural sights, including lush jungles and enchanting waterfalls. A helicopter ride offers the best vantage point to witness the knife-edge ranges of the Nā Pali Coast and Waimea Canyon, dubbed the ‘Grand Canyon of the Pacific’.
For a secluded escape with nary a traffic light in sight, Lāna‘i offers a true island getaway. Where once were only pineapple plantations, this island now hosts private resorts imbued with luxury and romance – ideal for couples. The otherworldly terrain is quite unlike the other Hawai‘ian isles, making 4WD adventures a must-do.
Steeped in Hawai‘ian heritage, Moloka‘i is an island of history and natural beauty. Another island devoid of traffic (and traffic lights), embrace the aloha spirit in a spot that is said to be the birthplace of the hula. Relax on white-sand beaches, experience the fishing heritage in sleepy seaside towns, and witness the dazzling verdant beauty of Halawa Valley and its hidden places of worship.
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