Travel Guide – Hawaii

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Introduction

The land of surf, sand and shine, there is no place on this earth like Hawaii. This island state is truly magnificent and will definitely leave you wanting for more. It’s an ideal destination to laze around doing nothing. Just lay down on the beautiful beachside sipping your favorite drink. Enjoy the best of nature and heartwarming hospitality of the Hawaiian people.

Best Time to Visit

Hawaii is a year-around destination, yet mid-December to mid-April is the high season to visit this island state. It is the most expensive time of the year when costs are at the highest level and everything (almost everyone) seems busy. Hawaii has a tropical climate, with average temperatures ranging from 28°C to 20°C. From mid-Apr to early June and Sept to mid-Dec is the best time to visit Hawaii (as this is the off season). You will get best rates for everything during these months.

How to Reach

Air – Hawaii is well-connected to major international countries by airways. Honolulu International Airport (HNL) in Oahu Island serves as the entry point for most of the travelers.

Getting Around – Bus tours, shuttles, taxis and local buses are some of the cheapest modes of transportation for getting around the Hawaiian Islands. You can also opt for a cruise to explore the true beauty of this breathtaking island state.

Tourist Attractions

Say Aloha and get ready to explore a whole new world. Given below are some of the most popular tourist attractions of Hawaii that you just can't miss.

USS Arizona Memorial, Pearl Harbor - This memorial is the most popular tourist attraction of the Hawaiian Islands. The memorial stands above the remains of the sunken USS Arizona. You can still see some of the portions of the ship protruding up from the water.

Waikiki - This beautiful beach is one of the most popular tourist attractions of Hawaii. Waikiki is a Honolulu suburban equipped with all the ultra-modern amenities and entertainment hubs. Even celebrities like Frank Sinatra, Shirley Temple, Amelia Earhart and Elvis Presley used to spend their holidays at this crescent shaped beach.

Haleakala National Park – Located on the island of Maui and standing over 10,000 feet, Haleakala National Park preserves the volcanic area of Haleakala. When in here do not muss the mesmerizing view of sunset from the summit. You can even go for hiking through the Oheo Gulch or enjoy swimming in the lower pools.

Hanauma Bay – In 1967, this bay was declared a protected marine life conservation area and underwater park by the Government. Once damaged by years of excessive use and neglect, today this bay is counted among the top tourist attractions of Hawaii. Approx. 3000 visitors come here every day to spend some peaceful time in the lap of nature.

Other Must See Tourist Attractions of Hawaii

  • Mauna Kea
  • Hana Road
  • Waipio Valley
  • Maui Ocean Center
  • Panaewa Rainforest Zoo
  • Volcanoes National Park
  • Polynesian Cultural Center
  • Diamond Head State Monument
  • Kilauea National Wildlife Refuge
  • Honaunau National Historical Park
  • Waimea Arboretum and Botanical Garden

Things to Do

  1. Book a sunset dinner cruise.
  2. Ride the swells in an ocean raft.
  3. Hike the Na Pali Coast, Kauai.
  4. Pick a golf course.
  5. Watch the Humpback Whales in Maui.
  6. Explore the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, Kauai.
  7. Take on the monstrous waves in Oahu.
  8. Take a mule ride to a historic coast.
  9. Watch the Manta Rays.
  10. Eat authentic Hawaiian food.
  11. Drive the “Road to Hana,” Maui.
  12. Walk the halls of Iolani Palace.

Interesting Facts

  • Hawaii is the only US state with a tropical rain forest.
  • Hawaii's nickname is "Aloha State'.
  • Iolani Palace in Honolulu, is the only royal palace in the United States.
  • Hawaii has its own time zone (Hawaiian Standard Time).
  • Hawaii is the only state in the US that grows coffee, vanilla and cacao.
  • Hawaii is the world’s longest archipelago.
  • All beaches in the State of Hawaii are public.
  • Hawaii is the United States’ 8th smallest and the 11th least populous state.
  • Mt. Waialeale on the island of Kauai is the rainiest place on this earth.
  • Hawaii has the highest percentage of working women amongst all the states of the US.
  • Hawaii is the only state in US where the majority of the inhabitants are non-white.
  • Hawaii is the only state in the US to honor a monarch.
  • Hawaii is the second widest state in the US (from east to west).
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