A person may travel in any direction on this great planet of ours. We are limited only by our imagination. No matter how you plan to arrive at your destinations, if by auto, bus, air, or sea, you’re sure to see wondrous things along the way, and will return with many memories which will last a lifetime.
The Hawaiian Islands are one of my favorite places.
Hawaii, as we all refer to this chain of polynesian islands in the Pacific Ocean, is about 1860 miles from the nearest continent and can only be reached by air or sea, thus several airlines and cruise lines are necessary and available.
Hawaii cruises are a wonderful way, especially for first-timers to visit the main islands. The seven cruise lines servicing the islands are Norwegian, Celebrity, Princess, Carnival, Royal Caribbean, Holland America, and Crystal. Some of these cruises leave from Vancouver, San Pedro and northbound cruises leave from Honolulu, which means you would have to fly to or from the islands. There are cruises from 7, 10, 12, 15, 20 and 27 nights and at the present time, fares on Celebrity are stated to be the lowest for an interior stateroom. The various itineraries of the cruise lines may offer ports-of-call where you will be able to disembark and enjoy the amenities of each island, such as hiking, snorkeling, swimming with dolphins or just relaxing on some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. But, remember you may only have a few hours at each of these ports, so choose your land tour carefully and know that these few hours ashore will give you a taste of Aloha from the islands.
Land Excursions and Tours
Of the seven inhabited islands of Hawaii, O’ahu (The Gathering Place) is the most populated, with the largest population being in Honolulu. This is the location most travelers think of when they are considering travel to the islands. However, Hawai’i (The Big Island), the biggest and youngest in the island chain, offers a variety of sights from pristine black and white sandy beaches to active volcano action, magnificent waterfalls and, at certain times of the year, snowcapped Mauna Kea, where locals take advantage of skiing and snowboarding. The Aloha spirit flows from the locals here especially as you wander through the farmer’s markets in Kailua-Kona or Hilo, which is one of my favorite things to do. Maui (The Valley Island) is a favorite of travelers especially in the Lahaina area, with its history of being a whaler town, its fantastic and diverse scenic views of the Haleakala National Park, the availability of fabulous golf courses and of course, the famous scenic road in all Hawaii – the Hana Highway. Kauai (The Garden Isle) has some of the most dramatic scenery in all of Hawaii. From the towering cliffs of the NaPali Coast to the dramatic landscapes of Waimea Canyon, and the beautiful Hanalei Bay (where the movie South Pacific was filmed), the Garden Isle is filled with geologic marvels that amaze and allure.
We have partnered with VIATOR to offer a vast number of Hawaii Land & Sea Tours. Find the one just right for you. If zip-lining across a lush Hawaiian valley or sailing on a fabulous ship for a beautiful Sunset Cruise is to your taste, check out what we have to offer.
GetYourGuide is also a great site to book tours and excursions.
There is so much to say about this fantastic destination and since it is one of my personal favorites, I will write about the beautiful and exciting wonders on the beautiful Hawaiian Islands – and don’t forget it is our 50th state and visas and passports are not required. Join my mailing list for updates.
What is your favorite Hawaiian Island and why? Leave your answers in the Comments block below. Mahalo!
Plan to enjoy the ALOHA SPIRIT!
Here’s to “A WORLD OF JOY“.