Hawaii’s green valleys, awe-inspiring cliffs and pristine beaches fronted by fiery volcanoes are something of a jewel in the brilliant blue of the Pacific. Home to dreadlocked surfers and wide-eyed beachgoers alike, there’s a luxury hideaway to suit everyone.
Although it features hundreds of paradisiacal islands spread over 1,500 miles, visitors focus on the eight largest that spread out around Oahu. As the main island, it’s home to two thirds of the state’s population and Honolulu, the state capital. For many the world-class resorts, the fish from Finding Nemo and white sand of Oahu’s Waikiki are the beginning and end of their Hawaiian experience. Throw in hikes along craggy cliff tops with views over the surf, and there are few reasons to leave.
However, if you fancy something a bit more fast paced, Maui, Hawaii’s second largest island, is well set up. Move away from its walks through pineapple and papaya plantations to enjoy a fantastic range of water sports. For nature lovers, Kauai, the oldest of the Hawaiian islands, is known as ‘Garden Island’. And, with hiking trails and scenic drives that weave between tidal pools and into carpeted canyons, it’s not hard to see why.
If that’s not enough, the appropriately named ‘Big Island’, packs in eight of the world’s thirteen climate zones with everything from volcanoes to jungles and, of course, white sandy beaches. Arts and cultural festivals encourage and stoke the island’s appreciation of its heritage as descendants of ancient Polynesians, itinerant Asian workers and European settlers have all contributed to the islands’ welcoming atmosphere and fantastic cuisine. Enjoy traditional dishes such as ‘lau lau’ (pig or fish slow-cooked in taro leaves) fresh from a fire pit or ‘poke’, raw fish seasoned with soy sauce, onions and garlic.
Top itineraries in Hawaii
This tailor-made itinerary will see you discover the verdant mountains and powder-white beaches of Hawaii alongside California's laid-back beach cool.
Hawaii is one of the world's most romantic destinations and one of the most exhilarating, home to fiery volcanoes, vivid coral reefs and emerald rainforests. Discover it all on this tailor-made tour.
Between inter-island flights and tours, see all that the Hawaiian archipelago has to offer from its white sands to its blue waters and green interior
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Top places to stay in Hawaii
A jewel on the Kona coast, the Sheraton Kona Resort is the perfect base to explore the area’s rich cultural history and beauty, whilst making use of the resort’s outstanding facilities.
Rated one of the Top Ten hotels in Honolulu by TripAdvisor, Outrigger Reef Resort embraces authentic Hawaiian traditions and hospitality on the white sands of Oahu’s world famous coastline.
This oceanfront resort combines traditional Hawaiian hospitality with award-winning dining, comfortable rooms and nightly entertainment.
Where to go in Hawaii
Lanai Island is the best for luxury and relaxation. Perhaps Hawaii's most enticing island, Lanai is one of untouched tranquillity.
Travel back in time as you experience the unspoiled coastline, wilderness and traditions of Hawaii's Molokai.
Maui offers Hawaii's best whale watching and wind surfing, as well as brilliant sun rise hiking opportunities to volcanoes, through green-flanked mountain slopes, past waterfalls, refreshing pools and deep valleys.
When to go to Hawaii
Hawaii generally enjoys excellent weather throughout the year. In summer, temperatures rarely exceed 32°C while, in winter, the lowest you’ll see is 18°C although you’re more likely to experience something averaging in the mid twenties. The busy seasons are during the peak holiday periods of December, April and June to August. The winter (November to March) experiences some rainfall, although rain is possible at any time.
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