Best Hawaii Tours for Your Next Epic Holiday
When it comes to a tropical holiday idea, the archipelagic wonder that is Hawaii is always top of the mind. With its wondrous cliffs, waterfalls, beaches, and iconic spots that captures most of the travelers’ hearts, there is no denying that Hawaii will always be something to look forward to for an epic holiday trip.
An isolated US state, Hawaii is home to six main islands and more than a million residents, boasting of a tropical vibe all year-round. Each island offers different yet equally magnificent destinations one will never regret. From the laidback Kauai to a livelier an eccentric Oahu, each tourist will likely leave the island with a favorite destination in mind.
We listed down 10 destinations you need to consider when you book your next trip to this beautiful island.
1. Visit the Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial
Considered as a National Historic Landmark, the Pearl Harbor, Oahu is an iconic and eventful place in Honolulu known for the 1941 attack during the World War II. Pearl Harbor is an active military base which houses attractions such as USS Arizona Memorial and the Battleship Missouri Memorial. The sunken ship is considered as the resting place for the 1,102 of the 1,177 sailors and Marines killed on USS Arizona.
Pearl Harbor Visitor Center is the starting point for the tours which include sightseeing off the WWII aircraft and artifacts, as well as experience landing an airplane on an aircraft carrier in a flight simulator. Other attractions include the USS Oklahoma, USS Utah, and the Battleship USS Missouri whose deck can be toured by visitors.
A tour of the Pearl Harbor is free of charge. However, if you are planning to visit the place, it is better to have an early reservation due to the influx of tourists visiting the area in a day.
2. Drive the Road to Hana
The Road to Hana in Maui is the top choice for travelers, especially those who are looking for adventures in land and in the sea.
The Hana Road or Hana Highway is a 52-mile stretch highway perfect for long driving with the blue coast and green forests serving as its backdrop. The remote town, also known as The Land That Time Forgot, features sites such as the Ho’Okipa Beach Park, Twin Falls, Keanae Peninsula, Hanawi Falls, and more.
3. Hike the Haleakala National Park at Sunrise
Also located in Maui, the Haleakala National Park is a must visit when in Hawaii as it offers visitors are a stunning sunrise view. A person who gets to have a spot in the summit is treated with the island’s entirety, including the West Maui Mountains.
Standing at 10,000 feet, the Haleakala Volcano is an inactive volcano with landscapes that resemble the moon’s surface, tropical rainforests, as well as endangered species inhabiting within.
Going to the Haleakala National Park at Sunrise requires reservation through recreation.gov. which should be made 60 days in advance. For sunset viewing, there are no required reservations. The reservation fee is apart from the entrance fee which should be paid in the park’s entrance.
4. Go ziplining in Maui
When done with the sunrise viewing at the Haleakala National Park, the land of Maui still has a lot of in store for every wanderer. There is a long list of Maui Tours one can book which can suit everyone’s interest.
For one, the thrill seeker can avail of Haleakala Ziplines at Upcountry Maui, Ka’anapali Ziplines at West Maui, or Waikapu Ziplines at Central Maui. Most of these zipline ride also includes swinging in pendulum lines, swinging bridge, and historical tours, with the mossy forest as your venue. If ziplining is not your interest, there are options of rappelling, camping, photography tours, ATV ride, and hiking.
5. Tour pineapple plantations
The world’s largest maze in 2008 according to the Guinness Book of World Records belongs to the Dole Plantation located in Kamehameha Highway in Wahiawa. It features express trains which let visitors have a Plantation Garden Tour while learning about the history of pineapple production and agriculture in Hawaii. You can also book a pineapple tour while in Maui. The historic pineapple plantation of Hali’imaile lets visitors engage in Maui’s culture and heritage.
6. Frolic in Oahu North Shore
Get sunkissed by the shore at the Oahu North Shore located in Haleiwa town. A long and laidback stretch of fine sands, the place is frequented by professional surfers who go to the Waimea Bay and the Sunset Beach. As you walk along the beachside, you will enjoy visiting surf shops, art galleries, and museums, munch on good food, or go on sea adventures.
7. Spend a day at Polynesian Cultural Center
A perfect place to know more about the Polynesian Culture, this place is best enjoyed when it the family. Spending a whole day in this recreational and leisure park, the Polynesian Cultural Center features Broadway-like productions, several villages, canoe pageants, and more. Most importantly, it is best known for its most genuine luau, and our award-winning show, “Hā: Breath of Life.”
8. Climb the Diamond Head Crater
To get the best views of Honolulu and the Pacific Ocean, a day hike to Diamond Head Crater is just the perfect option. The Diamond Head is a 300,000-year-old crater used by the US military as a post to prevent attacks in Honolulu. The military has installed artillery cannons, cement bunkers as well as an observation deck inside the Diamond Head crater.
Considered as an easy hike, it has a trail distance is 2.5 km which can be trekked in approximately 30 minutes, which can be done even by non-hikers. The path leading to the crater is made up of cemented trails, tunnels, and steep stairs, making it easy for groups to pause for a while to rest and take pictures.
9. Choose Open-Door Helicopter Tour
For a more thrilling experience, take the open-door helicopter tour in Oahu which lifts up in the air for 45 minutes. A 360-degree view of Oahu is awaiting every passenger, covering sights such as the Magic Island, Keehi Lagoon, the Aloha Tower, and Ala Moana Beach Park. The trip will then soar into the other side of Oahu, showing views of waterfalls, a coral reef of Kaeohe Bay, as well as the Sandy Beach, and the Sea Life Park. The highlight of the trip will be flying over the 1,000-foot (300-meter) Sacred Falls before catching a glimpse of the Pearl Harbor. For a more stress-free trip, there is also an option to book a whole-day helicopter tour which shall take you to all scenic spots aboard the flying vehicle.
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10. Sail and snorkel at Na Pali Coast
Revel into the serenity and beauty of the 8th natural wonder of the world Na Pali Coast located in Kauai Island with a sailing tour offering wondrous sights of towering 4,000-foot cliffs, beaches, sea caves, and waterfalls.
And while at it, you will get mesmerized with the diverse marine life welcoming you into their homes such as dolphins, humpback whales, and sea turtles. There is also an opportunity to snorkel into the warm, clear waters and see the underwater grandiose that coast has to offer. Na Pali Coast is abundant with tropical fishes that truly feast in the eyes.