Home to the world’s most active volcanoes, the only royal palace in the U.S. and the welcoming aloha spirit—Hawaii is like no other place on earth. To make sure you get the most out of your visit to this truly beautiful island paradise, our expert advisors have shared their top things to see and do during your visit.
Hanauma Bay Nature Reserve
Just to the east of Honolulu lies the inviting ring-like cove of Hanauma Bay. This circular bay was at one time a volcanic ring, eventually breached by the ocean to form a perfect cove, one that is now filled with abundant coral reef and hundreds of species of marine life. A fee for non-Hawaiian residents was implemented to help in preservation efforts of the reef, marine life and surrounding areas.
Pearl Harbor and USS Arizona Memorial
The site of one of the most significant events in American history, Pearl Harbor is home to the USS Arizona Memorial. The battleship Arizona was one of the first vessels to sink when the Japanese attacked the U.S. fleet from the air on December 7, 1941. A poignant monument and shrine stands over the ship from where visitors can overlook the massive hull below and witness the rising of what is called the “tears of the Arizona,” a single, continuous drop of oil that floats to the surface every few seconds.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
The largest island, correctly named Hawaii, is home to some of the best ecological, eco-tourism and environmental features in the USA’S 50th state. There you will find the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, home to Kilauea, one of the world’s most active volcanoes. You can also join an evening tour among the snow-capped peaks.
This stunning valley on the big island of Hawaii offers some of the most incredible views found anywhere in the state. A steep road leads down into the tropical green paradise and once within this oasis, visitors will find a gorgeous black sand beach with tall waterfalls plunging down into the sea. Valley riverbeds are lined with colourful flowers and plants where panoramic views of the surrounding mountains and rainforest offer an unforgettable glimpse at Hawaii’s natural glory.
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