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A rich culture, picture-perfect beaches, world-class surf spots and geological wonders – Hawaii has it all
Hawaii oozes natural beauty. A handful of isolated isles home to beaches of gold, red and black set against rugged cliffs, fiery volcanoes and lush valleys, each island has its own unique character and charm. In Oahu, join fearless surfers riding barrel waves and soak up the buzz in vibrant Waikiki, and on Big Island visit the spectacular Volcanoes National Park. Trek through velvety green mountains on Kauai's Nā Pali Coast, and spot humpback whales cresting the winter waves in Maui.
- Oahu is the place to go if you want a taste of all of Hawaii’s highlights
- In Maui you'lll find the Haleakala Observatory – possibly the best place in the world for stargazing
- Kauai is known as the ‘Garden Isle’ and here you can discover the largely unspoilt Napali Coast
- For budding volcanologists, Big Island is a dream destination – home to Volcanoes National Park
- Of course you can stay on more than one island – just speak to one of our Personal Travel Experts
Best time to visit
• Hawaii enjoys a good climate all year, especially in coastal areas with warm seas.
• Summer (April to November) is warmer and drier while winter (December to March) is a bit cooler.
• Whale-watching season is from late December to early May.
In Oahu, join fearless surfers riding barrel waves on the north shore or grab a board and start from scratch with a lesson on buzzing Waikiki Beach. Visit the Arizona War Memorial at Pearl Harbour, watch divers leap off the cliffs in Waimea Valley National Park, and spend an evening learning to hula dance.
Hawaii's Big Island is famous for its spectacular Volcanoes National Park. Hike through the undisturbed Thurston Lava Tube and, as the sun sets, climb Kilauea Caldera volcano and gaze up at the glistening chandelier of stars.
Visit beautiful Maui and dive alongside sea turtles in Molokini’s underwater volcanic crater or spot humpback whales cresting the winter waves off the coast of Wailea. Stand astride your bike watching the sunrise from Haleakala Crater before an adrenalin-pumping ride down rugged slopes.
Trek through velvety green mountains and pass cascading waterfalls on Kauai's Napali Coast, or slide over tropical jungles and natural pools on a zipline adventure at Princeville Ranch. Cruise across the Na Pali Coast as dolphins leap in the slipstream, tee off on championship golf courses, and unwind with a traditional Lomi Lomi massage in a sumptuous spa.
And it couldn't be easier to get around. From the UK, flights are via the US mainland to Honolulu on Oahu, taking five and a half to six hours from San Francisco or Los Angeles. These destinations offer great stopover options if you’re looking for a city and beach combination. Of course you can also stay on more than one Hawaiian island – just ask one of our Personal Travel Experts to help you create your trip. Inter-island flights make island hopping a breeze and we recommend combining two or even three islands if you have time. From Oahu, it’s around a half hour flight to Lihue airport on Kauai and Kahului airport on Maui, and 45 minutes to Hilo and Kona airports on Big Island.