Mai tais, coconuts and ukuleles, right?
Sure, all those things are in Hawaii but it’s so much more. If you look beyond Waikiki, Hawaii offers so many experiences asides glitzy beachside shopping and dining. Here in Waikiki the land of the packaged holiday tours reign supreme, but if you venture further afield, you will discover the real Hawaii.
With only two seasons summer (average 29.4˚C) and winter (average 25.6˚C), Hawaii offers the perfect climate for a vacation. Though the weather can vary throughout the Islands due to the landscape, there really isn’t a bad time to visit Hawaii.
Even if it’s raining, Hawaii is beautiful.
In short drive, you can be in a tropical rainforest and then watching the surf roll in beachside on the North Shore. We have visited Hawaii in February, September and November over many years; and not once, did we worry about the weather. We have always found the trade winds bring some relief from the heat; and to us, this is part of the spirit of Hawaii.
America is now 4 hours closer
When Hawaii become a Territory of the United States, it brought western culture to the Pacific. Over the last 100 years or so, Hawaii continues to balance it’s traditional native culture and American influence. If you have ever wanted to visit the United States, but can’t stand the thought of long haul flight, well Hawaii will give you a taste!
On Oahu, the most developed Island, you will find a little piece of America. Here American pop culture meets ocean paradise, in a mash-up! Walmart, The Cheesecake Factory and many, many Dodge Chargers call Hawaii home. Australia now has Costco which brings the US to our doorsteps, but you really haven’t experienced America until you step into a Walmart.
Big name brands are on sale at Ala Moana Centre, the premier shopping destination on the Islands. With over 340 stores, including Bloomingdales, Macy’s and Old Navy; Ala Moana offers a wide range of dining options from California Pizza Kitchen to Bubba Gump Shrimp Co. If you are after some bargains, you can check out Waikele Premium Outlets just a short drive from downtown Honolulu to see how far your dollars can stretch!
Name your adventure
Where else in the world do you have snow capped mountains, tropical rainforests, arid desserts lunar-like landscapes and stunning beaches?
Swim, surf, ski, kayak, boat, cruise, sail, snorkel, hike, walk, run, jog, cycle, climb, swing, fly, drop, dive, dance, fish……..it’s all here. Whatever adventure you seek, Hawaii has it. There really is no where else in the world like Hawaii.
Thinking of your bucket list? You can tick some of these great experiences of your list…
- From December to May, you can whale watch off the coast of Maui
- See one of the world’s most active volcano on the Big Island
- Go to Jurassic Park (well the film locations anyway)
- Watch the stars from the snow topped Mauna Kea
- Drive the Road to Hana (Maui) for stunning beaches and rainforests
There are so many beautiful places across the Islands, to just chill and relax. We love nothing more than laying under palm tree on a towel on one of Hawaii’s stunning beaches. Maui offers some fantastic locations to chill the day away, and if something different, why not check out black lava rock beaches on the Big Island.
Both Oahu and Maui host a range of high end resorts, where all your relaxation needs can be catered for – huge resort swimming pools, beachside massage, round of golf or indulge in some island cuisine.
There are many websites to take you off the beaten track, but why not jump in rental car and circle the island, looking for a secluded bay to chill? We haven’t been to Kauai yet, but we can’t wait to get back to Hawaii and seek out this new island paradise. Kauai is untouched with far less development then the other bigger islands – to us, we would chose Kauai for our next vacation to unwind.
The North Shore of Oahu is laid back Hawaii, with small villages and some great local food. Grab some coconut shrimp, a cold beer (or shave ice) and kick back by the beach. Perfect!
Yes, it’s America. But the locals are guardians of their culture and history. Here everyone really is Ohana (family). You’re not likely to meet a friendly bunch of people, who will ensure you have a good time or help you navigate your way around their Islands.
Always happy to help and keen to show off their Islands, the Hawaiians are Hawaii. If you have visited other Pacific islands, you will know island hospitality and warmth. Sure you can go to a Luau (we recommend Old Lahaina Luau on Maui) but heading beyond the typical sights, you will find a bunch of people ready to welcome you to their paradise.
The Spirit of Aloha is more than just good slogan, it’s a way of life on the Islands
Getting to Hawaii:
Qantas, Jetstar and Hawaiian Airlines all offer direct flights from Australia. All international flights land at Honolulu, with inter-island transfers available flying Hawaiian Airlines.
Need to know more:
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