-- The Magic Isle -- this just might be the island you're envisioning
when you think of waterfalls, volcanic peaks, pristine beaches,
and lush rainforests. Maui offers an excellent balance of natural
beauty and cultural experiences (ah, the Aloha spirit). Wailea
beach is considered the best beach in the world. And Maui is known
for it's romantic sunsets. Condos, resorts, and small hotels offer
a wide range of accomodations to suit most budgets. Rental car
recommended. Destination Weddings.
-- Where Aloha Begins -- this island is home of Honolulu and Waikiki
(the busiest and most famous beach in Hawaii). The majority of
the accomodations are in Waikiki, where you'll find an array of
shopping and dining options. Rent a car for a day (or a week),
or enjoy the island's bus service to get out and see this island.
The sleepy area of the North Shore is a must-see for honeymooners,
and the Polynesian Cultural Center is great for cultural enthusiasts.
Plus, accomodations range from modest to luxury, suiting everyone's
budget and taste. O'ahu (and Hawaii) is much more than just a
nice beach, and a luau and at least one day driving to explore
the island is essential. Rental car or prescheduled transfers
optional. Destination Weddings.
-- The Island of Discovery -- if your idea of a honeymoon
is a tropical getaway, Kaua'i might be your answer. Mother Nature's
beauty is breathtaking on this island, complete with waterfalls,
canyons, and beaches. Volcanic mountains are your skyline, as
no building can be higher than the tallest coconut tree (that
is, 40 feet). Hiking and watersports are excellent as well. Rental
car recommended. Destination Weddings.
Big Island -- Aloha Spoken Here -- the newest Hawaiin
island (and still growing) is also the biggest island. Witness
the birth of new land at Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park (the
surreal landscape of the lava fields is truly worth the trip alone).
Watching the lava flow just before sunset is breathtaking. A rental
car is a must considering the size of the island and the many
things to see and explore. The diversity is immense -- excellent
scuba diving, rainforests, waterfalls, green and black sand beaches,
and golf. This list goes on! Rental car recommended. Destination
-- The Secluded Island -- priced only for the luxury
traveler, Lana'i offers an unspoiled beauty worlds apart from
her busier sisters. There are only 30 miles of paved roads on
this island. This is Dole's original "pineapple island,"
though the pineapple industry was phased out about ten years ago,
being replaced by a more diverse agriculture economy. Destination
-- Hawaiian by Nature -- this long island is perhaps best known
for the leprosy colony operated by Father Damien over 120 years
ago. This island offers plenty for those who seek solitude and
an authentic Hawaiian experience. Destination
Can't decide which island is best for you? Island hopping
is a popular way to experience the Hawaiian islands. Split your
stay between two islands (or three, time permitting). Be sure
to give at least 3 nights per island, or you may feel rushed.
Looking for an all-inclusive resort in Hawaii? There aren't
any. A few hotels offer breakfast options, but you won't
find the all-inclusive resort so common in the Caribbean and Mexico.
The Kona Village on the Big Island offers an inclusive package
with meals and lots of other inclusions that's a great option.
Several cruise lines offer Hawaiian itineraries. Norwegian Cruise
Line is the only cruise line offering year-round Hawaiian cruises,
but many of the others offer special Hawaiian itineraries.