Hawaii HolidaysThe Hawaiian Islands are an archipelago of eight major islands in the North Pacific. In fact, it is the most remote island chain in the world located 2,390 miles from California and 3,850 miles from Japan. Holidays to Hawaii offer a year-round warm, subtropical climate; friendly, genuine people; fascinating culture; some of world's most wondrous scenery and of course, those famous beaches.
The following video, made by our very own resident American, Theresa (shortly after her return from her own Hawaiian holiday), is worth watching if you are considering a holiday in the Hawaiian Islands.
Hawaii holidays - The Islands
Each Hawaiian Island has its own unique characteristics, and it’s easy and affordable to island-hop, so we'd definitely suggest seeing as much as you can. With a minimum flying time of 17+ hours from London to the Hawaiian Islands, if you’re going to travel all the way to Hawaii, you should really make the most of it. Hawaii is actually further from mainland USA than you might think, with a five and a half hour flight from either Los Angeles or San Francisco. What lots of our customers choose to do is to break up the journey and incorporate a stopover (or two!) on the way out and back in mainland USA. Many of our partner airlines incorporate free mainland USA stopovers en route to Hawaii, and your Bon Voyage travel consultant will discuss all available options
Inter-island travel allows a bird's eye view of Hawaii's magnificent valleys, mountains, waterfalls and volcanoes. Have your camera ready, these aren't just flights, they're mini adventures!
The Hawaiian Islands at a glance:
Oahu is the busiest Hawaiian island and home to Honolulu, the capital of Hawaii. Oahu seamlessly combines city life with some of the world’s most beautiful beaches. Honolulu is simply buzzing, and you’ll want to add Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head to your must-do list.
An hour's drive out of the city you'll find North Shore. Sleepy and more traditional, this area is also home to some of the legendary surfing beaches in Hawaii - great fun to watch, even if the towering breakers persuade you to stay on the beach rather than brave the surf! Three nights would be the minimum to take in the island highlights of this state capital.
MauiMaui 's serene and lush landscape makes it ideal for honeymooners. There's no surprise this island has been voted the best in the world for the past 20 years. Ka'anapali Beach, the Road to Hana, sunrise at Haleakala Crater and the list well and truly goes on. You can easily spend a week here soaking up the Aloha spirit.
Hawaii IslandHawaii Island, sometimes referred to as "Big Island" , is a pre-historic gem. You will be amazed at the molten landscape that dominates the terrain across the island. We have to insist you visit Volcanoes National Park - just imagine being up close to Kilauea, one of the most active volcanoes in the world! Of all the islands, Big Island is the most geographically diverse, featuring 11 of the earth's 13 different climates (even including snow-capped mountains).
Mauna Kea, a dormant volcano and highest point in the state of Hawaii, offers the most incredible stargazing. The Kona coast, settled over a thousand years ago, is full of archaeological sites and the place where Captain James Cook died.
KauaiKauai , nicknamed the Garden Isle due to the tropical rain forest covering most of the island, is known for its soaring cliffs and pinnacles which have been the backdrop for many Hollywood movies. Hikers will be in their element here and all who visit are simply enchanted.
As well as hiking, you can enjoy horse riding, kayaking and breathtaking helicopter rides.
Molokai and Lanai
Molokai island is the place to visit if you’re looking for unspoilt paradise and a taste of authentic, historical Hawaii. Visit the town of Kaunakakai and you’ll feel like you’re stepping back in time, perfect for switching off and immersing yourself in the Hawaiian way of life. Molokai is also home to the beautiful Papohaku beach, one of the largest white sand beaches in Hawaii.
The island of Lanai doesn’t have a single traffic light on the island, doesn’t that sound like paradise? With a rich history and uncrowded beaches, Lanai is virtually untouched. Take a day trip or stay for longer to really escape.
Another Way to Holiday in Hawaii - Cruise from Island to IslandUn-Cruise Adventures is ideal for the traveller seeking something off the beaten path. Smaller ships go where the big ships can't and fewer people on board ensures a more intimate experience. When you want to become one with your surroundings and soak up the culture of the places you visit, Un-cruise is a great choice.
Norwegian Cruise Line's Pride of America is cruising in style. With a wealth of cabin and dining options, this is an ideal way to immerse yourself in a destination whilst having the comfort and security of a floating base. And, NCL's Freestyle cruising means your day is truly your own. Eat where and when you want with no dress codes. If you weren't sure about cruising due to all the 'rules' associated with it, NCL's Freestyle approach is refreshing and definitely THE way to cruise.