The 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, sub-tropical 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 island-hopping holidays
Each island of Hawaii has its own unique characteristics. 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!
It is easy and affordable to island-hop, so we'd definitely suggest seeing as much as you can. Remember how far you are travelling! It's a five and a half hour flight from either Los Angeles or San Francisco and minimum flying time from London to the Hawaiian islands is over 17 hours. The majority of our clients choose to break their journey, either on the outward or the return leg. Many airlines incorporate free mainland USA stopovers en route to Hawaii, your Bon Voyage consultant will discuss all available options.
The Islands at a glance:
Oahu is the most commercial and also the busiest island. Honolulu is simply buzzing and on your 'must do' list is Waikiki Beach, Pearl Harbor and Diamond Head. An hour's drive out of the city and you'll fine North Shore. Sleepy and more traditional, this area is also home to some of the best surfing waves in Hawaii. Three nights would be the minimum to take in the island highlights of this state capital.
Maui'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.....the list well and truly goes on and you can easily spend a week here soaking up the Aloha spirit.
Hawaii Island, commonly 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. Imagine being up close to Kilauea, on of the most active volcanoes in the world! 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.
Kauai, 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.
Another way to holiday in Hawaii.......cruiseUn-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 - it has to be Un-cruise.
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.
Not only has Bon Voyage been creating Hawaiian holidays since 1979, many of our team have been. This is the sort of trip where a bit of insider knowledge is pure gold. We'll give you lots of ideas, based on your preferences and requirements to ensure we create the Hawaiian holiday or honeymoon of your dreams. Have a look through our sample itineraries to give you an idea of what is possible - then give our friendly team a call to start planning.