Mention Hawaii to most people and this is the first thing that springs to mind: strolling along the waterfront at Waikiki Beach awash with floral shirts, board shorts and sun-kissed lifeguards wearing super-cool shades.
High rise hotels and surf themed restaurants line the seafront at bustling Waikiki, while in the ocean, hundreds of wannabes bob around on their surfboards. The atmosphere here is never anything less than laid back and friendly, even if you're only here to top up your tan, it's a truly great place for some fun, high-quality people watching.
As the sun goes down on Waikiki, wander along the Beach Walk, where traditional Hawaiian bands strum away, adding an even more tropical feeling to the place.
Away from the beach there's plenty to keep you busy on your Waikiki holiday from the colourful markets, cultural museums, Polynesian shows, submarine adventures, volcano hikes and historic Pearl Harbour. Serious shoppers won't be disappointed, there are countless designer boutiques along Waikiki Beach as well as the huge Ala Moana shopping centre situated just out of town.
Where you stay is the heart of your holiday. Location reigns supreme but do you prefer resort facilities or unique and boutique? Historic and old world or modern and shiny?
We aim to present choices across the spectrum but there are many hundreds of places to stay and not room to feature them all. Do speak to your Bon Voyage travel consultant and click the video for our take on this important topic.
We would rate the Bellagio as one of the best hotels we have ever stayed in. Fabulous, glitzy, exciting. We loved having breakfast at the poolside café... one of our best experiences ever. If it hadn't been for you we wouldn't have had the suite or cabana and we loved them. We both agreed that the hotel was the best for us and you had suggested that so well done!Leonore & Mike Rumford