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Beyond the clear turquoise ocean, the white sands and green valleys, the Islands of Aloha feature unique sights and experiences that rightly set it apart from the rest of the world. Here are the ideal attractions, activities and cultural experiences that are must-see and must-do on your holiday to Hawaii:
Visit the halls of the lavish Iolani Palace. In 1882, the palace was built by King Kalakaua to serve as the official home of the monarchy of Hawaii.It has 102 rooms on four floors and today is a made into a National Historic Landmark situated in Honolulu downtown.
Humpback whales or also known as Kohola enjoys the warm shallow waters around the main islands of Hawaii and seeing these amazing animals in this natural environment is just remarkable. Take a boat ride from the western shores of Maui going to the Auau Channel, in the middle of Maui, Lanai, and Molokai. The peak season for whale watching in these areas is from January to March.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
Hawaii is where some you can find many of the world’s active volcanoes, with Kilauea and Mauna Loa still adding to the island chain. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park shows the effects of a minimum of 70 million years of volcanism in the area, which covers over 330,000 acres.
Take a dip in the clear waters of the Pacific and swim with the green sea turtles, the amazing colorful reef fish and spinner dolphins. Many tourist flyers publicize the stunning Kealakekua Bay as among the best destinations; however, you can also go to the Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve on the southeastern coast of Oahu.
North Shore of Oahu
Visit the North Shore of Oahu for their awesome big wave and surfing watching – particularly at the “viewer friendly” Sunset Beach, the Banzai Pipeline, and Waimea Bay. During November and December, The Vans Triple Crown of Surfing is held in these places.
Get a closer look at the amazing Manta Rays. These nimble creatures are large, with wingspans reaching 6-12 feet and you can observe them performing back flips in the Kona Coast of the Big Island. They are attracted to light, and they are active during their dinner, so going night diving with these animals is a one-of-a-kind experience.
Diamond Head Crater
Take a walk in the well-known Diamond Head Crater, near Waikiki, for a panoramic view of Honolulu. The remains of the volcanic explosion that happened around 500,000 years ago, it is locally called as Leahi or the “brow of the tuna” and in 1968 was considered as a National Natural Landmark.
Merrie Monarch Festival
If you intend to check the Merrie Monarch Festival, make sure that you plan it carefully. Many visitors from all over the world come to this state-wide hula competition, and a Hawaiian arts fair and paradeis also held in the town of Hilo. The yearly event celebrates King Kalakaua’s legacy and his backing of the traditions and native arts of Hawaii.
Check out the Waimea Canton or also called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. This geological spectacle spans 22 kilometers, with a width of 1.6 meters and over 1 kilometer deep. You can choose from exciting hiking trails or simply take in the raw splendor of its jagged red and orange cliffs and abysmal gorges.
USS Arizona Memorial
Pay homage to the brave men who gave their lived at the Battle of Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Check the USS Arizona Memorial, which is a floating memorial constructed over the Battleship Arizona’s sunken hull – and the final resting place for most of the ship’s crew.
With these awesome sights and steady temperature, from 80-85 degrees Fahrenheit, Hawaii is just seamless for your break from school or work. Want to book a trip to Hawaii but anxious about your immense luggage? Why not take a charter plane flight at Charter Flight Group instead? Unlike a commercial flight, there are no baggage limits in a charter plane flight. You can bring whatever luggage you want. But always discuss with your charter plane flight operator first, especially if you’ll bring extra bags or heavy equipment. Contact us for more details!