A cruise to Hawaii lets you take in the islands’ heady mix of crystal-clear waters, tropical cities, tumbling waterfalls and colourful volcanic landscapes – think cerulean waters lapping up against golden beaches, garlands of scarlet flowers and verdant emerald jungle scenery. Hawaii promises paradise to all its visitors, which is probably why a Hawaii cruise has become a favourite for many.
What do you think of when you picture Hawaii? Hula dancers, surfers, lush forested mountains dropping straight into the sea, flowers – thousands of flowers, in garlands, in people’s hair, growing wild. The air is fresh, warm and perfumed.
Well, the reality is not far from the imagination, it really is exceptionally beautiful and a joy to explore. Hawaii has long been the holiday destination of choice for thousands of Americans and it’s not hard to see why. The six main islands that make up Hawaii have attractions for everyone from the pleasure seeker who wants to take it easy and let life come to them, through to those wanting to get involved surfing off the famous Waikiki Beach on Ohau or hiking in Haleakala National Park on the flanks of a massive volcano.
This is a land of sun and nature, popular, but not spoilt. Each of the Hawaiian Islands has its own distinct flavour that means exploring is varied and there’s plenty to see. On Oahu there’s much more to see than it’s possible to cover on just one trip – you’ll be spoilt for choice. Cosmopolitan Honolulu, the vibrant resorts of Waikiki and Turtle Bay contrast with the laid-back serenity of the North Shore, where you’ll find fantastic surfing spots. In Kauai, the ‘garden island’, you’ll discover a dramatic landscape with lush, tropical rainforest, cascading waterfalls and beautiful sandy beaches. Maui is blessed with stunning beaches and one of the best coastal drives in the world. Adventure is always around the corner, especially when hiking around the 10,000ft dormant volcano, Haleakala, and its surrounding national park. Big Island lives up to its name; it’s twice the size of all the other major islands combined and is home to world’s most active volcano, K’lauea. Adventure seekers will love the mountains, waterfalls and incredible stargazing activity. To get the best views of the islands state take a light aircraft excursion and fly over the atolls, lagoons and volcanoes from which Hawaii was born.
For historians and the curious then a visit to Pearl Harbour is a must. The World War II Pacific National Monument Centre will help you learn more about the invasion and while you’re there you’ll have the chance to descend down into the sea and view the coral reefs and wrecks that are brought to life by thousands of brightly coloured fish and marine life.
During a cruise to Hawaii, you can expect to stop at the capital, Honolulu. Here you’ll be greeted by grass-skirted hula dancers as you prepare for time ashore that could include sophisticated shopping or watch the surfers riding spectacular waves – from a dry seat in a bar on the beach, of course! You could even get stuck in yourself with a surfing lesson from a pro if you’d prefer. Whether it’s a day in port on a longer itinerary or a week-long Hawaii cruise, you’ll find plenty to keep you entertained on one of our cruises to Hawaii.