Hawaii is famed for its stunning scenery, laidback attitude and unique flora and fauna. Hawaii cruises are the perfect option to bring together and experience all these different elements in a pampered and stress-free holiday.
Hawaii has six major islands: Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii’s Big Island. Each has their own personality and attractions, and you may want to spend more time on one or the other of them.
Kauai is known as “The Garden Isle” due to its lush rainforests and deep, fertile valleys. This enchanting island is home to several botanical gardens featuring native Hawaiian flora, as well as the spectacular Waimea Canyon and Napali Coast. White sand beaches stretch for 50 miles and offer excellent opportunities for snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing. Other activities on the island include horse-riding, hiking, windsurfing and scuba diving. The historic towns of Old Koloa Town and Hanapepe Town are charming locales steeped in the island’s multicultural, plantation past and housing superb eateries and art galleries. Kauai is a popular stop on Hawaii cruises for all these reasons.
Oahu is a vibrant and exciting island, where timeless beauty is effortlessly blended with modern life. Home to the state capital of Honolulu and the world-famous resort of Waikiki, lively bars and restaurants featuring local and international cuisine abound on Oahu. Natural wonders that can be experience on Hawaii cruises include Leahi, a spectacular crater to the south, the North Shore famous for its surf, and the Koolau mountain range.
Molokai is a tranquil, unspoiled island, home to the Kapuaiwa Coconut Grove, the scenic and isolated Kalaupapa National Historical Park which features the tallest sea cliffs in the world, and Papohaku Beach, one of the longest continuous white sand beaches in Hawaii. Kaunakakai is the central town, a charming harbour town with numerous small boutiques and the famous Kanemitsu’s Bakery.
Lanai is a romantic and intimate island which can be visited on Hawaii cruises. You can leisurely browse the streets of Lanai City or visit the white sands of Hulopoe Bay, a superb spot for swimming and snorkelling. Hulopoe is a protected site where dolphins and whales can be spotted. The picturesque Puu Pehe is a rock rising from the sea steeped in legends of doomed lovers.
Maui is home to world-famous beaches on the western side and the lively, historic town of Lahaina. A striking landmark is the 1200 foot Iao Needle. The Haleakala National Park straddles the centre of the island, where surreal desert landscapes, high peaks and lush tropical vegetation can be explored on foot or horseback.
Hawaii Island is the youngest island in the Hawaii chain and has some dramatic geological features, including the active volcano Kilauea and the sacred, soaring sea mountain of Maunakea The climate and landscape is varied, from snow-capped mountains to black sand beaches. Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must-see on cruises to Hawaii, and other sights include the lava fields of the Kohala Coast, the cultural region of Keauhou, the ranchlands of Waimea and superb botanical gardens. Kailua Village is an historic and sunny seaside town on the east coast.
Hawaii has an equable climate with warm trade winds and Hawaii cruises operate year round. On average summer (April to November) is warmer and drier and the winter months (December to March) cooler and wetter. 11 of 13 climatic zones can be found in Hawaii, and it is worth remembering that the air temperature can be cooler in the interior mountains.
Hawaii cruises are an indulgent yet affordable option to experience all that Hawaii has to offer. From elegantly appointed cabins to lively bars and superb cuisine, and with spas, exercise gyms and swimming pools onboard, facilities are excellent and the service warm and hospitable. Many cruises offer the chance to learn about Hawaiian culture, with music and cultural events popular. Onshore excursions can be organised onboard by friendly and professional staff.
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