Like many people, you may think that each of the Hawaiian Islands are the same. Not so! Each of Hawaii’s six major islands differ in landscape, climate and culture, providing you with a new experience on every visit. In fact, it may be overwhelming with the amount of things to do and see on each. Here are just a few of the unique activities you can do on a few of the main islands.
Visit historic Pearl Harbor on the island of Oahu.
The USS Arizona and USS Missouri are two of Hawaii’s most historic landmarks. The first commemorates the event that marked the United States’ entry into World War II, while it was on the deck of the USS Missouri where the treaty was signed that ended the war. On the Arizona Memorial / USS Missouri / Honolulu City Tour, you’ll be able to see both of these remarkable places as well as some of the best sites in Downtown Honolulu.
Some of the locations include Iolani Palace, the only royal palace on U.S. soil, the Hawaii State Capitol and the famous King Kamehameha statue that is the featured headquarters of the Hawaii 5-O task force on television.
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Fly around an erupting volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii.
Kilauea Volcano is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Since 1983, it has had one of the most long-lived eruptions known in recorded history. You’ll be able to get a bird’s-eye view of this amazing natural wonder on the Circle of Fire Helicopter Tour. This flightseeing activity takes you around the volcano’s most recent flow, as well as Puu Oo vent where you’ll see steam pockets rising from the ground.
Snorkel along the Na Pali Coast on Kauai.
The Na Pali Coast is one of the most panoramic vistas in the Hawaiian Islands. This 15-mile stretch of rugged coastline on the northwest shore of Kauai literally translates to “The Cliffs.” Much of the wind-carved slopes are inaccessible due to their characteristic sheer cliffs that drop straight down thousands of feet into the ocean. Beneath the cliffs, you’ll discover an abundance of colorful Pacific marinelife. From a rainbow of tropical fish in all shapes and sizes, to sea turtles and even dolphins, the warm ocean waters provide the perfect playground for these aquatic creatures.
Ride a bike down the “House of the Sun” on Maui.
Legend has it that the demi-god Maui climbed to the top of Haleakala Crater to lasso the sun in an attempt to slow its journey across the sky so his mother’s tapa cloth could dry. Today, you can travel up the very same peak and ride down its curving roads via bicycle. Starting with an early morning van ride to the top, you’ll be greeted with a stunning sunrise. Then you’ll ride a bike down this dormant volcano watching the lunar-like landscape transform into emerald farmland.
To explore these activities and some of the other exciting things to do in Hawaii, contact your local travel agent!