By Meghan Brennan
Hawaii is an experience unlike any other. Its islands are filled with secret spots just waiting to be explored and adventures lying behind every bend. With so much to offer, the best way to get the most out of your Hawaiian vacation is by booking with a travel agent! Your travel agent will book you an amazing beach getaway that unlock your destination’s must-see attractions and wonders with exclusive sightseeing excursions. And in Hawaii, they’re the best way to get to know Maui and Oahu.
Perhaps Hawaii’s most popular island, Maui is home to such famous sights as the Hana Highway and Haleakala, but you can see much more than the well-worn tourist trail. Best of all, in Maui you can choose whether you want to be picked up and dropped off for your experience or drive yourself and enjoy the day at your own pace.
The heights of Haleakala’s fertile slopes are a world away from the beaches and palm trees of the island that lies below them. This part of the island is home to more farmers than surfers – in fact, most of Maui’s produce comes from upcountry Maui! Here you’ll find a cooler climate, country-style living, and views beyond compare. With farms, ranches, and more – as well as sightings of pueo, Hawaii’s native owl, this region shouldn’t be missed.
Here, travelers can visit a working goat dairy farm and sample its award-winning gourmet cheeses, before continuing on to a lavender farm. A guided tour shows visitors some of the 55,000 plants and 45 varieties of lavender – before enjoying a cup of lavender tea and a lavender scone, of course!
Another option, of course, is the Farm Tour, Wine Tasting, and Lunch excursion. Lunches aren’t just delicious; they’re sustainable and educational at this restaurant, the state’s first to own and operate a farm for the purpose of supplying their own kitchen. Guests are guided through the farm by a culinary specialist and get to hand pick items for a one-of-a-kind farm-to-table lunch. The whole experience is capped off with a wine tasting at Hawaii’s first commercial winery.
Home to Waikiki and the famed North Shore, Chinatown and the Iolani Palace, Oahu is the heart of Hawaii, and visitors can explore everything it has to offer with unique sightseeing adventures.
Grand Circle Island Tour
This all-day tour of the island covers some of Oahu’s best sightseeing spots, from the North Shore to Pali Lookout. The highlights of the tour are many and varied, with something to suit every traveler. Guests see some of the most celebrated surf breaks in the world at Waimea Bay, Sunset Beach, and Banzai Pipeline – where waves can exceed 50 feet in the winter!
Big Kahuna Luau
This isn’t your parents’ luau – held at a beautiful 1920s estate nestled in the secluded hills of Tantalus, high above Honolulu, guests enjoy incredible views as they learn about Hawaiian culture. Away from the bright lights and tourist masses of Waikiki, travelers get to enjoy the Imu ceremony, learn to dance the hula, and practice Polynesian cultural activities.
Diamond Head Morning Hike
Lēʻahi, more commonly known as Diamond Head, is perhaps the best-known hike in Hawaii, and even at its most crowded is well worth the effort it takes to reach the top. Insiders suggest taking a private morning hike to to avoid crowds. After enjoying the view from the top, travelers sate their appetite with breakfast at a local eatery before heading out to enjoy another full day in paradise.
Contact your local travel agent to book these great offers in the island paradise of Hawaii now!
About Meghan Brennan