With pristine wilderness, vibrant culture, delicious food and super-friendly locals, Hawaii is definitely worth a visit. If you are planning a trip to Hawaii this summer, here are seven destinations in Hawaii that you may love.
Golden beaches give way to rolling hills and misty mountains as you ascend into Upcountry Maui, which is located on the higher elevations surrounding Haleakala – the island’s highest peak. Not only is Haleakala home to a number of endangered and endemic species, but it is also a sacred place where ancient priests meditated and received wisdom. If you are in Upcountry Maui on a Saturday, make sure to check out Upcountry Farmers Market in Makawao – a hub for local artisans, farmers and ranchers, where you can shop locally grown and made items, including tropical fruits, honey and many more.
If you are a beach lover, then Oahu is a must-see destination on your trip to Hawaii. Oahu’s windward coast begins at Makapu’u Point, about 15 miles east of Hawaii’s capital, Honolulu and extends up to Kahana Bay. Windward Oahu is also home to Kailua Beach – popular with windsurfers and kayakers, Lanikai Beach, which consistently ranks as one of the most beautiful in the world and Kualoa Ranch, a 4,000-acre private reserve that is a local favourite for zip lining, horseback riding and immersing in the staggering.
If you are seeking simple island pleasures without the high-rise buildings and sprawling resorts, you should visit Molokai. Less than 40 miles long and just 10 miles wide, this small island in Maui County has avoided mass development and retained its natural beauty. Here, you will find plenty of deserted beaches, the world’s largest sea cliffs and Kalaupapa National Historical Park. Additionally, you should pay a visit to the Kalaupapa Lookout that sits on the edge of a 2,000-foot cliff where you can see the expansive Pacific Ocean with Kalaupapa peninsula sprawled before you.
HAWAII VOLCANOES NATIONAL PARK, ISLAND OF HAWAII
With otherworldly landscapes and alluring volcanic activities, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park attracts over one million visitors each year. There are two active volcanoes in it that hold cultural significance for both tourists and Hawaiians. Waimea cowboy town on the Big Island is also a must on your visit. With rolling green pastures, cattle and ranches, Kahua Ranch is perfect for a horseback riding adventure. What’s more, you can also visit Parker Ranch as well as the museum at Paniolo Heritage Centre to better understand Waimea and the role of the cowboy in Hawaii.
For those looking to reconnect with the land and culture in Hawaii, the island of Lanai should be added to their travel bucket list. Although Lanai is the smallest inhabited island in Hawaii, it has a lot to offer. Many people say that visiting Lanai is as if you have taken a step back in time because life moves at a slower pace. This place is also home to many archaeological and cultural sites, such as the ancient fishing village of Kaunolu. Here, you will have the chance to marvel at the skill and tenacity of ancient Hawaiians.
SOUTH SHORE, KAUAI
Approximately 97% covered in vegetation, Kauai is nicknamed the “Garden Isle”. Just 20 minutes south of Mount Waialeale – one of the wettest spots on Earth, you will see Kauai’s South Shore that is sunnier and popular with snorkelers, swimmers and Poipu Beach resort guests.
Visiting the South Shore, you will have the chance to enjoy some of the best sunsets. Baby Beach, a protected cove just west of Poipu Beach, is the place where you will find calm, ankle-deep waters, perfect for families with babies and small children. The 22-mile Kalalau Trail on the Na Pali Coast is a bucket-list item for experienced hikers and a visit to Waimea Canyon, commonly called the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific” to admire the striking colours and rock formations is a must.