Hawaiian Islands – the main resorts and areas, excursions and attractions, museums, reviews of tourists about the Hawaiian Islands.
The Hawaiian archipelago, the fiftieth state of the United States, is located in the central part of the Pacific Ocean and consists of 162 islands, only seven of which are inhabited. The islands have fantastic nature – palm trees and tropical flowers, wide beaches and stable fine weather.
According to toppharmacyschools, the capital is Honolulu.
How to get to Hawaii
The Hawaiian Islands are the largest transport hub in the North Pacific Ocean, through which the routes connecting the United States and Canada with the states of East Asia, the Philippines, Australia and New Zealand pass.
It is most convenient for Russian tourists to make a regular flight to Los Angeles, then an internal flight to Honolulu (~ 5 hours). If tourists are heading to the islands of Hawaii, Maui or Kauai, the flight is also to Los Angeles, then an internal flight to the desired island with a mandatory landing in Honolulu.
A flight from New York or Chicago will take 9-10 hours, it can also be reached from Japan in about 7 hours, but this option is considered more expensive. An American visa to visit Hawaii is required: 160 USD.
You can also get to Hawaii by cruise ship from the coast of the United States. As a rule, ocean liners depart from Los Angeles (USA) or Vancouver (Canada), such a trip lasts three days and will cost you about the same money as a flight.
Weather in Hawaii
The climate on the islands is humid and tropical. From May to November, tropical cyclones bring precipitation, but these rains are not prolonged, there are many hours of sunshine even during this period. There is no suffocating heat on the islands.
One of the main advantages of Hawaii is its diversity. All islands are different in landscape and vegetation, each has its own characteristics. For example, on the island of Oahu there is a very developed tourist infrastructure, there are practically no “wild” places there. The island of Hawaii or Big Island is interesting for its Volcanoes National Park. And the island of Maui, thanks to strong winds, attracts windsurfers.
You can travel between the islands by ferry or plane of local airlines, which is expensive and not always convenient. Inside the islands – by taxi, rented car or regular buses. Car rental in Hawaii will cost from 55 USD / day.
Hotels and resorts
There are no all-inclusive hotels in Hawaii. Tourists have a choice to stay in the so-called resort – a large hotel with swimming pools, restaurants and parks on the territory, or rent an apartment at the time of arrival. Moreover, apartment complexes are not much inferior to hotels in terms of infrastructure – they are located near the beaches, with pools in picturesque corners. The cost of accommodation in an apartment or “resort” is about 150 USD per day.
Diving in Hawaii
The most popular diving island is Maui. Colonies of corals grow in its coastal waters and a lot of colorful fish and sea turtles live. In the western and southern coastal waters of the island, you can also snorkel in shallow water. To the southwest of Maui lies the microscopic crescent-shaped island of Molokini, which, thanks to the richness of the underwater world, has received the status of a specially protected natural area.
There are many diving centers on Maui where you can get training and get a PADI certificate.
Hawaiian natives consider surfing a royal sport: for many centuries, only the local nobility had the right to carelessly cut on the board along the crests of the waves (by the way, using special oars-panicles for better stability and maneuverability). Today, crowds of surfers from all over the world have joined the blue-blooded people: “board sports” are one of the most popular Hawaiian entertainments.
Popular surf beaches include: on the island of Hawaii – Pine Trees, Kahaluu and Banyans for beginners and Honolia for confidently standing on the board. On Kauai – Poipu Beach and Nahuilihuili Harbor on the south coast of the island, Tunnels Beach and Ganaley Bay in the north. Oahu invites surfers to ride the waves around Waikiki Beach and surf the giant waves of Waimea Bay. You can “surf” on the island of Maui on Hookipa Beach or in Honolua Bay (the latter is for professionals, the waves there are rather big and treacherous).
On any of the listed surf sites there are lessons with instructors: both for beginners and for those who want to improve their skills.