hawai‘i

Tropical paradise, aloha spirit and unforgettable memories await

The Aloha State

Six Hawaiian Islands. Six pure experiences.
From crystal blue waters to stunning green cliffs and black sand beaches, Hawaii's wide-open spaces are the breathtaking backdrop for creating unforgettable memories. Start your adventure on Oahu, where the vibrant Honolulu and iconic Waikiki Beach await. Marvel at the beauty of Diamond Head, explore the legendary North Shore with its world-famous swells, pay homage at Pearl Harbor and indulge in some retail therapy at Ala Moana.

Then, it’s on to Maui to experience breathtaking sunrises and sunsets at Haleakalā National Park, snorkel alongside vibrant marine life in Molokini, and navigate the scenic Road to Hana. For a more laid-back escape, head to Kauai - behold the dramatic Na Pali Coast, hike the breathtaking Waimea Canyon, and bask in the tranquillity of its serene beaches.

If you’re seeking adventure and traditional Hawaiian culture look no further than the Big Island of Hawaii, where the powerful Kilauea volcano in Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park awaits. Or if getting off-the-beaten-path is more to your liking, explore the natural wonders of Molokai, boasting some of the world's tallest sea cliffs or find serenity on the Island of Lanai,  where luxury and privacy reign supreme - and not one traffic light in sight!

Stunning beaches, lush landscapes, vibrant culture, pounding surf and flowing lava are just a glimpse of the wonders that draw millions of travellers to Hawai'i every year.

Underwater Kona with underwater diver & a school of fish

Things to see & do

Browse through our recommended selection of things to see and do in Hawai‘i. Many of these are included in our suggested itineraries, however, if there is
anything you see that particularly takes your interest, please let us know and we will include it in your holiday package or put you in touch with the right people.

Haleakala National Park

Maui

On Maui an unforgettable adventure awaits - your chance to catch the sunrise at Haleakalā. Rise before dawn to ascend the summit and witness a kaleidoscope of colours painting the sky as the sun emerges above the crater's rim. This ancient volcanic crater provides a spiritual and awe-inspiring experience, etching a lasting memory. For late risers, witnessing sunset at the summit of Haleakala is also a popular option.

Waikiki Beach

Honolulu, O‘ahu

A quintessential Hawaiian experience is to leave your footprints on one of the world’s most iconic stretches of golden sand against the backdrop of Honolulu’s city lights and Diamond Head. Feel the sand between your toes, learn to surf, soak up the sun or dive into the beach's lively atmosphere with seaside dining, shopping, and entertainment.

Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park

The Big Island of Hawai’i

Enter the sacred cauldron where the goddess Pele, in her fiery dance, shapes and burns the earth. Marvel at Mauna Loa, Earth's largest volcano, and experience the raw power of Kilauea, one of the world's most active. Witness lava flows, explore unique formations, and traverse diverse ecosystems, from lush rainforests to barren lava fields – an awe-inspiring encounter with the forces of creation.

Pearl Harbor & USS Arizona Memorial

Pearl Harbor, O‘ahu

Explore the Battleship Missouri Memorial, a living tribute to the end of World War II having served as the site of Japan's surrender in 1945. Now permanently located in Pearl Harbour visitors can wander its historic decks and learn about the end of a conflict that reshaped the world. For a unique historical journey commemorating the start and the end of WWII, Travel USA recommends you combine this with a Pearl Harbour and USS Arizona Memorial tour. Check with us for more details.

Waimea Canyon

Kauai

Hike the Grand Canyon of the Pacific, carved by ancient lava flows and the Waimea River, that graces Kauai with its breathtaking beauty. Waimea Canyon's vibrant reds and greens create a mesmerising landscape for hikers, with countless lookout points offering sweeping views. Soaring above this natural wonder on a helicopter adventure is also an exhilarating way to experience the Canyon from above - check with Travel USA for details.

Battleship Missouri Memorial

Pearl Harbor, O'ahu

Explore the Battleship Missouri Memorial, a living tribute to the end of World War II having served as the site of Japan's surrender in 1945. Now permanently located in Pearl Harbour visitors can wander its historic decks and learn about the end of a conflict that reshaped the world. For a unique historical journey commemorating the start and the end of WWII, Travel USA recommends you combine this with a Pearl Harbour and USS Arizona Memorial tour. Check with us for more details.

Pay it forward

Hawai’i

For the most enriching experience of Hawai‘i, make time to join efforts to mālama (care for) this truly special place and its unique culture. Go Hawai’i operates the Mālama Hawai‘i Programme where several organisations offer volunteer opportunities for visitors to pay it forward - like beach clean-ups, wildlife preservation, native tree planting and more. It’s your chance to experience Hawai‘i on a much deeper and connected level - click below to find out more. 

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Mauna Kea

The Big Island of Hawai‘i

Known for its exceptional clarity and minimal light pollution Mauna Kea, is a world-renowned stargazing destination. Rising some 4,000 metres above sea level, visitors can embark on guided stargazing tours, witnessing breathtaking views of the cosmos. Marvel at the wonders of the universe from this unparalleled celestial observatory.

Diamond Head

Honolulu, O‘ahu

Don some comfortable shoes and make what is generally a two-hour trek to the summit of Diamond Head, where stunning vistas of Waikiki's coastline and the Pacific Ocean await. This iconic hike leads adventurers through tunnels and up staircases to the summit where along the way its origin as a volcanic crater adds geological fascination, while military bunkers serve as a reminder of its past role in military defence. 

Molokini Crater

Maui

This iconic crescent shape volcanic caldera turned marine sanctuary, located off the coast of Maui, shelters a vibrant underwater world teeming with coral reefs and diverse marine life. This submerged crater's unique ecosystem and captivating clear water underwater scenery makes for a popular snorkelling and diving destination.

Iolani Palace

Honolulu, O‘ahu

Tour the historic Iolani Palace, a cherished historical landmark as the only royal palace in the United States, having served as the residence of Hawaiian monarchs in the late 1800’s. Today, visitors can visit the Palace and marvel at the opulent architecture whilst explore its regal rooms and learning about the island's rich history and cultural legacy. 

Helicopter Tours

Hawai’i

There is no better way to witness the beauty and grandeur of the Hawaiian Islands than from the sky! Discover the Big Island’s volcanic fury, take a Jurassic journey through Kauai’s Waimea Canyon, see all of the spectacular iconic sights of Oahu, or soar high above Maui’s remote Hana Rainforest and the moon-like crater of Mt. Haleakala. Contact Travel USA for more details on how you can experience a birds-eye view of the Islands.

AULANI, A Disney Resort & Spa

Ko Olina, O‘ahu

Hang out with Mickey and his friends at AULANI, A Disney Resort & Spa in Ko Ilina, Hawai‘i where the enchantment of the islands meets the magic of Disney. With its stunning oceanfront setting, lush landscapes, and imaginative Disney design the resort caters to families and features a water park and regular entertainment, including fireside storytelling, movie nights under the stars and visits from Disney Characters. And yes …. any American Idol fans will definitely be familiar with this property! Check with Travel USA for more details. 

Kona Coffee Living History Farm

The Big Island of Hawai‘i

Experience a captivating glimpse into the island's coffee heritage at Hawai‘i’s only living history coffee farm. Set against the backdrop of picturesque coffee fields visitors get to experience the daily life of early 20th-century coffee farmers through interactive exhibits and demonstrations showcasing traditional practices, from harvesting to processing, and all amongst that unmistakable aroma of coffee.

North Shore Beaches

Ehukai Beach, O‘ahu

Search for the perfect wave at Banzai Pipeline, the legendary reef and wave breaking point at Ehukai Beach renowned for its massive, powerful tube-like waves. This iconic break draws professional surfers from around the globe, reaching its peak during winter when conditions are epic. An exhilarating spectacle, it's a must-visit for surf enthusiasts and a hotspot for thrilling competitions. The best time to visit is generally between November and February - the rest of the year it is relatively calm.

Bishop Museum

Honolulu, O‘ahu

Delve into Hawaiian history at the largest museum in the state that preserves and showcases the rich cultural and natural history of the Hawaiian Islands and the Pacific. Home to the most Polynesian cultural artefacts and specimens in the world it offers a comprehensive insight into Hawaiian heritage, traditions, and the Pacific region's biodiversity.

Road to Hana Highway

Maui

Feel a sense of suspense as you travel along the legendary ‘Road to Hana Highway’, a breathtaking 84-kilometre journey through lush rainforests, dramatic cliffs, and cascading waterfalls, that connects Kahului to Hana. This spectacular journey winds through lush valleys and across cliff-top narrow roads and features over 600 turns and nearly 60 bridges. Travel by car or book a tour, exploring enchanting stops along the way like the Twin Falls and the Seven Sacred Pools at Ohe'o Gulch. 

Hanauma Bay

Hanauma Bay, O'ahu

Known for its exceptional snorkelling, Hanauma Bay’s curved, volcanic crater provides a sheltered haven for vibrant coral reefs and diverse marine life where visitors can snorkel in crystal-clear waters surrounded by colourful fish and other aquatic creatures. Whilst it’s only 30 minutes from Waikiki Beach, pre booking 48 hours prior is required so to avoid disappointment it might be a good idea to pre book a tour before you leave. Contact Travel USA for more details.

The Challenge at Manele

Lanai

Stay and play at one of the most spectacular golf courses in the State - a Jack Nicklaus-signature course featuring three cliff perched holes, making the Pacific Ocean the largest water hazard golfers could possibly face! It challenges the best golfers requiring precise tee shots over natural gorges and ravines whilst novice players will enjoy practicing their swing amid spectacular vistas - even if they need to stock up on balls beforehand! Access is restricted to guests staying at the Four Seasons Resort Lanai -  check with Travel USA for more details.

Explore O‘ahu with the Go City Pass

O‘ahu

With Travel USA and Go City, sightseeing couldn’t be easier. One pass, one price, all the sights - save up to 50% on the best attractions, tours, and activities - see more, spend less! From chasing waterfalls to surfing the waves, we've got you covered!

N.B. The all-inclusive pass is included in Travel USA’s Honolulu and selected Hawai‘i packages giving you unlimited access to more than 40 attractions, tours, and activities during your stay.

Kilauea with Lava pouring into the water

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