Aloha Hawaii!

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Aloha Hawaii!

Hawaii is one of the most famous destinations on the planet. Think grass skirts, hula dancing, and surfing, to name just three things this beautiful island archipelago is famous for. Of course, paradise comes at a cost however, but did you know that the cost is much lower than it has ever been before?

Hawaii beachfront rentals are plentiful, and you can find them within a very large range in terms of cost – what better way to venture to Hawaii and enjoy a hula holiday?

It’s worth remembering that Hawaii is part of the USA, and not a country in its own right. For this reason, always check your entry requirements in terms of visas before you go. It may be that you simply need to head online and purchase an e-visa, better known as an ESTA, but it could also be that you need to go through a more formal visa process. In that case, you need to give it plenty of time, to avoid disappointment and time constraints. Simply head online and find out what you need for your particular country of origin.

With the red tape mentioned, we can now get onto the good stuff, i.e. where to visit!

The Big Island is of course the largest island within the Hawaiian archipelago, and this is where you will find the huge volcanoes that the state is known for. Check out Hawaii Volcanoes National Park for some serious sights to behold, as well as the most active volcano on the planet. Don’t worry however, any eruptions will be monitored very closely, and are predicted well ahead of time!

One of the best ways to see these huge mights of nature is by helicopter tour. This will show you a true overview of the region, and will fill your camera with pictures to last a lifetime.

The next largest island is called Maui, and this is ideal for anyone who wants to get out into nature and walk or hike. The mountain ranges on this island are huge and very impressive, as well as being home to many picturesque valleys. Make sure you visit Haleakala, which is home to the biggest volcanic crater on the planet – thankfully dormant!

Oahu is the most visited island in the chain, and this is home to some of the biggest waves around – ideal for surfing fans! Of course, if you don’t feel like trying it out for yourself, you can simply sit back and watch the pros, as there are many surfing competitions held here throughout the year. Oahu is also home to famous Waikiki and its action-packed beach, as well as sombre Pearl Harbour. The capital of Hawaii, Honolulu is also located on Oahu, and checking out a little city life, as well as beach life, is a great way to get a total overview of everything Hawaii has to offer, including traditions and everyday life.

If you want to venture into one of nature’s lushest gardens then Kauai is for you. This is where you will find rainforests, waterfalls, and some interesting wildlife too! Waimea Canyon is another must visit place on this island, as well as beautiful Poipu Beach.

Finally we have two smaller islands you may like to venture towards – Molokai and Lanai. Lanai used to be totally overrun with pineapple production, but nowadays there are golf courses and resorts springing up, making it a recent development in terms of tourism. Molokai boasts some of the planet’s highest sea cliffs, as well as the huge and imposing volcanoes in the east of the island.

As you can see from that brief rundown description, the main islands that most people head towards are the Big Island and Oahu. Which one you choose to base yourself on really depends on what type of vacation you’re after; if you want a nature based break then The Big Island is for you, however if you want a true tourism break, with fun in the sun, then perhaps Oahu should be where you stay. Even if you do stay on one or the other, there is nothing to say that you can’t head over to a different island for a day or two, and check out what that has to offer as an alternative!

Hawaii overall is about so much more than hula dancing and surfing, and the welcoming vibe will be evident to you as soon as you arrive. Nature seriously is at is best here, and you will get to view the might of Mother Nature, with all her rage and fury, and the more serene, idyllic side of her too. There is perhaps no better blend on earth, and you will be needing an empty camera memory card to really capture everything this beautiful state has to offer.

Remember to check out those visa entry requirements before you make any plans, and to get your red tape sorted out ahead of booking. Once this is done, you can start to plan your paradise break in Hawaii, as well as looking into the types of accommodation you might like to stay in ahead of time.

Will you try surfing? Will you attempt to hula dance? Will you eat some of the delicious Hawaiian delicacies on offer? Will you fly over the top of a huge volcano? Will you visit the underwater world and its residents?

These are just a few of the activities which are available to you when you head to Hawaii, with plenty more besides!

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