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Welcome to Hawaii

Anyone can see why the Pacific archipelago of Hawaii is a favorite pick for travelers: cobalt waters, powder-white beaches, volcanic peaks, indigenous wildlife, and rich traditional culture. Hawaii’s vibe is casual and laid-back, with life here mostly lived outside. Locals and visitors divide their time between chowing down on traditional island food, surfing or bodyboarding the waves, snorkeling or diving the coral reefs, or hiking over ancient lava flows.

Each main island offers both expected and unique experiences. Sail and snorkel off the coast of Maui; summit Mauna Kea, kayak with dolphins, and traverse volcanic crater rims on the Big Island; hike through rain forests and valleys on rugged Kauai; and check off Oahu's top things to do, from visiting Pearl Harbour to leaning to surf at Waikiki Beach. For seclusion, empty beaches, and authentic Hawaiin culture, Molokai and Lanai—the two least populated of the main islands—beckon.

Whatever your vision of a dream Hawaiian vacation, the recipe is simple: Choose your islands, choose your activities, choose your pace, book your trip, and enjoy.

Top 10 attractions in Hawaii

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Molokini Crater

Molokini Crater

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When was the last time you had a snorkel adventure inside of a sunken Hawaiian volcano, or enjoyed a freshly cooked BBQ lunch on the deck of a sailing catamaran? Thanks to its calm, crystal clear waters, bright coral reef, and 250-plus species of tropical fish, Molokini Crater is the most popular spot for snorkeling tours on Maui. Spend a day on a snorkeling tour as you explore the protected marine preserve and come face to face with some of Hawaii's most colorful marine life.More
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Na Pali Coast

Na Pali Coast

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With steep emerald cliffs, lush valleys, and remote cascading waterfalls, the Na Pali Coast is one of Hawaii’s most beautiful regions, and no visit to Kauai is complete without a visit to this magical coastline. There are only three ways to explore the Na Pali Coast—by air, by sea, and on foot—and each offers its own unique perspective.More
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Road to Hana (Hana Highway)

Road to Hana (Hana Highway)

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Tropical foliage, black sand beaches, rushing waterfalls and incredible views are the calling cards of the legendary, winding Road to Hana. The famous roadway along Maui’s North Shore (also called the Hana Highway) includes 600 hairpin turns and more than 50 bridges and is known as one of the most beautiful roads in the world.More
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Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

Mauna Kea Summit & Observatory

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Visiting the Mauna Kea Summit and Observatories gives you the feeling of being on top of the world for good reason: You’re actually pretty close. Standing at 13,796 feet (4,138 meters), the mountain is Hawaii's tallest and the highlight of many visitors' trips to the Big Island of Hawaii. The Mauna Kea Observatories (MKO) feature some of the world's largest telescopes, including equipment from Canada, France, and the University of Hawaii, due to its designation as an unparalleled destination for stargazing.More
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Honolulu

Honolulu

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Honolulu is so much more than just the sunny resort area of Waikiki, where white sands stretch all the way to iconic Diamond Head. The capital city is Hawaii’s commercial and urban heart, with first-class museums, shopping, dining, clubs, and bars. And every year millions of visitors from around the globe find aloha in Honolulu, where surfboards, sunsets, swimming, and taking it slow are simply a way of life.More
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Kailua Pier

Kailua Pier

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Kailua Pier is the northern bookend to most of Kailua-Kona’s restaurants, shops and bars, a stretch of concrete wide enough to host four-lanes of traffic (if it wasn’t closed off to cars). The historic pier was first built as a downtown fishing dock in 1900 and utilized rocks from deconstructed Hawaiian palace and fort walls, but today few boats moor here. Instead, the pier is mostly used for large events and festivals including the annual Kona Ironman World Championships, which starts and finishes at the pier, and the Kona International Billfish Tournament whose daily catches of sometimes-massive fish species including Pacific blue marlin are weighed from pier-side scales for all to see.On the pier’s northern side, a small beach fronting the King Kamehameha Marriott Hotel has public showers, restroom blocks and hosts community events such as the Kona International Surf Film Festival and the Kona Brewers’ Festival. Aside from the beach, the best vantage forAhu’ena Heiau, a still-revered thatch-roof temple dedicated to Lono and dating to the early 19th century, is from Kailua Pier. Some say the temple is just 1/3 of its original size when built by Island-uniting King Kamehameha I. Because it is believed the monarch also died here, the site and its tiny man-made island remain sacred and off-limits to the public, despite being on the National Register of Historic Landmarks.More
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Pearl Harbor National Memorial

Pearl Harbor National Memorial

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Made up of several historic sites and memorials, Pearl Harbor honors and educates the public about the Japanese attack on the United States on December 7, 1941 that propelled the country into World War II. It’s one of Hawaii’s most-visited attractions, and one of the country’s most significant WWII memorial sites.More
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Mokolii Island

Mokolii Island

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Located a short distance offshore of Kualoa Point, Mokolii Island is one of Oahu’s most famous landmarks. This small, cone-shaped island attracts adventurous visitors with its secluded coves, rugged hikes, and views of Oahu’s windward coast and the Koolau mountains; the same mountains featured in scenes of the movie Jurassic Park.More
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Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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Located on the Big Island of Hawaii, the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park offers visitors a front-row seat to the region’s striking natural beauty. Home to everything from lush rain forest and the Halemaumau Crater to lava tubes and rolling black lava fields—where hot steam still rises from fissures and rifts that dot the rugged landscape—Hawaii Volcanoes National Park is a must on the Big Island.More
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Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park

Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park

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A pleasant stop on the road to Hana, the Puaʻa Kaʻa State Wayside Park offers the chance to take a scenic break from the long drive. Stretch your legs on its dirt path to nearby waterfalls and natural pools. The farther you're willing to walk, the taller the waterfalls become and many people bring a picnic to enjoy as a part of this diversion.Totaling five acres the area here is lush with tropical plants which, with the sound of the waterfalls, create a distinct rain forest feel. Picnic tables are set against scenic backdrops, and fish and tadpoles are visible in the shallower pools. Watch for wild birds and mongoose. The walking paths here are not rigorous, but a refreshing dip in one of the pools is a highlight for many on a hot day.More

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Top activities in Hawaii

Paradise Cove Luau
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Molokini Snorkeling Adventure Aboard Calypso (MAUI / Ma'alaea Harbor)
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Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
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Kauai ATV Waterfall Tour
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Recent reviews from experiences in Hawaii

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Lots of Fun
Samantha_U, Dec 2021
Paradise Cove Luau
Lots of activities prior to the show were cool.
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Substitute for snorkeling
Shailesh_K, Nov 2021
Maui Atlantis Submarine Adventure
As a bonus we got to see a whale as we headed back to the shore
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Love the tour guy tyler...
April_P, Nov 2021
Big Island in a Day: Volcanoes, Waterfalls, Sightseeing, History
Love the tour guy tyler kept us entertained while we drove to each place was very informative of hawaii heritage love the black sand beach got to see a turtle on the black sand saw some flowers i didn't know what it was showed him it and he knew what it was
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Great dive
Jessica_D, Nov 2021
Kauai's Ultimate South Shore 2 Tank Dive (Certified Divers Only)
The shore dive is a prefect way to see some of Hawaii's wildlife without a long excursion.
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Amazing!!
Sashalee_S, Nov 2021
Royal Crown of Oahu - 60 Min Helicopter Tour - Doors Off or On
Being able to see so much of Hawaii from a different vantage point.
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Laura_H, Nov 2021
Pearl Harbor Arizona, Punchbowl and City Tour
It's respect we owe to the fallen.
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Fun with some big fishies
Courtney_B, Nov 2021
Shark Cage Diving In Oahu
This was a memorable experience and one of my favorite activities we’ve done in Hawaii.
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Too Easy!
Wendy_R, Nov 2021
North Shore Circle Island Adventure with Snorkeling with the Turtles
We learned so much and got to see the beauty of Hawaii!
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10/10 would recommend!
Julio_L, Nov 2021
Toa Luau at Waimea Valley
If you want to take part in some of the activities make sure to arrive before your start time.
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Awesome, trip!
Colin_E, Nov 2021
Sunset Sail Experience at Kona from Honokohau
Amazing to see all the different underwater creatures in Hawaii
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Awesome day!
Stephanie_C, Nov 2021
Kohala Waterfalls Small Group Adventure Tour
I would recommend this tour for anyone, there is a hike and steps, but totally doable and the waterfalls and swimming pond was great!
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Cindy_H, Oct 2021
Waikiki Atlantis Submarine Adventure
It was nice to know Hawaii put in artificial reefs and structures to guarantee to see fish.
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The best tour guide
CeCe, Oct 2021
Island and You: Circle-Island Local Food Tour of Oahu
This was our first time in Hawaii and we wanted to see more than just the tourist stuff.
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Majestic Animals
Ericam_D, Oct 2021
Night Manta Ray Adventure
One of the great activities we did in Hawaii- The crew: Simon, Ula and Kenny were awesome.
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Best private tour !
Laura_P, Oct 2021
Full-Day Private Tour of North Shore Beaches
We saw amazing beaches, waterfalls and some hidden local gems ☀️🌊!
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Island trip
Marcello_M, Oct 2021
Pearl Harbor: USS Arizona Memorial & USS Missouri Battleship Tour from Waikiki
I would come back to see more of hawaii and it's beautifull island
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Vaslyn's first trip to Hawaii
Vaslyn_D, Oct 2021
USS Arizona Memorial - Honolulu City - Aloha Pearl Harbor Tour - Oahu
I must say I was very happy I booked this trip it was very informative, sad and impressive I got to see interesting part of Honolulu and the history behind Pearl Harbour which I love.
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West Kauai trip. October 15th 2021.
Charles_M, Oct 2021
Da Westside Explorer - Nature's Wonders, History & Local flavors (7-9hrs)
She stopped at the best sights.
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Fun and Sunset!
Theresa_H, Oct 2021
LUCKY LADY - Deluxe Na Pali Sunset Tour
We saw beautiful scenery and were lucky to see several spinner dolphins!
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Dirty fun!!!!
Sullivans, Oct 2021
Kauai ATV Waterfall Tour
The waterfall is beautiful with lots of time to enjoy the surrounding beauty.

All about Hawaii

When to visit

With tropical breezes and ideal beach weather beckoning year-round, there’s really no bad time to visit Hawaii. Look for off-season discounts and the mildest temps in late spring and early fall. Winter brings more rain and higher prices, but north shore swells make for epic surfing, and migrating humpback whales put on a wild display from December through May.

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