The Big Island is also known as the Volcano Island. Its 4,050 square miles are home to the 14,000-feet peaks of Mauna Loa and Mauna Kea, creating a backdrop of uncompromising beauty. Another nickname, the Orchid Isle, hints at the abundant flora within its rich rainforests, while macadamia nut plantations add their mark to the patchwork landscapes. Amidst all this, Hilo greets you with a sedate friendliness and delightful clapboard buildings.
Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii
Hawaii’s capital is indeed the jewel city of the Pacific. Honolulu’s appeal ranges from its magnificent beaches, tempting restaurants, and multitude of historic, cultural and scenic attractions. Combine the languid allure of the tropics, big city sophistication and the spirit of Aloha, and you’ve discovered Oahu. Known as “The Gathering Place”, this Pacific crossroads is a tapestry of cultural diversity from Polynesian sensuality and Oriental mystique to American pragmatism. And it all blends together in one of the most harmonious gatherings in the World.
Nawiliwili, Kauai, Hawaii
The Garden Isle of Kauai is the tropical paradise that dreams are made of; a land of towering ocean cliffs and impossibly green valleys, pristine rainforests and cascading waterfalls, as well as some of the world’s most photographed beaches. Arrive with a head for heights and swoop by helicopter over Waimea Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of the Pacific - an unforgettable patchwork of deep greens daubed by the coppery reds of the bare rock - or take a trip to Wailua Falls and view this majestic 80ft high waterfall up close from the look-out right next to it.
Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii
Discover not one idyllic island, but three! From Lahaina, encounter tiny Lanai’s welcoming sands and stark Valley of the Gods. Nearby Molokai brings a glimpse of traditional Polynesian customs and cultures. The Hawaiian phrase ‘Maui No Ka Oi’ means ‘Maui is the best’. You’ll agree, after a visit to the enchanting Valley Isle. Explore the old whaling town of Lahaina - a multilevel eight-acre complex offers whaling displays, shops, galleries and restaurants - and the nearby West Maui Mountains.
Explore Haleakala National Park with its massive crater - 3,000 feet (914m) deep, over seven miles (11km) long and two miles (3.2km) wide. Then travel the road to Hana and experience a true taste of old Hawaii. Or snorkel off the emerald island of Lanai, where you’ll delight in pristine reefs and colourful marine life.