Monday, February 8, 2010


Beaches of white, gold, black and red, breathtaking sunsets, lush rainforests, plunging cliffs, active volcanoes and rugged valleys – this is Hawaii. Watch whales off the coast of Maui, feel the heat from the volcanic lava flow on the ‘Big Island’, absorb the history of Oahu’s Pearl Harbor, or hike through the Jurassic Park landscape of Kauai, the choice is yours. With its frangipani-scented sea breezes and tropical warmth, Hawaii has something special for everyone. There’s no place on earth like Hawaii. Whether you’re a new visitor or returning, Hawaii’s unique islands offer diverse experiences that will entice any traveller.

The island of Oahu is the gateway to Hawaii, a tropical island getaway with beautiful beaches and pristine bays. Oahu’s capital, Honolulu, is home to one of the world’s most famous beaches, Waikiki Beach. Honolulu is a thriving city boasting fine dining, an exciting nightlife and great shopping such as Kalakaua Avenue in Waikiki, which is filled with boutique stores boasting international brands. Honolulu’s large harbour still bears the scars from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941. Visitors can tour the site including the haunting Arizona Memorial. Beyond Honolulu there is much to see and do. Not far from the city you’ll find rural communities, a beautiful coastline dotted with over 50 beaches many at which you can swim, surf and snorkel. Lush rainforests abound and fantastic views can be seen from a host of lookouts. Visit Sunset Beach, Waimea Bay and the tropical marine park of
Hanauma Bay.
Maui is consistently voted one of the best island destinations in the world. Dominated by the extinct Haleakala Crater, Maui is a paradise which offers visitors as much adventure or relaxation as they desire. If you love the water, relaxing on beautiful beaches and driving through spectacular scenery, this island has your name on it. With over 15 golf courses it’s also a golfer’s mecca. At the end of the day, your biggest dilemma may be to decide which one of Maui’s worldclass spas you want to visit, chances are there’s one right where you’re staying. Maui’s main town Lahaina, was once the whaling capital of the Pacific. Today it is a lovely township brimming with shops and a large selection of restaurants and bars. A drive along the Hana Highway is a must, revealing waterfalls, blowholes, black sand beaches and dramatic volcanic soils.
The oldest of the Hawaiian Islands, Kauai is also known as the ‘Garden Island’ a name well deserved. It’s a tropical paradise of unspoiled beauty, covered by dense rainforest. The dramatic Napali coastline, the site of many a Hollywood movie, is so wild and inaccessible, it can only be viewed by boat or helicopter. Waimea Canyon is equally spectacular and some parts can be explored on foot or by car. The coastline offers some excellent beaches that are great for swimming, and the snorkelling at Lydgate is sensational. A cruise along the Wailua River will lead you to the lovely Fern Grotto.

Hawaii – the ‘Big Island’
Aptly named the biggest island, Hawaii is also the most diverse. A land of contrasts, you can be driving through dense rainforest one minute, past vast rock-hard lava fields the next, and then find yourself discovering black, white or green sand beaches. Mt Kilauea, one of the five volcanoes that form the island, is still one of the world’s most active. Then there’s Mauna Kea volcano, where in winter you can even go skiing. The ‘Big Island’ contains stunning resorts and golf courses, which are features amongst eerie lunar-like landscapes formed by lava flows. A visit to Volcanoes National Park is a must.

Why not let Qantas Holidays put together your perfect holiday to Hawaii? With over 30 years’ experience, we are experts at creating holidays to suit a wide variety of tastes and budgets. Whatever your needs, you can trust our dedicated travel professionals to organise your dream holiday.

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