Sun, Sea, Tropical waters, and Lots of fun– all these combined together and you have Hawaii! The Hawaiian archipelago is made up of eight major islands, each promising to offer jaw-dropping beauty.
It attracts tourists from all over the world and offers a variety of rare experiences and opportunities to unwind. Some of the most frequented islands in Hawaii include the Big Island, Maui, Kauai, and Molokai.
Each of these islands is known for its signature culture and energy and is a treasure house of natural beauty and wonders.
If Hawaii has found its way on your bucket list, here is a list of places that you must visit and experiences that you must have!
Haleakala National Park, Maui
Want to fulfill your wish of camping on a summit, coupled with star-gazing? Fret not! The Haleakala National Park in Maui offers the best circumstances to do that.
Located in a remote part, the park encompasses an extinct volcano as well as the Kipahulu Coastal District. You can hike along the 30 miles of rugged Summit district and catch some of the exquisite sunsets from there.
There is also a wide range of activities to select from such as the ranger programs, camping, wildlife watching, and, of course, stargazing. Rangers provide guided walks from May to October, or you can also pick a star map from the park headquarters.
Molokini Crater, Maui
Mother Nature never ceases to surprise us with its rare beauty and the Molokini Crater is one such example.
A small volcanic cone located a few miles off the shores of Maui, Molokini Crater offers wonderful snorkeling opportunities with amazing underwater visibility. It also houses thousands of tropical fish and marine animals, along with a flourishing coral reef.
Moreover, if you do not feel like getting into the water, there is an underwater glass-bottom boat tour that you can take.
Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, Big Island
You know your trip to Hawaii would remain incomplete, If you don’t get to see a fuming volcano. Probably the best place to witness that is the Hawaii Volcanoes National Park in Big Island.
Located about 30 miles south of Hilo, the park is the home to the Kilauea Volcano, one of the most active volcanoes in the world. The chance to take a closer look at the primal process of creation and destruction is truly irreplaceable.
The place also features a walk-in lava tube, a museum, and petroglyphs.
Waipio Valley, Big Island
This one might put your agility to test as the hike to the top of the valley is pretty challenging due to the steep cliffs and strong winds. However, the painstaking journey is worth at the end as you will be greeted by a spectacular view.
The Waipio Valley is often described as a kind of “Shangri La”, almost cut off from the outside world. You will come across a long, black sand sea beach, and the landscape remains decked up by colorful ginger trees, orchids, and hibiscus.
Due to the steep, twisting roads of the valley, most car rental companies often refuse to provide vehicles. But there are options like horseback ride, and guided van tours that let you uncover the hidden wonders of this place.
Old Lahaina Luau, Maui
If you are looking forward to having a taste of authentic Hawaiian culture, you ought to attend the old Lahaina Luau feast in Maui, which also happens to be among the best. The extravaganza of Hawaiian food, music, dance, and crafts in a cozy and intimate atmosphere will leave you craving for more.
Luau represents the best of the rich culture and history of Hawaii, and all of this right by a stunning ocean!
Hilo Farmers Market, Big Island
Considered as one of the best open markets in Hawaii, the Hilo Farmers market features over 200 vendors that gather on a weekly basis to sell seafood, clothing, crafts, and more. You will find plenty of typical Hawaiian products like bananas, pineapples, papayas, and even bongo drums and jaboticaba.
You will also come across some exclusive and locally grown exotic fruits and vegetables as well as island jams and jellies, macadamia nuts, a wide range of delectable baked goods, and what not!
Indulge in some bargaining and treat yourself with great Hawaiian delicacies.
Wailua Falls, Kauai
Wailua falls is one of the most easily accessible places on the Kauai island of Hawaii, which also eventually makes it one of the most popular tourist attractions.
The double-barreled waterfall has a drop of about 85 meters and legend has it that the “ancestral Hawaiian warriors used to test their bravery by leaping from the top onto the pool below.” You better not think of doing that as it may lead to some fatal consequences.
Drink in the impressive view from the overlook below and if you are lucky enough, you might even catch a rainbow at the base of the waterfall.