Big Island Hawaii
The Island of Hawaii, known locally as Big Island, is both the youngest and largest in the archipelago, boasting a larger land…
The state of Hawaii is comprised of a string of volcanic islands that are located 2,390 miles off the coast of California. Hawaii is quite unlike anywhere else in the USA and its six main islands – Big Island, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai – each offer unique experiences.
We recommend combining at least two islands on your visit to Hawaii, connecting by either sea or air. Each one of these islands has their own unique personality, but they all feature lush landscapes that are some of the most biodiverse on the planet. Irrespective of which islands you choose to visit you are guaranteed to be rewarded with a magnificent blend of varied scenery and experiences. We recommend combining sailing with a stay on one of the islands for an ultimate two-week journey.
Whether you are hiking amongst the dramatic scenery of Kauai, swimming with humpback whales off Molokai, exploring active volcanoes at Big Islands’ Volcano National Park, surfing the famous Waikiki beach on Oahu or driving on the ever-scenic road to Hana, the islands offer something for everyone. Hawaii is also a family-friendly destination, and young adventurers can experience their first close encounters with wildlife in the warm waters of these islands.
Sail on board a boutique 36-passenger yacht, passing through remote waters to the islands of Molokai, Lanai and Maui, beginning or ending on Big Island. With a backdrop of dramatic volcanoes and marine-life-rich waters, navigate to lesser-visited sites and embark on kayak explorations of secluded coastlines.
One of the most rewarding experiences within Hawaii is to travel aboard a small expedition cruise, travelling between the islands to explore both the land and sea. This option is often well suited to those who are looking for a more active holiday or family-friendly travel, as cruise adventures allow the opportunity to experience a broader selection of the islands as part of a seamless journey. Travelling with specialist local guides, daily activities are varied and include hiking, snorkelling, kayaking, paddle boarding and cultural visits. With week-long itineraries, these make for an extremely fulfilling adventure.
Famed for its volcanoes, spectacular scenery and endemic species found nowhere else on the planet, Hawaii is a unique island chain and quite unlike anywhere else in the USA. Each of its six main islands – Big Island, Oahu, Maui, Kauai, Molokai and Lanai – offer unique culture, history, landscapes and local stories. Click to read some of our favourite facts about the archipelago.
Some of the wonderful places to stay that we frequently recommended.
Located on the Wailea coast in the south-west of Maui, the Fairmont Kea Lani is a high-end oceanfront resort. The accommodation offers over 400 suites and villas in a modern style with subtle touches of Hawaiian decor.
The Four Seasons Resort Hualalai is a high-end retreat on the North Kona coast of Hawaii’s Big Island. With white-sand beaches and lush volcanic landscapes, the resort is the perfect place to get away from the normal routines. There are endless activities on offer from swimming pools to golf courses and from tennis courts to water sports. The 243 rooms are spacious and decorated with Hawaiian style influences either with views of the resort or the sea. There are plenty of dining options from a beachside Italian, a sushi and seafood restaurant or a steakhouse.
The Grand Hyatt on Kauai is a resort set on the lush south coast of Kauai. With a dramatic mountainous landscape and white sand beaches, the activities are endless. The resort spans 50 acres with 604 rooms including 39 suites, all the rooms have wonderful views of the gardens, ocean or mountains and have private balconies or terraces. There is plenty of choice with eight dining options on-site, ranging from seafood to Italian, as well as poolside cafés. Facilities include a fitness spa, tennis courts, golf course and two freshwater pools.
The Turtle Bay Resort is a truly unique Oahu experience, located on the north coast away from the hustle and bustle of Honolulu. Sat on its own peninsula, the resort boasts incredible panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. The resort has 443 rooms including beach cottages, villas and suites all with a light modern style and subtle Hawaiian touches. The area provides endless outdoor activities, yet a spa and multiple pools for those wanting a bit of relaxation after a long flight.
A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.
Roxy has had many adventures throughout the USA, and has a passion for exploring the spectacular National Parks. Roxy’s tip is to invest in a private guides that take you off the grid, transforming your experience of these epic landscapes.
I was inspired to travel south from an early age. My form teacher when I was nine made us listen to tapes from Shackleton’s expeditions, I didn’t know it at the time, but it obviously left a deep impression on my psyche.
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