Planning a vacation can be a cumbersome task. No wonder every year people plan to visit a destination that they wish to explore to the fullest. There are a lot of things that need your attention while planning a vacation. But the most important one is to select the right destination. Around the globe, there are numerous exquisite, unexplored, and drop-dead gorgeous destinations that can allow you to enjoy a nice vacation with your family or friends. And if you are looking for beach heaven, then there is no best place than Hawaii.
Hawaii is one of the destinations in the world that never disappoints. If you are fond of beaches and scenic beauty then there are a lot of places to visit in Hawaii that offer you joy and satisfaction externally and internally. This place is an archipelago of a total of eight islands. However, the 7th island is owned privately, and the main reason behind it is to raise livestock. Also, the 8th island is the largest but is uninhabited. It was known to be used by the United States Military which is why it is prohibited. But the remaining six islands of this beautiful place will offer you serene beach holiday vibes. You can have fun while enjoying the best activities and lip-smacking cuisines.
To help you create the perfect Hawaii itinerary, here are the top 5 places in Hawaii that you can visit for your next holiday destination:
This place is often overlooked by tourists but Molaka’i can offer a unique experience while visiting the Hawaiian Islands. The island is 38 miles long as well as 10 miles wide. The Island of Molaka’i is considered as the fifth largest island in Hawaii. Also, it has the tallest sea cliffs in the world including the longest waterfall. Molaka’i is also known to have Papohaku Beach which is the largest white-sand island beach in Hawaii.
The Island of Molaka’i
However, you won’t find bigger or more luxurious resorts here. Also, there are no traffic lights on the island. But you can come across windswept Mo’omomi Dunes which is 2744 acres Kamakou Preserve. Also, you can explore the secluded Kalaupapa Peninsula which was isolated ages ago because of Hansen’s disease. Don’t forget to stop by Kanemitsu Bakery to enjoy their delicious and freshly baked sweet bread.
Planning tip – A lot of people believe that Hula was born on this island and every summer, Na Hula Piko is hosted by the island where Hula groups perform. This event is hard to miss and you can plan your trip around this time.
The 53-mile-long Hana Highway which is also famous by the name of The Road to Hana offers scenic views because of the winds. This road is known to have 59 twists around and involves one-lane bridges. It also includes plunging cliffs, amazing waterfalls, as well as 620 turns to reach the fascinating town of Hana which is located on Maui’s northeast coast.
You can drive to this destination yourself and it takes some hours. After reaching Hana, it would be wrong to not enjoy Hala Tree-lined beaches like Hamoa Beach. Also, you should try sunbathing at Waianapanapa State Park’s famous and most loved black sand beach. If you like adventure then try hiking to Waimoku Falls.
Planning tip – In case you plan to visit Waianapanapa State Park, then you need to make some reservations 30 days in advance. The cost of it can be US$5 for each person and US$10 for parking one non-commercial vehicle.
Haleakala National Park, Maui
There is nothing more wonderful and peaceful than watching the sunrise from Haleakala top. It is a dormant volcano that is known to rise above sea level and is highly popular in Maui. However, while visiting this place in Hawaii, you need to make prior bookings or reservations. The fee paid is not going to include the national park entry. But you can always opt for viewing the beautiful sunset. Also, you can stay a bit longer for stargazing.
The park is known to have various hiking trails through stunning landscapes and you can get the chance to see the endangered state bird of Hawaii named Silversword and Hawaiian goose in English.
Planning tip – The Park provides dark skies along with slight light pollution and this is best to stargaze. However, the temperatures can drop anytime which is why you should pack warm clothes or bring some layers. You might need to bring in your snacks as no food or water is available inside.
‘Iolani Palace, O’ahu
This palace was built in the year 1882 under the name of King David Kalakaua. It took the time of three years and US$343, 595 to fully complete. Also, it has Hawaii’s initial electric light system, intra-house phones, as well as flush toilets. The last two monarchs stayed at this palace until the year 1893. When visiting Hawaii, you should visit this American Florentine-style place.
Planning tip – Don’t forget to visit the nearby Chinatown and explore its market or restaurants. It offers delectable Korean food by award-winning chefs.
This is the small inhabited and least famous island in Hawaii. While visiting Lana’i you can stay in the most luxurious resorts that offer world-class facilities fronting the most amazing as well as secluded Hulopo’s Beach. This beach is known to have colorful fishes as well as spinner dolphins and can allow you to have plenty of ‘Me Time’. You can explore the other parts of the island like Shipwreck Beach, Kaunolu Beach, Keahikawelo, and much more.
Planning tip – In case you want to explore the outside parts of Lana’i city then it is essential to book a four-wheel vehicle. There is no option for public transportation or sharing the ride on this island.
There is so much that Hawaii can offer to its travelers or explorers. However, if you are relatively new to Hawaii then visiting the above-mentioned places can save you from confusion and unwanted rest on a vacation. Every place offers something new and you will get to experience a pleasant and fun trip to Hawaii. Also, don’t avoid the planning tips while executing your Hawaii itinerary.