Traveling to Hawaii is on just about everyone’s bucket list. Hawaii officially became the 50th State of the United States on the 21st August 1959. It is one of the smallest states and is made up entirely of islands.
Hawaii is composed of six main islands known as Kauai, Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and Hawaii, referred to as the Big Island. There are about 1.4 million inhabitants living in the islands of Hawaii. The majority of them are situated in the island of Oahu. Honolulu, the capital city of Hawaii, is home to the best high-end shopping complexes, fine dining and nightlife. In this article, we shall be discussing some of the top places you can visit in the beautiful islands of Hawaii.
The island of Oahu is full of hidden gems. Oahu offers some of the best snorkelling tours. In fact, Hanauma Bay is one of the best snorkelling spots on the island, where you can get to enjoy over four hundred different kinds of fish and marine life.
Another famous bay for snorkelling is the Kawela Bay also known as the Turtle Bay. This bay is located on Oahu’s north-eastern tip. This bay is protected from waves and surf, and it is home to various Hawaiian green sea turtles.
Waikiki Beach is one of the most popular in the world boasting breathtaking views of Leahi (Diamond Head). A bronze statue of Duke Kahanamoku welcomes you to the Waikiki Beach. Duke’s legend commenced when he broke the world record in the hundred-yard freestyle during his very first competition. He was instrumental in helping to spread the sport of surfing which eventually earned him the nickname “the father of modern surfing”.
Maui is the second-largest Hawaiian island. Maui is popular for its jaw-dropping waterfalls. The waterfalls in Maui range from spectacular roadside waterfalls to cascades deep in the heart of the rainforest jungle. Maui’s most visited and accessible waterfall is the Twin Falls. This lies along the road of Hana. This stunning waterfall is nestled amidst a gorgeous jungle setting and it is surrounded by swimmable pools.
The tallest waterfall in Maui is composed of the Honokohau falls measuring a height of one thousand and one hundred feet. This waterfall is two tiered, plunging into the depths of its base pools with great force. These waterfalls were featured in the popular Jurassic Park movie. The only way to access them is via a helicopter as the waterfall lies deep in an inaccessible region of the West Maui Valley.
The island of Maui is the ideal place for whale watching. Every year around ten thousand humpback whales migrates to the Pacific Ocean from Alaska. Usually, humpback whales leave the Alaskan waters in September where they head south to warmer water temperatures. It is estimated that humpback whales travel for around six to eight weeks to reach warmer breeding grounds. In fact, the peak season for whale watching in Maui is during the months of December to April.
Another popular attraction is the Maui Ocean Centre. This is the largest aquarium in Hawaii and is home to all the aquatic wonders of the Pacific Ocean. At the Maui Ocean Centre you can get to walk through a seven hundred and fifty-thousand-gallon water tank to view tiger, grey and white tip sharks.
Are you ready to pack your bags and book a ticket to the beautiful islands of Hawaii?